Saturday, July 23, 2011

Who Would You Cut?

Ah, forced circumcision. Infant circumcision. Routine circumcision. Involuntary circumcision. Genital mutilation. A snip, cut, clip. Getting it done, trimming it up...seems our words can change our perception of what circumcision is and what it does to the body. Photos tend to stop that nonsense. 

So I wasn't surprised when, upon confirming new friend requests, so many of my "friends-only" photos were reported that Facebook put me on a 30 day upload ban.

This one in particular seemed to bother someone or some group of people, as Facebook gave me two warnings about it:



This photo seems to have really made someone angry, guilty or otherwise uncomfortable. That's not unusual. The gender discrimination in this topic is extreme. Our society is very rigid about who can and cannot be victimized through non-consenting, unnecessary surgery. The victim must be male. Not too old. Sickly is okay, even premature. But never a female, not even if it's a bloodless ritual nick as recommended by the AAP. Only baby males can be nicked. And some people think all humans should be protected from forced circumcision, that is, unless your parents are religious.

Joseph put together one of the best photo compilations on this angle. Come take a look.

Here are two other photos that are routinely reported and deleted by my "friends" on Facebook:



Is it really okay b/c this is being done to a boy and not a girl? 
Related posts:

Circumcision costs
http://guggiedaly.blogspot.com/2011/03/cost-of-circumcision.html

Circumcision increases STIs
http://guggiedaly.blogspot.com/2011/02/circumcision-increases-risk-of.html

Circumcision interferes with breastfeeding:
http://guggiedaly.blogspot.com/2011/01/circumcision-disrupts-breastfeeding-and.html

Circumcision is not justifiable with religion:
http://guggiedaly.blogspot.com/2011/01/circumcision-and-religion-condensed.html

The big list on circumcision:
http://guggiedaly.blogspot.com/2010/05/everything-i-currently-have-on-genital.html

Confessions of an intact teen:
http://guggiedaly.blogspot.com/2011/02/confession-of-intact-teen.html

5 comments:

  1. It is NEVER okay. Period. It breaks my heart this still happens...My husband said if we had a boy he would definitely be circumcised, I said, "over my dead body". I was then able to educate him on the matter, I know I am very fortunate to have a partner to who listens to me and trusts my instincts and judgement. I have many friends who have told me that their husbands insisted it would be done, that they had no choice:( This is not an excuse. We are their mothers and it is our duty to do our research and protect our babies.

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  2. nope not ok. Keep educating and lobbying for a circ ban and well get there eventually.

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  3. Thank God more people are questioning this.

    In 1993, during my Master's program, a Professor in one of my classes handed everyone a packet of materials he had collected and copied, upon which he had intended to base one of his entire lectures.... dealing with an incident taking place in France at the time... whereby a North African couple were fighting the state to be allowed to circumcise their daughter; the Professor's argument for which was to ask us to question the frontiers of state authority to deny immigrant religious practices otherwise freely enjoyed in their Home Country.

    So, upon reviewing the materials, I raised the question "How does this incident differ from non-consensual penis mutilation through circumcision; which happens every day without a headline?"

    Apparently stunned, the Professor took a quick survey of the class to ask "Who dis/agreed with the question?" ... and upon learning that no one disagreed with the question... What did he do? ...

    Here it is.... Wait for it...

    He asked everyone to return the documents.
    Then, he changed the topic entirely. Next! :o|

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  4. Thank God more people are questioning this.

    In 1993, during my Master's program, a Professor in one of my classes handed everyone a packet of materials he had collected and copied, upon which he had intended to base one of his entire lectures.... dealing with an incident taking place in France at the time... whereby a North African couple were fighting the state to be allowed to circumcise their daughter; the Professor's argument for which was to ask us to question the frontiers of state authority to deny immigrant religious practices otherwise freely enjoyed in their Home Country.

    So, upon reviewing the materials, I raised the question "How does this incident differ from non-consensual penis mutilation through circumcision; which happens every day without a headline?"

    Apparently stunned, the Professor took a quick survey of the class to ask "Who dis/agreed with the question?" ... and upon learning that no one disagreed with the question... What did he do? ...

    Here it is.... Wait for it...

    He asked everyone to return the documents.
    Then, he changed the topic entirely. Next! :o|

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    1. So many people do this, too. They are genuinely shocked when the comparison is made, and act horrified/indignant that you'd even think of such a link! This reaction makes NO sense to me - the only way I could really explain/rationalize why I was so profoundly against circumcising my son (when my partner was vehement it would be done), was to imagine the procedure done on myself... the repercussions are so blindingly obviously, it's stunning that it's still done at all. All you have to do is imagine what would happen to a clitoris (since we've been conditioned into believing FGM is a hideous, heinous crime) once it's protective hood is removed... then transfer that knowledge onto a newly exposed penis... I think this is why most people who are pro-circ are vehement about it - because to question what they have done would mean acknowledging that deep seeded sense of guilt and horror at what they've done to their child, no matter how good their intentions were at the time. I feel sorry for them, honestly - it's not the fault of the parents really, it's the fault of the governments and the medical professionals who convince people that this is okay and a good thing to do...

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