I'm going to be honest, I'm struggling. I'm really really struggling right now.
And I always go through these periods where it's worse than usual. I guess I'm just not sure how to make it stop.
I just want this world to be better. I want all kids to be treated like human beings and to have the basic right to their own body.
I dont want to have to hope that a baby will be born a certain sex to be free from genital mutilation. I dont want to have anxiety attacks every time I see "it's a boy!" Or blame myself with constant thoughts of what I could have said to save him.
I've watched a circumcision, and those screams and images are something that will haunt me for the rest of my life. It is one of the most violent acts someone can commit against a child.
I don't know how someone can know that this evil exists in the world and not want to stop it. More so, I cant fathom how someone can put their own perfect, innocent, little baby though it.
To all of the babies that could not be saved, I'm so so sorry, I hope you find peace and healing and break the cycle of violence in your family.
With a social issue as awful as genital mutilation How do you not let it get to you? How do you stop caring? How do you go about living your daily life knowing this is happening in the world? How do you advocate and educate and give a voice to the voiceless when some days it feels like your not making a difference at all? When it feels like you're fighting an uphill battle?
Because honestly, I'm struggling.
I sneaked this off from my sister’s collection. The Male Body was published in 1999 so the pop culture references and the events it uses to highlight certain matters are very dated. The blurb mentions how the penis is discussed in 'all its incarnations' yet there is hardly anything on the uncircumcised penis, the foreskin, foreskin restoration and issues of masculinity and body image related to the foreskin. A lot of this is excusable considering that the publication is almost 20 years old but the little that the author discusses about circumcision takes a rather defensive tone because of her Jewish (and American) background. Jewish masculinity seems to be a recurring theme and I see no problem with that for the most part but it keeps her from being objective on that one page out of the three hundred thirty five where she talks about Jewish boys and circumcision. This bias of hers, while subtle, is evident when she implies that gentiles viewing circumcision as a form of castration and terming it 'mutilation' is an effect of anti semitism (she was juxtaposing this with a theory by Freud which claimed it was rather a cause of anti semitism). While it's true that circumcision holds a stronger place in Judaism than in Islam*, she conveniently forgets that Muslims are the largest group to do this to their boys. By this logic, it would be more befitting to call it an effect of islamophobia. Alas, most people who speak out against forced male genital cutting (which can be rightfully called mutilation as per the definition of ‘mutilate’) do not do so out of spite for religion but because they see it is a violation of a person's bodily autonomy and human rights.
Nevertheless, while I don't agree with some of the perspectives she shares, my interest in masculinity and gender still makes certain parts of it enjoyable. Will put up a bigger review up of this.
*one could argue it isn't mandatory for neither of these religions
Got my Your Whole Baby heart necklace today. It's hand made by Blue Crow Boutiques. Your Whole Baby is an American non-profit organization that works to educate the public about the functions of the foreskin and the lifelong harms of non consensual genital cutting of minors. I'm going to wear this with pride wherever I go. I initially wanted the heart tattooed on my hand but I'll settle for a necklace for now. What does the heart symbolize? Swipe to read the meaning!
I have been researching the subject of #circumcision for over 4 years now. The deeper I dig, the more horrified I am. I am increasingly convinced that this practice is evil and needs to end. All children deserve their whole bodies intact — male, female, and intersex. A person’s religious freedom ends where another person’s body begins.
And even though the American Cancer Society refutes circumcision having ANY effect on penile cancer, there are still those that believe having a natural penis is somehow wrong or risky.
Know the facts, having a foreskin is healthy and normal!
I get contacted by men AND women all the time on my other other account where I detail all things restoration and foreskin. Here are only some of the messages I got over this year. While I started the account for myself, I’m glad to have been able to help others. Many men have confided in me about their feelings regarding their non consensually modified bodies. To anyone who defends forced genital cutting by saying “I’ve never heard any man say he hates being cir*****sed”, you can shove it.
(that last woman who texted me thought I study foreskin for a living because I said I’m a biotechnologist in the comment😅 also, had to censor the journalist’s name for privacy reasons)