March 23rd, 2006

Marked in Your Flesh

I'm currently reading Glick's book about circumcision. Creeeeeeeppyy. That just does not seem strong enough. I am soooooo glad that I had Teddy after I was old enough and informed enough to not even consider circumcision, because if I'd had it done, it would have bothered me for the rest of my life and I am dragging around a big enough load of guilt to slow me down for decades to come.

Glick's Jewish, which makes it even more interesting. There seem to be several major histories/analyses of circumcision out recently. I'm betting some time in the next decade most hospitals will quit offering it, and only do it if asked. Given how taken-for-granted it is, and how much pushback a lot of Jews (and others) produce when people question the practice even for non-Jews, it's hard to imagine it ever becoming illegal in this country, but I'm getting an inkling that that, too, could happen within our lifetime. Weird and wonderful thought. There's a town in California that has banned smoking in public places, including _outdoor_ public places, like parks (statute is anywhere someone else might breathe it in, I think). Which is a helluva change within my lifetime so far.