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Posts Tagged ‘Male genital mutilation’

Redressing the Politics of Victimization

Posted by Curt on Wednesday, 9 June 2010

I had written what was to me quite an emotional post on male circumcision.  It might not necessarily be evident in the writing because I tend to mask my emotions both in written word and as I speak – that’s just how I learned to express myself – but it is very near and dear to me.  So when I read a post written by male feminist Hugo Schwyzer back in 2006 about how he became circumcised at the age of 37 and then proceeded to speak for all circumcised males (implicitly suggesting that male circumcision is in no way harmful to any male), dismissing their issues and concerns with the practice of male circumcision, I could not help but to feel deeply offended.  I felt a heave in my chest, heaviness to my heart, my muscles tensing up, and I had to force myself to take deep breaths.  And that’s when I knew, beyond a logical standpoint, exactly what it feels to be a victim, the kind of victim you see feminists constantly refer to. Read the rest of this entry »

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Male Circumcision IS Genital Mutilation

Posted by Curt on Friday, 4 June 2010

This is a topic that is very personal to me.  Like the vast majority of males born in the United States during the post-WWII era, I was circumcised as an infant.  When I first learned about circumcision in elementary school and learned more throughout middle and high school, I was constantly assured that male circumcision had nothing but positive effects – it reduces my risk of contracting HIV if I were to have sex with somebody who’s HIV-positive, it requires no periodic cleaning, it has no risk of future issues with the foreskin as it’s already been removed (however small that risk may actually be), and, most importantly to the young teenager that I was, American women are said to prefer cut guys over uncut guys.  Seems like a good thing that shouldn’t be a very big deal, right?

After being fed this information for so long, imagine what it would be like one day to wake up and begin asking the question of whether or not the lack of a foreskin has an adverse impact on sexual pleasure.  Throughout school, this issue was usually dismissed as unsupported and very few males challenged the idea that circumcision has no adverse impact on male sexual pleasure – likely because, if they thought at all like me, they were too afraid to consider what that might mean for them.  Most circumcised men I’ve known were only too willing to accept the idea that circumcision has no adverse impact on sexual pleasure, usually out of relief. Read the rest of this entry »

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Is Feminism Really For Gender Equality?

Posted by Curt on Monday, 17 May 2010

It makes sense that the first post of this blog has to do with my dissatisfaction with feminism.  Feminism is often assumed by many to be all for gender equality.  Thus when I will make my next post about what I see as gender equality when I do not share this view, my position on feminism needs to be addressed and better to get that out of the way right here. Read the rest of this entry »

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