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i know this particular email has been discussed here before, but i just got it from my sister's MIL. i have pretty much no relationship with her, but we are sort of throwing my sister a baby shower together, which is how i got on her email list. i am going to send something to her (and everyone else she sent it to), so help me figure out what.<br><br>
here it is~<br><br><span>A teacher noticed that a little boy at the back of the class was<br>
squirming around, scratching his crotch, and not paying attention.<br><br>
She went back to find out what was going on. He was quite embarrassed<br>
and wispered that he had just recently been Circumcised and he was quite<br>
itchy.<br><br>
The teacher told him to go down to the principal's office. He was to<br>
telephone his mother and ask her what he should do about it. He did and<br>
returned to his class.<br><br>
Suddenly, there was a commotion at the back of the room. She went back<br>
to investigate only to find him sitting at his desk with his 'private part'<br>
hanging out.<br><br>
'I thought I told you to call your Mom!' she said.<br><br>
'I did,' he said, 'And she told me that if I could stick it out till<br>
noon, she'd come and pick me up from school.'</span><br><br>
thanks for any and all suggestions.
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/yeahthat.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="yeah that">: I was speechless. Never heard that "joke" before.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">How about, "I don't find 'jokes' about genital mutilation very funny. Please don't send another."</div>
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That sounds perfect.
 

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yea, i thought about just a 'what on earth make a person laugh about something so reprehensible', but my sister (this came from my sister's MIL) is having a boy, and though i haven't asked sis about the future status of her son's penis (i am really nervous <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment">), i am holding out hope that when i do have that conversation she will see clearly that circing is wrong in every sense of the word. sooo..i want her mil to be educated on the subject, as she is the kind of person to open her big mouth and say something.<br><br>
did any of that make sense? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/innocent.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shy"><br><br>
im going to send her and the other folks (including her son, my BIL) some links, maybe babyboy.info, and for sure "the video". and i think i may bring up something about what if this had been a girl, and she had just had her genitals mutilated? still funny? and also, really, we are supposed to believe the kid's penis is <i><b>itchy</b></i>??? c'mon. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy">:
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">and also, really, we are supposed to believe the kid's penis is <i><b>itchy</b></i>??? c'mon. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy">:</div>
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Why not? I once got a very large road rash on my knee and shin (tripped, slipped, and skid in some loose asphalt on the side of a road). After it stopped hurting (and I cut the infected dead flesh off), as it was healing over, it itched like crazy. It was very hard to not just rub the whole thing with a wire brush, it was that itchy.
 

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Hmmm, assuming sister's MIL is in the typical parent of grown kids mindset - not thinking about circ really at all, its just what is done, etc - it probably didn't even really register to her in the joke itself. In light of the fact that your sister is at the decision point, my concern would be that you might come off in a 'really out there crunchy', etc light for coming back from what she sees as a harmless little joke with a huge agenda, if that makes sense? I'd be concerned that too big a response to a "harmless joke" (in her mind) might cause her to be dismissive of your message. If your sister wasn't at that key point, it might not matter (or it might not matter anyway)<br><br>
I think I'd play it more to your sister, who probably also got sent the joke. I think I'd say something more on the aside. 'Oh your MIL sent me that joke the other day. I just couldn't find it funny - I guess since I have a son I just focus too much on how much pain that poor boy must have been in from being circumcised to even really laugh at the joke. As if that would only itch! Boy am I glad we didn't circ DS'
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Hmmm, assuming sister's MIL is in the typical parent of grown kids mindset - not thinking about circ really at all, its just what is done, etc - it probably didn't even really register to her in the joke itself. In light of the fact that your sister is at the decision point, my concern would be that you might come off in a 'really out there crunchy', etc light for coming back from what she sees as a harmless little joke with a huge agenda, if that makes sense? I'd be concerned that too big a response to a "harmless joke" (in her mind) might cause her to be dismissive of your message. If your sister wasn't at that key point, it might not matter (or it might not matter anyway)<br><br>
I think I'd play it more to your sister, who probably also got sent the joke. I think I'd say something more on the aside. 'Oh your MIL sent me that joke the other day. I just couldn't find it funny - I guess since I have a son I just focus too much on how much pain that poor boy must have been in from being circumcised to even really laugh at the joke. As if that would only itch! Boy am I glad we didn't circ DS'</div>
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Sounds perfect!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">How about, "I don't find 'jokes' about genital mutilation very funny. Please don't send another."</div>
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Probably the more toned down response is wiser, but I'd send this one. I wouldn't care how I looked to the rest of them (ok I say that now) ... sending that was just disgusting. :puke
 

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yea, after going to bed last night and having some down time to think, i was kinda thinking the same as you guys. i was just so, you know, im on gaurd it seems all the time, and this got me going. i think it would be best to keep it toned down. this is why i posted here- someone to balance my initial gut reaction! thanks! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 

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Couldn't they just change the joke to "a boy had a rash on his penis" instead of "a boy was recently circ'ed"?<br><br>
Not too many boys are circ'ed at school-age anyway, and I'd imagine those that are are hospitalized for it and kept home several days afterwards. This 'joke" is so out of line with reality that it just seems odd.
 
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