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Old 11-22-2005, 12:58 AM - Thread Starter
 
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Edgar Schoen has written a new book called 'On Circumcision' which, of course, advocates routine circumsion and it's getting a lot of press. Our local paper picked up the article and ran it on the front page of the Health & Fitness section. He cites the usual flawed/dated arguments (UTI, HIV, HPV, etc.) and then says that another major reason he supports circumcision is because, "It's the American way."

I haven't seen the book, but who wants to bet that it's got a US flag on the cover? This is a new one to me--a sort of do-it-for-the-troops in addition to the usual pop-culture-everybody-does-it-why-be-different mentality and rationalizations.

The article our local paper picked up did offer some alternate opinions and perspective, but that was in the second half of the article--continued on the back page--the part, incidentally that is often 'cut' when editing. The sidebar 'chart' is also erroneous, with the following statements:

FOR
*Protects against UTI, kidney infections, HIV/AIDS and cervical cancer in female partners
*Does not cause decreased sexual pleasure as adults
*Easier hygiene
*The newborn is at "the window of opportunity" because he recovers quickly and has a high level of endorphins
*Looks like Dad

I already sent a letter to the editor, but those of you who don't always read your local paper will want to be alert!

Why didn't Fleiss' book get this kind of press?

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Oh gee whiz. Time to write some letters to the editor.

What a horrible, horrible man.

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Edgar Schoen has written a new book called 'On Circumcision' which, of course, advocates routine circumsion and it's getting a lot of press. Our local paper picked up the article and ran it on the front page of the Health & Fitness section. He cites the usual flawed/dated arguments (UTI, HIV, HPV, etc.) and then says that another major reason he supports circumcision is because, "It's the American way."


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Teresa, can you post a link to the local paper if it's online? Where in MD? There are some intactivists in MD who could help with letter-writing.

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