Circ the first 'helicopter parent' act?
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|Sun, 07-12-2009 - 9:39am|
Is circumcision the first act of a 'helicopter parent'? A helicopter parent, according to Wiki (sorry, terrible source, lol) is "a colloquial, early 21st-century term for a parent who pays extremely close attention to his or her child's or children's experiences and problems, particularly at educational institutions. These parents rush to prevent any harm or failure from befalling them and will not let them learn from their own mistakes, sometimes even contrary to the children's wishes. They are so named because, like helicopters, they hover closely overhead, rarely out of reach, whether their children need them or not." http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Helicopter_parent
ABC News says a helicopter parent is one who hovers over their children from cradle to college. http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/AmericanFamily/story?id=3699441&page=1
Some reasons parents use to justify circumcision on infants seem to be about lifelong control over their children. If they circ now, when the child can not refuse, the parent subconsciously hopes to control certain things about their child's future, whether it be religion, hygiene, or sex practices. Could this be one reason why circ is still so prevalent in American culture? Since we can not follow our children into the shower, bedroom, or force them into a religious house of worship as adults - must we surgically alter them at birth as our only means of lifelong control in their lives?