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In which i respond to the bullshit

Every Tuesday Nicole over at By Word of Mouth Musings has a link up where you link up an old post.  It’s been fun because for me, it’s a pretty easy thing to do so I actually do it and also, I’ve met some new people and gotten new readers.

 

So each week, I try to put a post in there that actually reflects my personality since you only get one shot with many of these people.  You see, I have decided to continue my blog but to realize that I’ll never be one of those people who are really working it.  No link ups, no submitting, none of that bullshit.  I mean, don’t get me wrong; I think all that stuff is great but realistically, I know I’ll never do it so I’ve decided just to recognize this for what it is; a self-indulgent spewing of thoughts and ideas with no coherent format.

 

At any rate, the last few weeks I have include a post on being a corporate wife, how I shared my wisdom, Tucker and the Turkey, how I was being recruited to the CIA subliminally and today I included my circumcision/blowjob post.  Of course, I know that post is a hot button topic but once again, all the crazy haters have come out to comment.

 

You see folks, it was just a funny story.  The goal, at the time, was Mother in law baiting and I was DAMN GOOD AT IT.  I really don’t give a shit one-way or another whether your guy/man/baby/son/whatever-the-hell person is circumcised or not.

But for the anti-circumcision crowd this article sets them off like some sort of time bomb.  All of a sudden I’m a horrible person; on the scale of 1 to Jeffrey Dahmer I’m a 12.  So you see, I just want to say calm the fuck down.

 

You want to go down on a guy, I personally don’t give a shit.  Is he circumcised or not? I don’t see why your opinions matter to me.  I was just telling a story.  To be honest, I’m older than most of the people who read all this and when I was growing up, most boys were circumcised here in the United States.  I get that in Europe that wasn’t the case but in my personal experience it was.

 

I have never actually been with an uncircumcised guy and although I’m married now, I certainly have been with more than a few guys back in the day.  So my story was about MY OPINIONS and ME.  Now, however, the pendulum has swung the other way and many boys don’t get circumcised.  That’s fine! Whatever.

 

PEOPLE!  I DON’T CARE.  Sure you can leave your opinions but honestly, I’m not going to post them if they’re nasty or ridiculous.  I mean, one person equated me with people who used to “lynch black people.”  Really, I mean REALLY?

 

Because I circumcised my son almost 18 years ago I’m the type of person to string people from a tree?  Get outta here.  I just don’t see the correlation.  By the way, I’m Jewish and Daniel was circumcised as part of a religious ceremony but I really don’t need to explain myself to you guys.

 

So basically, read it; don’t read it.  Like it; don’t like it.  Comment; don’t comment.  Read the FUCKING DISCLAIMER on the top of the blog and get over yourself.

 

Ok, I’m done.

 

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87 Comments

  1. Jeri
    June 15, 2011

    Ahhhh, you are becoming a real blogger!! Criticism is your best friend, especially when it’s hand to you in a public comment!! Imagine what you could spin off of these! I have to admit, I love a good hater. Gives me content for a new post!
    Bunch of CHODES…

    • Lynn
      June 15, 2011

      I know…my husband said why don’t you fuck with them like The Bloggess does or 27bslash6 but i’m just not like that…oh well

  2. Tex
    June 15, 2011

    Lynn, they are just angry people to begin with. They are just looking for something to be angry at, and someone to be angry with! Don’t let it get to you! Toughen that skin if you want to continue to write and speak your mind:)

    • Lynn
      June 15, 2011

      Oh…it’s tough. And they didn’t get to ME…i just don’t get what they think they’re doing. So, don’t worry about my skin. Thanks Tex

  3. AnnD
    June 15, 2011

    I can’t speak for all anti-circ activists but I do not think you are the equivalent to a lyncher. I don’t think you are a bad person at all. I only have two people in my real life that have kept their son’s Intact so if I alienated everyone who circ’ed their sons, I wouldn’t have many friends.

    We aren’t all angry people as Tex likes to think we are. I think we are easier to dismiss away when you think we are “angry” or “unbalanced.” And, honestly, if I had circ’ed my son, refused to listen to another perspective or the research and benefits to leaving your son Intact, I would probably dismiss what we had to say too. It’s hard to think that you’ve caused your child harm in any way.

    However, some people might be angry…I find most of them to be men who have been hurt by circumcision that come out the most strongly opinionated against circumcision. There are men who have had very negative ramifications from their circumcisions, ramification that often aren’t seen in until middle adulthoood.

    This is what people don’t understand about this procedure. It’s HARMFUL.

    I merely try to present the facts when I get into a debate like this but, often, when are presenting the facts about the benefits of being Intact and the loss of the foreskin, we are met with snarky comments like: “Your son will never get a blowjob.” or “Intact penises are gross and dirty.” Completely uneducated and ignorant comments made only by Amercians. And, whether you want to acknowledge it or not, that hurts US.

    My son is 19 months old and he is Intact and though I am not worried about his ability to have sex or get laid later on in life (seriously??? Who even think about that when their children are young??), I feel like you insulted MY son when you said that.

    I dare you to look at an Intact little boy and say that to his face.

    So, in the past, you’ve just defended your actions. But, believe it or not, your words can hurt other people (mothers of Intact sons and Intact men) and you can either choose to acknowledge that (even if you don’t want to apologize) or you can continue to be dismissive and call us crazy.

    Either way, we are all human beings. But, so is my Intact son who didn’t do anything to you.

    • Name *
      June 15, 2011

      Oh, also just wanted to add that there are drawbacks to having your blog public and this is one of them. So, please don’t post something so controversial and disrespectful and don’t expect people to be offended and respond back.

      • Lynn
        June 15, 2011

        Look…i was just relating a funny story…take it as you will. also, i’m not really offended at all this crap as i truly don’t care.

        I didn’t put up some of the nasty comments and i feel you’re entitled to your opinion and honestly, if you got offended from a funny story then you seriously need to lighten up in my opinion.

      • bwsf
        June 15, 2011

        There’s “responding back” and then there’s “crazed angry mob that’s missing the point”.

        • Lynn
          June 15, 2011

          they want an apology because i hurt their feelings. Also, the fact that i said the word “blowjob” in relation to a baby. I guess they won’t appreciate the fact that i once told my daughter … oops (that’s politically incorrect too!!!) hahaha

    • Jack @ TheJackB
      June 18, 2011

      This is what people don’t understand about this procedure. It’s HARMFUL

      That is debatable. The number of men who were hurt is statistically insignificant. But let’s play the game for a moment. How many girls have their ears pierced. How many girls have holes drilled in their ears because mom thinks it is pretty.

      And how many of them suffer ill effects. How many end up suffering through infected ears and other issues.

      I don’t care if people choose not to circumcise their sons but the decision should be left to parents.

      FWIW, intact is sort of a silly term. Do we have a name for people who haven’t had their tonsils or appendix removed. I have both- do I get a medal for that.

  4. Jessica
    June 15, 2011

    I don’t see at all how circumcision correlates to lynching of black people. I’m sorry you had negative comments but at least there is a delete button.

    • Lynn
      June 15, 2011

      yeah…i never put that comment up trust me.

  5. Anna
    June 15, 2011

    I understand about MIL baiting, trust me. I just don’t particularly care for the cavalier manner in which you discussed circumcision. Both of my younger brothers are in their mid-20’s and one was circ’d (the other had hypospadias and circ’d as a teen). However, my mother doesn’t make crass jokes about blow jobs- she feels sorry that she didn’t have the information she does today. I respect the hell out of her. I wish more women were like her- able to admit when they were wrong.

    I will say this, if a man were to say, “That girl is never going to be eaten out” (to use equivalent vulgar term) talking about a BABY, and then went on to say how women that don’t have their labias trimmed are nasty because of what the porn industry has conditioned him to think, people would seriously think he were a pedofile. You know? And then if he came back saying it was just a joke and people need to get over themselves, besides he circ’d his daughters for religious reasons, how many people would still be disgusted?

    I get that you don’t care. You seem to LIKE getting under people’s skin. Why? Well, I’m not your therapist so I’ll decline to say. I hope you find the attention you’re seeking but remember that positive is much healthier than negative. That’s what I teach my two year old (intact) son.

    • Lynn
      June 15, 2011

      thanks for all the psychotherapy…

  6. Cyn
    June 15, 2011

    To YOU – and others who don’t even think twice about circumcision – it was a ‘funny story’.

    To those of us who understand what’s involved when a baby is strapped to that cutting board and who are trying to put an end to this heinous practice, it’s not funny at all. Genital mutilation is no joke.

    And btw – we’re not ‘nuts’ for being opposed to this human rights violation committed against male children. If we were talking about little girls having their private parts cut against their will, you’d probably actually ‘get’ where we’re coming from.

    • AnnD
      June 15, 2011

      Thanks, Cyn. I think that’s what people don’t understand about where we are coming from.

      To us, this is not a parental choice. It is a human rights issue. And ciricumcision is a violation of human rights. It’s not done with anesthesia, it’s painful and it only has negative ramifications.

      It’s based on medical lies to continue the billion dollar a year business it is.

      As for religion, there are religions across the world that circumcise little girls and we get all up in arms about that. It’s a harmful and unnecessary practice no matter who it is played out upon, boys or girls. Ritual decapitations and human sacrifice are a part of some religions as well and I don’t support those either. Just because it’s a religious act doesn’t mean it is right.

      All human beings have a right to their whole genitals unless THEY choose otherwise.

  7. ChristineMarie
    June 15, 2011

    I thought it was hilarious. The conversation, I mean. That was the point of the story, right? To laugh at the fact that you said something completely outrageous to your MIL. I’m pretty sure that was the point. ;)

    And just for the record, circumcision is normal to a lot of people because it was done at birth. In the hospital. Not with a piece of cut glass like it’s done in Africa to women reaching puberty…with no anesthetic. It’s kind of ridiculous to compare the 2…let alone compare you to a lyncher. It’s a perfectly common practice. Just like NOT getting circ’d is perfectly normal to the people that don’t get it done.

    It’s a preference, people. And not at all the point of the story. It wasn’t meant to be hurtful or controversial. It was meant to share a hilarious exchange between a mother and daughter in law while the men looked on agape and in hysterics.

    *gets off soapbox*

    • Lynn
      June 15, 2011

      true that

    • Name *
      June 15, 2011

      Holy fucking shit. I CANNOT believe what is taking place here! I am hoping hoping HOPING that most people are with @ChristineMarie, whose comment above articulates what I was thinking as well. It was the audacity of the comment to her MIL, the way she knew she’d pusher buttons, which makes it funny. It could have been about ANYTHING. That wasn’t the point.

      Sigh. I was going to continue commenting, but the people to whom I’d be addressing the comment wouldn’t even be able to get it. Ah, the blogiverse. Really reminds you with whom you share this world… #Depressing.

      • ChristineMarie
        June 15, 2011

        LOL! Thank you! And yes…exactly! It’s kind of pointless at this juncture. But I LOVE all the controversy this has stirred up.

        There are bigger problems in the world, people! MUCH bigger problems. How about we argue about world hunger? Politics? War? And where the hell is Natalee Holloway?!!

        • Lynn
          June 15, 2011

          hahaha…you are going to get a raft of shit for making fun of a deceased child…watch your back now

          • ChristineMarie
            June 15, 2011

            LMAO! That’s exactly my point! How many will take that as me making fun when really…I’ve been following that story since it happened and deeply care about the fact that she was never found AND that punk killed ANOTHER girl while free. Doesn’t that seem more important to anyone? More important than a medical procedure, at least?

            Bring on the haters. I know what I mean by it and I know you do, too. ;)

            • Lynn
              June 15, 2011

              yeah…that was truly fucked up. that kid was a psychopath

    • Name *
      June 15, 2011

      Please watch these videos…

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hW1a9VUu4i4

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UAGNnqyNidY

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uTB_tlKpPuY

      It doesn’t matter whether it’s done with a piece of glass or a scalpel. It’s the SAME DAMN thing. Watch the videos. The babies ARE SCREAMING in agony! Please, educate yourself before you profess to know about female and male circumcision….people that are against female circumcision but support male circumcision don’t have a leg to stand on.

  8. By Word of Mouth Musings
    June 15, 2011

    I was born in England, grew up in South Africa and now an American citizen.
    Correct me if I am wrong, but is freedom of speech not something that was fought for in this country?

    Yesterday I was appalled at what happened here – again … and this morning there are still people NOT reading the ‘disclaimer’ at the top … I posted this today …
    http://www.bywordofmouthmusings.com/2011/06/wordy-wednesday-be-nice.html

    Lynn, you are always welcome in my bloghome. diversity is what makes the world go around!

    • AnnD
      June 15, 2011

      I love how people think that just because they have a “disclaimer” at the top of their blog it excuses them from being responsible for their words or actions.

      Again, as I stated before, this is part of having a PUBLIC blog. If she (or any other blogger) doesn’t like people arguing with her, then she can make it private.

      Which, she hasn’t. That’s her decision.

      But, just because there is a disclaimer at the top of her blog doesn’t mean it still won’t offend people.

      Sarcasm is the worst kind of humor. It’s a way to make fun of people and insult them and then when they express their sadness at the words or express that something offended them, it allows the sarcastic person to blame them for being offended.

      Hatred it hatred. Lynn has been attacked by some of my kind (Intactivists) but she has not acknowledged what she said was offensive. I think that’s all we want, an acknowledgment that she did, in fact, hurt people by her post.

      • Name *
        June 15, 2011

        Also, wanted to say that “Freedom of Speech” thing goes BOTH ways. She has a PUBLIC blog and say whatever she wants (nobody is arguing with that) but we (as the public) have a right to respond to her words as well.

        Just sayin….

      • Lynn
        June 15, 2011

        don’t hold your breath

    • Lynn
      June 15, 2011

      thanks Nicole and truly, i didn’t mean to cause such a ruckus on your link up

  9. Name *
    June 15, 2011

    I am so short on time today and SWORE I’d get to work on my script and I keep getting sucked into reading my favorite bloggers. Damn you all! And yeah yeah, it’s my own lack of discipline, whatever. I also like making others responsible for my own inadequacies, so — thanks a fucking lot for writing such an angry/funny/right up my ranting alley post!

    What the fuck is up with people? Seriously. Like lynching black people? What the fucking fuck? People are so damn stupid and moronic and terrified of those unlike themselves. People are overly preoccupied with being P.C. because god forbid there should be candor in the world, which might lead to actual understanding.

    I went over and read that blowjob post and it was HILARIOUS and I love you even more for it. Now if only my MIL had given me that same opportunity back when our son was born… but she knew enough to keep her mouth shut, as she’d been such a bitch to me when I first “stole” her son from her that she knew one fucking word and I’d have kept her away from her grandson too.

    Keep up the no bullshit policy. The world needs it, and you have a gift! Love it!

  10. karen
    June 15, 2011

    If you don’t like Lynn’s views, YOU DON’T HAVE TO READ HER BLOG! It’s as simple as that, people.

  11. Alison@Mama Wants This
    June 15, 2011

    Lynn, good on you to say it as it is. It was just a story, it was full of humor and sarcasm, and that’s the way you write.

    AnnD & Cyn, I’m not here to flame anyone or make this more than it should be. I’d just like to say that I’m sure your opinions on circumcision and the way Lynn has defended (or not) herself, has been duly noted. I don’t think she set out to hurt, offend or perpetrate hatred.

    So let’s just stop the negativity and enjoy this blog for what it is. If you don’t enjoy it (from the sounds of it, you don’t), then don’t keep coming back here to read and comment, rebutt and comment again. This is simply not the forum for it. And don’t take my comment here as a sign that I’m for or against circumcision. Because this is not the place for that.

    • Lynn
      June 15, 2011

      thanks Alison…i don’t really feel like i need to defend myself. What i say to my friends, family or whatever is my business. Why should i apologize for my sense of humor?

      Not gonna happen..you don’t like what i say? don’t read it…pretty damn simple in my opinion.

      • Alison@Mama Wants This
        June 15, 2011

        Yes, exactly. You were relating a story, they didn’t get it. Don’t like it, don’t read. Move on. Instead, they just keep coming back LOL.

        We, who get you, love you. And we come back for all that you are.

        • Lynn
          June 15, 2011

          thanks girl…i wasn’t trying to offend and to be honest, never gave the thing much thought

  12. Lady Estrogen
    June 15, 2011

    Umm… yes – it’s only awesome when the crazies come out to play, and comment.
    LMAO. GO YOU!
    If that’s what you are, I’m fucking Hitler cuz I did it just 2 1/2 years ago, to my 2 sons and it was NOT part of a religious ceremony. Ohhhh, the fucking horror. Waaaa. That’s what I say!
    x

    • Lynn
      June 15, 2011

      yeah…the whole thing is nuts

  13. Very Bloggy Beth
    June 15, 2011

    Oh lady, I gotta say, you are handling this so well. I’d be really digging into the pretentious holier-than-thou snobbery that’s being thrown at you. I chose not to circ my son because I didn’t think it was necessary. And our insurance wouldn’t cover it. So there ya go, I left my son “intact” to save $300. But I would never, NEVER judge another mom for circing her son. I have many Jewish friends, and my family is all from the Midwest where this is just common practice (for better or worse) and I’m not in the business of telling them what to do with their son’s penis. And I certainly would not start comparing them to holding a barbaric old-world African ritual in which the son’s penis is callously ripped off and he is left to heal on his own. BECAUSE THAT’S NOT HOW IT’S DONE IN THE UNITED STATES. If they are really concerned about human rights, they’d go and try to change things in those OTHER COUNTRIES where that kind of thing is happening. I tweeted something once about not circing my son, and I had several women respond with something about me being an “intactivist” and I was like whoa, whoa, WHOA. No, I’m a mom. I made a choice for my son. I will not judge you, another mom, for the choice that you made. We all do what we think is best, what we think is right, and like it or not other people have to DEAL WITH IT.

    • Lynn
      June 15, 2011

      i agree with you…it’s a choice…a personal choice. I never commented about what was “wrong” and “right” for each individual. To me, it was a funny way to mess with my MIL so i’m just not all that upset by the whole thing.

      also, i’m a pretty live and let live person so the whole furor is nonsense

  14. Vinobaby
    June 15, 2011

    Oh, Lord, did people miss the memo that this is primarily a HUMOR blog? The way some people are freaking out I would think you were onstage presenting your opinions as policy at the American Association of Pediatrics or the WHO. Get a grip people. If you can’t understand funny just go away — no one is strapping you to a table and making you read.

    And Lynn, I think I need you to tutor me on how to bait my evil MIL better–she so deserves it and you seem to be an expert.

    And yes, my son is snipped. I personally didn’t care and left it up to my Hubby. He deals with all things man-parts. They can chase him down.

    The crazies are out in force lately. I already got in trouble on another blog by stating my opinion (because the blogger ASKED for readers opinions) and apparently my opinion isn’t right. Huh?

    Screw ’em.

    Cheers. VB

    • Lynn
      June 15, 2011

      Perhaps you’re not mean enough to bait your MIL. and also, now after 25 years it’s all in good fun. She used to drive me nuts and i really tortured her.

  15. Margaret
    June 15, 2011

    Yeesh. Sometimes people take themselves and their causes too seriously. It was a funny story, I remember reading it when you first posted it. I laughed.

    As for personal choices, Why, oh why, are so many people concerned about other people’s kid’s penises? It boggles the mind.

    • Lynn
      June 15, 2011

      hahaha…when you put it that way, it sounds hilarious!

  16. Rebecca
    June 15, 2011

    This is amazing. Truly.

    Lynn, I thought the story was hilarious!

    People need to get over themselves.

    • Lynn
      June 15, 2011

      agreed…and thanks for reading

  17. SoberJulie
    June 15, 2011

    This is so amusing!

    I read the blog and what actually struck me was that you had 190 comments.
    Well done!
    I love when a blog can instigate that kind of thought.
    Irrelevant of what we think is “right” people, we’re not on the playground and insulting, bullying comments are worthless.
    Personally I choose to applaud Lynn for responding as she has. Within her post she clearly states that this is her OWN opinion and that she doesn’t care what others think.

    I’m left wondering why the people with opposing opinions felt the need to attempt discussion at all? A healthy debate is one thing but if you’re “hurt” or “offended” it’s a wasted attempt.

    Would changing Lynn’s opinion change the state of the world’s view on circumcision?

    Is Lynn the new Oprah with a show that reaches millions?

    Hilarious blog Lynn, I don’t necessarily agree….but your FIL’s reaction was well written.

    To the people who oppose I would suggest that you take a more appropriate route to effecting change, rather than coming off so ineffectively with someone who states up front her views.

    • Lynn
      June 15, 2011

      Well, like i said, my decision was almost 18 years ago and i obviously won’t be making any more decisions of that specific type.

      Thanks for the comment and it was well said.

  18. Donna
    June 15, 2011

    People just like to be ignorant and rude. I wonder why some people have never learned to just skim through something if they don’t agree.

    • Lynn
      June 15, 2011

      i agree…i read things ALL THE TIME that i don’t necessarily agree with. The thing is it’s a choice to keep reading. Also, it doesn’t even matter whether they want to change my mind or not because it was just an off the cuff remark to rile my MIL…

  19. Name *
    June 15, 2011

    I love how people say it’s a personal choice and then choose to have their sons cut. HELLO?! Personal means the owner of the penis should decide! Last I checked, newborns couldn’t talk or sign consent forms…

  20. ChristineMarie
    June 15, 2011

    As a parent, I think we do have the right to decide. I don’t think people should force their children to be vegans, but they certainly have every right to do so because in their eyes, it is the right choice.

  21. Josh
    June 15, 2011

    Any parent who would even HUMOR the idea of controlling a child’s sexuality through maiming their genitals seriously needs a good talking to.

    But the fact that women are so adamant about sexually assaulting their children that are of a different gender shows that they are just as ignorant as the fathers who want to cut their daughters in Africa.

    IT’s ethnocentric to believe that Americans mutilate the genitals of their sons for more valid reasons than Africans mutilate their daughters. It’s also wrong.

    I guess it’s women’s dirty little secret, they get to emasculate men when they’re too young to fight back. They get off on the idea of permanently maiming their son’s genitals because they know eventually he’ll become a man and they hate that.

    In reality, Everyone loves their children. They all do what they “think is in their best interest.” But genital cutting is NEVER in a child’s best interest, it’s only to give parents their one chance to sadistically dominate their child’s future in a societally sanctioned manner.

    Absolute power corrupts absolutely :/

    • Lynn
      June 15, 2011

      How is it “women’s dirty little secret?” Usually to have a baby, a man is involved from what i hear. At the point of a circumcision, isn’t it a mutual decision. Well, in MY relationship we decide together. I never looked at it as emasculating a man but serious Josh, it’s just a little conceivable that you have a huge chip on your shoulder.

      In the meantime, i really could care less about all this bullshit…

    • ChristineMarie
      June 15, 2011

      Wow. I hate to burst your bubble, Josh, but my son was circ’d by a mutual decision. I don’t advise on what I do not know. If I don’t have the equipment, I don’t feel I have the authority to overrule. And for this same reason, I only visit a woman gynecologist.

      There was a time when women were put to sleep to give birth. It was the norm. When I had my son, the matter of a circ was presented as a health issue. Because that was the norm back then. Who was I to question the doctor when it came to my son’s health? We were under the impression that he would hate it if he grew up and never had it done. That was also the concensus of many of the men I knew at that time. I didn’t know one male, at that time, that wished he hadn’t been circ’d. They were all glad that it was done.

      Also, just to show the difference, the girls in Africa who are sliced with unsterilized objects are being removed of parts so that they never enjoy sex. That is the direct intention of the act, to mutilate. Here, in the US, there is no intention to destroy a man’s sex life. Many believe it will actually aid in a better sex life. Just thought the clarification might qualm your worries about the motive.

      • Name *
        June 15, 2011

        “If I don’t have the equipment, I don’t feel I have the authority to overrule.”

        Nice way to set the women’s movement back 100 years in your household.

        So, you’re saying you can’t be an advocate for your son and what happens to his genitals because you don’t have the same genitals.

        Circumcision destroys nerve endings and penile tissue it does nothing but hurt one’s sex life….again, please educate yourself about foreskin before you jump to conclusions..

        http://www.sexasnatureintendedit.com/

        • ChristineMarie
          June 15, 2011

          While I realize it’s your intention to push my buttons, your attempt at twisting my words isn’t going to win you any battles here. You and I both know that you accused women of making the decision while I clarified by making the point that we made a mutual decision. Demonstrating that this was not a spiteful “I hate men! Chop it off!” wave of my hand. And when that precious face appeared in front of me, my first thought was not remotely related to how his sex life would be in a few decades.

          Sadly, it is the layman’s position to listen to what the doctor prescribes. When presented with a procedure that is supposed to be a more health conscious decision, obviously a parent will choose her son’s health. Medicine is constantly changing, so it’s very easy to look back over 10 years ago and point a finger. Hindsight is 20/20, right?
          And the fact that I knew at least 10 men’s opinions were for the circ, I feel that experience wins over what little medical knowledge I had.

          So, before you jump to conclusions, maybe you should consider that there are many other factors involved in a decision a parent makes. And when you become a parent, please, feel free to let us know how simple it is to make life altering choices for them.

          • AnnD
            June 15, 2011

            First of all, my intentions are NOT to press your buttons. My intentions are to show you what the doctors DO NOT tell you. I fully understand all of the layers of this issue (the history of circumcision, the money, the doctors, how doctors are trained and parents) as I have been immersed in the study of the practice for YEARS.

            In fact, I place most of the blame on this horrendous procedure on doctor’s who keep it going for their own profit vs. truly informing parents of the risks and pain involved.

            And, if you review what I’ve presented, I’ve presented FACUTUAL information that (I’m assuming) no body has looked at but claims to be an expert on.

            And, I was never the one that posted anything about women making the decision, that was someone else. So, if you plan on racking me through the coals, at least do it with what I said.

          • AnnD
            June 15, 2011

            Wow. You clearly are not reading any of this are you??

            I love all of that you are assuming. I referenced my son in earlier posts (perhaps you haven’t read them)….I have a son and a daughter (both of whom have have an Intact set of genitals).

            But, then again, you aren’t really reading, right???

            Secondly, I was NOT the one that said that “women were making this decision.” That was someone else. So, if you are going to try to rake me over the coals, please do so with my own words.

            I’m guessing most pro-circ people have not spent YEARS studying this topic as I have. You don’t have to lecture me about the layers and intricacies that go into this barbaric and cruel practice (the history in the U.S., the doctors, how doctors are trained, informed consent, and parents).

            In fact, I do put most of the blame on doctors for allowing this continue when no medical organization in the ENTIRE world recommends circumcision. They have allowed it continue because it is a BILLION dollar a year business.

          • ChristineMarie
            June 15, 2011

            Ok, so this I can apologize for because without your name on the reply, I had to assume you were “Josh” that initially posted the comment. And now I have to go back and reply to you as a completely different person because I was not aware of the difference.

            I get what you are saying and it’s wonderful that you want to educate everyone on the dangers of getting circ’d. I did read your comments above earlier in the day and was aware you do have kids, but like I said, without the name, it appeared that you were Josh, the one originally commenting. I even reviewed all the links that were posted, videos and all.

            That being said, I think you are pretty much just preaching to the wrong choir. I’m certainly not having anymore kids. And most of the people here that are enjoying the post are enjoying the fact that Lynn zinged her MIL so terribly well.

            I still stand by my 2nd paragraph above. And I’d like to point out that I never said that circs DO NOT affect the sexual sensations, was saying that his sexual life was not my first concern at his birth. There was no jumping to conclusions there. Also, as a side note, I think it’s kind of sad that, as a woman, you think my joint decision with my son’s father was me setting women back 100 yrs. My point was that if the father thinks it’s acceptable, why would I say no? I don’t have a penis. How would I know? In my household, that’s just common sense. He certainly won’t have much of an opinion when my daughter chooses pads or tampons.

            It was your decision to leave your son intact. It was not mine. We made different choices for different reasons. Both made on our own different research.

    • Jack @ TheJackB
      June 18, 2011

      There is nothing emasculating about it. I am a circumcised man who has had a very enjoyable sex life. I have never once thought, “fuck, if only I hadn’t been cut I would shoot twice as hard.”

      Don’t equate it with female circumcision because there is no comparison. Talk about misinformation and misguided.

      If you don’t want to do it, don’t. But that is not a choice you get to make for others.

  22. Name *
    June 15, 2011

    Lynn, I did a post about 2 wks ago on being pulled over for speeding,w ith my teenage son with me in the car.

    I got a 3 paragraph long comment on what loser I was for driving so carelessly and breaking the law with a child in the car.

    Why do people think they are always right? Always right???

    I’ll never know.

    You handled this as Lynn should. The no BS take no shit Lynn.

    • Lynn
      June 15, 2011

      WHAT? you sped with your kid in the car? hahaha…well, i have no idea why people feel the need to attack other people simply because their opinion is different. I also let my kids eat raw cookie batter so i suppose that i’m a child abuser since they could get salmonella…hahaha.

      You are awesome..that is all

  23. ChristineMarie
    June 15, 2011

    Cookie dough!! BWAHAHAHAHA!! Somebody send us to jail!

  24. krf0109
    June 15, 2011

    You are not me. I am not you. I do not agree with all of your opinions. You probably wouldn’t agree with all of mine. I read your blog and am able to see the humor in how you write, even if I have a different opinion. I see the same thing on facebook all the time. Some company, like Starbucks for example, has something in the news feed, and there are 900 nasty comments. “I hate starbucks.” “You suck.” “Your coffee is the worst.” “It costs too damn much.” If you don’t like it WHY did you “like” them on facebook so that their stuff is in your news feed? Why take the time to read and comment on news from a person or company that you hate? If you don’t like humor and sarcasm, why read All Fooked Up? Do you just have nothing else to do?

  25. Marsha
    June 15, 2011

    The fact that the hench mobs are after your blog is great! You have written something that not only generates a response, but, sputs motivation to make comments. Attention in all forms is always good in the blogosphere.

    • Lynn
      June 15, 2011

      i suppose…but it’s always only fleeting

  26. Katja Brown
    June 15, 2011

    Got to your post later today – my apologies! Anyway, that whole circumcision thing seems to be a hot-button issue right now. Just read somewhere this week or maybe it was last week that Russell Crow made some comments that he later regretted: http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/2011/jun/13/russell-crowe-twitter-comments-circumcision

    • Lynn
      June 15, 2011

      Russell Crowe ALWAYS makes comments that he regrets…hahaha

      • Katja Brown
        June 15, 2011

        You are SO right about that Lynn!

    • AnnD
      June 15, 2011

      He regretted it because some people accused him of being racist. Which wasn’t his intent. He is against circumcision. His publicist probably told him to make an “apology.”

      He said: “My personal beliefs aside, I realise that some will interpret this… as me mocking rituals and traditions of others. I am very sorry.”

      Meaning, he still think circumcision is wrong (because….well…..it is) but apologizes for ranting about it because it offended people to have their beliefs question.

      He also said: “I will always stand for the perfection of babies, i will always believe in God, not man’s interpretation of what God requires.”

      Beautifully stated.

      I don’t get it. We spend 9 months creating this perfect little human being and, in the United States, we can’t line up quick enough to sign them up for surgery to a part of their already perfect body cut off. It makes me sad that so many parents see an imperfection where there is none.

      Your baby boys will be born perfect, people. No disassembly is required.

      • AnnD
        June 15, 2011

        Didn’t notice my typo till now.

        “we can’t line up quick enough to sign them up for a surgery to cut a part of their body off…”

        My bad.

  27. karen
    June 15, 2011

    I just LOVE how some of the most inflammatory comments on here against Lynn are made anonymously…..Hmmmmm. Just an observation…and a giggle. Heehee!

    I said it once, I’ll say it again. You don’t like her blog or her views, you don’t gotta read it.

    • Lynn
      June 15, 2011

      Thanks…

  28. Sandra
    June 16, 2011

    God I love a normal person…yes, I’m talking about you. You said ‘fuck’ and ‘blowjob’ in the same post. You have me for life. As for circumcision, let’s face it, a dick does look better without a foreskin. And no, you don’t deserve a lynching…puleeeze, that person was probably on her period and probably hadn’t changed her tampon in awhile. Toxic shock syndrome or something…
    You’re honest. This is me breathing in deeply and gratefully.

    • Lynn
      June 16, 2011

      I’m so glad you’re reading now…and i love your comment

  29. Don E. Chute
    June 16, 2011

    Oh, shit thank God only 72 comments this time! Now step into the Twilight Zone…

    First of All WTF 191 comments Jeeezzzuss! My finger is really tired from scrolling\\\\\\\\\\\ I am here in another dimension. The dimension is your post |http://allfookedup.com/in-which-i-discuss-circumcision/#comment-8458|

    God this is one the friggin funniest things I have ever read! Thank God you will decide at a date later in the future to keep blogging. Cuz as you will discover, your really fuckin great at it! I mean bundle the posts up someday in the future and make em into a book GREAT!

    Peace Out…Your future blogging buddy!

    • Lynn
      June 16, 2011

      hmmm…didn’t i just see this comment on the other post?

  30. RCB
    June 18, 2011

    Hahahaha Lynn. Some (some??) people are so touchy. Don’t these people know your name is Lynn, not Lynch? Christ, I don’t believe it. Would it cheer you up if I told you we’ve got the same kind of people over here, yes, even here in ‘chop-chop?-no-thanks’ Europe, the Old World (see the link below if you’re interested).

    So what are you gonna link up next to entertain the touchy masses?

    :)

    Randy from right across the Atlantic

    http://rcbenglishclass.blogspot.com/2011/01/us-male-revisited.html

    • Lynn
      June 18, 2011

      I guess something less volatile

  31. Guilty Squid
    June 19, 2011

    My son said he would stick me in the smelliest nursing home he could find one day if he ever found out I was discussing his penis on the Internet.

    I care more about someone changing my adult diapers regularly than I do most anything. Except possibly my iPhone. That’s a tough call really.

    I make it a practice to never take negative comments too terribly seriously, but for the sake of adding any value at all here, I recommend adding a comment policy. Because you are not obligated to allow other people to have “freedom” to flail like a spastic bird on you’d corner if the Internet that you pay to own. That way anyone who fails to understand what they are entitled to on your site or are suffering from the delusion that if it’s not private they can shit on it understand that is not so.

    Also, my head hurts from trying to skim the comments, but I will admit to not reading the linked post, so my opinion is only about the comment policy.

    In other words? If my son sees this, I did NOT talk about his penis.

    • Lynn
      June 20, 2011

      no..you didn’t. the original post is what many consider the funniest post that I’ve written so if i were you, i’d read it. As to comments, i let them say it unless it’s nasty or totally a personal attack on me. I find the comments hilarious

  32. Name *
    June 20, 2011

    I too have heard a half dozen times that “giving a blowjob to an uncircumcised man is too disgusting for words.” That statement assumes that a very important part of a man’s sex life occurs at times and in place where running water is not an option. Such as cars parked on a lover’s lane on a late weekend evening.

    In fact, civilised sex takes place within 15 feet of a bathroom. A man should use that bath to give himself a quick rinse before getting down to business with his missus. If a woman is going to share her body with man, she acquires the right to inspect that man’s privates, and to clean them to her satisfaction. But she does not have the right to suffer in silence because he is smelly and slimey down there, and then to demand for the rest of her life that baby boys get cut.

    Before WWII, oral sex was mainly a specialty of sex workers, who liked it because there was no pregnancy risk. Mpreover, in those days, it was thought that no STDs were transmitted via oral. Married women thought that oral was beneath their dignity. Circumcised men need more foreplay, and the lack of foreskin reduces foreplay options. Foreplay with fingers is quite satisfying when a man has all the moving parts. I submit that the Great American Blowjob is an iatrogenic response to American circumcision. The handjob is quite adequate to the task when he’s intact.

    In much of the USA, men who have all the factory-installed tender moving bits are a despised and misunderstood sexual minority. Making fun of uncircumcised men is no more correct than making fun of gay or transgendered persons. You reveal that you are Jewish. There is far more to Judaism than a preference for bald penises, and I invite you to let that “more” inform your value judgements. Your exchange with your MIL does not do you credit.

  33. Name *
    June 20, 2011

    @ChristineMarie wrote “Many believe it will actually aid in a better sex life.” That belief is simply mistaken. It is even more wrong when the person formulating it lacks extensive experience with both kinds of men. The typical responsible adult American woman has never been intimate with an intact man. Some women who have, and who are so bold as to blog (anonymously) aspects of their sex lives, have written eloquently about men with all the moving parts. American sexual freedom, when combined with the invention of the internet, makes the continuation of American routine circumcision impossible.

  34. Mom3boys
    June 20, 2011

    If you didn’t care you would not feel the need to answer every single comment.
    I get it, it’s funny for you because your kid is circ’d and so is the baby daddy. It’s insulting for me because my kids are not and neither is my husband.
    But that is the cool thing about humor…you can insult a whole group of people and if a handful laugh then it’s a winner of a joke…..or is it? :/

    I also wanted to ask that if someone was to write the same post as you had originally and changed the words to “he’s never gonna get a BJ if he is a Jew” would you find it as funny?

    • Lynn
      June 20, 2011

      First, I always try to answer most of my comments…just in general. Second, I fail to see how correlating foreskin with Jews is the same.

  35. ChiMomWriter
    June 28, 2011

    The Internet is really starting to blow with everyone dying for a movement to be pissed about. The questions is – when they blow, are they circumcised or not?

    Oh dear. This comment’s going to get me in trouble with the Askimet people again, I know it.

    • Lynn
      June 28, 2011

      Hahaha…much ado about nothing…people need to get a sense of humor

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