A chief pediatric urologist at Cornell University sparked a bioethical storm in 2010 over reports of using vibrators to test the sexual response of little girls. Dr. Dix Poppas of Weill Cornell Medical College shocked many in the medical community after news broke out last week that, after the cutting of female infants’ clitorises deemed too large during “feminization” surgeries, he and a nurse practitioner would subject young patients to annual “sensory testing and vibratory sensory testing.” Below is the major media coverage. The federal Office of Human Research Protection, which conducted an investigation at AIC’s urging, has stated that they will take no further action about the “clitoral sensitivity tests” being done on children at Weill-Cornell Medical College by Dr. Dix Poppas.


Update: Cornell Responds to Criticism of “Genital Sensitivity” testing; Federal Agency Continues Inquiry

June 24, 2010 – This Doctor Does What to 6-Year-Old Girls’ Clitorises?, by Hanna Rosin, Slate.com.

June 24, 2010 – Don’t Calm Down Just Yet, Alice Dreger’s response to Hanna Rosin, Psychology Today.

June 23, 2010 – Cornell surgeon under attack for sex testing on girls, The Toronto Star.

June 21, 2010 – Leading Cornell Doctor Performing Genital Cutting, The Nation.

June 21, 2010 – Normality under the knife, The Guardian UK.

June 17, 2010 – The most disturbing thing you’ll read all day, LizMair.com.

June 17, 2010 – After Cutting Little Girls’ Clitorises, Ivy League Doctor Tests Handiwork With a Vibrator, by Daniela Perdomo, Alternet.org.

June 16, 2010 – Female Genital Mutilation at Cornell University by Dan Savage, “Savage Love”.

June 16, 2010 – “Can You Hear Us Now?” by Alice Dreger, Psychology Today.

June 16, 2010 – Bad Vibrations, by Alice Dreger and Ellen Feder, Bioethics Forum.