AAP again evaluates at pro-circumcision insistence the medical advisablity for American boys to be circumcised. The dead horse of PediatricsThe American Love Affair with the Circumcised
I was born in 1945, just after the Trinity Atomic Bomb tests and soon the first application of the power of the atom in mankinds' systematic murdering of its own species. The circumcision rate for American males at that time stood at about where it does today, 70 percent.
This gives a bit of flavor to a strange characteristic Americans have, the cosmetic narcissistic adoration of the penis. In this great love of the penis, we could perhaps say, many cultures have done the same. We could almost believe this as some dark side of Carl Jung's great cultural unconscious, were it not for its perverted and misdirected nature. From a small radical group of pro-circumcision pseudo scientific doctors, male newborn circumcision became as American as baseball and Mom's Apple Pies.
We can be quite sure, at least I think, that George Washington, Alexandar Hamilton and a host of the patrician elites, Americans celebrate, had their private parts as Darwinism in its wisdom, over millennia directed. The penis was complete with its foreskin covering a sensitive inner part, called anatomically, the glans penis.
However , as medical science began to find pathology in the most natural of things, so it eventually would conclude, God had made a mistake.
The penis was ugly, untidy and certainly needed the attention of the medical community to make it right.
Around the turn of the century, before medical science was much more than a black art plundering about in the darkness, came a great light.
If boys, were circumcised as God had demanded of the Hebrews, certainly here was the kernal of undiscovered knowledge potentailly giving both men and women greater good health.
Soon doctors with no real scientific training were demanding American male babies experience this wonderous good news. They should be routinely circumcised at a time where they could not give their dissent, except perhaps by howling. Circumcision was said safe, easily done at a good cost effective price. Mother's of the fifties were told, "be sure that your boy gets his shots and his protective circumcision."
Women were propagandized doctors had skills well beyond their training. Indeed, how did Doctor Spock ever learn so much child psychology and development? It certainly was not a part of any medical school curriculum..
Child birth was said, inherently dangerous and better left not the midwife or the home, rather allow medical science to direct and over see this potentailly life threating existential sink hole.
Women began giving over the birth process to their hospitals and their doctors.
The white coats knew best and knowing best, met, your boy's penis needs fixing.
The results were amazing. Fewer women died in child birth and many more children came into the world just bursting with apprecaition that science, rather than witchcraft directed their birthing.
With this opportunism came the desire to do all possible to assure children were healthy . As a component of that healthcare routine male infant circumcision began to take hold.
By the nineteen fifties it was unthinkable any caring parent would leave a foreskin blighting and blocking their son's penis. Some doctors lied and said before circumcision the baby would be unable to urinate properly.
The foreskin had been demonized. Research was done to make it perfectly clear the foreskin was the devil himself. With circumcision the whole American population was a mere generation or two away from as circumcised as the ancient Hebrews.
There was little opposition and in fact boys were circumcised often without the consent of or even discussion with their parents.
In the early 1960's there appeared a bit of dissent to the circumcision machines, grinding off foreskins, but hardly anyone by then cared. After all the circumcsion
machine had relegated the old look, to a funny ant eater and the new circumsied penis as that of the American standard,. What self respecting male would dare present to his lover a normal penis? Why he'd be laughed out of the
bedroom. And, in fact, I have intact friends who say the prejudice of women caused them harms and a rush to either be circumcised or abstinent.
( This essay will now, end, and be taken back up again in the next blog)
The Politics of Male Circumcision
How many lies can be told about a procedure or its benefits.
If you have a circumcised population truth no longer matters, its only the clamouring of propagandas.