Sorry I was gone for a few weeks everyone, but the past is the past, and now it’s time for a new article!
Gee, another intactivist post? Yes, yes; I too thought I wouldn’t be making any more of these, but it seems that some people can’t let things go, and I feel that it is my “duty”, as the “voice of reason”, to come in, step in, and get some things heading in the right direction. I’m a straight shooter, so let me get level with you: this is not the first time that I’ve written this article. I’ll be honest, I had already written it, and had it ready to publish, but had saw that I had become over run with so much anger and rage, that the final product did not properly reflect what I stand for, so coming back a month later, I’m ready to write it again.
G’ Day mates! We’ve got ourselves another intactivist for today. I had originally planned a transcript reaction, but instead, I’m just going to break down the main points into bite sized pieces for you, so you can better digest the stupidity. A young man, going by the name Greyson Murphy, published a video a few months back, on you guessed it: veganism. Just kidding, it’s actual about circumcision, and Greyson, a supposed victim of the truly “barbaric” act, would like to tell you his life’s story, and has a few words to say to his parents. He thinks it’s time to understand, so I bought it, and I was very disappointed, and honestly disgusted by what I saw for those next ten minutes. Here’s what I found to be the main focusses of the video:
Mom, Dad, I Love You:
At first, it seems like what you would expect to see from a video called “It’s Time To Understand”; a young, fine looking gentleman (the attractive person card), a calm, soothing soundtrack (the lull you into false security card), and a corny white board, where he will be wringing all his hopes and dream. Yeah, that’s right, he doesn’t say a word the entire video, but I, of course, have no problem with that, being a faceless, soundless voice for you to hear. Also, did I mention the music? Because by the time you’re done with the video, you’ll think that you just saw the life story for one of your dead relatives, they always have playing at funerals. Anyways (enough of that meta crap), let’s get down to business. Mr. Murphy starts of his life story... it goes something like this:
So, a young boy, loved by his parents, it seems, has lived a successful childhood, one with lots of friends, education, and personal fulfillment, and is now ready to become an adult. After all, in what conceivable way could they have screwed up? I quote: “It seems as if our culture has the general instruction manual laid out for you”. Naturally ignoring important questions, like how to apply for a credit card (maybe he had an economics class, or something), he begins with a wonderful, yet thought provoking dialogue about how he has always felt loved, but sadly, he hasn’t been feeling that way lately. You want to know why (I’ll give you a hint: it starts with a C)?
You Did Something to Me:
A few years back, he had found out, for the first time, that he was a twin, and had a dead brother buried in the back yard. Ok, ok, that didn’t actually happen, but the way he treats the situation, you would swear I was telling the truth. There are really only three ways that you can react to a situation: happy, sad, or somewhere in between. This kid proves that there’s a forth option, because he just goes total ape shit and has a freak-out that spans SEVERAL YEARS. I quote: “From then [when he was f’in 8!] until my junior year of college, I shelved these conversations on circumcision, buried them deep away... I stopped eating. I stopped sleeping”. For those keeping score at home, that’s about 13 years of unreasonable hate for his family, as well as, several attempts to kill himself.
I got to be honest Grey, that was all pretty stupid, not taking into effect any later information brought up in the video. There are many worse things that people kill themselves for: loss of family, jobs, loved ones, failure at life, bankruptcy, but the thing you chose to almost kill yourself for was circumcision? Not even a very noble death, if you ask me. Trust me; you could have it a lot worse. If you truly did tons of internet research on the subject, hopefully you’ve found out that there are indeed much greater issues at hand, like, I don’t know: AIDS, Cancer, or ACTUAL genital mutilation (and I’m talking about where some dude just straight up takes a knife, or hammer and, well, you know). Anyways, the video continues on with the speech you’ve all been waiting for: The “I’m not going to forgive you” speech.
Yeah, I Can’t Forgive You for This:
To be fair he doesn’t really give a speech, at all. The I’m not going to forgive you speech is pretty much the whole video, minus the last few minutes. We all pretty much know what’s up, so I don’t really need to quote anything. Greyson’s pissed at Mr. and Mrs. Murphy for destroying his manhood (once again, knife and hammer) and has harbored such great hate for, once again, a full decade, and is having a very had time forgiving his family for what “they did”. The worst part about the whole situation is not what happened to the kid, but what happened to the parents. I’m trying to imagine all the crap they had to go through to get to this point; all the hate and anger, for what? A foreskin?
There is a reason that talking about circumcision is a taboo issue, and that’s because it’s like, #98574 on our world priority list. We do have economic concerns, and other issues we would like to get though before we challenge this one. In fact I once read a comment on a video similar to this one about how circumcision was the “most barbaric practice in their modern society”. Please, I want to know where this guy lives, because I’m moving there. If circumcision was truly the most barbaric practice in somewhere, anywhere, that would probably mean that pretty much all other crime has been eliminated, and pretty much all other social issues too. I digress; let’s get back to the video:
I Forgive You, You Sons of Bitches!
“Though I harbor astronomical anger at your decision to circumcise me and your lack of outside thought at the time it was made, I am working on pacifying it... I forgive you mom and dad”. Do you? Because it sounds to me like you’re threatening them with your love. It’s the way he words it; makes him sound like they owe him for something. You get what I’m saying? He goes further, saying it’s your patriotic duty to end routine infant circumcision, as if it were some long lasting racial segregation going on for hundreds of years that NEEDS to stop NOW. He mentions a company called foregen, which, instead of wasting their time figuring out how to regenerate limbs, there working on regenerating foreskins, which, as a futurist, even I can admit is pretty awesome. They, also, sight some “myths” the “media” has used to brainwash you into joining the nationwide cult of the circumcised, including: It’s not a useless piece of skin (true, but that doesn’t mean you’ll die without it; it’s not like your eyelids), it’s not aesthetically nicer (although I think it is; aesthetics are a matter of opinion), and not painless and quickly forgotten (although I quickly forgot about it, because I have more important things to worry about). But anyway, he basically goes on with the usual speech: “we need your help”, and whatnot then ends the video.
So anyway, that was the video, but I wanted to quickly take a look at one other passage from the video’s comment section (and this was a real comment, by the way; I lack the talent to make this shit up):
“I applaud your efforts Greyson. I have a different take on this issue to you and will never forgive my parents for wrecking my life. In the country I grew up in there is not such a thing as routine infant circumcision and I was very much the odd one out in the changing room after sports during my formative years. When I eventually got over the problems of low self-esteem and entered into a relationship that became a marriage I was oblivious to the fact that the sexual side of things would never be as they should have been. Many turbulent years later I look back on the wreckage of a life that was destined to end in tears. I am now separated and live alone and am glad that my parents are dead and gone. I feel nothing for them.”
WHAT. THE. FUCK.
Do I need to say more? Basically, this guy thinks the deaths of two people are adequate payment for a few square inches of skin, which may or may not have any inherent value, depending on who you ask. Also, did you catch the part where he says that because he was circumcised; his life was destined to end badly? Bullshit; just search for “circumcised celebrities”, and behold the list of people who stopped caring and went on to be successful anyway.
Thank you all for reading, everyone! Hopefully you got something out of this article. This is probably going to be the last thing I post on the subject of circumcision (unless something groundbreaking happens), because at this point I’m starting to sound like a broken record. Anyways, please feel free to leave a like or comment, whether you agreed with me or not, and because there’s no one else commenting, I might even able to reply to you! So, why not? Once again, thanks for reading.
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