I have been meaning to write a post about this subject for some time but today I came across an article that basically took the words right out of my mouth, and is a great introduction to the issue.
That article is called Female genital mutilation (FGM) and male circumcision: Time to confront the double standard by Brian Earp (18 February 2014)
What is happening in many countries is that the issue of FGM is receiving a great deal more attention than male circumcision. This has generated an increasingly strong reaction from opponents of infant circumcision. The opposing reaction from feminists and some others, has been a combination of downplaying the actual and potential harmful effects of male circumcision, combined with exaggeration of is potential health benefits.
Some of the arguments put forward in support of circumcision include better personal hygiene, and related to that a reduced propensity to infection by STD’s including HIV/AIDS. In reality, however, in western society such benefits are marginal. Curiously one does not hear corresponding arguments that infants’ fingernails and toenails should be removed for these reasons, nor the breast buds of pubescent girls (to prevent breast cancer, which is far more prevalent than HIV).
This conflicting treatment of the GM issue for males and females is now being enshrined in an increasing number of new laws that ban FGM whilst ignoring the circumcision of male infants (example).
Further useful and/or disturbing information can be obtained from the following sources:
Mother laughs at son’s circumcision pain as he walks holding his pants away from the wound (21 April 2017) Reddit discussion thread and linked video.
MGM: Claimed medical benefits Part 1 (25 March 2017) This is the first in a three part series of articles in this web site
“uncircumcised males face an 80 per cent risk of developing a foreskin-related condition requiring medical attention” which could equate to a dab of bepanthen and extra washing – but let’s cut the little blighter anyway and be done with it.
Denmark’s doctors express their view on circumcision (12 January 2017) See related Reddit discussion thread here
Why female genital mutilation is a very different issue to male circumcision | International Business Times (7 November 2016) Reddit discussion thread and linked article
Oxford Doesn’t Understand Genital Mutilation (31 August 2016) Video
Västra Götaland Parliament: Genital mutilation of boys is OK (13 April 2016)
Why circumcision is the same as FGM (30 March 2016) UK. Video
No More Intactivism for Me: Here’s Why (5 January 2016)
MRA interrupts HeforShe speech at Stony Brook University, challenges speaker on MGM (2 September 2015) Reddit discussion thread and linked video
Female Circumcision – The Hidden Truth (2 April 2015) A Muslim perspective
Defending FGM (18 February 2013)
The Doctors: Daytime Talk Show Disaster (16 January 2014) Good Youtube video
Sex Talk Realness: Circumcised Penises vs. Uncircumcised Penises (23 October 2014) Unbelievably tasteless article from Cosmopolitan
12 African men forced to undergo circumcision (3 August 2014)
Don’t compare male circumcision with FGM (30 July 2014) Rubbish article but comments worth reading
“Consequently, the prevention of sexually transmitted infections cannot rationally be interpreted as a benefit of circumcision, and any policy of circumcision for the general population to prevent sexually transmitted infections is not supported by the evidence in the medical literature.”
‘The case against the case against circumcision‘ (18 October 2009) Some interesting info amongst the readers comments section
And finally … I couldn’t believe this when I first read about it … sick stuff. Skin cream for women made from the foreskins of baby boys (12 April 2013)