There are powerful religious lobby groups, ignorance, and ultra feminists, who don’t want this issue discussed, votes and ideologies are at stake! Meanwhile boys and babies die and are disfigured by this primitive blood sacrifice rite.
Could a Driving License and being able to vote suffice as coming of age rites?
Rituals can be replaced … no need to cut children …
At age 9, Nice Nailantei Leng’ete ran away from home so she wouldn’t have her genitalia cut as part of a coming-of-age ceremony. For her defiance, she was shunned by family and community. That was 16 years ago. The ritual cutting away of part or all of the external female genitalia continues in force around the world.
“The “argument” for circumcision, then and now, consists only of vague assertions of better hygiene, as though we still live in caves and rely on birds to pick us clean. If I stopped washing my penis, would it end up smelling like a cheese factory? Yes. I imagine an unwashed circumcised penis wouldn’t be in tip-top shape, either. But here’s how I avoid making trouser curds: I clean and maintain my penis, quite lovingly. I do the same thing with my fingernails, because sometimes dirt gets under them, too, and my parents also neglected to have them pulled out when I was born.”
“I’m not a circumcision fan, not as a Jew, not as a man. I belong to a branch of Judaism — Reconstructionist — that considers itself enlightened and progressive; no “Chosen People” stuff, no rules about matrilineal descent, and yet, thanks to the apparently intractable belief that humankind’s covenant with God somehow specifically demands that each and every Jewish male must suffer ritual genital mutilation, Reconstructionists still insist upon the practice.
Ritual. Genital. Mutilation. That’s precisely what circumcision is, and it is performed for no other reason than virgins were sacrificed to King Kong. The “health” reasons put forth on behalf of such routine disfigurement are unproved, including the belief, prevalent in the 19th-century U.S., that removing a foreskin would cut down on masturbation. As for the ethical and moral issues involved in performing elective surgery on a newborn — a situation where informed consent by the patient is an impossibility — well, hey, a covenant’s a covenant. With the Lord!”