• Petitioned United States Congress

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United States Congress

Extend the ban on female circumcision to include male circumcision as well.

    1. Petition by

      Timothy Mankins

      4htey, WA

If you cut off any other part of a baby's body for religious reasons, you would go to prison for child abuse. Cutting off part of a baby boy's penis shouldn't be any more acceptable. In fact, cutting off part of his penis is worse than cutting any other part of his body, because his penis is inherently sexual in nature. Thus, male circumcision is not only a form of physical abuse, but is also a form of sexual abuse. Female circumcision is illegal even when done for religious reasons. It's highly sexist and misandric to deny to boys the same protection which is extended to girls. It's also unconstitutional because it violates the equal protection clause of the 14th amendment. Parents who circumcise their infant sons should be sent to prison just like they would if they cut off any other part of their son's body.

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    Reasons for signing

    • Tracy Steinbach PLANO, TX
      • over 2 years ago

      It is a barbaric practice being perpetuated despite the ban on female genital mutilation. Let's call elective circumcision what it really is: male genital mutilation. I know someone about to do this to their 9-year old son because it is a "tradition" in their Filipino family. Not only is this a mutilation of this poor unsuspecting child, but most assuredly he will carry the psychological scars forever because his parents refuse to even discuss or explain what they are about to to their son, and yet it is still perfectly legal here in the United States. It's time to end the discrimination against males that this lack of legal protection perpetuates. End elective male circumcision.

    • Ari Zighelboim NEW ORLEANS, LA
      • over 2 years ago

      it's sad to discriminate between the genders and think that it is bad to mutilate one sex but ok to mutilate the other

    • Brandy Smallwood GARLAND, TX
      • over 2 years ago

      It is unethical to allow parents this amount of authority over their child's genitals. The foreskin is a functioning organ with a purpose. Removing healthy tissue from a person who is incapable of consent is wrong.

    • Howard Smith AIRDRIE, CANADA
      • over 2 years ago

      Every male deserves to be whole. To cut off a part of a baby's penis is both perverse and bizarre, no matter what the excuse.

    • Benjamin Selfridge BETHESDA, MD
      • over 2 years ago

      My whole life, I have suppressed the physical sensation of having an exposed glans. Now I have come to realize (with a lot of emotional pain) that it has been rubbing against my clothing and has caused me a non-trivial amount of discomfort. I am looking into temporary and long-term solutions to fix this.

      I am signing this petition for two reasons: 1) I am a personal victim of this bizarre and unnecessary practice, so it particularly important to me. 2) I believe that current anti-genital mutilation laws are discriminatory in that they specifically protect female body parts, but make no attempt to protect the analogous male parts.


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