Monday, July 23, 2012

For a future when circumcision of infants will be acknowledge to be as damaging as female circumcision

Remember: In the 70's nobody was aware of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), even though it had been practiced by Caucasian Christians in the U.S. through the 50s and it was a milennary practice in Africa. In the 80's they started talking about it, and now pretty much everyone in the Western society repudiates the practice (which still exists in some parts of Africa and Asia). It was only banned in the U.S. in 1996. (One would wonder why did it take so long... and what do I mean, wasn't it always forbidden?)

Cultural changes DO happen, and they happen fast.

Routine Circumcision of Male Infants or Male Genital Mutilation (MGM) will go the same way. This year there has already been a citizen initiative in San Francisco -even if it was scrapped by a court-, a ruling in Germany that could set a precedent by stating that circumcision can cause bodily harm and it is in the best interest of the children to wait until they have the age to consent to the procedure, followed by a halt in the procedure in hospitals in Switzerland and debates about a proposed ban in Norway.

Male circumcision is supported in the U.S. by 150 years of cultural conditioning (originating on a sex-negative Victorian morality), and in the Jew and Muslim communities for a longer while; talking about it was a taboo, but now people are talking, the times are changing.

A friend told me: "I realize that some people get all up in arms about circumcision, but I guess with all the other issues in the world, I don't really think it's that big of a deal"

My answer was: "If it is not that big of a deal, why are the Jews and Muslims communities making such a big deal of it as well, and why California rushed to write a law to protect the practice, the federal government has been working on a project of law to protect it in the country, and the American Medical Association has also promised to fight any attempt to ban it? They could just let it go and it would be one less thing to think about."

Every cause has its activists. Some of us believe that it is unfair to keep subjecting defenseless children to a painful, dangerous and unnecessary medical procedure that might kill them or might affect them for life.

Every discussion helps educate someone who is quietly reading at home, to the reality that circumcision of infants IS mutilation.

1 comment:

  1. The circ rate will drop like a rock once young American women decide that a natural penis makes sex hotter. You people cannot imagine how many blurted to me when I was in college and grad school, that the free spirit sex they indulged in was a major disappointment. I then thought the problem was young men who did not understand the importance of foreplay for women's pleasure. I later thought that problems were caused by diaphragms and by unlubbed condoms. But now I wonder if American circumcision wasn't at least partly to blame. And the fast hammering style of intercourse some cut men are prone to because if they don't go fast and hard, they won't come. The style of intercourse depicted in internet porn is totally alien to my experience, and disgusts me. I bet it used to turn women into radical feminists.