(i did NOT type this. You can find pictures and the full essay by clicking the link below the excerpt)
SUNDAY, JUNE 19, 2011
Circumcision is Child Abuse: A Picture Essay
There has got to be something very tragic, and very wrong, with a society impaired by its own cultural blinders. It is very disconserting that while human rights advocates fly half-way around the globe to decry the genital mutilation of girls and women, the very same people display a wilfull ignorance to the genital mutilation of boys in their own countries. While their cameras faithfully bring back images of girls being restrained as they have part of their genitals forcedully cut off, they somehow fail to capture images of the boys in these countries who are enduring the same.
Every so often, we’ll see pictures of the forced genital cutting of boys in the media, however the tone in presentation is different. While the presentation of the images of forced female genital cutting encourage an audience to deplore the actions depicted, the presentation of the images of forced male genital cutting encourage an audience to accept what they see in the scope of “cultural relativism.” “Horror and torture” for girls and women, “the preservation of age-old coming-of-age tradition” in boys. Why the sexist double-think?
It is a glaringly obvious inconsistency to defend the forced genital cutting of one sex, but condemn it in the other, yet when advocates of human rights point out this inconsistency, we are often met with hostility. “How dare you compare male and female circumcision,” retort some, especially those defending male infant circumcision, “they’re not the same thing!” This is said in a matter-of-fact tone, as if these claims were immediately self-evident.
I must ask, on what are they basing these assertions? Of the people that make these claims, how many of them have actually witnessed a male circumcision, let alone a male one? Can these claims actually be substantiated, or do they expect us to take their word for it at face value? What double-think are they using to condemn the abuse of female children, while defending the abuse of male children?