Because Sometimes More is More
Do you view male child circumcision as an issue of gender equality?
Female privilege is not being expected to be circumcised, and less sexually desirable if you aren’t.
more like ur not looking at the right cultures
Male privilege is not knowing that in many cultures females are circumcised and it’s a LOT worse for them than it is for men.
Do you really think that being ignorant of the genital practices of other cultures is in any way a gendered privilege? I mean, are males living in the United States (the context of the original post) any less ignorant of the female genital cutting happening abroad?
Not to mention the fact that female genital cutting is completely and utterly prohibited in this country. Way to derail.
A second much-used argument to separate FGM from [non-therapeutic circumcision] is that FGM comes from a theory of female oppression, of which FGM is an expression. Since there is no such theory of oppression at play in NTC, this would make FGM morally more reprehensible than NTC.
This argument can be refuted in two ways. Firstly, the historical background of NTC is extremely complex, and is in any case rooted in the desire to control male sexuality. Thus NTC was deployed in the past to combat excessive onanism, and it was also
used to ‘brand’ slaves. So the background to NTC is not as unambiguous as is often thought.
There is another reason why the argument does not hold. The reason why FGM is condemned is not because it comes forth from a theory of female oppression but because it is harmful to them and represents a violation of their physical integrity. FGM would also be condemned if it were done out of aesthetic considerations or as a way of ‘venerating’ women. Even if women were to want FGM themselves at a later age, doctors would probably not be permitted to meet their request.
In Loudon Wainwright III’s song “Men,” he says that men are treated as if they were expendable, fodder for wars and drowning ships. Women, in general, stay out of direct combat and join the children on the lifeboats.
It is true that our culture expects men to sacrifice, fight, protect. We are not in the habit of reflecting upon where men — and boys — need help, concern, change. Our cultural blinders allow us to inflict upon men what would be considered atrocities if they were inflicted upon women. Nowhere is this more clearly evident than in the practice of circumcision.
Abolish the ‘unkind cut’ by Julie Van Orden, in today’s issue of the Salt Lake Tribute