Circumcision, like vaccination, is kind of a controversial issue, it appears. Unlike vaccination, circumcision is not one of those things that you’re required to do to send your child to school or to keep a population safe from communicable disease. (Yes, there is good evidence that HIV infection can be curbed by circumcision, but that’s for another post.) I became aware of “intactivists,” people who are activists about leaving boys intact (uncircumcised), during the vaccine wars. As it turns out, a lot of anti-vaccine people are also intactivists, sharing the fear and anger at the government and pharmaceutical/medical systems. Intactivists can be quite nasty, just like anti-vaccine activists. Continue reading
There’s a Facebook group who goes by the name “Butthurt Bitches.” It’s a group set up to harass and make fun of mothers who’ve chosen to have their son(s) circumcised. In internet lingo, “butthurt” is a term to describe someone who reacts negatively to something that offends them. It’s supposed to signify that someone gave you a “spanking.” But this “intactivist” takes the definition of “butthurt” a little further:
That’s right, ladies and gentlemen, they make fun of rape. Not only that, when I (as my FB persona of “Edward Jenner”) pointed out to them that rape wasn’t funny, one of their administrators (“PP”) suggested that I ask my mother about rape since “She knows all about being raped.” Hilarious.
Of course, we shouldn’t be surprised that these people, who are extreme in their views that boys should not be circumcised, go to these depths to mock their opponents. Many of these “opponents” have done nothing worse than openly state on their FB pages that they were going to circumcise their children, which is an anathema to “Butthurt Bitches.” As a result, “Butthurt Bitches” decides to mock them and, in my opinion, threaten with rape.