Grab The Popcorn: 2014’s Most Intense Circumcision Debates
This one brought many more anti-circ commenters to the site. The reasonable dissenters pointed out that there were no new findings to back up the claim, the more “spirited” — well, just count the number of times the word “mutilation” was used.
Meredith Bland brings up the wonderful point that maybe telling parents that they are “abusing” their children by consenting to a routinely recommended procedure isn’t quite the right way to go about things if you are anti-circumcision. She also pens one of my favorite sentences written on this site all year: “I’veÂ never had a particularly strong feeling about circumcision one way or the other, though I do hang slightly to the pro-circumcision side, which I believe is to the left.”
Aimee Ogden pointed out that some inactivists are taking a page from the anti-choice playbook, with their shocking displays of “blood” splattered crotches:
“Look, I donâ€™t have a lot of skin in this game, and yes, pun absolutely intended. My son wasÂ circumcised, but it was a close call, and I see a lot of good points on both sides of the issue (especially theÂ â€˜donâ€™t circumcise a three-year-oldâ€™ side). I have never yet been involved in a reasonable discussion that started with faux-blood-spattered crotches being waved around.”
This one was my opinion – that making surgical decisions for infants based on aesthetic reasons is odd. There was a lot of very reasonable back-and-forth in this comment section, until someone started making the inevitable “female genital mutilation” comparison. This is why we can’t have nice things.
Kudos to our regular commenter CMJ, for always posting the best popcorn gifs.