As American men most of us are snipped. We take it as a cultural assumption, and few of us ever question it. However, when most of hear about female genital mutilation in Africa or the Middle East, we are horrified! Why the cognitive dissonance? Have you ever thought about this issue critically, independently and earnestly?
Wait, let me guess: “But it’s for health reasons!”, am I right? Was that your first reaction? It seems to be the go-to response for everyone I discuss this issue with. It is, without exception, the first defense mechanism employed, followed quickly by the abhorrent notion that “it just looks weird if its not circumcised!”. Hmm, interesting.
Let me first dispel the “Hygiene” argument with nothing more then simple, everyday logic. To begin with, only 1/5th of the world’s men are circumcised, and the other 4/5ths of the planet’s men are not dying of STDs or bad hygiene; in fact many Europeans countries and some Asian countries have a longer average lifespan then American men. And let me ask you this, if 51% of our population (we call them women) can keep their vagina’s clean, then why would an extra inch of foreskin be so impossible to maintain? After all, the labia of many women hang outside of the vagina, and the vagina itself is, with all due respect, an open wound (for lack of a better term). Somehow, though, you lovely ladies manage to maintain an appropriate level of hygiene, so why can’t men and parents of boys learn to keep their foreskin and the foreskin of their sons cleaned? I could post page after page of scientific evidence proving the “hygiene” argument wrong, but why bother. My logical argument should be enough to convince any one who thinks about it for more then a second.
Let me now turn my mind towards the idea that “It looks weird if its not circumcised”. Well, it only looks weird because it is the societal norm to cut our children. It is also “weird” for young people to read books in this society, btw! And tell me you didn’t forget the little witticism that many of our mother’s use to tell us: “If everyone was jumping off a bridge, would you do it too?”. Also, if a girl refuses to be with a guy because his penis looks a tad different, then that is just a way to weed out the shallow and ignorant women. If my son got turned down by a girl because of that reason alone, then I would tell him he is the better for it and he should move on to a girl with a little bit more depth. The “it looks weird” argument surprises me most when otherwise liberal, open minded, individualistic people use it. Usually they are quick to shirk off trends and disdain “following the herd”, but when it comes to this issue they want to hide behind cultural norms. Why?
After these two arguments have been exhausted, the person I am discussing this issue with has nothing else to argue (usually because they have never actually thought about the issue) and is forced to face the fact: Circumcision was invented by old Jewish men thousands of years ago (before germs were discovered, by the way, making the “hygiene” argument even more comical) who thought it was God’s orders to cut the tip of the male penis off to distinguish the “Chosen People” (Jews) from the non-Jews. And in 2012 I see atheists and agnostics cutting their children’s foreskin off. Is there anything more absurd then atheists who supposedly love science, following the dictates of some desert religion before people even knew the Earth was round or that weather was NOT caused by the gods? And these are the same people who are disgusted when thinking about little girls getting their labia and clitoris cut off. You want to know the most used excuse for female genital mutilation by the people who do it? Tradition (i.e. Cultural norms).
Another point: I think millions of years of evolution has honed the human design pretty well. I trust biological evolution more then I trust ancient Jewish superstition. Also, look at it from the point of view of choice. Shouldn’t I decide whether or not my penis is trimmed off or not? Is that really a decision that should be made without me? We would never think of cutting off the tip of our child’s ear or big toe, but cut off the tip of his dick? FUCK YEA!
Circumcision is wrong. Period. It rapes the individual of their ability to choose. It was founded in ancient religious superstition. It decreases the sensitivity of the penis (which might be a plus for some guys, lol), and on average actually decreases the size of the penis by 8 millimeters (not a big difference, but a significant one).
I implore you, think about this issue critically and independently. Ask yourself if my arguments make sense, and if they don’t make sense feel free to argue your case! I can’t wait to hear it! 🙂