Every so often I read on the internets about people who are really upset about circumcision. Oddly, it’s compared to female genital mutilation (I’ll get to that in a bit). But in San Francisco, there’s actually an attempt to make banning circumcision a referendum item:
Most bans in San Francisco are enacted by the Board of Supervisors, but come November, it sounds like voters will have the opportunity to jump on the ban wagon by deciding whether to ban male circumcision.
San Francisco resident Lloyd Schofield said Thursday he is “on track” to have enough signatures to place his proposed measure on the November ballot that would make it illegal to “circumcise, excise, cut or mutilate the foreskin, testicle or penis of another person who has not attained the age of 18.”
…Schofield said he became the proponent of the local ballot measure after being asked to champion a local bill during a July symposium on circumcision held at the UC Berkeley. Schofield said he was approached by those affiliated with a group pushing for a federal bill to “end male genital mutilation in the U.S.,” according to its website, mgmbill.org.
He said he thought about it for two weeks and then decided to do it. “I always knew this was something wrong to do to a child,” he said.
…”We say: ‘Would you like to help protect the children from forced circumcision? This is a human-rights issue,'” Schofield said.
The proposed measure would assess of up to $1,000 and up to one year in jail for someone who performs a circumcision.
Being Jewish, well, it’s pretty clear my human rights have been violated. Or something.
I’ve never understood why people get worked up over male circumcision. It’s not like the barbaric practice of female genital mutilation. It’s not about controlling (or eliminating) a person’s sexuality.
In terms of the, erm, mechanics, things work just fine. To the extent that I or a significant other don’t think things are working fine, the presence or absence of a foreskin isn’t really the issue.
This is crazy (and again, generations of Jews would be absolutely confused as to why this would even be an issue based on their own experiences).
I can’t wait to be called a foreskin denialist….
A serious aside: There’s compelling evidence that circumcision helps lower the rate of HIV transmission. Nothing like medically-related idiocy to kill people….