Recently, no other than the bastion of freedom and liberty everywhere — San Francisco — is proposing a law which would render circumcision illegal and punishable by penalties of up to a year in prison or $1,000 fine.
This is actually making its way onto the ballot at the end of the year.
The irony is that recent data has come out about the benefits of circumcision. ABC reports that circumcision significantly reduces the chances of HIV and HPV transmission. Furthermore, circumcision vastly reduces the chance (if not completely eliminating the risk) of penile cancer. Scientists now believe that an uncircumcised foreskin may breed a higher rate of infection, which is why the procedure may have started to begin with, noted as early as thousands of years BC.
While many of these so called “intactivists” (intactivism refers to those who advocate that baby boys foreskin remain “intact”) wish for the procedure to be banned, deny much of the medical benefits even as studies continue to grow in favor of circumcision. They go as far as to call it genital mutilation and claiming that the act is excruciatingly painful, however, if we defer to the “intactivists” wishes, we would let all men decide for themselves at the age 18 when the procedure is significantly more complicated and painful. Circumcision opponents also propose the same penalties be imposed for those who do it for religious reasons. (Now, if that isn’t intolerant, what is??) So, if this circumcision ban passes in San Francisco, mohels who are Jews trained in performing circumcisions, could be imprisoned for their religious ceremonies.
“Intactivists” also claim that a man’s sexual pleasure is greatly diminished when circumcised. (Oh, those poor circumcised men who just loathe sex, isn’t it a pity?)
The trend in the U.S. is largely moving away from circumcision and I speak as a mother who decided against circumcising her two sons, yet ardently respect and protect the rights of parents to make that choice for their own sons. I have no right to say that what’s right for my family is right for my neighbors. Who am I to say or impose my values on everyone else?
When done in a safe, sterile environment, circumcision is extremely safe and provides some compelling evidence of protection. Comparing it to genital mutilation is pure hyperbole. It’s like saying that getting your ears pierced is the same as cutting off your arm.
The American Academy of Pediatrics urges parents to choose what is best for their child as it relates to the decision to circumcise, however, it does preface that with a veiled ‘warning’ that “there is Scientific studies show some medical benefits of circumcision. However, these benefits are not sufficient for the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) to recommend that all infant boys be circumcised.”
“Intactivists” have hijacked this statement to further their agenda. While the AAP doesn’t recommend the procedure, they aren’t telling parents NOT to circumcise their sons either. Why? Because it’s a personal choice.
Intactivists really need to stop obsessing about safe, medically advantageous procedures to baby boys penises. In a world gone mad, aren’t there far more pressing issues to take up? So, to this end, I extend an olive branch — you stay out of my son’s pants and I won’t expound on how borderline-creepy your obsession is. Deal?
Talk about Nanny State…
San Francisco has just passed a new rule banning all toys in childrens meals if the meal itself contains over 600 calories and has more than 35% fat – soooo…say goodbye to Happy Meal trinkets whilst in San Francisco boys and girls. If the meals meet the food police’s requirements (less than 600 calories and contains less than 35% fat), then you shall be allowed the privilege of a toy as determined by San Francisco city board officials. Do you hear them loud and clear? They will decide if your child is worthy of a toy. The government. They will decide when and if it’s appropriate to dole out toys. Not the parent. No. Parents are dumb and so are kids and so is the general public. Sheesh. People just don’t know what’s good for them but thankfully, we have total strangers who are willing to step in and replace us parents because we don’t have the brain capacity to make those kinds of decisions on our children’s behalf.
One of the San Fran supervisors who’s partially responsible for the ban, Eric Mar, told the LA Times, “We’re part of a movement that is moving forward an agenda of food justice.”
Does anybody out there think this is actually a good idea? Seriously??
So, if you haven’t heard about Boobquake, climb out from under the rock you’re living under (or the dungeon you’re trapped in, right, Whipping Boy?) and display those boobs (at your own comfort level, of course).
Oddly enough, there actually was an earthquake in Taiwan. So maybe this whole boob thing isn’t just a joke after all.
Now, if nothing happens to California due to all this boob-induced seismic action, the Mominatrix will be making a pair of appearances in the Bay Area and she really hopes you’ll be able to make it.
May 3, 2010 – 8 to 10pm: Good Vibrations – Berkeley Location
The Mominatrix’s Guide to Sex: A Special Mother’s Day Boot Camp (NEW)!
$25 if pre-registered, $30 for drop-ins
With Mother’s Day right around the corner, what better way to celebrate motherhood than with a libido boot camp with sex columnist, author of The Mominatrix’s Guide to Sex, and mom of three Kristen Chase aka “The Mominatrix.” Tapping into her experience as a mom who’s managed to maintain a healthy sex life and a sense of humor with kids in tow, she’ll help attendees reclaim their inner Mominatrix through thoughtful discussion and experiential activities aimed specifically at moms. From finding discrete sex toys and women-friendly porn, to dealing with the challenges that the post-partum body can create, even super easy tips and tricks to spice up your love-making, the Mominatrix will help you tackle everything you need to know or want to ask. So get ready to ditch those mommy jeans and dust off those handcuffs.
Purchase tickets here.
May 4, 2010 – 7-9pm Good Vibrations Polk Street
Mommy’s Playdate (Free event)
1620 Polk Street
San Francisco, CA
Mommies need play time too! Attend this after-hours mixer with like-minded moms who want to learn how to put the spice back in their sex lives. Leave the kids at home, enjoy a “Mommi-tini,” get a personalized store tour and one-on-one consultation with our staff sexologist and renowned author/expert, Dr. Carol Queen. Plus, meet the author of “The Mominatrix’s Guide to Sex, a No-Surrender Advice Book for Naughty Moms,” and enter to win a Good Vibrations “Sexy Starter Kit!” For more information, visit the Good Vibrations Events Site.
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