No Snip For You
The backstory is as follows. After someone linked my circumcision story to an anti-circumcision forum recently, I started receiving comments and emails from people voicing their disgust for my actions. Which is totally fine, as everyone is entitled to their opinion and I am glad they feel comfortable telling me I'm an awful person in so many creative ways (but just in case anyone is wondering, I'm a Jew, so my boys - assuming I ever meet any Jewish girls desperate enough to sleep with me - will be getting snipped). However, among the barrage of hate mail I received was this gem, which bears repeating only to demonstrate how dangerous arrogance and ignorance are in combination:
Aren't you a disgusting piece of shit. Wow. Hopefully one day someone will tie you down and do something as painful. Hell, more painful. You deserve it. As does everyone who has ever had their son or daughter circumcised. At least female circumcision is not as harmful as male circumcision. Not that either should be allowed, but you'd think that they'd do it to girls instead. At least it's not as painful or as damaging.
OK, maybe I am disgusting and a piece of shit, and maybe someone will tie me down one day and do something as painful. Actually, I was watching this porn once and...wait nevermind this is supposed to be serious. Female circumcision not as harmful? Excuse me? What? You might find a legion of women in Africa who take issue with this assessment. Don't believe me? Let's see what the World Health Organization has to say about female circumcision:
Immediate complications include severe pain, shock, haemorrhage, urine retention, ulceration of the genital region and injury to adjacent tissue. Haemorrhage and infection can cause death. More recently, concern has arisen about possible transmission of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) due to the use of one instrument in multiple operations, but this has not been the subject of detailed research. Long-term consequences include cysts and abscesses, keloid scar formation, damage to the urethra resulting in urinary incontinence, dyspareunia (painful sexual intercourse) and sexual dysfunction and difficulties with childbirth. Psychosexual and psychological health: Genital mutilation may leave a lasting mark on the life and mind of the woman who has undergone it. In the longer term, women may suffer feelings of incompleteness, anxiety and depression.
Hmm...and what say you, Amensty International?
[Testimonial] I was genitally mutilated with a blunt penknife.
Maybe male circumcision is evil, maybe not, but discussing it in the same breath as female circumcision or attempting to compare the two is simply wrong, and I have my circumcised penis sans all of the surrounding horror to prove it. Ignorance alone is nothing to be proud of, but most people are ignorant about many things (myself obviously included). However, when you pair ignorance with a stunning dose of arrogance you get statements like this, statements that are sensationalistic, false, and potentially deadly. In other words...
Bitch, you're retarded.