Why Circumcision is a Feminist Issue

  I am the badass mama of two intact boys. A feminist mama. A gentle, peaceful parenting mama. I know, every day, that I screw up as a parent. I also know, every day, that the choices I make for my sons are the right ones.

Starting with the first. I did not cut them at birth.

Oh, no. Don’t get me wrong. As a single woman in America, I thought circumcision was the “normal” thing. And I suppose it was. But that doesn’t make it the right thing.

When I was pregnant with my first son, my mom made the (now obvious) statement,

“I hope you’re not going to circumcise if it’s a boy.”

I had barely thought about that. I knew I’d have a peaceful, natural birth, but I hadn’t thought much past that. To the gender.

And that’s where this issue lies: the gender.

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Will San Francisco Ban Circumcision via the Male Genital Mutilation (MGM) Bill?

Photo:  AttributionShare Alike Some rights reserved by Franco Folini Will the AAP take a strong stance against circumcision?

Will San Francisco outlaw circumcision?

According to the San Francisco Male Genital Mutilation (MGM) bill, 90% of baby borns born in the city leave the hospital intact.  Lloyd Schofield would like to raise that figure to 100% by putting a bill on the November 2011 ballot.  The initiative language, which would make circumcision a misdemeanor offense, includes:

ARTICLE 50: GENITAL CUTTING OF MALE MINORS

SEC. 5001. PROHIBITION OF GENITAL CUTTING OF MALE MINORS.
Except as provided in SEC. 5002, it is unlawful to circumcise, excise, cut, or mutilate the whole or any part of the foreskin, testicles, or penis of another person who has not attained the age of 18 years.

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