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Much Ado About The Foreskin Part One- Disputed Copyright

22 May

It’s that time of the year again. Eastern Cape is chomping at the bit ready to send it’s young and fittest to yet another session of man-making foreskin annihilation session. Imagine a production line to the abattoir amidst much fanfare. Like lambs to the slaughterhouse the blanket clad juveniles are led to their respective bomas in an air of jubilation, anxiety and dare I say not without a hint of self importance.

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There are many peoples around the world that practice ceremonial circumcision. For many it’s just a milestone where the community welcomes it’s young men to “real” manhood and others purely for hygiene purposes.
It is this very same circumcision that other peoples have taken to heart and is the defining mark between them and other people read lesser beings. If current propaganda and dogma is anything to go by you’d be forgiven if you thought male circumcision was a jewish, muslim, certain school of christian thought, xhosa or sotho privilege. The old testament of the bible which I believe many jewish people believe in and always open to interpretation by christians states in no unequivocal terms in chapter 17 of Genesis ” 9 Then God said to Abraham, “ As for you, you must keep my covenant, you and your descendants after you for the generations to come. 10 This is my covenant with you and your descendants after you, the covenant you are to keep: Every male among you shall be circumcised. 11 You are to undergo circumcision, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and you. 12 For the generations to come every male among you who is eight days old must be circumcised, including those born in your household or bought with money from a foreigner—those who are not your offspring. 13 Whether born in your household or bought with your money, they must be circumcised. My covenant in your flesh is to be an everlasting covenant. 14 Any uncircumcised male, who has not been circumcised in the flesh, will be cut off from his people; he has broken my covenant.”

Similar sentiment is also found in the islamic hadith though the silence of an explicit instruction from the muslim god in the quran is notably loud. All in all there’s a whole lot of people out there who take much pride and ownership of circumcision a.k.a genital mutilation in other quarters. No one group of people or culture has ownership rights of foreskin removal. It’s hilarious actually that many religious folk are loathe to the concept of physical reconstruction aesthetic or otherwise but would gladly slice of a piece of their phallus and by that they’re suddenly a few degrees better than joe public who believes differently.

*End of Part 1*

Coming up next in the Much Ado About The Foreskin: Lost In Translation

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