Thanks to Jamie and Nick for putting these 2 powerful images together. One of the men who created this image is intact, the other was cut against his will at birth. Both are gentle, good men, active in working toward a more peaceful world for everyone.
The original version of this image, by the late John Erickson, can be viewed below or on his website here.
Why are these images being displayed as Erickson once did with his?
"He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it. He who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it." ~ Martin Luther King, Jr
Nothing is more destructive to gentle parenting and a peaceful world than the complete disregard for the basic human right of bodily integrity of a helpless newborn baby.
Are we saying all babies subject to genital mutilation grow up to commit violent acts against others? To perpetuate what was done to them?
Does the overall violence done to boys have an impact on male culture, expectations, and the way boys and men are socialized?
There are multiple levels to both crimes pictured here. And there are many social scientists who have demonstrated the two (male violence and violence done TO males) are directly related to each other.
This is a social ill.
It does not mean that parents who've chosen circumcision are inherently 'bad' -- in fact, there are many wonderful, loving parents who allowed their son(s) to be cut before they had accurate and complete information. Today, they are bravely and honestly working to make the world a more peaceful place for the men and women who come after them. To enable their sons to make different choices for their grandsons.
It is because this occurs daily in U.S. culture that we cannot remain silent on the issue. It must be brought to light. It is an urgent, pressing issue that needs attention now.
Human babies are just as valuable as adult humans, and are equally deserving of protection from assault under law.
For further information on male violence in society, see any of the phenomenal research by Dr. Jackson Katz.
For Hygeia Halfmoon's thoughts on this subject, see her post, Cutting Boys Cuts to the Core.
For more from Jamie, see his videos in Circumcision Take 3.
To become fully informed on the subject of circumcision, check out any and all of the resources on the subject. Books, sites, and articles on the topic cataloged here.
John Erickson's original images of Menninger's depiction:
"What is done to children...