Anti-Circumcision Group Should Keep Their Hands Out of Our Diapers

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anti circumcision group anti-SemiticAs a resident of California, I really dig the fact that many progressive movements begin here. Or at least are brought to a statewide vote here, before many other states even consider the issues. Hence, our auto emission standards and health warnings all over the place. However, the call for a circumcision ban that's been picking up steam across the state has some seriously shady leadership

The anti-circumcision movement is one I can get behind, in theory. To bring awareness to new parents that there is a choice to leave your baby boy intact is important. Our country has a history of automatically circumcising, and I don't really believe that is necessary. But -- and this is a big, old but -- you can believe what you want, but you'd better keep your hands out of other people's diapers. Especially when you choose the low road of anti-Semitism to make your point. Bad move, intactivists, bad move.

Publicizing the cause by releasing a comic called "Foreskin Man," where a blond superhero is shown fighting evil Jews, is repugnant and has no place in this discussion. Of course this discussion has already gone way too far when you try to get a ban passed where every family has to conform to your personal belief or risk a hefty fine or jail time. That's ridiculous.

Informing parents of the benefits of leaving your baby boy intact is admirable. Trying to force everyone to make that same choice -- regardless of their religious or cultural beliefs -- is egomaniacal at best, blatantly bigoted at worst. Male circumcision is not genital mutilation. Female circumcision, where the clitoris and labia are removed, is designed to kill female sexual desire. Male circumcision does nothing of the sort and is historically a covenant with god, and not about punishing male sexuality. In fact, I have yet to meet a circumcised male who has any complaints about sexual pleasure as a result. It is simply not the same thing, and those who feel a law should be passed banning it, regardless of religious and cultural requirements, are in the wrong. Those who paint Jewish people as evil as part of this campaign, are disgusting.

So while I may be a fan of leaving a baby's penis as it arrived, it's none of my business what others choose to do, in this particular instance. It's none of the anti-circ activists business either. Keep your genitals to yourself and everyone else should do the same.

Do you believe circumcision should be banned?

 

Image via Foreskin Man

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nonmember avatar Suzanne

Banning circumcision,is anti Semitic ant Muslim and interfering with parents rights.

Memph... MemphisSuzi

No I dont.  I believe that it is the parents choice, whichever road they go, and not anyone else's business.  Period.

And thank you for pointing out that it is NOT the same as female mutilation.

Rose Pomplun

How is circumsion NOT genital mutilation? You are cutting off a piece of skin that BELONGS there! Should all little girls get their clitoral hoods chopped off when they are born? NO. Neither should boys foreskins!

loveb... lovebug100

it is not anyone's business, but the parents. no one else should have a voice in this!

SashaBW SashaBW

Bravo, April!!!

Rose Pomplun

You stated "Keep your genitals to yourself and everyone else should do the same." You said it yourself- you have the right to mutilate your own genitals, not the genitals of your child!

Audrey Bryk

it is not anyone's business, but the parents. no one else should have a voice in this!// I do not understand this mentality at all. The person who actually has to live with the consequences of the decision should have no voice? men DO complain. Lots of them. . It's not something men broadcast: "Hey! I think my penis could be better!"What does the state of his penis have to do with his family? It's not THEIR penis, it's his. Americans are so quick to dismiss the comparison to female genital mutilation...but what if you ask an actual survivor of it? "It's the same thing." http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ggqa6CCTR-4 I'm thinking she has a bit of a better perspective than you. Have you ever thought about the fact that infact circumcision is actually a direct violation of religious freedom? How does it serve the individual's religious freedom to have somebody else's religion permanently marked in their flesh? http://www.beyondthebris.com/2011/06/to-mohel-who-cut-me.html "For the rest of my life, I will have to live with a penis that was cut in the name of a covenant I did not agree to with a being I do not believe exists." I'm exasperated over hearing the outcry about this taking away people's rights. By its very nature, this measure is about RESTORING rights. HIS penis, HIS body, HIS rights. This was never anybody else's to claim. It's time to give it back to those whom it rightfully belongs.

Nicho... NicholasMama608

Nope.  My son is and all future sons will be circumsized.  It's cleaner and healthier.(IMO)

nonmember avatar Teddy

I hated my parent for having my foreskin removed. If it was life-threatening, fine.. but simply to satisfy THEIR desire was wrong. I will never forgive them for mutilating me.

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