It’s the last day (29-th) february of 2012. Less then around 30 years ago the medical profession recognized the fact that infants and very young children in fact do feel and experience pain. Before the mid 1980’s it was believed that infants do not feel/experience pain. Before the mid 80’s – they have been subjected to invasive medical procedures like surgery without any form of anesthetics. Because people simply thought (and I am not talking about common people – I am talking about medical professionals) that if the child don’t talk about what they feel – then apparently they don’t feel pain.
There has been tests done that shown without a doubt that circumcision is an extremely painful experience for the infant/child during and after the procedure. When preformed without anesthetics (which happens often still – especially in the undeveloped countries where circumcision is connected to ritualistic, religious or cultural practices) It cause changes in the behavior of the child after undergoing such procedure, and the child will most likely develop symptoms of a post-traumatic stress disorder. Not to mention that such children don’t have any say in getting such a painful and unnecessary procedure that will scar them, and which consequences they will to live with and accept for the rest of their life.
Now, there are two kinds of pathological, sick, psychopathic, and evil – let’s call it – manifestations in this world (as I am referring to all kinds of things, phenomena, relationships, philosophies, accepted behaviors etc. that are existent in our world). There are evil manifestations that are obvious and in plain sight, visible for most, that generally ‘no one can deny’ – and if someone does, it is a result of a very intense brainwashing that is done to them by their environment, or that they do to themselves through their back-chat. The other type of evil manifestations, are those that require an in-depth understanding of how exactly and specifically they work, to understand how they are evil – while seemingly they look pretty harmless. But when adding up and in the context that they exist in, they consequently create extreme harm and abuse.
Circumcision is in the first group. It’s obvious, and in-the-face abusive practice. It’s really hard to deny that it is sick to subject babies to such trauma, scarring them for the rest of their lives against their will. And as Ingrid Bloemheuvel on her blog said – if we don’t see anything wrong with circumcision, then why don’t we tattoo infants?
And so, the question still remains. Why do we accept and allow circumcision? I understand that there might some rare situations that it is required to do that procedure because of medical reasons. But I mean women get their breasts amputated on occasions as part of cancer treatment – and it doesn’t mean that breast amputation is a good thing. So, why is it acceptable? It’s hard for me to imagine, how doing a totally unnecessary surgery that is involving amputating (any) part of the body can be accepted just because it’s a part of culture, religion or custom. But I surely would consider that a culture, religion or custom (or anything or anyone for that matter) that is encouraging abuse being done on a defenseless infants is something that is nothing less then evil.
And it’s not only that it shouldn’t be done, it should spark a curiosity and a serious investigation on to understand how have something/someone got to a point of encouraging such acts of abuse. Because it just speaks about the nature of that something/someone. And I don’t mean necessarily pointing to specific cultures or religious groups. I mean to rather quest the whole concept of what is culture, what are customs and what is religion. Because if such things support abuse, and people just because it’s a custom/cultural/religious thing aren’t capable to recognize that it’s sick – then there is something worth really looking at and that requires a solution. As finding faults and looking for scapegoats is not a way to solve the problem.
Such practices should simply stop and be prohibited, and a parent shouldn’t be able to abuse their child in such a way, just because they are fucked-up in their head for some reason, and believe it’s ok or even good to harm their children like this (for whatever sick reason they’ve conjured up in their mind).
There’s also one very dark side of circumcision that I am not sure is being mentioned often. As the circumcision itself is used as a way to make it harder for someone to leave their culture, religion that they’ve been born into. Because if they deny the spiritual/ritualistic meaning of circumcision, they will realize that they have been physically scarred and abused by their family, religion, culture. So it’s a very twisted way of causing a submission in the child. So that the child’s mind for it’s own protection will rather go into the acceptance of the belief that is connected with the circumcision, then allow themselves to realize the fact they’ve been mutilated by the allowance and will of their family and religion. So in a way circumcision plays also a part in ‘breaking down’ someone into accepting the rules of the group that they’ve been born into. As the person breaking out of that, will have to face a severe resentment and frustration – in realizing that they’ve been mutilated and abused by the one’s they trusted in. Which is extremely cruel and twisted.
To end this blog post, I’ll just leave you with a quote I’ve found on Ingrid’s blog. A quote by Karl Menninger (a psychiatrist) : “What’s done to children, they will do to society.”