In San Francisco someone is collecting signatures to get a measure banning circumcision on the ballot for next November. I heard about this via a reddit link to a Parenting magazine article discussing the push. Breaking the first rule of the internet, I had to go and read the comments.
Commenter APRYLLE (yes, in all caps) writes “For anyone to have the audacity to believe they have any right to tell a parent how they can or cannot proceed with something so personal is presumptuous and incredibly autocratic.”
Commenter Pam Komarnicki writes “Seriously, these people need to be tranquilized or something. I’d like to pass a “Mind Your Own Business” initiative.”
Jennifer H chimes in with “While I think there is nothing wrong with an uncircumcised penis I do not think a city or any form of government should have the right to tell me I can not do it.”
Ians mom thinks ” It’s all up to the parents, no one has the right to take that choice away!”
According to these folks it’s quite arrogant for the government to be stepping in and telling them about decisions regarding their children’s bodies. “No one has the right to take that choice away!”
Okay then, moms, what the fucking fuck gave you the right to have a part of your child’s body cut off? You want to talk about violating rights? You want to talk about who needs to mind their own business? A child’s penis isn’t the property of the parents. It’s not yours to make decisions about. The audacity is that parents think it’s okay to use “That’s what his dad looks like,” as an excuse to subject their child to useless surgery. They cry, “It’s cleaner!” You know what? So is a goddamn washcloth! Are you going to have his ears cut off so he doesn’t have to remember to wash behind them too? “He may have problems with the foreskin down the line.” Yeah, he might get appendicitis one day too, so are you going to have the doctor take that out now as well, while he’s young enough to not remember it.
It’s up to parents to care for children until they are able. I understand that. But children’s bodies are still their own. Making permanent surgical modifications to them before they are able to consent is vile and speaks of the arrogance of parents.