“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