The Mixing of Politics, Sex and Religion in One Thousand-Year-Old Controversy: Circumcision

In every single country where circumcision is performed, the rationale for the prevalence of the cut is based in tradition and religion, is protected because of the an intermingling of religious inspiration for law and is flamed over both religious and political interferences in sexuality.


In every case, religious belief and the strong cling to tradition trumps factual evidence. 

Most males are circumcised in the US, Canada, Australia and increasingly so in Africa, the Middle East and religious populations in Europe. Though the most prominent study on male circumcision, from 2007, purports that the risk of HIV is reduced 60 percent in circumcised males, the cut is most widely performed on men among the religious in an aim to follow tradition. Female circumcision most commonly happens in Africa (98 percent of women in Egypt are cut) because of the want to preserve virginity, purity. 



The excuses of tradition and religious autonomy are adding unnecessary complications to a black and white issue: a large majority of males can drastically reduce the prevalence of AIDS by getting cut. It doesn't shouldn't need to be dressed in tradition and clothed in a sacrifice to the deities: it's statistically proven healthier, and in our freshly interconnected world where people are communicating across cultures more than ever beforetraveling more than ever before and intermarrying more than ever before, the borders of our countries, our societies and our diseases are less prevalent.

I'm not a (M)ad (Wo)man, but I know a good ad when I see one.

Just this year, France, Sweden and Denmark have ignited in debate about outlawing male circumcision with the backing of Scandinavian doctors who claim it is an unnecessary mutilation in the same vein as female genital cutting. That comparison is widely rejected, though, and is largely tenuous: female circumcision is known mostly as Female Genital Mutilation, because it has no health benefits and is rooted in obsession with female purity. What they share, though, is a skewed perception due to religious interference: the primary opponents in defense of male circumcision are not doctors but Jews and Christians who believe in the practice because of a line in Genesis where God muttered that all boys should be circumcized. The primary proponents of female circumcision are not doctors or scientists but moral police, justifying tradition based on prior societal codes and pretty myth instead of evidence and reality.  

It was John F. Kennedy who said the truest bit about myth: that it, not the lie, is the greatest enemy of the truth: 

"The great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie- deliberate, contrived and dishonest, but the myth, persistent, persuasive and unrealistic. Belief in myths allows the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought." - John F. Kennedy.