If we look at the first half of the 20th century, there were inumeramble intact fathers who bowed to the medical propoganda of the day and allowed their sons to be circumcised. Thus allowing it to happen did cause circumcision to become standard - at least in the U.S.<br>
I would hope that as more parents refuse this barbaric practice, then the intact state will once again become the "standard".
I'm not sure that I find it to be terribly elegantly worded, but I agree with the underlying notion that we are ALL part of "the norm". What I do and how I represent it has the potential to shape the norm. And yes, I think this applies very nicely to RIC.<br><br>
I know a lot of people who do not understand the role they have in reinforcing versus fighting an undesirable norm. They see themslves as just one person and their decision as just one tiny blip.
Oh, that's a great quote Jen. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> It speaks to my poetic side. It reminds me of Descartes famous saying "I think, therefore I am." To me, the quote means that society is like a large puzzle and we are all pieces that fit in the puzzle, but depending on our choices the puzzle may look one way or it may look a very different way. If everyone in the society--if every piece in the puzzle--circumcised their sons then society would be different than if no one did. ...<br><br>
Or maybe I'm just thinking too hard! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue">