I have a great idea for who should replace The Sperminator as
governor of California: Russell Crowe! We know he'd at least
have San Francisco's vote, now that the famously outspoken actor has set a huge social media fire by tweeting that "circumcision
is barbaric and stupid." I should point out that Crowe did not make
this comment apropos of nothing; apparently it was made in response to a tweet
asking his opinion on the topic. Well, that's his opinion! What, you
were expecting some diplomatic, middle-of-the-road reply?
Didn't think so. Anyway, I'm not offended, but that's probably because I
didn't get my son circumcised.
Before you put Crowe's words in my mouth (hmm, that sounds kind of hot), I
am NOT saying that I think circumcision is barbaric or stupid.
When I made the decision to not circumcise, I had no ethnic or religious
ties to the practice ... so why would I hand my infant son over to be
cut? I didn't, and don't, buy the theory that a circumcised penis is a
cleaner penis -- maybe that made sense back in biblical times when bathing
wasn't yet a daily thing, but not now.
It amazes me that in the age of anti-bacterial soaps and frequent
showers, the "dirty foreskin" myth persists. And that's only the tip of the
... er, iceberg. "What about when he's older and, you know, has a girlfriend?"
That's a question I've head more times than I can count, generally from other
moms who already had their sons circumcised. (To which I raise
an eyebrow and say, "In my experience, it doesn't make a difference." That
usually shuts people up.)
So actually, I'm kind of happy about Russell Crowe's tweet.
Gives me more comeback ammunition for the next time I get the typical male
response to my decision: "But a boy's penis should look like his father's!"
It is nice to get a guy's opinion on it. As much a I appreciate having moms to talk to, they are seriously lacking in personal experience in this department. Never mind that all the men I know, those who have expressed an opinon anyway, disagree with him, his opinion is his own and he welcome to express. Not offensive at all to me.
I think it's a parents choice and everyone who chooses NOT to do it shouldn't bash the ones that do and vice versa.. I think people spend to much time judging others chooses and need to just worry about themselves and their families..