Anonymous asked: As an Atheist jew, do you support Brit Milah? Have you ever heard of Brit Shalom?
I’m not in favor of circumcision until the child is older (at least 13) and does so voluntarily - but I also don’t think that those who do so are evil. maybe they are, but I don’t see them that way.
I had not heard of a bris shalom (x), but seems ok. I got nothing against ceremonies per se, though I personally don’t feel the need to frame my life events around my jewish background.
i mean circumcision in general is just cleaner and frankly makes penises look better in my opinion. idk if you’ve ever had to clean lil kids but it’s MUCH EASIER to keep a circumcised penis clean. so it’s better from a practical standpoint to be circumcised in my humble opinion (stopping potential infections and shit, it’s good).
now when it comes to stuff like metzitzah b’peh…yeah. idk about that. but i am pro-circumcision in general, for mostly non-religious reasons.
most circumcision in the US is done strictly as a medical procedure on infants, not for religious purposes, usually for aesthetic and hygienic reasons.
yeah, but that still seems kinda fucked up. what other body parts would we cut off to make cleaning it easier? let alone one’s magic wand! that there is precious material!
i have heard something about having a foreskin making sex more pleasurable, i don’t know how true that is or isn’t (as i haven’t got a penis, much less a foreskin, i could not tell you)
i think that at least in the US, circumcision itself has different significance than it does in Europe and other parts of the world, where it sets Jews & Muslims apart, whereas here in the states most people, regardless of religion/ethnicity, are still circumcised as infants (though less babies are circumcised now), i know non-Jewish parents who opted to circumcise simply so that the kid wouldn’t “look different”.
Well, way I see it, there’s a ton of nerve endings in the foreskin; you lose it, you lose that sensation. as someone who likes such sensations, I kinda wish I hadn’t lose any.
that said, it is quite common here, and i know some girls find them gross, so I guess there’s what to be thankful for. but really, it comes down to cutting off part of a person’s body, and to do that, one really needs a really good reason. “easier to clean” and “fitting in” just don’t seem to cut it - pun, sadly, intended.