I suspect Ms. Weiss is just too ignorant to know that until relatively recently a large majority of American males were circumcised.
As a typical circumcised non-Jewish American male of my generation, I am aware of the fetishism that might exist on both sides of arguments pro- or anti-circumcision, as well as the plausible / implausible health or other claims that people on both sides might have.
I know that if I were the father of a boy, it would be a tough decision because of thoughts about “cleanliness” as well as the possibility of uncircumcised people being potentially more apt to get certain diseases. But I suspect the strongest arguments are against getting circumcisions–there are various protective aspects, there are veins involved, there are nerve or other functions that no male would want to lose or lessen….
If people need to be clean, they can learn to wash. And if people want to lose a foreskin so it won’t attract disease, well, you can say that about any body part: just get rid of those nasty old legs of yours–they’re sure to cause problems some day!
And finally, most men have always had foreskins. Period. It’s basically just absurd to remove body parts that most male human beings in all of history and pre-history have had.
Also, circumcision can basically maim people, completely apart from deaths or extreme mutilation. I don’t know if you’ve ever heard of this, but there are all sorts of short art films online about people forming close momentary personal friendships, and in these films one can see that some men have had circumcisions that are just–too reductive and horrifying!
I know everyone is avid to learn about my own circumcision–I saw an article years ago which had line drawings about the five basic types of circumcision, and I saw that I was lucky enough to have the “least extreme” of the five.
I’m not sure if circumcision should be outlawed, but I think it should probably be mandated that only a trained, specialist surgeon should be involved, performing the operation at a hospital.
But I don’t think Bari Weiss wants a rational discussion about circumcision. I think she just wants to bring her ignorance and infantilism to bear on a discussion of male sexuality, in the same way that she brings her ignorance and infantilism to any discussion of Israel. She’s basically a version of Meghan McCain–ignorantly sounding off with her substance-free rants and self-love.
Would Bari Weiss be so cutesy if we all decided that female genital mutilation were an important social marker? Would she decide that women in general should get various cosmetic surgeries to their privates like some porn stars do to make their privates “pretty”? I think the fact that she can’t recognize surgery as what it is–surgery–indicates that she just doesn’t live in any sort of world of facts and reality. It’s all just playtime to her. Giggle-giggle, circumcision, giggle-giggle.
And where exactly are these teeming masses of people getting their circumcisions “reversed”? I would think that group, would be so small in number to not even feature in a sane conversation. What does she expect–mass demonstrations and riots by circumcision-reversing BDS supporters who decided surgery would make them “cool”?
God, she really is a moron.