Questioning Circumcision

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A Matter of Semantics December 14, 2007

Filed under: Uncategorized — intactivist @ 5:28 pm

We need to eliminate the term “uncircumcised” from our vocabularies.  Babies, children, and men who possess their whole penises are intact, just as a woman who has natural breasts is not unmastectomized or someone without a nose job isn’t unrhinoplastied.  In fact, for a man to be “uncircumcised” circumcision would need to be reversible, which it’s sadly not.

Foreskins come standard, just like any other body part.  Being born without a foreskin is a rare conenital condition (birth defect) called aposthia.  Why would we want to take a perfectly healthy, normal child and surgically give him an abnormality?   

Traditions are manmade; they start somewhere, often based on myth and superstition and continue, often blindly followed until someone asks, “Why”?  Some traditions are harmless, but genital reduction surgery performed on children is painful, violating, and damaging.

Some things are inexplicable…as one bride found out when she finally thought to question why cutting off the ends of the roast before cooking the meat made for a better result: 

The new Jewish bride is making her first big dinner for her hand and tries her hand at her mother’s brisket recipe, cutting the ends off the roast the way her mother always did.  Hubby thinks the meat is delicious, but says, “Why do you cut off the ends—that’s the best part!”  She answers, “That’s the way my mother always made it.

The next week they go to the old bubbie’s house, and she prepares the famous brisket recipe, again cutting off the ends.  The young bride is sure she must be missing some vital information, so she asks her grandma why she cut off the ends.  Grandma says, “Dahlink, that’s the only way it will fit in the pan!”

Every person reading this has the opportunity to make a difference.  We can end this.  We can stop it.  We can start protecting our sons to the same degree we would protect our daughters if anyone suggested we cut off a part of her body at birth.  Change starts with us.  Our courage now will make it that much easier for our children to say NO to circumcision when we’re one day blessed with grandchildren.Start a new tradition: Bring the Whole Baby Home.



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