Halloween costumes

Sooo I bought them costumes….. Power rangers and ninjas and they want to wear their dollar tree knight armor…. Hmmmm







That I, who attend synagogue once a year and sneak out before the end, put myself through “such a wringer” over circumcision shows how strongly the flames of the Maccabees still burn. Circumcision has long been a linchpin of Jewish selfhood, a symbol of the pact between Jews, their God, their traditions and their ancestors. In the 21st century, people like me find ourselves in a strange position: we are as proud of Jewish survival as we are of our decision to reject the backwardness and brutality of the past.


One man’s trauma:


Circumcision regret:



Speaking on circumcision


Interesting tidbit on Micheal Jackson


Holy freaking crap if this is true….

Intact America press conference against circumcision

Men do complain!!!
A video of men and women protesting outside the AAP conference in New Orleans in Oct 2012. Men giving speeches about how circumcision harmed them.






“Hey LLL: Circumcision Affects Breastfeeding! Tell moms the truth!”

If we don’t stand up for children’s rights, nobody will!

“Once upon a time a team had four members called Everybody, Anybody, Somebody, and Nobody. There was an important job to be done. Everybody was sure that Somebody would do it. Anybody could have done it but Nobody did it. Somebody got angry because it was Everybody’s job. Everybody thought Anybody could do it but Nobody realized that Everybody wouldn’t do it. It ended up that Everybody blamed Somebody when Nobody did what Anybody could have done.


The analogy I use whenever this discussion is brought to my attention is that with this finding, and claiming that circumcision is the cause of the spread and infection of diseases, we (public health) are also claiming that a part of men’s body (foreskin) is the responsible for STDs (including>;>; HIV). Consequently, all the behavioral change interventions, and the responsibility individuals have of taking care of their own health and of practicing healthier behaviors are challenged. Therefore, if this scenario with foreskin and HIV are absolutely true, then, we should also promote radical mastectomy to reduce new cases of breast cancer, castration to reduce testicular cancer or rip off people’s teeth to avoid cavities.



So, as I say, sometimes the conversation doesn’t turn out to be as productive as I’d hoped. Part of what I think is going on here, is that we have an unwritten rule in polite society that says that certain ideas or practices are out of bounds for critical discussion. The English humorist Douglas Adams made essentially this same point in a speech he gave in Cambridge in 1998. Talking about religious customs specifically, he said:

‘Here is an idea or a notion that you’re not allowed to say anything bad about; you’re just not. Why not? — because you’re not!’ If somebody votes for a party that you don’t agree with, you’re free to argue about it as much as you like; everybody will have an argument but nobody feels aggrieved by it. If somebody thinks taxes should go up or down you are free to have an argument about [that], but on the other hand if somebody says ‘I mustn’t move a light switch on a Saturday’, you say, ‘Fine, I respect that’. (Adams, 1998)

….I think that sort of avoidance has much more to do with fear than with respect—fear that you might upset the person, or fear that you might sound stupid for not knowing more about the custom, or fear that the conversation might turn out to be awkward, or whatever the fear might be.







below is a link to pictures of a circumcision…. Look at it and realize this torture is happening to a child

Should newborns be circumcised- poll

I excluded the word boy from the title…..
Should any newborn/child be circumcised when not medically needed? (boy or girl)

Link to poll

Reader James Loewen, responding to the article, said: “Genital cutting of any child is a needless wounding and trauma. Circumcision of children is not healthy, it’s not medicine, its medical fraud. Forced circumcision has a long and sordid history. The harm caused by this unwarranted surgery has caused much needless suffering. It is long overdue to protect children from this assault on their bodies. Bodily integrity is an issue of human rights. The AAP needs to rescind its recent statement on circumcision, just as they did two years ago when they tried to reintroduce genital cutting of girls (ritual nicking.) Its time to start protecting children!”



Article on foreskin restoration

Article on foreskin restoration via tugging or surgery

The Canadian Children’s Rights Council, a non-profit advocacy organization, takes the position that “all Canadian children, both male and female, should be protected by the criminal laws of Canada with regards to this aggravated assault.” No other amputation of a child’s healthy tissue is permitted on a parent’s preference. Activists hope that routine circumcision may one day follow the death throes of blood­letting and incantations, and that men will never have to resort to T-tape, skin grafts and gallon jugs of milk again.


A link to a gentleman’s photo gallery of his restoration progress.


First do no harm: Huffington post

Ahhhh, I just posted this on my Facebook. Almost everyone I know on fb cuts or is cut. I’m sure to get a backlash from this….. Ekkkk



By georganne chapin

Not only does the Task Force report blatantly ignore the ethical obligation of physicians to respect their patients’ autonomy and do no harm, it repeatedly calls for doctors to be paid by private insurance or Medicaid for removing healthy, functioning tissue from an infant baby boy who cannot consent to this permanent alteration to his body.
Specifically, the report says:
“Although health benefits are not great enough to recommend routine circumcision for all male newborns, the benefits of circumcision are sufficient to justify access to this procedure for families choosing it and to warrant third-party payment for circumcision of male newborns.”
The Task Force says that it’s the parents’ responsibility to decide whether their particular newborn might benefit from being circumcised, though no guidance is given on how parents should make this decision.

Nonetheless, for 2012 alone, the toll of American baby boys tied down and surgically altered will number 1 million (no baby “consents” to circumcision, as a fleeting glance at an infant circumcision on video or in the flesh will make clear). This is a human rights violation on a massive scale.
In justifying the perpetuation of infant circumcision, the AAP Task Force cites studies conducted among sexually-active adults in parts of sub-Saharan Africa with very high HIV prevalence. These studies looked at the role circumcision might play in retarding transmission of the HIV virus. They claim to have found a reduction in transmission from females to males, though not from men to women. Circumcision has not been conclusively found to reduce transmission of HIV in men who have sex with men, which together with intravenous needle-sharing, account for most cases of HIV in the United States.
Whether or not circumcision actually plays a role in reducing HIV transmission among some adults in sub-Saharan Africa has no relevance to baby boys in the United States. Babies are not sexually active and are therefore at no risk of sexually-transmitted HIV or any other venereal disease. In my opinion, these African studies are being used as after-the-fact justification for a custom that is increasingly being rejected by those who see it as violating children’s rights to bodily autonomy and their own future freedom of religion.






The miracle of life

beautifully written. Please click link and read entire article

Bringing a child into the world is the most miraculous, heady, life-altering event that can happen in a person’s life. It’s something that should be honored and celebrated.

It shouldn’t be treated in the same way as getting your wisdom teeth removed.

Women are capable of amazing things. We can go straight back to work after having a baby. We can get back on our feet and tend to fields or sit behind a computer or cook in the kitchen or whatever it is our life consisted of before we had a baby. We can jump back into intellectual discussions with our peers or lead a company.

But to do so neither honors our place as mothers or acknowledges the importance of the new life we’ve brought into this world.

Traditional cultures don’t allow mothers and babies a place a reverence that includes weeks of special foods and drinks and quiet space because they feel women are weak. They do it because they recognize the importance of mothers and the importance of new life and they want to show respect for the miracle that just occurred.

it goes without saying that those parents who can’t take the time away for maternity leave because of financial considerations are not lessening the value of their child’s life. They are doing the best they can.



Men do speak out against circumcision

Men do speak out. Photo request



Circumcision is just a surgery, that’s all, and on its own it’s not good or bad. It’s how we use it that is bad. If circumcision was just done when therapeutically necessary, we wouldn’t be here making all this noise. But because someone made it into a religious ritual and then someone made it into a social custom and then another person tried to justify it as prophylaxis or prevention or inherited aesthetic forced upon those who did not request it and could not remove themselves from the situation, that’s why we are here, and that’s why we are not leaving and shutting up. Because it’s not fair for those who are coming after us, to go through what we went. To grow up and then one day find out in the most strange way that a part of their body was discarded with the permission (or not) from their parents, as if it was some sort of biological waste. It’s not fair for them.