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Grab The Popcorn: 2014’s Most Intense Circumcision Debates

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5. Circumcision Could Stop The Spread Of HIV. Still Against It?

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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.

6. CDC Report Says Circumcisions Have Health Benefits, So Maybe Stop Telling Parents We Mutilated Our Sons

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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’ve 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.”

7. Men Holding Bloody Crotch Anti-Circumcision Protests Need To Let Go Of Their Phantom Foreskin

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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 don’t have a lot of skin in this game, and yes, pun absolutely intended. My son was circumcised, but it was a close call, and I see a lot of good points on both sides of the issue (especially the ‘don’t circumcise a three-year-old’ side). I have never yet been involved in a reasonable discussion that started with faux-blood-spattered crotches being waved around.”

8. Circumcising Your Child Because You Think An Intact Penis ‘Looks Funny’ Is Absurd

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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.

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