Wednesday, January 6, 2010
1:17 AM | Edit Post
(Trigger alert: If you've been a victim of sexual or physical abuse, you may want to skip this one)
I generally consider myself open-minded, but there will always be a few things that I won't ever view as acceptable.
Circumcision is one of those things. I hear all these arguments like "It's my child, and I'm just doing what I believe is best for them". That sounds fine and dandy to some people, but I'm calling bullshit on this one. Just because it is your child, does not mean you can do whatever you want to them.
Let's look at child molestation for example. What?! Oh, hell yes, I went there. Stay with me on this. While some child molesters get off on doing harm, others truly do feel that children are sexual beings and that they enjoy the things that are done to them. They rationalize it. They feel that the rest of us are just closed-minded and are depriving our children of pleasurable experiences. Gross, I know. Now, just because Mr. Pervert-Pants believes with all his widdle heart that what he is doing is okay, should he still be allowed to do it? Duh, of course not.
What about the parents that believe in beating their children to a pulp? Maybe they think their religion entitles them to it. Maybe its a "family thing". Maybe they think it is the only way to raise a "well-behaved" child. They may believe really and truly that they are doing their child a favor in the long run, but once again, does that make it okay?
There are times where a child's rights and well-being need to over-ride parental beliefs.
Amputating a healthy and vital part of any child's body is unethical. It is mutilation. It is stupid. It is mean. Your child could even grow up to deeply resent you for it (what, that sounds crazy? Stay tuned, I'll prove that to you in a future post). I FULLY realize that parents who circumcise their child aren't doing so with the *intention* of harm, but just because there isn't intention to harm, doesn't mean there is no harm!
I don't believe that lack of intention to harm or all the rationalizations in the world can make molestation or abuse acceptable, and I don't believe that it makes routine circumcision okay either. There ARE some things we should be close-minded about. I'm not condemning circumcisers to hell or anything, and I don't believe that it means they suck as parents in general, but I do hope that people will stop blindly accepting stupid reasons for having their child cut apart.
There's a reason the circumcision rates are plummeting. Time to catch on, oh Slow-Ones!
- Sugar, boobies, penises, and insanity.
- Ecstatic Birth
- Breastfeeding, Dr Seuss style!
- Living dead girl- Surviving HG
- Fruit of the boob
- The birth of change
- Why choose a midwife?
- Confessions of a sex goddess turned co-sleeper
- Sweet Milk, Sweet Memories
- Baby Wearing is Da Bomb
- AIDS Circumcision Fallacy
- Circumcision is for weiners!
- STFU about NIP
- There's no such thing as extended breastfeeding
- Pieces of Adam: How your circumcised son may feel...
- Rationalizing harm doesn't make it less harmful: ...
- Why just birthing in America puts your baby at hig...
- Falling victim to well-meaning advice, and how to ...
- What have I done? - Voices of circumcision remorse...
- ▼ January (19)