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Old 06-27-2007, 06:22 PM - Thread Starter
 
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The local newspaper just called and interviewed me about the choice of circumcision!

It was great! He didn't tell me how he felt either way, but I sense that he was on our side. I didn't come right out and ask him, though.

He asked me why I chose not to circ. He asked about hygiene issues. He then broached the subject of the HIV studies!

They are sending a photographer out tomorrow to take pics of us all! Whatever shall I wear!

Yippee!
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Wow! That's kinda neat!

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Congrats!

What'd you say about the HIV thing? Did you tell that a group of South African scientists debunked the hype?
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Congrats!

What'd you say about the HIV thing? Did you tell that a group of South African scientists debunked the hype?
I kept it really lay-person. I said that I distrusted any study that wasn't published in a large peer-reviewed journal and that if circ was the cure-all for AIDS why was there such a large number of people in the US afflicted? Also, I mentioned that surgical removal of the breasts would help breast cancer, yet no one advocates mastectomy for all adolescent girls.

He was really very interested in how this has been perpetuated. He mentioned two or three times, "If there's not a medical reason, then WHY??" I just said, "I can't answer that, really. Tradition and culture are powerful forces."

I'll link the article here when it comes out!
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They are sending a photographer out tomorrow to take pics of us all! Whatever shall I wear!

Yippee!
Kick me off the Island for saying this, but might I suggest making sure you look nice and mainstream. Why you ask? Because I am tired of people assuming that being anti-circ is a stinky crunchy granola hippie cause! Now I think all those things are quite wonderful and am shocked at how crunchy having a kid has turned me. But I get so annoyed when people associate kids that aren't circ'ed with all things they consider to be gross. Like 'icky - mom's that don't circ have hairy pits' sort of comments.

OK kick me off the Island now!!: Let us know when the inteview comes out, hopefully it's a positive one for the cause!
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That is awesome!!! I LOVE to hear how much more coverage "the other side" is starting to get. Definately link us to the article as soon as it comes out...and good luck with the photo shoot tomorrow!
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i am so excited for you! that is great news! thanks for doing the interview. can't wait to read it!

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How did the story idea get set up? Did you approach them, or did they find you somehow? I'd love to see newspapers carrying more of these stories all over the country.

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Ooooh, great job! If they're doing photography, definitely try to look your best and that includes makeup, because the camera really washes you out. Define your eyes, wear lipstick, a little color on your cheeks if you can. There's a reason all those celebrities wear makeup to have their pictures taken!

How did you get tapped to be interviewed? Maybe the rest of us should start harassing our local papers to run articles on circ.

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It's funny. A friend has a friend, blah blah blah, who needed a person against circumcision and who didn't choose it for their son. She sent out an email about it, and I emailed this reporter, who called me. He giggled at the word "intact" and asked why I used it instead of "uncircumcised." I told him that "uncircumcised" implies that it is unfinished or something. I said it would never be done--my son is whole and perfect and intact.

He'd already talked to a rabbi, and when I mentioned that Muslim people often circumcise, he had no idea. Crazy.

I hope, hope, hope it goes well.

Damn, I need to run out and buy some lipstick I guess!

Wish me photogenic luck tomorrow!
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No, I totally agree with you!

I was thinking perhaps a black top with khakis? It's pretty much my uniform anyway. I'll make sure my armpits don't show!

I don't think I'm too granola looking anyway. Pretty normal. I don't usually wear makeup, but my sister said definitely lipstick and mascara. I think a friend has told me that before too. Thoughts?
I was just about to suggest the same very thing--no hippy-like looking . It just drives me nuts when people think that 'normal' women don't breastfeed after 1 year and definitely circ : . Try to look as 'normal' (in mainstream kind of way ) as you can...
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Okay, so no nursing both my 20 month old and my 3.5 year old. Check. No hairy armpits, check. Keep quiet about mama cloth, check. Antiperspirant is my friend, check. I won't even wear my birks!

Think I should go totally incognito and give the kids some lunchables?

I'm actually quite normal looking. I think.

I won't leave that link up long though, so look and advise as quick as you can!
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Okay, so no nursing both my 20 month old and my 3.5 year old. Check. No hairy armpits, check. Keep quiet about mama cloth, check. Antiperspirant is my friend, check. I won't even wear my birks!
I just can imagine this picture with both of your kids nursing . just a very mainstream tandem-nursing, not a big deal .

You look better than just notmal! you are very pretty! your dh is cute too. you guys look like a great couple!
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Pretty in a mainstream way, right?

Thanks! I hope things go okay tomorrow!
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You could also mention that MEN have cancer at a higher rate than penile cancer.

I don't like the women/masectomy answer, because breasts are actually functional for women.... while for men they don't have a real purpose, except for sexual, I suppose... so it is a closer analogy.

Good luck and keep us posted!!!

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Think I should go totally incognito and give the kids some lunchables?
OMG, this made me totally lol

Good luck tomorrow, you rock!!!

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They are sending a photographer out tomorrow to take pics of us all! Whatever shall I wear!
I second the recommendations for "normal". Intact shouldn't be a crunchy, hippy or "wierd" choice. It should be normal, so dress the part!
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I second the recommendations for "normal". Intact shouldn't be a crunchy, hippy or "wierd" choice. It should be normal, so dress the part!
third! I was second ...
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Don't forget to post a link to the artcile when it comes out! Good luck!
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Well, the photographer just left. They also interviewed me on camera! I guess they really want to put it on the web too.

The photographer thinks it will come out on Sunday.

The boys cooperated, thankfully, and the pics were cute. FTR, I wore a blue long sleeve shirt and white capris.
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wonderful!! can't wait to see it!

~helen~ mama to 5 yo twins jonas and micah and my 2 yo baby boy eli
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Hey, I am in FL...for what newspaper is this coming out?

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Good luck "only boys". Based on your good sense of humor, your quick and intelligent comments & your thoughtful way of preparing....

YOU'LL DO GREAT!

Maybe you will even pursuade him that male genitals are just as worthy of respect as female genitals are. That's a big leap for most people to make in their mind.
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So proud to have you speaking up for us and the sweet children of the world

on the Lunchables!

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Hey, I am in FL...for what newspaper is this coming out?
The Lakeland Ledger.
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: @ lunchables! I have done so much research for a friend preggers with a boy, but I still don't feel like I could give a thoughtful interview. Thanks for doing this!

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It's coming out tomorrow morning!

I'll post the link as soon as I have it!

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It's coming out tomorrow morning!

I'll post the link as soon as I have it!

GREAT! LOOKING FORWARD!
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Congrats!

ETA: Link to the article if you can so we can see it!

EATA: Good call on the "mainstream" look. You are serving as a role model, and people want someone they can easily relate to. WTG!
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