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