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Things you may - and someone does - compare with male genital cutting

  1. Bedtime

    - Leah on Babycenter.com, November 15, 2011

  2. Hair- and
  3.   nail-cutting

    - IfThen in the Guardian December 6, 2011

  4. Vaccination,
  5.   tooth-straightening and
  6.   ear-piercing

    - Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz in the Jewish Week, February 6, 2012

  7. Tattoos,
  8.   tonsillectomies and
  9.   appendectomies

    - SubZeroIQ on FITSnews.com, June 20, 2012

  10. Feeding your kids spinach,
  11.   making them come in at night, or
  12.     get up for school

    - DanMK on Zionica, July 2012

  13. Baptism

    - Tipsy Teetotaler on Intallectualoid, September 18, 2012

  14. Removal of wisdom teeth and
  15.   stopping your child from crossing the road alone,
  16.     eating poison or
  17.     putting their hand on a lit stove

    - Anonymous writer in The Word (Indianaopolis) p 21, October, 2012

  18. Breastfeeding

    - Barbara Amiel in MacLeans.ca, October 2, 2012

  19. how u dress ur child

    - Valerie Brink on Facebook, October 2, 2012

  20. Abortion

    - Winston Blake on Macleans.ca, October 3, 2012

  21. Removal of pyrogenic granuloma (benign red skin growth) from the forehead (Granulomas often grow and shrink over time, stretching the skin in a way that surgery can not correct.)

    - Leah Cypess in the Atlantic, October 3, 2012

  22. to let teeth grow in the mouth of a child, and more cruel still
  23.   to allow all of them to break [come out]

    - Sadaf Sarfaraz on MSN Arabia, October 11, 2012

  24. to plan a trip to a region that is disease rampant, and take their child

    - HapkidoNinja on The Jewish Post, October 15, 2012

  25. Feeding him a high-fibre diet

    - Mikey Bowler on the Greater New Orleans Times Picayune, October 18, 2012

  26. The use of tobacco (for the standard of proof of harm required)

    - atpontchrtrn on the Greater New Orleans Times Picayune, October 18, 2012

  27. Putting on a coat in the winter,
  28.   taking medicines if they become ill,
  29.   eating meat their parents cook, or
  30.   for vegetarian parents - not eating meat

    - Linus Scot on NPR, October 18, 2012

  31. Umbilical cord cutting

    - Tweeted by Hartwick College pre-med (!) Omar Russo, October 25, 2012

  32. Internal examinations during labour
  33.   cesarean delivery... even at the cost of their child's life.

    - Sue Ieraci on The Conversation, November 7, 2012

  34. ... forc[ing] them to go to school,
  35. go to the dentist,
  36.   brush their teeth and
  37.   take a shower.

    jonjlm on IMDb, November 19, 2012

  38. cleft palate repair

    lamk on Huffington Post, December 20, 2012

  39. Ok yall talk about your childs rights like you cant choose whats best for them? So do they choose if they ... brush their hair
  40.   bathe
  41.   go to school ... Ok what about
  42.     medicine ...
  43.     going places they could get in an accident ...

    Comment to Mary Lanser on Facebook, January 21, 2013

  44. poisoning your children with grape juice...
  45.   apple juice...
  46.   any type of fruit juice.

    Marcapen on single dad laughing, February 12, 2013

  47. ... you buy you kid cheerios instead of frosted flakes

    Thomas Lafferty on Facebook, February 27, 2013

  48. The sequester is something like a circumcision.

    Wm on Yahoo News, March 8, 2013

  49. ... like a fabric must be stitched and cut before it become a shirt.

    Message to Indonesian Intactivist on Facebook, March 10, 2013

  50. ... a car accident which is much more likely [than a circumcision death], but I'm not going Amish anytime soon.

    Brian Callaghan on Facebook, March 25, 2013

  51. ... Just like if I bought my son a car it's still MY car until he's 18.

    - Caity Bro String on Facebook, April 4, 2012

  52. ... going to grandmas for Christmas...

    Mike Baird on Metronews, Ottawa, April 10, 2013

  53. "If you have a problem with what we did, sorry, we named you too..."

    William Struemke on YouTube, April 13, 2013

  54. ... being forced to eat his string beans...
  55. being forced to go to early morning swim team practice...

    Aric Bernard in The Jewish Daily Forward, May 7, 2013

  56. "So if a 13 year old goes to their parents & says I want to have a baby, it's my body, my right, should that parent allow it & let their child make that decision because it is THEIR BODY & RIGHT?"

    Laura Dionne Gensoli on Facebook, May 11, 2013

  57. "So is it not the mother's choice on how she raises her child?
  58. Or how she feeds him?
  59. Feeds herself?"

    Brie Crooks on Facebook, June 1, 2013

  60. "... getting their health checks... "

    - Maxine Prime on Facebook, June 3, 2013

  61. ...do yall shave your arm pitts or is that forbidden too?
  62. So if my son wants to drink alcohol at the age of 10 I should let him because its his choice?

    Alexandria Marcelina Deleon on Facebook, June 6,2013

  63. I should just let her do whatever she wants
  64. and get in trouble
  65. and run in the street
  66. and play where dangerous traffic is, because she is her own being and can make her own decisions right?

    Brettnie Nox quoted on Facebook, June 9, 2013

  67. Ok [s]o [i]f my baby needs hea[r]t surgery I should wait for him to choose[?] [W]e make choices for our children everyday based on what we as parents feel is best f[or] them and yes like it or not that's my right[. T]h[i]s is the USA

    Connie Marie Ouellette-Martin on Facebook, June 10, 2013

  68. Children don't have rights in the traditional sense adults do. They don't have the right to bear arms,
  69. they don't have the right to vote,
  70. don't have the right to smoke a cigarette,
  71. don't have the right to consume alcohol,
  72. and they don't have the right to work.

    UnknownArchive on Reddit, June 11, 2013

  73. For all of you complaining about foreskin removal being bad for the body because it is altering the natural human form, you had also better be just as aggressives about liposuction,
  74. breast implants,
  75. tattoos,
  76. botox, and
  77. subdermal implants of ANYKIND.

    Christopher Seitler Facebookon https://www.facebook.com/TheMommyArena/posts/367433730023572, June 12. 2013

  78. Why do women shave their legs? It's not medically necessary, it's vanity.

    Samantha Pry Soccio on Facebook, June 16, 2013

  79. So if a child needs a organ removed are you going to wait until the child becomes an adult to see if they want it removed? ...

    Shan-Bosslady Hardesty on Facebook, July 26, 2013

  80. I wonder if they'd let their children roam around New York City alone just because they're not fitting into the chance that "something may happen" I mean jesus with their thought process you could let your kids roam free with no adult supervision because of the belief that something bad may happen isn't a good enough reason.
  81. Or hey they can let their kids hang around pedophiles because just because the pedophile abused one child doesnt mean that its going to happen to their kid right!? Right?

    Jackilyn Bell on Facebook, July 26, 2013

  82. You guys are probably against cloth diapering too right? LOL

    SamanthaDanielle EthansMommy Bender on Facebook, August 16, 2013

  83. ... It is no different from the rite of marriage! ...

    PC user on Yahoo Shine, August 28, 2013

  84. ... are these the same people that wont get there dogs fixed because its inhumane?

    Roberta Gray on Facebook, September 2, 2013

  85. My wife was born with her heart outside her body. Guess they should have left that like it was... ?

    Chris Sanders on Facebook, October 23, 2013

  86. So itd be wrong for my mother to keep a child on life support since theyre not old enough to write a will stating otherwise?
  87. You women use tampons right? You were taught to for hygienic reasons? Could just change your underwear and not use them since its not as nature intended.

    Jordan R Howell on Facebook, October 29, 2013

  88. Hairspray is also harmful. Should that be illegal too?

    Evony Houston on Facebook, November 26, 2013

  89. A sharpened #pencil writes better than ablunt one!

    Jackie Daisy Kayizzi on Facebook, December 9, 2013

  90. If your child decided they no longer wanted to wear clothing- would you let them run around naked all day. Would you feel you were violating their personal rights by forcing them to put clothes on??

    Jill Berkman on Facebook, December 21, 2013

  91. cheese has been shown to increase the chances of cardiac problems. Perhaps the ASA should throw any parent who feeds their child this killer food in jail for a year. ...

    mivogo in the Washington Post, December 26, 2013

  92. If any of the anticircumcision people were really that worried about the wellbeing of children, the first they would do is illegalize private swiming pools (very dangerous for children!)

    BerelDovLerner in the Washington Post, December 30, 2013

  93. And let's not grind wheat into flour since that's the way it naturally grows... (just echoing the famous discussion between Rabbi Akiva and the Turnus Rufus quoted in Midrash Tanchuma (Tazria 5))

    Herb on Life in Israel, December 31, 2013

  94. What is wrong with being circumcised? Do you think its also bad to require your kid to run?
  95. Or to read a book he doesn't want to? Your breaking from ideals for no sound reason. It's a sign of an unhappy person, perhaps one not ready to bask a child in love.

    Associated Press in Philly.com, January 14, 2014

  96. By the logic being demonstrated here, a child with a benign tumor would be required to live with it until such a time that the child could make their own decision instead of letting the parents decide
  97. or co-joined twins who could lead otherwise normal lives would have to stay co-joined until both decided to split. The parents wouldn't be allowed to make those decisions since making them would be a clear violation of that child's human rights.

    Keith Marshak on the Copenhagen Post, January 24, 2014

  98. Let's say a kid is born with a sixth finger, perfectly functional, no medical risk--would it violate some ephemeral right to "bodily integrity" to remove it at birth, or does he have to suffer stares and teasing because of this "right?"

    David Bernstein on the Copenhagen Post, January 24, 2014

  99. If I ever catch up to the doctor who picked me up by my ankles and spanked me immediately after I was born, there's no telling what I might do to him. I'm still traumatized by the memory...

    "Jack" in the Washington Times, January 29, 2014

  100. Presumably you would leave a baby to wipe its own backside, on the grounds that no adult should be telling that child what do with it.

    James Heartfield on Spiked, February 8, 2014

  101. Forcing a baby to eat is a violation we should ask the baby if they wanna eat first

    SVTcoolguy on Youtube, April 17, 2014

  102. ... do you put shoes on your kids? Shoes permanently deform feet by constraining them into tight spaces. This affects them throughout their entire life. There are multiple studies, google it. Maybe you shouldn't let them wear shoes until they are old enough to understand.

    David Rose on Facebook, April 2014

  103. ... taking them to a park or not taking them to a park,
  104. doing homework with them or not doing homework with them ...

    Olterigo on the Jewish Daily Forward, May 13, 2014

  105. ... So if a child wants to do cocaine and
  106. eat at McDonalds everyday, the parents shouldn't do anything either? ...

    Tyler Palmer on College Humor, May 14, 2014

  107. ... choosing not to introduce santa clause ...

    ashely on The Stir, June 4, 2014

  108. ... weather they want to leave the hospital after birth. ...

    Mike, an admin of Proud Parents Uncensored on Facebook, July 7, 2014

  109. [After an article on Brit Shalom] Maybe the IRS would be OK with my symbolically paying my taxes?

    Michael Kolb on Kveller.com, July 10, 2014

  110. ... So if your child wants to hurt someone you would not impose your beliefs on him right? ...

    Lymor Saada on Kveller.com, July 10, 2014

  111. Do I need your permission when I choose a school for my children
  112. or if I want to force them to eat liver?

    Scott Pritikin on The Tablet, July 10, 2014

  113. Can I sue my parents for making me eat that stinky baby food out of those jars?? I didn't give my consent so.... I should be able to sue right?
  114. They made me share a room with my sister for the first 12 years of my life... can I sue for that? It wasn't much fun sharing my things with her! It was against my consent!!
  115. Once they took me to a hospital to get stitches when I split my forehead open.. I really didn't want those stitches at the age of 7 I was terrified of doctors but they MADE me go! Can I sue?!?! ~ Julz

    Julz on Parents With Opinions on Facebook, August 6, 2014

  116. Next we will be suing our parents because our parents gave us amoxicillin when turns out we are allergic to penicillin and had a bad reaction.

    Clara A. Skinner on Parents With Opinions on Facebook, August 6, 2014

  117. ... some choose to have their children in a church as its their religion. ...

    They Call Me Mom on SAHM's Uncensored on Facebook, August 7, 2014

  118. "Do you smoke? If not, why not? There is always the possibility that nothing will happen to you. ?"

    David Frigault on YouTube, June 2014

  119. "Well then by that logic, why do we have to pick kids up from school?"

    David Frigault on YouTube, September 3, 2014

  120. ... removing birthmarks? ...
  121. Also, what about the parents that force their kids to go to all kinds of different therapies that they don't like going to. It's ridiculous, yes?

    Julie Moon in the Lansing City Pulse, September , 2014

  122. Have you ever seen a baby being born? That could be considered abuse as well.

    The Brutally Honest Mom on Facebook, September 25, 2014

  123. ... Lets stop ... lapbanding [gastric constriction surgery] and
  124. pacemakers ...

    Luke Spook Hogarth on Facebook, October 17. 2014

  125. I'm glad I didn't keep my helmet, look it's dangerous going into battle with no head gear. But I just call my cock a Special Ops Cock, at all times his [sic] out In the open leaving [sic] the dream.
  126. Having a foreskin is similar to the Burqua [sic] situation. ...

    Timothy Quirk on Facebook, November 5, 2014

  127. ... If your teenager what's to go have sex with every guy or girl are you gonna let them?? Hell no! ...
  128. Or if they want to go do drugs and get wasted and party all the time are you gonna let them??? I mean it's their body, their choice right. ...
  129. ... to let you kid decide if they want to be fat and unhealthy or not because it's their choice.

    Rita Schultz Berger on Facebook, November 17, 2014

  130. ... It's not like they are lobotomizing children. ...

    Derek Connelly on Facebook, November 24, 2014

Things you must never, NEVER compare with male genital cutting

  1. Female genital cutting

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An analogy would be no use if the things it compared were alike in every way. It is of use when it compares similar attributes of things. These things are either not permanent, or not done without consent, or not done to (born) infants, or choices between near-equivalents, or vital to life - unlike male genital cutting.

It is as a human rights violation that female genital cutting is comparable to male genital cutting. It is not severity that makes genital cutting a human rights violation, but that it is unnecessary, invasive, permanent, reductive and done without consent.

 

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