Originally Posted by pdx.mothernurture
RE: Concern about offending people who chose to circumcise one or more sons in the past...
I think we still have to increase awareness, but in a kind way. There are plenty of slogans that can be used for a bumpersticker that aren't unnecessarily harsh (Think, "Circumcision is child abuse!" "Circumcision mutilates babies!"). For instance, "Question Circumcision" or, "Today's parents say NO to circumcision.", or "Circumcision isn't recommended anymore." or, "The foreskin is not a birth defect."
I can't help but wonder, what 'hurts' more...offending someone with something gentle, but truthful...or the circumcision that happens because the parent didn't even realize they had a choice?
PS. I don't mean to be pushy, but I truly believe that circumcision is a practice that continues because it's not talked about enough, because we're worried about offending, how people will react, etc. Keeping it taboo keeps the truth about it a secret only those few extremely motivated parents that question and research everything learn about. This information needs to get out to the general public, to teens, to expectant parents, to grandparents, even to those who never plan on having children or having anymore children because WE ARE ALL IN THE POSITION TO INFLUENCE. Kwim?
I agree with you ALL THE WAY, Jen. What hurts is what happened to your family member's or friend's son! It's very true.
I'm a boomerang generation and moved back in w/ my parents temporarily and I got a bumper sticker for the car. My dad didn't want it because of embarrassment, though both my parents are very anti-circ. I taped it on the back w/ packing tape and said I'd only try it on for size and that it wasn't permanent.
My dad said it would only be a matter of days before I put it on permanent..... and he was right!!! 2 days and it was on for good!
My parents don't mind it at all and think it's a good message to send out to the London, Ontario region. We have been surprised at the LACK of response to it! NONE. No pro-comments. No anti-comments. None. My dad wondered what would happen if a Jewish or Muslim person read it and got offended enough to say something.
I got one cafepress that reads: Do Your Son A Favor. Leave Him WHOLE - Don't Circumcise! (aqua blue background, dark blue type w/ medium green type on "WHOLE" all caps)
On a different note... I cut out the word "CIRCUMCISION" in the Globe and Mail that was in an AIDS article that was recommending circ to control it and found the word "AGAINST" in the same paper (a war article); both large, same font size, put it together and covered in packing tape. I taped it ABOVE our front door for ANYONE to see who comes to our house! The size is large enough to read it a good 5 feet away. My parents must be either pretty easy going or devoted intactivist or (((both)))!!!
I made a homemade magnet and placed it on the mailbox prior to this, but the rain got under the packing tape I used to attach it to the magnet and took it off. My dad asked what happened to my anti-circ magnet. I'm thinking BOTH (easy going and devout).