Concerning the proposed circumcision ban, Foreskin Man, and anti-Semitism

While the push for a ban on circumcision in Santa Monica has been dropped, a fringe group who call themselves “intactivists” have succeeded in getting their proposed measure on the November ballot for San Francisco. If passed, circumcision on boys under the age of 18 would be an illegal act and perpetrators of the “offense” could be punished with a $1000 fine or up to a year in jail. Most people who perform circumcision on their babies do so for religious purposes, but the ban would not allow for religious exemption.

Now, there are plenty of reasons to argue against circumcision; the child can’t consent, it’s no longer medically necessary, it’s an outdated custom, it’s mutilation, etc. But at least one Californian has seized on this opportunity to create a blatantly  anti-Semitic comic starring the superhero ‘Foreskin Man,’ an Aryan-looking dude who in the first edition fights against a sinister-looking rabbi called Monster Mohel (a mohel is the person who performs the circumcision). There are many ways to intelligently debate the circumcision controversy, but this is just so obviously Jew-bashing.

One blogger compares Foreskin Man comics to Nazi propaganda during WWII. She juxtaposes these two images next to each other, and also carries on a larger discussion about how Foreskin Man evokes the same anti-Semitic stereotypes that appeared in propaganda.


Very interesting. Check out her excellent blogpost here: When Debating Circumcision Isn’t About Circumcision

And Jezebel comments on the issue: New Superhero ‘Foreskin Man’ Accused of Being Anti-Semitic  



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4 responses to “Concerning the proposed circumcision ban, Foreskin Man, and anti-Semitism

  1. …….. There is a movement of Jews who are questioning circumcision, and working to end this abuse of children. The movement ranges from the Orthodox to the secular, and includes mothers, fathers, scholars, historians, medical professionals, activists, and intellectuals.

    Jewish Groups for Genital Integrity

    Circumcision: A Jewish Feminist Perspective by Miriam Pollack

    Jewish Intactivist Miriam Pollack has some great commentary on Foreskin Man in this recent interview.

    Jews Speak Out in Favor of Banning Circumcision on Minors

    * Brit Shalom Celebrants by Mark D. Reiss, M.D.

    * Questioning Circumcision: A Jewish Perspective by Ron Goldman, Ph.D.

    * The Current Judaic Movement to End Circumcision: Part 1 ……

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