Originally Posted by annablue
I had a discussion about RIC with several women who identified as feminists, and they actually became quite upset with me, saying that male and female circumcision are "not even close to being comparable" and to compare them was "an insult to the victims of female genital mutilation."
I'm kind of mystified by this. I think of myself as a feminist, though not particularly militant, and I am totally opposed to surgically modifying childrens' genitals without a medical indication regardless of gender.
I always thought that feminist meant that you believed in gender equality. Maybe for some militant feminists it's more about hating men on some level, and thinking that circ will "even the score".
As to not being comparable to female circ, well, female circ isn't even comparable to female circ there are so many different kinds and levels of severity. Really, some are much, much worse than what we do to baby boys, but some are quite a bit less
severe. I've never understood this need for one-upmanship "my gender's suffering is worse than your gender's".
Maybe I don't fit in with the feminist mindset, even though I think of myself as a feminist.
I certainly want to teach my sons that women are their equal, and that they must always respect them and their rights to bodily autonomy. I feel that my decision to respect their
bodily autonomy is their first lesson in learning to respect others.
Anyway, it's late and I'm sort of babbling, but I don't see how circ can really be consistent with true feminist ideals. If we want sons who will respect women we have to start out as women who respect our sons. JMHO.