Originally Posted by Frankly Speaking
Peggy's statement is simply an effort to calm the waters and not offend anyone. It is not the courageous statement we would expect from this source and to many of us, represents a backtracking of Mothering's previous stance on this issue that we have trusted for years.
For this issue where a lot of times people who are trying to educate themselves on the matter or just starting to educate themselves on it, they are faced with harsh judgment or rude remarks and are so blasted by the anti-circ representatives that they feel immobilized. Passion is a great thing but for an insecure parent, couching the passion with sensitivity goes very far in encouraging someone to delve more into the issue rather than recoiling at the controversy. To calm the waters and not offend anyone could be akin to attracting more flies with honey than vinegar. I thought that Peggy showed tolerance and respect for all parents, inviting them to go into the issues rather than slapping them in the face with facts or opinion.
For people that are not readers of Mothering, this would encourage them to take a look at it and the principles that its editorial and many of its readers hold. It could act as an open door to educate people that are not already subscribers and the converted on some of these issues.
I totally see how a subscriber or someone who has 'been' with Mothering for years would be offended by this. Subscribers of most magazines are the converted that the magazine is preaching too and we get to enjoy reading articles that are in our like frame of mind and valiantly declare "Amen!" when we agree with their perspective. It's why we subscribe in addition to new information and education for sure.
Someone contemplating the circ issue would likely be more apt to research further, check out Mothering as a whole etc. if they are not offended right off the bat. And I do believe in passion for the issues and the balls to take a stand, but I also believe in meeting people where they are and gently encouraging them. Anyone reading that article and coming here would find a ton of info against circumcision and vaccinating and enjoy a wealth of information to base their decision on and I think wording things in an open, tolerant way opens the door for people to feel comfortable in exploring more.