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September 07, 2009


Many Jewish people are rethinking circumcision.


Jewish mother tells her story

I know this isn't exactly your point, and I will be sure to keep off my soapbox here but surely she realizes that the circumcized man's partners also "pay" the price in that atonement...

I have had many acquaintances and relatives who argued that they wanted their son's penises to look or be a certain way to please some future mate, and thus chose circumcision. My arguments to the contrary include the fact that he and his partner(s) would pay a steep price in sexual performance and satisfaction. Not really what I wanted to think about when pondering my son's future but even so, why would I ever make that choice for him?

If you ask me.. want to make a man hateful towards women? start by allowing mutilation of his genitals.

This "feminist" argument doesn't work for me on so many levels.

"the bulk of anti-circumcision 'literature' available on the internet at the very least borders on anti-Semitic".

That's simply not true. Intactivists are very quick to distance themselves from anyone who appears to be anti-Semitic. Most circumcisions in the USA are done on babies born to Christian or Muslim families anyway.

Not all Jewish people believe in circumcision. Brit Shalom is an alternative naming ceremony to celebrate the birth of baby boys to Jewish families. These sites are all run by Jewish people opposed to circumcision:

http://www.jewishcircumcision.org/ http://www.jewsagainstcircumcision.org/

Preach it, sistah!

Mark, maybe the big mainstream orgs are (which is good), but a Google search turns up a bunch of skeery stuff, rants about how mohels had a circ racket going, that kind of crap. It's out there.

"If you ask me.. want to make a man hateful towards women? start by allowing mutilation of his genitals."

No real Jewish boy could ever hate his ema ;)

Fair enough, Jana. :)

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