Hobb Beckett on Circumcision


Sneak peek at a powerful essay on circumcision by sociology professor Hobb Beckett.

Further on he writes: “My aim in writing this was not to cause parents to feel guilty nor to make circumcised males feel lessened. There are enough of these emotions in our lives. My goal was to take a close look at circumcision and see what it says about the cultures that practice it – and to advocate for its abolition.
While North American society has become rightly hypersensitive to the horror of female genital mutilation, the horror of male genital mutilation remains in a moral and legal blind spot. This glaring contradiction cannot but represent some aspect of the shadow side on the modern North American psyche. In this essay I have tried to make this a little more apparent and understandable.”

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