Parliament: The House In Brief: Greer offends

WRITER Germaine Greer came under attack from MPs for defending the ritual practice of genital mutilation of girls as young as eight in her book, The Whole Woman.

The International Development Select Committee said her comments on female genital mutilation - prevalent in parts of Africa, Asia and the Middle East - were "simplistic and offensive". Ms Greer wrotethat an attempt to outlaw it would be an "attack on cultural identity".