A Dose of Stupid v.67

It happens every day. In fact, it is pretty hard to avoid it. There are some things that can only be understood with a slap on the forehead. Things so mind-boggling that one wonders how humans managed to evolve thumbs while being this mentally inept. Case in point:

Let’s circumcise boys to prevent teen pregnancy

In Colorado, a proposed bill to reinstate Medicaid funding for circumcision failed to pass. It managed to get through one hearing, but died in the next. According to an article about the proposal:

Opponents, who included health professionals, budget hawks and anti-circumcision activists told health committee members on Thursday that circumcision is cosmetic and potentially harmful, and taxpayers should not fund it.

Proponents for the bill argued that funding for circumcision for babies on Medicaid is a social justice issue. In general, insurance companies pay for the procedure for insured Colorado babies even though the American Academy of Pediatrics does not deem circumcisions to be “medically necessary.” Meanwhile, low-income parents who want their babies circumcised are being put on waiting lists for the procedure until parents can prove they’ve paid in advance.

It is worth noting that only one doctor testified in favor of circumcision.

But that is not the stupid part. While representatives argued their reasons for supporting or opposing either funding circumcision or circumcision itself, Rep. Sue Schafer had specific reason for supporting circumcision:

One lawmaker, Rep. Sue Schafer, D-Wheat Ridge, elicited laughter in the hearing room when she asked Dr. Johnson if circumcision might help reduce teen pregnancy rates and teen sexual activity by reducing nerve sensation in boys’ penises.

“I’m wondering if there’s a risk of more sexual activity, more male irresponsibility” for uncircumcised boys, Schafer asked.

It is funny because it is stupid.

Can you imagine the backlash a male representative would receive if he joked that circumcising girls to make sex less pleasurable might be an effective means of reducing teen pregnancy and sexual activity?

While it is unsurprising that people think male pain is comedy fodder, it is surprising that someone would so blatantly state that we should hurt boys to stop them from wanting sex.

Thankfully, Dr. Jennifer Johnson challenged Schafer’s comments:

Johnson answered that teen pregnancy is certainly a problem, but said circumcision won’t halt teen sexual activity.

“Circumcision is not a cure for behavior. That’s about education,” she said.

She and others also testified that cutting off infant babies’ body parts is not the way to prevent urinary tract infections. She said she’s treated plenty of babies for infections and antibiotics are an easy answer.

“You don’t cut off part of a healthy penis to treat urinary tract infections,” Johnson said.

The good thing that came out of this is that it seems that there are plenty of educated, well-informed people who can reasonably explain why mutilating a boy’s penis is a bad, harmful thing. The circumcision supporters cannot offer any plausible or medical reason for circumcising all boys. The best they can do is site parental or religious preference and an incomplete study that does not actually show that circumcision prevents HIV infections.

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6 thoughts on “A Dose of Stupid v.67

  1. Need I point out the inherent misandry and assumed lack of agency on the part of the girls?

    “I’m wondering if there’s a risk of more sexual activity, more male irresponsibility” for uncircumcised boys, Schafer asked.

    So the boys are totally to blame for unwanted pregnancy due to “male irresponsibility” and there was no mention about any shared responsibility on the part of the girls?

    There is something wrong with a culture that takes “male irresponsibility” as a given and assumes that this is as natural as breathing air.

  2. She’s not alone. Maimonides, perhaps the greatest Jewish philosopher of all time, made a very similar argument. It would dull boy’s sexual pleasure and would, therefore, improve their morality.

    Furthermore, it must be done to a baby promptly, before the parents have bonded with it. They might have compassion for the child if they waited too long.

  3. There are a number of quotes from the medical literature and from pamphlets advising parents, published between 1860 and 1914, that assert that circumcised men are less horny and therefore better behaved. That argument faded away in the 1920s and 30s and is completely gone now, replaced by the argument that circumcision has no effect on the pleasure of either gender!
    Since 1950 or so, the typical American adult male has been circumcised. Since then, have out of wedlock pregnancies become rarer? STD rates declined? Divorces less common/ Interest in sexual perversion declined? Less porn purchased? Fewer under 18s bonked? Have strip joints closed their doors for lack of customers? Did Playboy, Penthouse, and Hustler not come about because of a lack of subscribers?
    Does Sue Schafer honestly believe that people have sex only men have an itch in the tips of their penises? Is she married? Has she ever felt intense desire for her spouse? Has she raised sons? Is she human like the rest of us? Has she ever entertained the possibility that a man who, because of his circumcision, can’t obtain satisfaction from normal sex, is more likely to go aimlessly from woman to woman disdaining commitment, more likely to disdain condoms, more likely to engage in irresponsible and unsafe sex, etc etc?? Can her ilk ever entertain the possibility that circumcision, by damaging a male’s ability to enjoy masturbation, could create more social problems, not less?

  4. Over the past couple of hundred years circumcision has been claimed to prevent more conditions than any other procedure. It is best described as snake oil.

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