T-Shirt Tuesday: “Man Up”? Stereotypes And Circumcision
Recent news about a controversial new anti-circumcision law in Germany reminds me of a stereotype I heard a year ago in the media.
CNN commentator Touré in discussing the efforts in California to ban circumcision argued “what’s a little foreskin” and stated that boys should “man up” about being circumcised. Note: I tried to find a clip (no pun intended) to add to this post but couldn’t.
“Man up” refers to the stereotype that men are tough. So imagine telling this to your newborn.
You’ve just spent up to nine months making sure the womb was the safest place on earth. You’ve spent hours if not days in an intensely anticipated delivery room with doctors, nurses, midwives, and other highly trained staff- all of whom you would no doubt sue if a hair was harmed on your new baby- to perform and assist in securing a safe delivery.
Then, you ask your newborn to ‘man up’ and have this ‘harmless’ procedure where his foreskin is removed for a variety of non-emergency reasons.
Well, for those of you who think that infant boys should not be required to “man up,” here is a t-shirt for you offered in this belated T-shirt Tuesday post:
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