What sort of monster.....?
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|Tue, 02-23-2010 - 2:00am|
'What sort of monster performs an unnecessary cosmetic procedure on an infantâ€™s genitals?!?'
Spoken vehemently and in genuine horror of the very thought# Many parents - especially outside the US - have thought this way and still do; Americans too#
But in debate boards like ours, such impassioned, graphic statements are open to censure. So we are compelled, understandably and rightly, to express our impassioned beliefs with words which won't offend when talking of male circumcision. Replacing 'monster' with 'parent', 'doctor' etc. is acceptable and correct. With the offending word replaced, we are left with a common question asked by so many who question the procedure.
This has nothing to do with boys - or men. The question I quoted referred to GIRLS. The very words are a carbon copy of those who abhor the circumcision of boys!
So, to paraphrase George Orwell : 'all humans are equal, but some are more equal than others'. Notwithstanding the right of gender equality, it seems the exception is boys versus girls.
So who are the monsters? Those who 'correct' the genitals of boys, or those who do the same to girls?? I don't want to begin yet another discussion of male v# female circumcision; I only wish to suggest that the 'monster' in all of us is the way we all submit to convention and cultural norm, with little or no thought to its consequences#
We are all human and all equal# Genital equality should be sacrosanct, male and female.
P.S. Google my whole quote and you will see the link, if you wish.
ETA deletions of the hash symbol that plagues my posts - usually when I type a parenthesis.
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