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Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Sandra Bullock Cuts Her Newly Adopted Son
A peaceful parenting reader passed along this Jezebel article to me today and I must say I was rather hoping to not read the news highlighted in the May special edition of People magazine.
Sandra Bullock is pictured on the front page with her newly adopted (from New Orleans) son, Louis, fully clad in an African-style necklace made by Sunny (her stepdaughter). According to Bullock, the necklace "represents all the kids." She continues [emphasis mine]:
I want him to know no limits on where he can go. I want him to experience all culture, nationalities, countries and people like I did. I want his mind to be open and free. We were raised that we are all the same. No one greater, smarter, more powerful. We are all equal. I would love for Louis to know that . He has a big, beautiful, diverse family. As long as he knows he is loved and protected and given the opportunity to touch and see everything, then I will have done my job as a momma.
Bullock seems hard pressed to stress her inclusiveness of all people, all culture, all nations, all religions -- especially after the recent media hoopla surrounding her husband, Jesse James, and his 'Nazi' photo from US Weekly that was splashed across pop culture headlines.
Bullock, who is not Jewish, explains to People:
The photo shocked me and made me sad. This is not the man I married. This was stupid, this was ignorant. Racism, antisemitism, sexism, homophobia, anything 'Nazi,' and a boatload of other things, have no place in my life. And the man I married felt the same. This is something I hope Jesse will address one day, but it is not the world I live in, or have ever lived in, and have any tolerance for.
So how does this tie into peaceful parenting and the fact that I've just lost any ounce of admiration I ever had for Sandra Bullock? She continues to describe what was done to her adopted son [emphasis mine]:
A friend of ours helped arrange for a bris [Jewish genital cutting ceremony] at our house, because we couldn't go [to a hospital for surgery]. The mohel came to us. You have never seen adults more panicked about what was about to happen to their son, but the celebration and the amount of love we felt and the pride in the little man whom we love so, so much became the greatest moment I have ever had in my life.
The GREATEST moment you have ever had in your entire life was the moment your new son had a 1/3 his penis painfully amputated? Violating HIS basic human right to bodily integrity? Forever impacting HIS development & sexuality? And not because you were naively misguided by some societal myth, but because you needed to dispel those nasty 'Nazi' rumors flying around overhead? Hmmm...
Maybe there is a reason his birth mother protected him from such things.
[Note: I am 100% fully and completely in support of the adoption of babies who do not have mothers to care for them, to loving, protective parents who will provide for and nurture them. I am not in support of these parents then cutting their new children.]
For further information on the prepuce organ and circumcision, see resources at: Are You Fully Informed?
Update: It appears Facebook users have started a page in response to this Hollywood event.