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Southern US State Criminalizes Genital Piercing (For Women)

Author: Jonty Skrufff
Monday, March 29, 2004
Lawmakers in Georgia added an amendment to a bill banning female circumcision this week, outlawing genital piercing under any circumstances. Body piercers face between two and 20 years in jail under the new legislation, which applies only to females being pierced.

"The intent of the amendment was to make illegal the voluntary piercing of female genitalia for decorative purposes," said bill sponsor Senator Bill Heath (Atlanta Journal).

"I wouldn't approve of anyone doing it. I don't think that's an appropriate thing to be doing."

The Atlanta Journal branded the Republican politician's last minute amendment a 'stealth attack on the X-rated phenomena though according to body piercing organisation The Association of Professional Piercers claim it's actually safer than many other body piercings.

"Genital piercings often heal more quickly and with fewer complications than do other piercings," they say on their website

"When performed under hygienic conditions by ethical and educated piercers on clients who follow suggested aftercare procedures, they represent a safe and creative way to assert bodily ownership and redefine the acceptability of pleasure," they add.