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I have pessimistic thoughts on protests

Protesting is necessary. There are injustices in the world that won't fix themselves. It takes commitment and bravery to fight because power, the cause of most injustice, loves compliance.Protest is also dangerous. Some of that is because power¹ loves compliance....

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on January 22, 2017 01:49 PM

Teaching through condescension doesn't work

I love stuff like this, "16 Questions For Men That Reveal The Casual Sexism Women Experience Every Day", in the sense that I despise it. Human interaction is messy and too often hideous. That isn't a shaky limb to walk...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on February 7, 2015 11:42 AM

Today's Duh: Anthony Weiner is not a libertarian

In the true spirit of Kip's truth that all politicians are moral defectives, we have Anthony Weiner. When asked about the New York City health department's (weak) effort to regulate metzitzah b'peh, a ritual that has led to herpes infections...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on August 18, 2013 02:14 PM

Ten Years

I started Rolling Doughnut ten years ago today. I haven't posted with any regularity for a long while, but I'm still here. I continue paying the hosting fees because I'm proud of the work I've done. I transitioned from mostly...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on August 16, 2013 10:14 AM

MRAs Are Probably Wrong, Except When They're Right

I understand why "men's rights activists" give some people heartburn. In too many areas it's warranted. I've written about examples before, and sided against arguments associated with the MRA argument. I prefer to have facts incorporated into my theories on...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on February 17, 2013 07:52 PM

310 Million Individual Nations

Author John Green hates Atlas Shrugged with a White-Hot Passion. I don't mind that he doesn't like the novel. All tastes and preferences are unique to the individual, after all. But that's also the flaw in his analysis.He writes:1. Atlas...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on October 12, 2012 02:39 PM

Every Circumcision Includes Affirmable Objective Harm

Disclosure: I am the author of the first link in this post.The AAP has released its revised statement on non-therapeutic male circumcision, which provides the contradictory conclusions that the possible benefits outweigh the risks (without mention of the costs) and...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on August 27, 2012 05:37 PM

Liberty, But Only If Your Parents Let You Have It

I have no problem with the label libertarian, even when it's conflated with the Libertarian Party. I have a problem with being associated with what passes for thinking on the rights of children among too many self-proclaimed libertarians. Somehow the...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on August 23, 2012 06:55 PM

The ACA and the Future of Infant Circumcision

I've made the argument that a government-run single-payer health care system in America would not automatically result in non-therapeutic infant circumcision rates comparable to other Western nations (e.g. United Kingdom), probably most directly here. I stand by that for the...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on June 30, 2012 12:17 PM

Accountability to Those Who Pay the Buck-O'-Five

Ken at Popehat has a perfectly concise take-down of LZ Granderson's ridiculous CNN essay arguing against seeking too much information from our government about "Fast and Furious". I won't be able to say it better than Ken, so here are...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on June 27, 2012 01:36 PM

Penn Jillette on Obama's Marijuana Hypocrisy

Penn Jillette is awesome for many reasons. As such I'm a fan of his new weekly podcast, Penn's Sunday School. It always delivers, like last week when he went on a rant about President Obama's continuation of the unwinnable, anti-liberty...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on May 21, 2012 03:59 PM

Lifting the Venn of Ignorance

This Mother Jones blog post - "The Venn of Ron Paul and Other Mysteries of Libertarianism Explained" - is ostensibly a rebuke of libertarianism by dumping on its (alleged) chosen vessel, Ron Paul. Unsurprisingly, the author, Josh Harkinson, does not...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on January 7, 2012 11:15 AM

Krugman says, "I'm Rubber, You're Glue..."

It's been a decent chunk of time since I last posted, but I have things to say again. (And Google removed shared items from Google Reader.) We'll see how long it lasts.What better (i.e. easier) way to jump back in...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on November 1, 2011 07:52 PM

Congressman Brad Sherman Is Wrong On Circumcision

This is why I don't like the political process for ending non-therapeutic circumcision of male minors.Congressman Brad Sherman announced today that he will be introducing the Religious and Parental Rights Defense Act of 2011, a bill to prevent San Francisco...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on June 15, 2011 12:41 PM

Much Ado About Individual Rights

Timothy Sandefur links to essays by two secular humanists regarding the San Francisco proposal to prohibit non-therapeutic male child circumcision. The essay in favor of the proposal is by Tom Flynn of the Council for Secular Humanism. Mr. Flynn is...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on June 12, 2011 06:13 PM

Opposition to Circumcision and Anti-Semitism: Follow-Up

Continuing on yesterday's post, I'd like to expand a bit with evidence. For context, consider this from a post at Hot Air Green Room on the Foreskin Man comic book:Note that these circumcision-haters could have addressed the issue as one...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on June 4, 2011 10:31 AM

Opposition to Circumcision and Anti-Semitism

Ken at Popehat has a post today on the proposal in San Francisco to prohibit non-therapeutic male child circumcision. Specifically, he addresses propaganda materials created by individuals associated with MGM Bill, including its founder, Matthew Hess. The charge is that...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on June 3, 2011 03:32 PM

Bob Barr Is Anti-Liberty

I voted for Bob Barr as the Libertarian (rather than libertarian) candidate in 2008. My vote was symbolic, since I couldn't support either major party candidate. I knew it was a "waste" then, since it wouldn't amount to anything. I...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on May 30, 2011 06:54 PM

Dr. Amy Tuteur Is Wrong About The First Amendment (And Still Wrong About Circumcision)

Dr. Amy Tutuer is at it again. She insists on defending circumcision from any rational challenge, and also insists on name-calling. Consider:The foreskin fetishists have struck again. Those who devote their lives to the preservation of foreskins are hurriedly gathering...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on February 27, 2011 03:38 PM

Barbara Kay Is Mistaken on Circumcision.

I've read many bizarre, irrational rants advocating for non-therapeutic child circumcision. This recent opinion piece by Barbara Kay in Canada's National Post is the worst drivel of that sort I've encountered. (It's a response to a counter opinion piece by...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on January 30, 2011 01:37 PM

Hanna Rosin Is Still Mistaken on Circumcision. Uh Oh.

Yesterday, the New York Times ran an article about a recent study (on a semi-related topic) that suggests the U.S. infant male circumcision rate fell to 32.5% for 2009. This has been floating around for a few weeks. Frankly, I...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on August 18, 2010 08:35 PM

The Facts, Although Interesting, Are Irrelevant

When I wrote about the American Academy of Pediatrics' revised policy statement on ritual genital cutting of female minors, I sensed some misunderstanding of what the policy says. Then the story hit the New York Times, among many outlets covering...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on May 10, 2010 08:40 PM

A Request

Seeing how the AAP's revised policy statement on female genital cutting is inducing mass outrage, I think I need to revisit the issue. My initial analysis is very different from the basic, solidifying narrative. I'd planned to follow-up during lunch...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on May 7, 2010 01:12 PM

A Universal Standard of Basic Human Rights Isn't Divided By Gender Or Culture

UPDATE:I corrected a word from the original entry to clarify my intent. I understand that the AAP is not a government organization. I've corrected the poor wording.The American Academy of Pediatrics' Committee on Bioethics issued a new policy statement on...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on May 4, 2010 05:28 PM

Individual Preferences Are Subjective

I recommend this month's featured article at Econlib, "The Relentless Subjectivity of Value" by Max Borders. It's in the context of economics, but anyone who reads my work here will surely recognize something familiar and useful. My favorite excerpt:Nudging assumes...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on May 4, 2010 03:15 PM

Education Without Understanding

Here's a story about a male who decides to have himself circumcised:"It was a thing I had wanted to do for so long - I work in the health sector so I'd been reading books, discovering the importance of one...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on April 15, 2010 01:41 PM

Just a reminder...

As always, when public health officials talk about voluntary, adult male circumcision, they never mean voluntary or adult.THE Ministry of Health is targeting to have over 100 000 men circumcised in three years time, Minister Benedict Xaba told senators at...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on March 30, 2010 01:35 PM

Grace, go to bed. You obviously have had a very busy day of crazy.¹

Here's actress Debra Messing testifying before the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa and Global Health in her role as an ambassador for PSI, asking for more federal tax dollars to support "voluntary, adult" male circumcision in Africa (emphasis added):......

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on March 11, 2010 05:05 PM

Massachusetts Will Debate The Right to Bodily Integrity

The Massachusetts legislature is considering a bill that would make non-therapeutic genital cutting (i.e. circumcision) on healthy minors illegal....(a) For the purpose of this section, the term “genital mutilation” shall mean the removal or cutting or both of the whole...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on February 16, 2010 09:25 PM

Science Requires Ethics, Part 3

Jake responded to my last entry in our ongoing series. (My first and second entries.) I'll just jump in. Addressing my view that he is a pro-circumcision advocate, Jake writes:I find this a rather peculiar statement. I suppose in a...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on November 1, 2009 05:09 PM

Science Requires Ethics, Revisited

Jake Waskett responded to my critique of his entry about Intact America's letter. I find it lacking.... It's a shame that he mischaracterises me as a "pro-circumcision advocate", though (I'm pro-parental choice, not pro-circumcision).I do not accept that I've mischaracterized...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on October 25, 2009 07:50 PM

Hanna Rosin Is Still Wrong On Circumcision, Revisited

Hanna Rosin returns with another apologia showing her determination to remain blind to the ethics against infant circumcision.... But now that I have done my homework, I’m sure I would do it again—even if I were not Jewish, didn’t believe...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on October 21, 2009 09:18 PM

Science Requires Ethics

Intact America ran an open letter, as an advertisement, in yesterday's Washington Post urging the American Academy of Pediatrics not to recommend that American parents circumcise their infant sons as a strategy against HIV. [Full disclosure: I attended an event...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on October 20, 2009 11:42 PM

Nancy McDermott Is Wrong On Circumcision

In replying to an essay against infant circumcision by Ethan Epstein at Spiked, Nancy McDermott attempts to defend parental proxy consent for routine infant male circumcision. She is mistaken.The main problem with The Circumcision Discussion in general, and with Ethan...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on October 13, 2009 09:55 PM

Religion By Scalpel Is Not A Parental Right

Andrew Sullivan weighs in on the CDC circumcision mess:... I guess I was an early obsessive on this. As readers know, my position is simply that no parent has a right to permanently mutilate a child for no good reason....

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on September 8, 2009 04:01 PM

Meta Update

The plethora of circumcision posts will cease soon and other blogging will return. Not yet....

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on August 31, 2009 11:47 PM

Talk About The Issue, Not Rush Limbaugh

I'm probably supposed to deal with this:Limbaugh then elaborated on the reference to him in the lyric. "I would remind the rapper Jay-Z: Mr. Z, it is President Obama who wants mandated circumcision. That means if we need to save...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on August 31, 2009 11:45 PM

Matt Steinglass Is Mistaken On Circumcision

In the interest of context for this post, Chris Bodenner did what Hanna Rosin didn't, which is to apply critical thinking to the circumcision question. He wrote:Studies are a red herring, however, when it comes to the ethical part of...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on August 30, 2009 06:07 PM

Insults Instead of Inquiry

Robert Stacy McCain blogged about Hanna Rosin's first circumcision post at the Daily Dish:She dares defend circumcision while guest blogging at the site of the world's foremost foreskin fetishist, Andrew Sullivan."Male genital mutilation!" scream the connoisseurs of uncut, preservationists of...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on August 30, 2009 04:21 PM

Single-Payer and Circumcision in America

In my second response to Hanna Rosin's posts on circumcision at The Daily Dish, I closed with this:As a circumcised male, why do I care whether circumcision is mandated by the government or merely by my parents? The result -...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on August 30, 2009 01:40 PM

Hanna Rosin Is Still Mistaken On Circumcision

Hanna Rosin summarizes the responses to her circumcision post from yesterday "into three basic categories":1. How can we do this to a child without his consent? There are so many things we do to children without their consent - change...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on August 26, 2009 08:21 PM

Hanna Rosin Is Mistaken On Circumcision

Hanna Rosin, guest-blogging for Andrew Sullivan, attempts to dismiss opposition to yesterday's news about the CDC potentially recommending infant male circumcision.But the procedure is only "controversial" because people have emotional, psychological and religious reactions to it. Scientifically speaking, it's not...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on August 25, 2009 10:13 PM

Because... HIV!

It's easy to talk about "public health" as if we're all in one giant collective, with the same needs and desires. But that's not true. We are each an individual, with specific, unique considerations. It is foolish to pretend that...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on August 24, 2009 11:30 PM

Fear for Sale

This entry by Patri Friedman is old in Internet terms (i.e. one whole month), but it's timeless and interesting. I can't do it justice without posting it all, I think, so here it is:Among my many contrarian beliefs, I don't...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on July 13, 2009 10:16 PM

Where Does the Comparison Fail? Part Two

I compared infant male circumcision to tattooing a child based on a recent example from California. My original analysis translates to this story:A Floyd County man has been charged with child cruelty after authorities say he tattooed his 3-year-old son.Floyd...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on May 28, 2009 01:34 PM

Where does the comparison fail?

Consider:Police say 26-year-old Enrique Gonzalez held the boy while another gang member tattooed his right hip. ...Gonzalez has been booked into the Fresno County Jail on suspicion of child abuse, mayhem, false imprisonment and a host of crimes with gang...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on May 18, 2009 08:05 PM

Families Consist of Individuals

Via KipEsquire's Twitter feed, here's an interesting case about the power of the government to overrule medical decisions made by parental proxy.A Minnesota judge has ruled a 13-year-old boy with Hodgkin's lymphoma, a highly treatable form of cancer, must seek...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on May 15, 2009 04:45 PM

Do Children Have Any Rights?

Any point in the long line of events leading to the Supreme Court hearing a case on the strip search of students by school officials demonstrates that we've collectively lost our minds. It's easy enough to shout "Will no one...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on April 23, 2009 12:45 PM

I should have thought of this long ago.

One of the common defenses of infant male circumcision is that it's the parents' decision and that they make many decisions that may or may not be the best decision. The argument is that the State is no more qualified...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on April 13, 2009 11:00 AM

If You Can't Beat Them, Resort to Name-Calling?

There's a new meme popular among advocates of routine infant circumcision referring to those who oppose routine infant circumcision as "foreskin fetishists". It's not a surprising strategy because it's the type of tactic deployed when one is on the wrong...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on April 12, 2009 08:45 PM

Quick Comment on Two Posts

I've written two posts responding to a series of statements and entries a blogger posted on infant circumcision. They're extensive, so I expect only the truly interested will read them. However, I'd like to point out an interesting and useful...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on April 11, 2009 07:10 PM

Only One Fact Is True for the Individual Child - Still

Following on my last entry, Lauren at Can You Be A Part of My Life continues her series on circumcision with information from her next source, a list at Justmommies.com titled "Common lies about circumcision". I'll get to that in...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on April 11, 2009 07:00 PM

Only One Fact Is True for the Individual Child

In an entry titled "The Facts As Promised", Lauren at Can You Be A Part of My Life fails to consider the context of her selected (and occasionally incorrect) facts about infant circumcision. I expected little going in because she...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on April 11, 2009 06:55 PM

Who Needs Evidence?

I don't think much of Men's Health magazine after its recent, flawed article on male circumcision. This entry on the Men's Health Life blog still managed to disappoint. The author describes having his sons circumcised, yet manages to work in...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on April 3, 2009 04:35 PM

Uganda Epidemic != United States Epidemic

I'm slow getting to this story, but the United States loves irrational fears when it comes to the foreskin, so it's still as relevant today. A re-evaluation of one of the studies used to claim that (voluntary, adult) male circumcision...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on April 3, 2009 03:45 PM

Faith versus Individual Rights (of Children)

For a few days I've mulled over whether or not I should comment on this story:Accepting a plea bargain that her attorney described as unprecedented in American jurisprudence, a 22-year-old Maryland woman yesterday agreed to cooperate in the prosecution of...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on April 3, 2009 02:45 PM

On Widespread Gender-Based Double Standards

One more story for today that draws a parallel to the gender-bias in child genital cutting in America. (Note: The names of the minors should be redacted, but they're obviously known, so I'm leaving them in the excerpt.)Alan Jepsen was...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on March 21, 2009 06:15 PM

Check Your Premises

From England:It took a death threat to stop Abdi’s wife from circumcising their two daughters, aged 2 and 4. She called him from Somalia while on holiday to say she wanted to carry out the procedure.Abdi, a London-based Somali, said...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on March 21, 2009 12:06 PM

Public Health Officials Always Know Their Conclusion

Stories like this warrant mentioning because the hypocrisy isn't going away:Suriname has launched a three-month pilot project offering free circumcisions in a bid to cut sexually transmitted diseases, Health Minister Celsius Waterberg said Friday....Some two percent of the Suriname population...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on March 14, 2009 08:43 AM

On Ross Douthat Joining the New York Times

The Atlantic's Ross Douthat is the new conservative columnist for The New York Times. I haven't read enough of his work to suggest that this is unwarranted. And he is, in fact, a talented writer. It's just that I've been...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on March 12, 2009 12:20 PM

Individual Incentives Can Be Skewed

When I wrote about comparative effectiveness research, I focused on the merits of including funding in the deficit spending bill as a path to more socialized health care. I haven't changed my opinion on that, but it's worth noting that...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on March 3, 2009 05:25 PM

Did you know you'd bought this?

Do you want to want to pay for another man's circumcision? Too bad:Top on the Ministry of Health’s five-year strategy is the free circumcision, to be made available in all public health centres.Sh960 million from the US government has been...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on February 25, 2009 04:55 PM

Legislating for All Based on the Extremes

Oklahoma lawmakers think eyeball tattoos are a dangerous menace:Senate Republican Whip Cliff Branan said, "Kind of a counter culture trend, the same folks may chose to pierce certain body parts, it's kind of the next level up."Senate Bill 844 has...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on February 23, 2009 03:00 PM

Put on Your Editor's Cap

Imagine you work for Reuters and this study crosses your desk.Conclusion.The key factor associated with acquisition of HPV was lifetime number of sex partners, whereas circumcision was the most significant determinant for clearance of any HPV infection and oncogenic HPV...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on February 23, 2009 02:31 PM

Clarifying Circumcision Facts, Part 1

I've been in an on-and-off circumcision debate on Twitter recently with an individual named NotStyro. (My Twitter link.) I find the debate useful because I find his responses inadequate. However, 140 characters isn't enough to debunk the flaws in the...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on February 20, 2009 04:15 PM

Is this a defensible thought-process?

I want to pass along an e-mail sent to David Wilson of Stop Infant Circumcision Society. There is rough language throughout, but it demonstrates a valuable point. [sic everywhere]:I've seen the nasty ass excuse of a dick you rocket pop...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on February 16, 2009 09:37 AM

Press Release: An Instrument of Distortion

I loosely follow a rule in my blogging that I don't bother with press releases. They're skewed to push the angle of whoever is paying the bill. It might be worth picking out the propaganda from a press release to...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on February 15, 2009 04:10 PM

How to Require Extra Rules for Opponents

Steven Pearlstein began his Friday Washington Post column with this line:To most Americans, the language on Page 52 of the report of the House Committee on Appropriations would have seemed perfectly sensible.He's picking a fight, but he intends to pretend...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on February 15, 2009 02:25 PM

Linkfest

LINK: Think government manipulation of intervention in the economy is good? Read George Will's latest column. (H/t: Cafe Hayek)LINK: Jim Harper has an entry on Cato @ Liberty discussing President Obama's pledge to post all bills for 5 days of...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on February 15, 2009 12:40 PM

Australia Imports American Nonsense

Arguing in favor of circumcising male infant to reduce their risk of HIV infection is flawed thinking, even in places like Africa. It's exceptionally ridiculous when looking at the extent to which pro-circumcision advocates bypass logic. From a recent Reader's...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on February 12, 2009 08:45 AM

An Imaginary Distinction

UNICEF is promoting efforts to end female genital mutilation. This is good. But I'm predictably distracted by the news release.Female genital mutilation or cutting is the partial or total removal of the external genitalia – undertaken for cultural or other...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on February 11, 2009 02:30 PM

John Harvey Kellogg's Legacy

The "OMG Michael Phelps smoked marijuana" story is still a hot topic, with the general tone thankfully being that this is hardly worth wasting the effort of any brain cells. I concur, but that won't stop the usual idiots from...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on February 11, 2009 02:07 PM

Could government stimulus buy everyone a pony?

When media outlets publish scientific findings, do they behave responsibly or do they adhere to sensationalism? From CNN, this headline:Could smoking pot raise testicular cancer risk?As the article states in the lede, the study's researchers have not moved beyond describing...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on February 10, 2009 11:50 AM

AIDS relief does not redefine moral behavior.

Although I largely ignore Michael Gerson's columns because I know it's going to be feel-good, big government social conservatism, I will defend him on one point from his column today defending ousted PEPFAR coordinator Dr. Mark Dybul and condemning the...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on January 28, 2009 05:15 PM

Female Rights Violations or Human Rights Violations?

Last Sunday, The Washington Post published a story about female genital mutilation in Kurdistan. The story is disturbing, as one should expect when dealing with FGM. The pictures - particularly number seven - show the violence involved. I'm going to...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on January 4, 2009 08:47 PM

Quote(s) of the Day

Thanksgiving was my last entry? Let me rectify that with two quotes from reading the Internets today. First, from Rogier van Bakel on free speech.Denying others the rights and protections you demand for yourself is the zenith of arrogance.That's an...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on December 15, 2008 05:27 PM

The Ethics of Vanity, Part III

Even though blogging has been sporadic recently, I'm paying attention. I realize I've given far more attention to circumcision than any other topic lately. Rolling Doughnut is not turning in to "all circumcision, all the time," I swear. But the...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on November 24, 2008 07:28 PM

Denmark proposes equal rights.

[Update: I've fixed grammar in the opening sentence. Also, the comments provide a critique and clarification on my point about Islam as it may or may not relate to this proposal.]I suspect Danish politicians are proposing a ban on male...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on November 24, 2008 12:57 PM

Low Nutritional Value Politics

Last week I saw both of these Tom Toles editorial cartoons, but never together.And:The second cartoon, from Friday, is much more effective because it's correct. The first cartoon, from Tuesday, is full of sentimentality but devoid of truth. (To be...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on November 13, 2008 03:14 PM

Theft is theft.

A post at denialism blog claims that male and female genital mutilation are not morally equivalent. After some buildup, the gist of the entry:Independent of how you may feel about male circumcision, it does not normally, or even more than...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on November 12, 2008 11:01 PM

Adjective-filled headlines aren't objective reporting.

I wish I could send a memo to every newspaper headline writer. It would be brief, saying only "This headline is not clever."The kindest cut — AIDS-ravaged Swaziland rolls out male circumcision to prevent AIDSFirst, notice how - once again...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on November 4, 2008 08:55 AM

Stealing from another is not compassionate to the robbed.

I didn't watch the debate on Wed. night, so I have little background to understand the context of Senator McCain's discussion of abortion beyond what I read from various people who live-blogged the debate. That is admittedly incomplete. From what...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on October 17, 2008 05:35 PM

Finland should legalize honor killings, too, since the individual doesn't matter.

I don't know the intricacies of Finnish law. I don't need to know them to know that this is obscene.A circumcision performed on a Muslim boy in Finland was not a penal offence, Finland's Supreme Court (KKO) decided Friday in...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on October 17, 2008 03:51 PM

No conspiracy. I think the media is lazy.

Here are three stories to demonstrate that media reporting on male circumcision borders on propaganda. First, from Aidsmap:A meta-analysis of studies of circumcision in gay men and men who have sex with men (MSM) has not found sufficient evidence to...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on October 10, 2008 06:16 PM

Always check your assumptions.

I'm always curious to see how our biases encourage us to frame reality. It can be something as simple and unimportant as complaining that the umpire squeezed the strike zone on your team's starting pitcher instead of admitting that each...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on October 7, 2008 05:10 PM

The activist judges in Washington are not active.

Here's an update to the ongoing circumcision case in Orgeon, confirming my expectation from May:The U.S. Supreme Court has rejected an Oregon dispute between a father who wants to circumcise his 13-year-old son against the wishes of the boy's mother.The...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on October 6, 2008 07:06 PM

Age Discrimination: Patient and Doctor Edition

Here's a story that taps my two main interests:A MEMBER of the Bagisu Cultural Board has proposed that the retirement age for the circumcision surgeons (Bakhebi) be set at 60 years if their sight is still good.He said this would...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on September 23, 2008 07:02 PM

Government can and will break its own rules.

When I say that the introduction of single-payer healthcare would not lead to the en - or even a significant reduction in - the circumcision of infant males in the United States, I do not hope I'm right. But I...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on September 11, 2008 09:55 PM

When is a poor tactic a crime?

I'm curious about the facts behind this arrest, because I can assume several different scenarios:On 8/26/08 at 6:50 p.m., Victoria Marmontello, 37, of 4224 Aurora Path, Liverpool, NY, was arrested for Endangering the Welfare of a Child, a class A...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on August 28, 2008 08:41 PM

Different Maps, Same Destination

Ed Brayton challenged readers to fisk If There Is No God, a column by Dennis Prager. It's a worthy, if easy, goal. I won't attempt a response to all 14 points, though. Dispensing with a few should be sufficient to...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on August 23, 2008 02:50 PM

Let's ramble together.

It's been too many days. Blah, work, blah. More on this sometime this weekend. Moving on.Many, many circumcision stories have popped through lately. I'm aiming for a quick hit to clear them out. First up:“In our study we found gay...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on August 15, 2008 10:05 PM

Monkey Smile Jamboree

In three minutes, this video neatly summarizes much that is wrong with the American mindset surrounding infant male circumcision.After a bit about "what is circumcision", we have this exchange:Teen: "Does it hurt the baby?"Adult: "It doesn't feel good, but they...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on August 7, 2008 09:24 PM

The leftists can defend themselves.

Via a friend's tip, a few anti-gay bigots are protesting McDonald's for some reason or other. Sometimes the idiocy - something about exposing McDonald's sinful bowing before the Homosexual Agenda™, I think - is so ridiculous that it just isn't...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on July 17, 2008 08:52 PM

If there is a better private system, this is not it.

I'm a libertarian because maximizing individual liberty is the primary goal of collective human action. Whatever the means, achieving maximal individual liberty is the end.The question is, of course, by what means? I've toyed with the idea - to be...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on July 7, 2008 07:55 PM

Is this an M.D. from a correspondence school?

When public health officials say voluntary, adult, ...The soldiers in the Rwanda Defence Force (RDF) will be the first men to benefit from a government policy to use male circumcision as a tool in the fight against HIV/AIDS, according to...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on July 6, 2008 11:08 AM

Pitting anecdote against anecdote ignores reason and logic.

There is much to commend in this article, but like all attempts to be unbiased on a topic where introducing subjectivity is the only method for achieving balance, the conclusion veers into scare tactics.[Opponents] declare [circumcision] mutilation.But there is another...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on July 6, 2008 10:27 AM

The ability to reason includes recognition of gender-bias.

Ignorance can speak truth, even when ignorance doesn't intend something so broad (emphasis added):... I feel that "female circumcision" gives this practice a veneer of respectability to hide behind. Uninformed people likely know that male circumcision is done mainly for...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on July 5, 2008 10:02 AM

Central planning isn't just for economics.

I wonder if these two Ugandan MPs have ever spoken to each other. First:THE parliamentary food forum has asked the Government to provide funds for the a campaign against female circumcision. Addressing journalists at Parliament on Friday, Bukwo Woman MP...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on July 1, 2008 08:53 PM

The facts are, in fact, relevant.

In response to the Jeremy Kuper essay I criticized yesterday, Laura MacDonald writes an excellent rebuttal demonstrating how little attention Kuper gave the topic beyond the superficial evidence that he believes supports his decision to circumcise his son. This is...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on June 26, 2008 12:38 PM

"Research" is easy when you seek only approval.

In an attempt to defend the indefensible (i.e. circumcising his healthy son), Jeremy Kuper writes a rambling, disorganized essay at Comment is Free that skims only the surface on each aspect of the debate. Moreover, he includes the euphemism "member",...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on June 25, 2008 09:25 PM

There is no do-over in surgery.

I'm still catching up on some of the circumcision-related news items form the last few weeks. Sometimes, I step away from the topic for short periods to recharge my tolerance for the inevitable frustration that arises when considering the various...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on June 25, 2008 07:15 PM

Your honor: peas or carrots tonight?

Via Amy Alkon, a story with some relevance to my stance that medically unnecessary male circumcision of all minors should be prohibited (and enforced, where necessary) by the state. From Canada:A Canadian court has lifted a 12-year-old girl's grounding, overturning...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on June 23, 2008 07:31 PM

Advocating logic is undesirable, like practicing unsafe sex and sexually assaulting women.

Still catching up from the last two weeks, this was in the first draft of my last entry. It got a bit too long, so it became a stand-alone entry.Via Andrew Sullivan, this quote from UNAIDS on travel restrictions placed...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on June 3, 2008 11:10 PM

The First Amendment does not grant the right to violate the rights of a child.

I've known about this for a little bit, but I hadn't planned to blog it because I don't think it will initially amount to much. But it's in the press now, so here's an update on the Oregon circumcision case:A...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on May 17, 2008 10:50 AM

The Best Paragraph I'll Read Today

Mark at Publius Endures provides the perfect reaction to yesterday's ruling by the California Supreme Court:But first - after all the claims of the Religious Right over the last few years that same-sex marriage would destroy marriage as an institution,...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on May 16, 2008 12:05 PM

Judicial activism and Individual Rights

Obviously I think the California Supreme Court's ruling on same-sex marriage is the correct outcome. I'll leave the legal analysis of how the Court got there for others to judge. Still, this is an interesting, positive development.I wish to comment...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on May 15, 2008 05:10 PM

The ABC of HIV prevention means "Always Be Cutting"?

I don't know which is more frustrating, stupid "science" articles or the reporting on those articles. Last week, my news world was filled with various regurgitations of this nonsense:According to a new policy analysis led by researchers at the Harvard...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on May 15, 2008 04:25 PM

There is one outcome that can't be corrected.

Heartland Regional Medical Center in Marion, Illinois had a problem recently where two babies were mixed up after being circumcised. Both sets of parents consented to violating their sons, so there wasn't much to blog about beyond the obvious point...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on May 15, 2008 03:19 PM

It's time to step into the confessional.

I left the W2 world and became an independent consultant more than four years ago. Professionally, these have been the best four years, although I haven't gained significant new skills or progressed higher. As an independent, that's difficult to begin...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on May 15, 2008 12:15 PM

Rights, Science, Tradition. Not Tradition, Science, Rights.

Last week I wrote about baby tossing, making a comparison to infant male circumcision. Today, via Kevin, M.D., here's a story that includes a debate among doctors."Of course there is risk of injury in this practice. Missing the stretched cloth...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on May 7, 2008 12:00 PM

Examples of "(male) children as chattel"

I don't generally listen to what parents claim when they circumcise their sons. By nature of the act, they treat their son's body as their property. They would deny it if confronted with this logic, and most aren't willing to...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on May 5, 2008 05:00 PM

Throwing a Scalpeled Hail Mary.

Do unto others, or something like that:During spring break, [University of Florida quarterback Tim] Tebow added a new facet to his fame. In an impoverished village outside General Santos City in the Philippines, Tebow helped circumcise impoverished children...."The first time,...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on May 5, 2008 04:10 PM

Is this a parental right?

Via Boing Boing, I thought baby dropping had to be a hoax.Muslims in western India have been observing a bizarre ritual - they've been throwing their young children off a tall building to improve their health.The faithful have been observing...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on May 2, 2008 04:30 PM

Don't let the crazies get something more right than you.

It's pretty pathetic when Conservapedia is more accurate on female genital mutilation (link) than most other Internet debate on the topic.The procedure may range from a simple cut in the pubic region to the complete removal of parts of the...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on May 2, 2008 04:15 PM

A Hypothetical Argument Against Tradition

A common defense used to justify continued legal indifference to the clear rights violation of male child circumcision in the United States is tradition. The sometimes-blurry distinction between ritual and social tradition is mostly irrelevant. The argument is that humans...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on April 28, 2008 03:40 PM

Equality means equal suffering?

One more for today (and one more for tomorrow, then there will likely be a lull in the circumcision posts). In a comment to this anti-circumcision essay, commenter "MizMoxie" wrote this:... I would have sex with anyone with one not...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on April 26, 2008 04:00 PM

Sanity on the Limitation of Parental "Rights"

A few days ago, in the context of the current FLDS story, Timothy Sandefur posted a principled defense of children and their rights against the (religious) claims of their parents. It's very similar to what I've written about circumcision generally,...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on April 26, 2008 02:30 PM

Can protection be harm?

Via A Stitch in Haste, ABC News ran a social experiment in two cities, Verona, N.J. and Birmingham, Ala.Two years ago, ABC News hired two actors, a man and a woman, to publicly display their affection for each other by...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on April 26, 2008 12:20 PM

The U.S. owes the world. The world owes nothing to individuals.

Here's an interview (part 2 of 3) with Stephen Lewis¹, a former diplomat now involved in HIV/AIDS issues. Here are a few curious excerpts (italics added):What do you think should be done [to fix PEPFAR]?People should demand more – much...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on April 24, 2008 07:00 PM

With advocacy like this, who needs enemies?

Advocates for Youth is... dedicated to creating programs and advocating for policies that help young people make informed and responsible decisions about their reproductive and sexual health. Advocates provides information, training, and strategic assistance to youth-serving organizations, policy makers, youth...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on April 24, 2008 02:25 PM

Consent plays a role, too.

This article on adult circumcision was the companion piece to the recent Los Angeles Times article on infant circumcision. It would've been easy and proper to focus on consent, here and in the article on infants, but instead it's mostly...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on April 24, 2008 11:45 AM

Surgery as a Replacement for Parenting

I used to feel some reservation about quoting parents when they've said something stupid about circumcision. You've probably figured out that I shed that a long time ago. When someone says something stupid to a reporter, I highlight it solely...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on April 23, 2008 12:30 PM

"Just a 'little' off the top" is subjective.

In an essay discussing a magazine article reviewing the origin of circumcision, the author demonstrates - parenthetically - why it continues.(The most logical explanation is simple. The male organ [sic] simply looks better post-circumcision than it does pre-circumcision. And looks...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on April 22, 2008 12:45 PM

Kenyan government to roll out human rights violations.

The Kenyan government is rolling out a plan that overlooks a few key issues.The Kenyan government has embarked on an ambitious national programme to fast track the national rollout of male circumcision as a means of preventing HIV....According to the...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on April 10, 2008 02:02 PM

I wouldn't use the word "debate".

Following on today's earlier entry, how many pro-circumcision myths does this short essay, "The Debate Over Circumcision," inadvertently expose as flawed? My first son had what can only be described as a bad circumcision. While he was still in diapers,...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on April 9, 2008 03:06 PM

A libertarian argument for a new law.

Mark, who writes the excellent Publius Endures, left an excellent (and appreciated) comment over the weekend. Normally I would reply there, as I do with most comments. But Mark included one point that I'd like to discuss (emphasis added).I must...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on April 9, 2008 02:40 PM

How far do parental "rights" extend? What is the basis for limitation?

Passed to me by a friend, let's draw the natural comparison on this story:Thailand's Health Ministry ordered hospitals and medical clinics to temporarily stop performing castrations for non-medical reasons, saying Wednesday that the procedure performed on transsexuals needs stricter monitoring...."As...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on April 6, 2008 10:15 AM

Overheard on the Internet

Anyone who follows discussion of circumcision on the Internet will encounter regular moments of an overwhelming desire to hate mankind. It's impossible to avoid. People are so devoid of any logic or consideration for the child that disgust is the...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on April 5, 2008 11:47 AM

Delicate Decision: Post 4 of 4

On Monday the Los Angeles Times offered a typical analysis of infant male circumcision. There are many points to address from this story, so I've broken them up into multiple posts. (Posts 1, 2, and 3.)Point four:FOR nearly all of...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on April 2, 2008 01:10 PM

Delicate Decision: Post 3 of 4

On Monday the Los Angeles Times offered a typical analysis of infant male circumcision. There are many points to address from this story, so I've broken them up into multiple posts. (Posts 1, 2, and 4.)Point three:Robert and Cara Moffat...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on April 2, 2008 01:08 PM

Delicate Decision: Post 2 of 4

On Monday the Los Angeles Times offered a typical analysis of infant male circumcision. There are many points to address from this story, so I've broken them up into multiple posts. (Posts 1, 3, and 4.)Point two:In the first year...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on April 2, 2008 01:07 PM

Delicate Decision: Post 1 of 4

On Monday the Los Angeles Times offered a typical analysis of infant male circumcision. There are many points to address from this story, so I've broken them up into multiple posts. (Posts 2, 3, and 4.)Point one:Dr. Peter Kilmarx, chief...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on April 2, 2008 01:05 PM

Science requires evidence that faith can't provide.

This British article on circumcision demonstrates several typical lapses in critical thinking. These lapses are usually based in a refusal to consider that actions against children are subject to ethical concerns. That fits these examples. First:One part of the country...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on March 25, 2008 05:15 PM

Our gender discrimination permits this immoral argument.

Following on previous entries regarding female genital mutilation, John Tierney updates the conversation with an opinion from Dr. Fuambai Ahmadu, "a native of Sierra Leone, who grew up in America and then went back to her homeland as an adult...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on March 21, 2008 11:20 AM

Can we frame the debate objectively?

In response to this Will Wilkinson entry and this Kerry Howley entry on the liberty arguments for (economics) and against (morality) legalized prostitution, Ross Douthat goes off the rails with a strange question of how prostitution as sex work differs...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on March 16, 2008 11:40 AM

Parents as middle-man is an interesting twist on proxy.

This article demonstrates the view many people have when they make their child's decision to circumcise him (or her) absent any medical need.According to a press release from the Ministry of Health, the sessions for children who wish to be...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on March 12, 2008 10:00 AM

Root for individual liberty and America will succeed.

I fully expect to vote for myself in November, if I bother to vote at all. But just for fun, I'm researching some of the Libertarian Party candidates. On my first look - in this case, Wayne Allen Root -...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on March 4, 2008 11:15 AM

I want readers. I don't need readers.

I know I use Rolling Doughnut as a pulpit for a wide range of topics, and not all of these are interesting to the same people. I think about that, but when I blog, I aim for this advice, which...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on February 29, 2008 11:28 AM

The number of X chromosomes should not matter.

The push for separate rights based on gender has never been so obvious.Ten U.N. agencies have launched a campaign to significantly reduce female circumcision by 2015 and eradicate the damaging practice within a generation.In a statement released Wednesday, the agencies...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on February 28, 2008 03:45 PM

The issue is always individual rights.

Three circumcision topics, in order from past to present.First, author Susie Bright wrote the following based on a discussion in her podcast from 2005:The problem is, it's one thing to decide for the newborn... and it's another to deal with...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on February 25, 2008 03:55 PM

The central planner's impulse is the parental decision-making crutch.

Most of this article from a Portland, Maine television station is boilerplate stupidity. The parents' opinion matters exclusively. It's no big deal. The potential for benefits overcomes the absence of medical need. Every one of those incorrect excuses is the...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on February 23, 2008 01:20 PM

Two Voluntary Participants

On an interesting concept among plastic surgeons:"No, Judith. Just … no.”Lee A. Gibstein, M.D., a plastic surgeon with offices in New York City and Miami, crumpled up the photo of the shiny, preternaturally line-free celebrity I’d brought with me and...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on February 21, 2008 12:06 PM

Denial versus Rejecting Sociological Science Experimentation

Filling in for Andrew Sullivan, Jim Manzi writes about conservatives and science:The debate about evolution is a great example of the kind of sucker play that often ensnares conservatives. Frequently, conservatives are confronted with the assertion that scientific finding X...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on February 19, 2008 07:36 PM

Around the Web: Vigorous Nodding Edition

John Cole assesses the Senate's asinine behavior in passing the anti-liberty FISA bill with telecom immunity and pursuing the NFL over Spygate perfectly:There is a very real and perverse possibility that the NFL will face tougher sanctions for spying on...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on February 13, 2008 11:36 AM

Is the act the crime?

Is this disgusting act criminal because the man assaulted the children or because he practiced medicine¹ without a license:A Gaston County man, who is the father of a dozen kids by two different women, is now facing even more child...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on February 6, 2008 09:45 PM

Does religion permit you to increase risk to patients?

From the UK:Women training in several hospitals in England have raised objections to removing their arm coverings in theatre and to rolling up their sleeves when washing their hands, because it is regarded as immodest in Islam....Dr Mark Enright, professor...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on February 5, 2008 02:30 PM

We are not a civilized society.

From Ask the Rabbi with Rabbi Ritchie Moss:QUESTION: A friend asked the other day why we have a bris (circumcision). I rambled on about health, tradition, 8 days, pain and a whole lot of other nonsense before leaving this one...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on February 5, 2008 01:10 PM

Basics do not possess nuance.

This blog entry at Feministe is from last week. It references a strange Erica Jong column that isn't worth discussing. While I agree with most of the Feministe entry, I do not understand how these two ideas can be in...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on February 5, 2008 12:20 PM

Lies, Damned Lies, and Statistics

Watch me torpedo my burgeoning Congressional campaign.Rates of cancer¹ of the penis and prostate are higher in men who have intact foreskins, and rates of cancer of the cervix are higher in their female partners.A range of other conditions of...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on January 31, 2008 03:10 PM

Thanks for contributing.

Jan. 29th Update: I want to clarify that this entry - and DK's at The Kvetcher - is based on an educated guess. I've seen nothing explicitly confirming that PEPFAR (i.e. you and me) will be paying for infant circumcisions...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on January 28, 2008 02:40 PM

Liberty has age and gender restrictions.

This will probably be long; please humor me. Also, there are many issues of custody that I'm ignoring. I'm specifically focusing on how the Oregon Supreme Court addressed male genital cutting (i.e. circumcision) in its decision. Lest you decide from...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on January 25, 2008 01:10 PM

What An Interesting Idea.

The Oregon Supreme Court announced its decision in Boldt and Boldt. I'm currently reading it, not that I can specifically offer anything in the way of legal analysis. But the conclusion is stunning from the perspective of individual rights.We remand...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on January 25, 2008 11:04 AM

Half of Newborn Americans Face Gender-based Discrimination

What's wrong with the title of this news story reporting on infant circumcision rates in the United States?Half Of Newborn Americans Undergo CircumcisionThat is not true because we discriminate against children based on gender. Half of newborn Americans are protected...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on January 24, 2008 11:30 AM

Panicking exposes an ethical flaw.

This is the predictable near-end-result of embracing the irrational.Rwanda has launched a campaign to encourage all men to be circumcised, to reduce the risk of catching HIV/Aids.Digging a little deeper, according to Innocent Nyaruhirira, secretary of state for Aids prevention,...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on January 23, 2008 11:46 AM

WHO doesn't understand the definition of "healthy".

In an article in the New York Times on female genital cutting in Indonesia, here's the obligatory mention. I'm only surprised that it appears so late in the story.Any distinction between injuring the clitoris or the clitoral hood is irrelevant,...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on January 22, 2008 06:25 PM

Buying Michael Kinsley's libertarianism is no better than buying Ron Paul's.

I didn't have much respect for Michael Kinsley's understanding of libertarianism going into today. I have less after reading his opinion piece in today's Saturday's Washington Post, titled "The Church Doctrines of Pope Ron Paul." (Clever in its truthiness.) Consider:Libertarians...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on January 14, 2008 02:30 PM

Consumer-unfriendly Software

I've used Newsgator as my RSS reader for several years. I've generally been happy with how it works because I like the ease with which I can set a structured layout to my folders. The "generally" caveat is necessary because...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on January 11, 2008 02:38 PM

Analysis reveals more than snark reveals.

From the Los Angeles Times article referenced by Wonkette, this:Kenya's violence is on one level political, reflecting the rivalry for control between President Mwai Kibaki, a Kikuyu, and opposition candidate Raila Odinga, a Luo. In the election campaign, the fact...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on January 9, 2008 03:00 PM

As long as they disagree, a smear is reasonable?

Following on my entry on forced circumcisions in Kenya, I remember that I don't read Wonkette any more for a reason. Wit requires intelligence. Instead, Wonkette's writers have decided that mockery without thought makes for better copy. No thanks.In the...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on January 9, 2008 02:20 PM

Two News Items

First:The number of such assaults so far appears small. The hospital here in Limuru, 30 miles west of Nairobi, confirmed that two cases of forced circumcision were admitted after Sunday's violence that saw members of the larger Kikuyu tribe evict...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on January 9, 2008 12:15 PM

The public knows best. It doesn't need facts.

I don't support the death penalty. I think it's immoral, but I also do not believe that any government process is capable of 100% certainty in its justice system. The possibility of executing one innocent individual more than outweighs any...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on January 9, 2008 11:35 AM

Proxy consent is a valid concept, in the proper context.

I'll leave the libertarian angle of this story to others, Radley Balko among them because that's where I found it first. I have a different analysis to make.An armed law enforcement team broke down the door of a family home...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on January 8, 2008 11:33 AM

Subjective evaluations require only the individual.

The mindlessness of both research and reporting about circumcision is exhausting. I fear this story is going to be the new gold standard for the smug dismissal of any challenge to pro-circumcision advocacy. Consider:Circumcision does not reduce sexual satisfaction and...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on January 7, 2008 12:00 PM

The Obvious Drawback to Educating Via Lists

This article demonstrates how most media irresponsibly reports on issues surrounding infant circumcision. The Pro list:Reduces risk of urinary tract infections.Reduces risk of contracting STDs (still under debate. A recent study in South Africa found that circumcision may reduce HIV...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on January 7, 2008 10:25 AM

How should we define sexual violence?

I'm still organizing my thoughts on the political chaos in Kenya, so I don't have much coherent to say on it right now. I'm not sure when or if I'll write anything more specific to the topic of this entry,...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on January 3, 2008 01:20 PM

Ignorance when buying won't prevent the pony from biting.

Gary Schwitzer, an Associate Professor at the University of Minnesota School of Journalism & Mass Communication, provides the best explanation for why most reporting on health topics are irresponsibly incomplete. His critique reviews TIME's year-end medical breakthrough list, which placed...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on January 2, 2008 01:30 PM

Claiming victory is not the same as earning victory.

I stumbled upon an interesting list today at a site claiming to offer "News and Information on all aspects involving Male Circumcision". I was already aware of the site and its irrational support for infant male circumcision, so I'm not...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on January 2, 2008 01:00 PM

A dose of common sense.

Newsweek interviewed Dr. John Bartlett, chief of infectious diseases at Johns Hopkins, for its article "2007: Another Year of AIDS". I know, with a title like that, how could the reader not be optimistic? Anyway, I think this is useful...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on December 28, 2007 05:40 PM

Top Ethical Breakthrough, circa 1776: Individual Liberty

Time announced its year-end list. While everyone else is in freak-out mode about Putin being named "Man of the Year," I'll be in my corner noticing the perpetuation of the same silly myths through omission and a refusal to question....

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on December 20, 2007 05:15 PM

Subjective requirements have no standing.

Via Timothy Sandefur, here's an interesting quote¹ from H.L. Mencken. The more robust excerpt that Mr. Sandefur presents deals with science versus religion, and how readily people of science submit to people of religion when truth exists solely on the...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on December 19, 2007 11:05 AM

Rejecting a collectivist concept of human rights.

Following up on my entry questioning Dr. Richard Shweder's analysis in defending subjective justifications of male genital cutting by eliminating any consideration for the individual. He responded with more:In an earlier comment (comment #59) I made brief note of some...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on December 17, 2007 01:10 PM

Be scared to scar your baby boy.

Bernadine Healy M.D. writes an ethics-free, logic-free essay in the latest U.S. News & World Report on male circumcision. She mostly offers the recycled nonsense promoted by people uninterested in thinking the issue through. However, Dr. Healy searches for a...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on December 8, 2007 09:38 PM

The individual possesses non-derogable rights.

Carrying his earlier argument to a new realm, one government official understands basic political philosophy.Tasmania's Commissioner for Children has again called on the State Government to review laws covering the circumcision of baby boys for cosmetic reasons...."If I have a...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on December 8, 2007 04:20 PM

Sloppy Burial of Relevant News

How much media play will this news get in the United States?Circumcision may reduce a man's risk of infection with the AIDS virus by up to 60 percent if he is an African, but it does not appear to help...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on December 5, 2007 01:40 PM

"Voluntary" and "adult" always get tossed aside.

Always:The UNAIDS country programme coordinator, Dr Kékoura Kourouma, has advised Rwandans to start circumcision with children at a tender age as one of the measures to protect them from acquiring with HIV/Aids."If the government plans to implement circumcision, it would...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on December 3, 2007 06:26 PM

The differences become similarities upon inspection.

John Tierney raises the issue of female genital mutilation, wondering whether "African women be allowed to engage in the practice sometimes called female circumcision?" My short answer is, of course, if they're deciding for themselves as an adult without pressure....

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on November 30, 2007 01:30 PM

Parental powers are not parental rights.

Sherry Colb summarizes the larger point (barely) hiding in the recent Oregon circumcision case:Though it is, in some respects, very unusual, this case nonetheless highlights a somewhat hidden and more widespread assumption embedded in our laws - that if a...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on November 29, 2007 04:00 PM

I'm shocked - SHOCKED! - by this development.

Rejecting our earlier sanity wasn't enough. Now the United States government wants to perpetuate our cognitive dissonance regarding circumcision through bribery:The U.S. President's Emergency Plan for Aids Relief (PEPFAR) has requested beneficiary governments to draft policies that encourage male circumcision...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on November 29, 2007 12:10 PM

(Not Really) Newsflash: UNAIDS lies.

This story should make me angry. I suppose it does, but I'm so numbed to the incredible pile of garbage people distribute in defense of their agenda that I have a harder time bringing forth an outburst than I'd like.The...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on November 25, 2007 07:35 PM

Luckily, I have a forum to grind my axe.

Via Kevin, M.D. I read a recap from a doctor who had to amputate a patient's finger. It's an interesting enough story, but something caught my eye in the middle of the story.... there’s a deeply ingrained taboo that prohibits...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on November 19, 2007 01:54 PM

This decision tree stops after the first branch.

The last sentence from this article wouldn't hold up to any level of logical scrutiny, so I'm assuming it received none.People against circumcision argue that the procedure is an inhumane thing to do to a child because general anesthesia cannot...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on November 14, 2007 10:20 AM

War is Peace. Freedom is Slavery. Ignorance is Strength.

In response to a brief update by Andrew Sullivan on the Oregon circumcision case (correctly titled "Genital Mutilation Update"), a website called discarded lies tracks back to Mr. Sullivan's entry with only a link. Obviously that earns a "So what?"...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on November 11, 2007 10:10 AM

Oregon already denies parents the "right" to circumcise.

It's shameful how easy it is to demonstrate that the law is wrong, biased, and in dire need of repair. Oregon's current law on the limit to parental rights over daughters:Be It Enacted by the People of the State of...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on November 8, 2007 01:10 PM

News from the Oregon Supreme Court hearing.

I remain pessimistic about the circumcision case in Oregon. I still hold out hope that the judges will put the boy's circumcision on hold until he reaches turns 18, a compromise a court reached last year in Illinois. It would...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on November 8, 2007 01:07 PM

Circumcision: The Ongoing Class War

From a Time article on circumcision:Medicaid no longer covers the surgery routinely, leaving many poor children without the option.Poor (and rich) children, when left with the option, choose to do nothing to their foreskin. The author meant to imply that...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on November 7, 2007 01:45 PM

If tradition and parental preference mean more, the Constitution means nothing.

The Oregon Supreme Court is now hearing the case where the (custodial) father wants his 12-year-old son circumcised as part of conversion to Judaism against the wishes of the (non-custodial) mother and, possibly, the wishes of the boy. I wrote...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on November 7, 2007 10:50 AM

Science is cool. Don't reject it in favor of fear.

Via Jason Kuznicki at Positive Liberty, this interesting story:A physicist and his biologist son destroyed a common virus using a superfast pulsing laser, without harming healthy cells. The discovery could lead to new treatments for viruses like HIV that have...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on November 2, 2007 11:30 AM

Action, not intent, indicates what you believe.

This comment follows a discussion on the ongoing case in Oregon in which a father wants to circumcise his 12-year-old son in conjunction with his own conversion to Judaism (previous entry here):That's CRAZY! I think I'll get any son of...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on November 1, 2007 10:47 PM

Reason is quite informative.

The Blowfish Blog makes several excellent points while discussing circumcision. (Link/site probably NSFW by most office standards.) While I reject any notion that something other than immediate medical need justifies child circumcision (whether religious, cultural, or potential benefits), I particularly...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on October 22, 2007 09:15 AM

Effective HIV prevention does not involve distorting facts.

I saw this Richard Holbrooke essay on HIV when it appeared a few weeks ago. Nothing in it warranted¹ specific comment from a circumcision perspective that hasn't been said repeatedly. This is all he offered:A viable prevention strategy would encompass...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on October 22, 2007 08:10 AM

More choices exist beyond "Now" and "Later".

From the initial premise, this article on circumcision from The Boston Globe is flawed. The title is "Disputing the need for circumcision", which implies that the onus to justify a position is on those who understand that males are (almost...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on October 20, 2007 11:21 AM

Measuring twice will still prove inaccurate until adulthood.

From the "Ask Anyone" advice column from Buffalo's ArtVoice:I just found out that I’m pregnant, with a boy. I don’t believe in circumcision, but my husband does, and so do our families. If I refuse to circumcise him, will he...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on October 18, 2007 12:05 PM

Acknowledging risks would be a nice change.

This story is making the rounds today:Nearly 19,000 people died in the United States in 2005 after being infected with virulent drug-resistant bacteria that have spread rampantly through hospitals and nursing homes, according to the most thorough study of the...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on October 17, 2007 07:51 PM

The process of getting it shows why it will fail to deliver utopia.

Medpundit offers a concise summary of the fallacy that U.S. universal health care/coverage will mimic other established universal systems. It also explains why I don't believe that universal health care/insurance will lead to the end of routine infant circumcision in...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on September 27, 2007 01:43 PM

"Unlawful personal injury" is an excellent description.

This is a step in the right direction:A regional appeals court in Frankfurt am Main found that the circumcision of an 11-year-old Muslim boy without his approval was an unlawful personal injury.According to the court, circumcision can "be important in...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on September 21, 2007 02:27 PM

A Correction and Further Proof

I've noted the correction in the original entry, but yesterday I incorrectly identified the author of the referenced editorial as a female. Hilary Bainemigisha is a male. The article did not make it clear, but I shouldn't have made the...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on September 21, 2007 02:09 PM

If you have ears, allow something rational to pass through them to your brain.

In what can only be described as the most bizarre pro-circumcision editorial you'll ever read, Hilary Bainemigisha urges men in Uganda to get circumcised to fight HIV. There are soccer metaphors and a weird belief in the penis as the...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on September 20, 2007 01:36 PM

Nationalized does not mean sane or restrained.

Megan McArdle links to a recent Matthew Yglesias post on nationalized health care. Here's the key part of the excerpt she quotes:In effect, a highly centralized state run health care system is able to put a cap on how much...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on September 15, 2007 03:54 PM

Stupid HIV Defense Quotes - A Contest

I have two competing quotes, but I can't decide which is dumber. First, from the article I referenced in yesterday's entry:"It's now the most proven, effective HIV prevention strategy we have for male heterosexuals, so it's really important that we...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on September 10, 2007 02:08 PM

Fear loosens man's adherence to logic.

From the first two paragraphs, the rehashing of the same vile pablum is inevitable:Family gatherings for Collins Omondi once were boisterous affairs here on the verdant shores of Lake Victoria. But in just 11 years, AIDS has killed seven of...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on September 9, 2007 12:10 PM

I'm worth mass redistribution. Or maybe it's just my vote.

I'm a few days late on this, thanks to being wrapped up in fantasy football, but John Edwards cares about me.Democratic presidential hopeful John Edwards said on Sunday that his universal health care proposal would require that Americans go to...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on September 4, 2007 06:08 PM

Will medicine conspire with technology?

A writer at PC Magazine offers a circumcision analogy to discuss the possibility of implanting RFID chips into children.I have two children, a boy and a girl. When my son was born 12 years ago, the obstetrician asked within hours...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on August 31, 2007 05:45 PM

Selective Consideration

The Centers for Disease Control addresses the issue of the United States in its factsheet on male circumcision and HIV:There are a number of important differences that must be considered in the possible role of male circumcision in HIV prevention...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on August 29, 2007 01:05 PM

It's just a flap of maxillary rhamphotheca.

In researching today's entry on animal rights and "happy meat", I stumbled on this fact sheet (pdf) from Certified Humane. It explains Certified Humane's position on trimming the beaks of laying hens.Early studies showed that hens that were beak-trimmed at...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on August 24, 2007 03:00 PM

Equality means equal? As in the same?

Finally, a government official who is intellectually able to understand a most basic idea of equality:Tasmania's Children's Commissioner, Paul Mason, wants the State Government to ban the non-medical circumcision of young boys.Female genital mutilation is illegal in Tasmania.Mr Mason said...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on August 23, 2007 07:09 PM

I retract my praise of the Bush Administration.

Remember back to October when I wrote about this story:In its statement, USAID said the funding "should not have occurred, and there will be no further circumcisions performed with U.S. Government funds until the PEPFAR Scientific Steering Committee reviews data...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on August 20, 2007 09:09 PM

This can't be right.

From a story about a teen bride and her 40-year-old husband suing to get a few of her belongings back from her parents, I found this statement from the attorney for the teen's parents a bit odd:[Robert] Tatum said case...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on August 18, 2007 11:55 AM

Quote of the Day

Note the lack of self-examination from this story:“There’s a lot of anti-circumcision propaganda that has affected doctors. These anti-circumcision people have killed a lot of people with their nonsense.” - Brian Morris, Australian scientistUnless Morris can back up his statement...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on August 16, 2007 08:13 PM

"Each and every one of us" - prove it.

Originally via Liberty Papers, I share Kip's dismay about the libertarian credentials of this Ron Paul speech from the weekend waste of time in Iowa:In case you don't want to watch, here's a transcript:...Our campaign is all about freedom, prosperity,...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on August 13, 2007 09:18 PM

Modesty does not explain this.

Forget the circumcision angle of this link because it's not (directly) relevant to my point here. The commenter, Jake, is very pro-infant circumcision, and has co-authored at least one scientific (should that be in quotes?) paper challenging an argument against...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on August 5, 2007 10:35 PM

"If liberals are against it, it must be good" is unintelligent nonsense.

Free Republic links to the flawed ABC News story I discussed a few days ago. There's nothing to go on, since it's exclusively an excerpt, so I want to highlight reader comments. A couple were intelligent but most are uninformed...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on August 5, 2007 01:28 PM

Rely on a full complement of facts.

Wired's Science Blog commented on the circumcision study I mentioned last night that allegedly clears up the controversial position that circumcision affects sexual sensation. In an intelligent twist, the writer agrees with me.They criticized the study for not testing the...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on August 3, 2007 07:36 AM

It's the effort, so don't worry about facts.

From the beginning I knew this story would be a logical disaster. From the title ("Study: Circumcision Doesn't Reduce Sexual Sensation") to the opening paragraph, this will cause trouble.Controversial new research casts doubt on the long-held belief that circumcision reduces...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on August 2, 2007 10:01 PM

More Thoughts on "Universal"

Following on recent examples, The Forward posted a story about Jews who choose not to circumcise their sons.A few months before his son was born, Thomas Wolfe of Wheeling, W.Va., consulted the rabbi of his Reform congregation to discuss plans...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on July 21, 2007 11:30 AM

Risk can't be wished away; complications will occur.

I'm quoting a plaintiff's press release, so yes, I understand the one-sided nature of this news. As such, I will only quote the facts:The infant was a healthy seven pound newborn who was delivered without complications on February 14, 2007....

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on July 18, 2007 05:40 PM

"Human being" ranks higher than gender.

Somali-born model Waris Dirie, a victim of childhood FGM, uses her celebrity status to campaign against FGM through the Waris Dirie Foundation. She's doing noble work, but I'm struck by the over-simplification of the debate by this sentence on the...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on July 13, 2007 02:25 PM

Who told him how atheists think?

When I commented that Michael Gerson is full of wrong ideas, I didn't expect him to so quickly be the gift that keeps giving, this time with a ramble about questions unanswerable by atheists. I am not an atheist, so...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on July 13, 2007 11:39 AM

There is a comparison to be made.

I hadn't planned to offer any discussion of male circumcision from the story in yesterday's entry about FGM. However, it's important to highlight this description from the article.The term female circumcision [sic] covers a range of procedures from minor symbolic...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on July 12, 2007 10:33 AM

Fighting FGM in Western Countries

Regardless how many laws we make against an activity, that doesn't mean the activity will cease. The Female Genital Mutilation Act prohibits all medically unnecessary genital cutting on female minors in the United States. Such a law is appropriate and...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on July 11, 2007 12:52 PM

Stirring Incomplete Information from Michael Moore

I touched on this yesterday, especially in the comments, but Michael Moore has trouble with facts. I wouldn't call him a liar, because he's a skilled propagandist. The facts, out of context, are still the facts. Forget that such abuse...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on July 10, 2007 10:42 AM

Spot the error.

Ronald A. Williams, Aetna's chairman and CEO, and Troyen A. Brennan, Aetna's chief medical officer, have an op-ed in today's Washington Post regarding health-care reform. See if you can spot the flaw here:...we do not pay for care that is...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on July 10, 2007 09:02 AM

Let's debate, but using only my arguments.

Via Radley Balko comes a bizarre, uninformed attack on libertarians from Amanda Marcotte, at Pandagon. At the entry is a bingo card designed to poke fun at libertarians, except each space is little more than a boiler-plate attack based on...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on July 9, 2007 06:40 PM

Well, hello (again)

A few stories to catch up from my unplanned absence.First, Don Boudreaux offered a fascinating comparison of Sen. Barack Obama's fund-raising and economic populism.... Last quarter Sen. Obama raised, as the Times puts it, "a whopping $31 million."These funds, of...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on July 9, 2007 04:34 PM

Will it be enforced?

Egypt finally banned female genital mutilation. This is a pleasant surprise, and should be commended.Unfortunately, a recent case in Egypt reveals a key flaw in medical thinking that dismisses complications from unnecessary genital cutting, whether on girls or boys.In the...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on July 1, 2007 06:10 PM

Parents are not psychics.

Familydoc has a frustrating post discussing the medical facts surrounding circumcision. I don't have any general opposition to the information, and was surprised that Familydoc acknowledged that the medical issue is "a tie". That's why I'm stuck to understand how...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on June 20, 2007 12:31 PM

A Question Worth Asking

Continuing on the theme of my previous post, comes another unfortunate story:A 15-year-old boy has died in the Eastern Cape after being circumcised, allegedly by an 18-year-old, the province’s health department said on Friday....Earlier this week another eight unregistered surgeons...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on June 20, 2007 11:30 AM

Sometimes, "benefits" can't accrue.

How many of these cases will we need before we realize that healthy children should not be surgically altered? (Originally from the Canadian Pediatrics and Child Health Journal's April issue - pdf.)Ontario’s chief coroner, Jim Cairns, details how the child,...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on June 14, 2007 08:27 AM

Religion, Reason & Circumcision

I read a lot of frustrating (to me) statements about circumcision. Here's one for today:We often get the idea that God is out to deprive us of something. We read the Bible, and particularly the Law, as enlightened Westerners and...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on June 12, 2007 03:22 PM

They are equal human beings.

Consider:For 3-year-old Amira, a law banning female genital mutilation in Eritrea came too late.Wrapped in an orange traditional dress, Amira's mother, who gives her name only as Gerejet, says she circumcised the child to please her future husband."It was the...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on June 11, 2007 07:30 PM

HIV Conferences are dangerous to genital integrity.

Following up on my previous post, some typical and not-so-typical arguments appeared at the Third South African AIDS Conference earlier this week. First, the typical in describing the apparent risk-reduction from the recent HIV studies:“The effect was long-lasting, there wasn’t...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on June 9, 2007 11:01 AM

Let's have a 'mass ethics program'.

Not news:Aids [sic] experts have called for a mass circumcision programme in South Africa, condemning a "deafening silence" from policy makers since studies revealed it sharply cut infection rates.News:"I am surprised there is no action on male circumcision. Where are...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on June 7, 2007 12:51 PM

A Surgical Strike of Omission

According to his bio at the Council on Foreign Relations, Michael Gerson's areas of expertise are:Democracy promotion; human rights issues; health and disease; religion and politics.Not so much, based on his recent essay in the Washington Post, "A Surgical Strike...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on June 5, 2007 05:58 PM

The headline is right but mistaken.

Once again, here's an editorial that correctly points out that infant circumcision is almost never a medical decision.Are all little boy babies being circumcised these days? No, though I'd have to say that among my patients it remains a fairly...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on May 29, 2007 09:29 PM

The evidence keeps building.

Still more hints:All in all, the event looked a lot like any other bris, or ritual circumcision. The only difference was that Leo never had to shed his diaper."I wanted to feel that connection with tradition," said Leo's mother, Erica...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on May 22, 2007 04:37 PM

Opinion is not universally a fact.

To recap, the New Yorker review of Christopher Hitchens' new book, God Is Not Great, included this:... Hitchens lunges at male circumcision. He claims that it is a medically dangerous procedure that has made countless lives miserable. This will come...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on May 22, 2007 10:02 AM

What's good for the goose isn't good for the gander?

For some reason, my position is still often considered the radical position. I posted a comment yesterday, now deleted, on this blog entry by a mother-to-be. In discussing her lamaze class, she wrote (CAPS in the original, bold emphasis mine):......

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on May 22, 2007 08:30 AM

Good luck getting the needle near me.

I can't find an alternate source to verify this story, which I like to do when I read the types of claims made in the story. However, in this case, I think that has more to do with it being...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on May 18, 2007 07:11 PM

Truth is independent of what will sell.

There are many opinions about Christopher Hitchens. My appreciation of him concerns his intellect and witty writing more than anything. Still, I get that there are criticisms. Some of them (boorish behavior) exist beyond my interest. Others concerning the accuracy...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on May 16, 2007 06:09 PM

Perception dictates more than reality.

In the circumcision debate, most regard those of us who would require immediate medical need before permitting the circumcision of children as the nutjobs. Consider this quick analysis of that opinion, based on two competing quotes from an Australian newspaper,...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on May 14, 2007 07:45 PM

I use the terms "artist" and "art" loosely.

Here's a not-hypothetical situation. Last week, on April 26th, an artist circumcised himself in public as art. I have no idea what he aimed at. He's an adult, and other than the obnoxiousness that pushing such a "performance" on an...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on May 4, 2007 10:54 PM

The law views children as property.

From Oregon:A former Medford man who converted to Judaism wants his 12-year-old son to do the same. That requires circumcision -- something the mother adamantly opposes.The divorced couple has been battling over the issue for three years, including whether the...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on May 2, 2007 06:12 PM

Understand the trends before claiming outlier status.

The Salt Lake Tribune discusses circumcision trends in Utah.While Americans have been increasingly rejecting circumcision for their sons for 20 years, new international studies indicate it may dramatically cut the chances of HIV infection.Will the findings change any parents' decisions...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on May 1, 2007 04:14 PM

I'd be surprised if doubt preceded the study.

Two researchers have a study¹ published in the British Journal of Urology. They sought to understand the changes, if any, in men circumcised as adults. The researchers provided a questionnaire.The study included 373 sexually active men, of whom 255 were...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on May 1, 2007 04:08 PM

This intellectual blind spot is still wrong.

In response to S. Kadokech's essay claiming that female circumcision is a cultural right I blogged, here's an opinion discrediting the ridiculous claim.Here he is introducing the old fashioned concept in the FGM debate of the 'arrogant perceiver.' This concept...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on April 12, 2007 04:19 PM

Ethics is the buffer between "can" and "should".

Here's an interesting study:Could smoking cigarettes and drinking coffee protect you from Parkinson's disease?That's the startling suggestion of a new U.S. study of families that also found NSAID use has no impact on the disease risk....The people with Parkinson's disease...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on April 12, 2007 03:38 PM

Update: New York City Department of Health on Circumcision

Found via RealityBias' diary at Daily Kos, this follow-up on last week's news from Thomas Frieden and the New York Department of Health.Recent media reports misrepresent the Health Department’s response to recent studies showing that circumcision significantly reduces HIV transmission...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on April 10, 2007 07:33 PM

Individual bodily integrity trumps collectivist rhetoric.

For your consideration:37- year old Mukasa is not circumcised but is considering it seriously. "I have heard that if you get circumcised, you cannot catch HIV/ Aids. I don't have to use a condom or worry about all those other...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on April 10, 2007 11:18 AM

You belong to the community, not yourself.

From Uganda:I wish to respond to Joseph Lule’s article in The New Vision of February 19 titled, “Female circumcision hurts women’s dignity.” To many Africans, particularly Ugandans, our cultural practices have become outdated and dangerous. This is because we look...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on April 10, 2007 11:11 AM

Mind-Numbing Quote of the Day

I don't understand how some people think, nor do I care to, I think.I did not give my sons a choice about the matter, but I feel all right about it because the boys have both had it done, and...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on April 7, 2007 05:15 PM

Mayor Bloomberg offers a hint of promise.

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg offered a refreshing surprise.Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg raised questions yesterday about an approach under consideration at the Health Department to promote circumcision as a way to reduce the risk of contracting AIDS....“I have not...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on April 6, 2007 07:50 PM

Yes, I think about this more than most people.

This story is from last week, but I ignored missed it while I was away. I think it's interesting and insightful, while not needing much commentary.The Marines are banning any new, extra-large tattoos below the elbow or the knee, saying...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on April 6, 2007 10:07 AM

Good Intentions and Taxpayer Money

As long as government is doing something, that action is "good". Or not:New York City’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene is planning a campaign to encourage men at high risk of AIDS to get circumcised in light of the...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on April 4, 2007 10:09 PM

Regular Blogging Will Return Soon

I've been on a mini-vacation since last week. Among other activities, I spent a few days exercising my First Amendment rights.With many dedicated activists, I talked to people about ending routine circumcision in America. I faced most of the opinions...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on April 4, 2007 07:38 PM

Slow Solutions From Fast Food

So that I show my contradictions on this morning's post, consider this decision by Burger King:In what animal welfare advocates are describing as a “historic advance,” Burger King, the world’s second-largest hamburger chain, said yesterday that it would begin buying...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on March 28, 2007 07:54 PM

In Case the Message Hasn't Gone Out Already

Let's see if we can decipher the convenient omissions as the Associated Press builds this story. First, the title:Circumcision urged to fight HIVNothing new there to deviate from previous reporting. Stupid, but consistent as it flows into the lede:U.N. health...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on March 28, 2007 07:46 PM

The parallels are spooky.

As I stated when this story first appeared, the need to continually challenge assumptions is critical in any scientific endeavor.Propping open clogged arteries with a tiny wire mesh tube called a stent is no better at reducing the risk of...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on March 27, 2007 07:24 AM

Giving him a dollar is as likely to make him a millionaire.

Anything to make parents feel better is logical, I guess.Even though the studies (and circumcisions) were performed on grown men, the study results are relevant to baby circumcisions since the biology is the same -- presence of penis foreskin increases...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on March 26, 2007 09:30 PM

Thoughts on Internet Debate

When I came across this quote a few days ago, I liked it. As a blogger, it's worth remembering when the battle of ideas gets heated."If I were to demand that everyone live up to my moral standards, I would...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on March 23, 2007 08:25 AM

Like gathering requirements for software design

This article addressing whether or not circumcision is required for conversion to Judaism contains two fascinating quotes. (Three actually, but I don't want to rant on the third.)Marlon Franklin, 37, recently underwent a brit milah. Born into a Catholic family...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on March 20, 2007 10:16 PM

Blunt-logic Thresholds in the Adult Brain

As I posted earlier this month, I'm not foolish enough to take news that clearly helps me and run with it on first appearance. Everything should be aired, but qualifiers are useful. Skepticism is the lifeblood of future wisdom since...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on March 19, 2007 10:15 PM

A caveat on the caveat.

Spot the obvious obfuscation in this New York Times article:While circumcision may help protect a man from catching the AIDS virus, men who are already infected and are then circumcised should refrain from sex until they have fully healed, researchers...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on March 13, 2007 10:05 PM

I don't know which part to praise most.

This is the most sensible article I've read concerning circumcision as an HIV prevention tool. It's brilliant from start to finish. An excerpt:All of a sudden a quick and cheap solution to reducing the ravages of AIDS seemed at hand;...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on March 10, 2007 10:18 PM

More Evidence for Scientific Caution

This is the last one for the day, I promise.Earlier today I asked whether or not new findings on HIV prevention might generate an "Oops?" from circumcision advocates. I'll ask again:Men with HIV who get circumcised hoping they will be...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on March 7, 2007 05:16 PM

The justifications explode themselves.

Unlike the scientists, politicians, and parents who couldn't wait to proclaim victory when a few studies showed a correlation between the male foreskin and HIV infection, I will not make bold pronouncements about these findings.Researchers have discovered that cells in...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on March 7, 2007 10:03 AM

He should stick to bad movie reviews.

Last week, Townhall published this essay by Michael Medved regarding circumcision and recent findings about its presumed HIV prevention. Lest you think it's meant to be a balanced look at circumcision, in the sense that any argument that attempts to...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on March 7, 2007 09:36 AM

Respecting rights is not the controversial stance.

From yesterday, this article discusses the factors that play into the parental decision to circumcise or leave their sons intact. It's mostly accurate, although it tries a bit too hard to be balanced and unbiased in countering clear logic. I...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on March 6, 2007 01:27 PM

See the world as it is, not how it confirms our assumptions.

From the Washington Post article I mentioned in yesterday's entry, this:The young and hip at ground zero of the AIDS epidemic meet, drink and pair off under the knowing gaze of bartender Brian Khumalo. Sometimes they first buy a three-pack...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on March 5, 2007 08:43 AM

"Act First, Understand Later" is irresponsible.

People are determined to believe that circumcision is the ideal prevention for HIV. The problem with this flawed idea rests in one simple truth: too many overlook any other factor that might impact risk far more than keeping intact genitals....

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on March 4, 2007 07:03 PM

Gender should not be a relevant criteria.

What kind of connection can I make from Calvin and Hobbes?That's the setup. Here's the payoff:Girls need protection from the actions of adults. Boys don't need that protection because they're tougher and can handle anything. Even a scalpel to the...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on February 28, 2007 09:35 PM

The law must protect the outliers.

I missed this last week, but the Virginia General Assembly passed what should be a thought-provoking bill:Virginia lawmakers passed a bill called "Abraham's Law" yesterday after agreeing that 14 is the appropriate age for a teenager with a life-threatening condition...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on February 26, 2007 06:36 PM

Recycling December's news only promotes an agenda.

John Gray, of Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus fame, on circumcision:Dear John: I would like to know how you feel about circumcision. Do you think we should allow this society to continue to mutilate our babies? How...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on February 25, 2007 01:41 PM

Caution before action is good.

From Uganda, this news:The Ministry of Health has started talking to stakeholders as one of the procedures for drafting a policy on circumcision.There is nothing explicitly in the article that indicates whether or not the proposed policy will apply to...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on February 21, 2007 09:02 PM

More Evidence for Restraint

Contrary to the newly popular argument that circumcision is an appropriate prevention technique against HIV, consider this trial:Jacinta Julia Adams Fernandez, a mother of three, is one of 175 Dominican prostitutes lending their bodies to a trial of what New...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on February 20, 2007 08:19 PM

Welcome to the world.

How many more stories like this must we read? I'm certainly frustrated seeing them because they wouldn't occur in a sane world. This time, from the U.K.:Detectives are investigating the death of a seven-day-old baby after he was circumcised.Stunned relatives...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on February 15, 2007 08:34 PM

Come back when you conform (and prevent HIV).

Yesterday, I found this frustrating article from an e-mail list I'm on. It's in French, which I don't speak, so I relied on a rough translation from the e-mail list member who sent it. Danielle verified that the translation I...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on February 13, 2007 04:53 PM

Irrational Behavior at the Expense of Another

One more this week on circumcision. This time, I'm amazed that people think this way.Bo’s updated chest x-ray shows improvement but it is not clear, and his ears have not improved at all (and this is after trying two different...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on February 9, 2007 08:14 PM

Thought Experiment

In the past I would probably apologize for this week's plethora of circumcision posts, but a wise friend reassured me that I shouldn't be concerned with posting too much on any one topic. The message I took was that I...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on February 8, 2007 08:10 PM

Unacceptable Notions

The United Nations is concerned:More parents are turning to medical clinics to perform genital mutilation, wrongly assuming that it spares girls physical and psychological damage, a U.N. agency warned Monday.The U.N. is specifically concerned about girls because it's full of...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on February 6, 2007 08:30 PM

Remind me how it's simple and harmless.

Circumcision risks are rare but quite real:An eight-day old baby sustained serious injuries to his penis during a circumcision ceremony held at a Bnei Brak event hall Sunday evening.The baby was rushed to the emergency room at the Sheba Medical...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on February 5, 2007 06:47 PM

It makes a great spread for toast, too.

Via Kip comes the disturbing but unsurprising news that Texas Gov. Rick Perry signed¹ an executive order that has no coherent public policy justification:By issuing an executive order, Perry apparently sidesteps opposition in the Legislature from conservatives and parents' rights...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on February 5, 2007 06:24 PM

Striking the Match

I know I'm overanalyzing with my interpretation of this because I come into the story with a (not really) unrelated bias. I also know that the author's point is worth considering, that the foundation is a device to discuss a...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on January 28, 2007 06:49 PM

Study the behavioral disinhibition of parents.

One thing is not like the others:Concurrent multiple sexual partners, low condom use, and low circumcision have fuelled HIV/AIDS transmission, a University of Zambia (UNZA) senior lecturer has said....Giving Botswana, which reportedly has a high condom use and a high...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on January 24, 2007 07:09 PM

Fine-tuning Perspective

In some ways, it's easy to point at other countries and find proof of how to do things correctly. We're not perfect, so such analysis can be beneficial. It can also be used as a blunt weapon against the United...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on January 22, 2007 09:09 PM

Okay, if your son is Teddy Roosevelt.

Very often, arguments so stupid as to warrant little more than an eye roll and a click to the next article come along to annoy the intelligent reader. Those are easy enough to set aside. Sometimes, though, someone will make...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on January 18, 2007 09:08 PM

Catching up on events

I've been busy over the last week or so, which meant that I didn't have enough time to give blogging enough mental energy. That's over, so it's time to catch up on a few interesting stories before moving to new...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on January 15, 2007 08:22 PM

"I disagree" is mature; the delete key isn't.

Last week I entered a short exchange with a pregnant woman about circumcision. I thought it might go well enough, although I'm well aware that when people get it in their head that genital cutting is reasonable, there is little...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on January 9, 2007 08:19 AM

The scalpel will not teach responsibility.

This editorial is a mess, so it'll be easiest to just jump in:In inner Sydney it has been estimated that between 10 and 18 per cent of the homosexual population are HIV/AIDS-affected, similar to the UN's figures for parts of...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on January 3, 2007 10:42 PM

Forced at gunpoint to wield a gun. What's to fear?

I always have been, and always will be, against the military draft. Start with a process that makes demands on only 50% of the population (hey, wait a minute). Then throw in forced servitude for no other crime than being...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on December 22, 2006 08:38 PM

Six days

I predicted this, but I'm amazed at the speed and audacity with which the United Nations discarded the words adult and voluntary."These (African) countries should now prepare how to introduce circumcision on a large scale," UNAIDS chief Dr. Peter Piot...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on December 19, 2006 08:13 PM

Science isn't the primary facet of this debate.

One point of follow-up on the Scottish article I discussed this morning. Further along in the article, this:"The presumption against male circumcision in Scotland should be lifted," said Dr Tim Hargreave, a urologist at Edinburgh University and a senior adviser...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on December 19, 2006 08:08 PM

I can quote a press release, too.

This press release has gotten some mileage recently, which surprises me because it's from February. It's obviously "relevant" now, as you'll see, but I wonder how people can throw something like this around while missing points so obvious.A statistical review...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on December 19, 2006 08:34 AM

Who needs brains when we have other people's money?

One sentence, three flaws:Scottish parents who wish to have their male infants circumcised should have the procedure paid for by the NHS to prevent the transmission of AIDS, a World Health Organisation (WHO) expert said yesterday.First, allow me to repeat...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on December 19, 2006 08:29 AM

Better Than Other Proposals - Still Obviously Wrong

I've written about Sen. Ron Wyden in the past, in less than favorable terms. Today, I'm feeling antagonistic. I'll try to contain myself.Several business and labor leaders on Wednesday hailed a proposal to provide health care coverage to all Americans...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on December 14, 2006 07:56 PM

Free market economics, not surgery

I've held off posting this because I try to pace myself on the circumcision posts. But today is the perfect day to comment. For a rational take on the problem of HIV/AIDS in Africa, consider Emily Oster's recent article from...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on December 13, 2006 09:51 PM

Sticking with today's theme

If the topic wasn't so serious and offensive, I'd be laughing at this ridiculous assertion:In order to support countries or institutions that decide to scale up male circumcision services, WHO, the UNAIDS Secretariat and their partners are developing:technical guidance on...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on December 13, 2006 09:40 PM

Key Word Omission Watch - Blogs

Continuing with the series, here's a look at what bloggers are saying. I will excerpt some relevant passages, since blogs allow for commentary instead of the "reporting" offered by news media.First, from Queerty:The studies have yet to delve into the...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on December 13, 2006 09:15 PM

Key Word Omission Watch - News

I predicted this a few hours ago, but I claim no credit for something so obvious. I want to highlight some of the ignorance and irresponsibility in reporting the NIH's announcement on circumcision, which includes Adult Male Circumcision ... in...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on December 13, 2006 07:56 PM

Key Word Omission Watch

Uh-oh:Circumcising adult men is an effective way to limit transmission of the virus that causes AIDS. The National Institutes of Health announced today that two clinical trials in Africa have been stopped because an independent monitoring board determined the treatment...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on December 13, 2006 01:00 PM

Obvious Headline of the Day

Because we need research to reach this conclusion:Newborns probably able to feel pain: researchMore interesting is the collective denial involved leading up to such a not-stunning finding:"New measurement techniques show that even premature babies display all the signs of a...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on December 8, 2006 04:49 PM

"...whether their use should be restricted..."

But we've done it this way for a long time; it must be effective.New drug-releasing stents used widely to keep clogged heart arteries open appear to increase the risk for potentially life-threatening blood clots more than older bare-metal versions, government...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on December 7, 2006 07:03 PM

Will an "Ooops" suffice?

For those who say accidents and complications never occur:The tip of a 10-year-old boy's penis was accidentally severed during a circumcision at a Malaysian clinic, a newspaper reported Sunday.Doctors tried to reattach the severed portion in a five-hour operation, but...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on December 3, 2006 08:21 AM

Behold the Power of the Scalpel

I'm very rarely surprised by bias when reading about circumcision, but this example from the Jerusalem Post is the worst I've seen to date.Israeli experts are urging a visiting World Health Organization (WHO) team to promote circumcisions of both adults...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on November 28, 2006 08:34 PM

Kudos for Responsible Journalism

This article from the New York Times offers two key points that recent reports on circumcision and STD infection failed to provide. First, the article mentions that the recent study out of New Zealand relied on self-reporting. Mentioning this is...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on November 28, 2006 08:27 PM

Violence Myopia and Parental Rights

It's damning praise to say that the United Nations cares about stopping violence against children. It doesn't. It cares about stopping selective, politically correct violence against children. As evidence, consider its latest attempt to do something for the children:Canada should...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on November 22, 2006 08:25 AM

Informal Poll

Is circumcision surgery? Yes or no? Feel free to add any explanation....

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on November 20, 2006 08:24 AM

Quote of the Day

While reading this post at Cafe Hayek this morning, a quote from the author, Don Boudreaux, stood out.It's much easier -- and probably more viscerally gratifying -- to accuse those with whom you disagree of moral failings than to grapple...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on November 18, 2006 11:39 AM

How many times do we have to go over this?

Here we go again:Circumcising all baby boys could cut the rate of sexually transmitted diseases by about half, a study suggests today. The study adds to the growing scientific evidence that challenges a policy against routine circumcision by the American...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on November 8, 2006 05:51 PM

We are hypocrites if one is bad and the other is good

I'm sorry for the theme today, but this story warrants a mention:A father stands accused of the unthinkable: brutally cutting his daughter's genitals.The girl was only 2.I'm not going to say anything beyond the obvious, for it's unnecessary. The Female...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on October 24, 2006 07:58 PM

The first of many needed victories

I'm anxious to read the judge's reasoning, but this is unexpected and amazing:In a case that has been closely watched by anti-circumcision groups nationwide, a Cook County judge today ruled that a 9-year-old Northbrook boy should not be circumcised against...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on October 24, 2006 07:49 PM

Gender myopia and sexual violence

I don't want to imply any less seriousness surrounding these findings, because they're worth noting and correcting:Nearly 60 percent of women in Ethiopia is subject to sexual violence by a partner, a new UN report revealed yesterday.The report said violence...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on October 14, 2006 10:57 AM

The post where I praise the Bush Administration

This is wonderful news:The Bush administration has decided to end its funding of a groundbreaking program that has sought to curb the spread of HIV by offering subsidized circumcisions to men in Swaziland.A statement issued Thursday night by the U.S....

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on October 13, 2006 10:33 PM

This fails my ethics test

Related to Saturday's post on the use of discarded foreskins, consider:... Dr Indira Hinduja once again became the first Indian scientist to use human feeder layer as medium to develop three human embryonic stem cell lines...."We conduct our research strictly...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on October 12, 2006 07:34 PM

This should be an episode of House, M.D.

I went vegetarian in early '94 (vegan in '02) for its potential health benefits. The animal rights/ethics implication mattered little, as I was mostly unaware. Health reasons still dominate, but the disturbing callousness with which we disregard animals as sentient...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on October 12, 2006 05:57 PM

The ethics of vanity

Here's an excerpt from a presentation (from 2001, I believe) entitled "Rejuvenation of Aging and Photodamaged Skin Utilizing Fibroblast Conditioned Media":A newborn baby's skin produces an abundance of compounds important to healthy young skin, including growth factors antioxidants, soluble collagens,...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on October 7, 2006 03:07 PM

Rethinking parental rights

This is more than a week old, but I've finally figured out how I want to make my point. Two unrelated stories demonstrate how I believe we should view parental rights. First, here's a useful ruling from Nebraska:A federal judge...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on September 25, 2006 08:18 PM

An extremely long rebuttal

When I wrote this post, I hoped for a reply. Archie at Archontan responded with a few answers as to why male and female circumcision are not equivalent, which are important to him as a clarification that permits the former...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on September 5, 2006 09:55 PM

One more vacation entry

I didn't find anything interesting today that I care to write about. Instead, I'll just ease into the holiday weekend with a bit of vacation wrap-up. I won't blabber about all the minute details, because they're mostly interesting to me...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on September 1, 2006 08:27 PM

A dose of overwrought fashionable blather

I missed this entry about circumcision while I was on vacation, but there is a specific point worth addressing¹. I'm paraphrasing, but the author concludes that male circumcision is acceptable because it has medical benefits and that it is not...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on August 30, 2006 05:41 PM

What about ethics?

I'm on vacation, so I shouldn't be blogging this. However, vacation is the only reason I've waited as long as I have. William Saletan is wrong on circumcision. Consider:For thousands of years, we humans have lovingly mutilated our children. We...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on August 23, 2006 05:17 PM

No, no, no, a million times no

I've cited Andrew Sullivan's entries on male circumcision in the past as support for my arguments to protect infant males from surgical alteration of their genitals. Today, I'm at a loss for words because of this:As long-time readers know, I'm...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on August 10, 2006 10:25 PM

Not so much the Ha-Ha

I'd planned to avoid discussing the mess that is Mel Gibson, but I'm sick of reading this story in all its self-congratulatory incarnations around the blogosphere and want to point out the obvious.Another talk show host, Joy Behar on ABC's...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on August 7, 2006 10:21 PM

Does this sound familiar?

Remember, the argument is that male and female circumcision are not the same, despite evidence that justifications are often the same.Although female genital mutilation among the Pokot is a threat to girls' education girls are keen to undergo it, the...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on August 1, 2006 07:14 PM

Imagine the fun of National Healthcare!

I can't imagine a better story to support my contention from yesterday that the federal government should not be funding medical research than this story:Federally funded "pregnancy resource centers" are incorrectly telling women that abortion results in an increased risk...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on July 19, 2006 07:00 PM

Look through the way back machine

I read a lot more than I could ever or would ever post here about the recent studies linking circumcision to HIV prevention. My basic opposition to using that possible link hasn't changed. It's illogical to assume that the future,...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on July 19, 2006 09:36 AM

No society looks good in this debate

Huh?Writing in the British Medical Journal, Ronan Conroy, senior lecturer at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, says the growing acceptance in Britain and elsewhere of so-called "designer vaginas" was exposing Western double standards."The practice of female genital mutilation...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on July 17, 2006 09:49 PM

Soap and alcohol will prevent herpes

Forgive my indulgence once more. I'd intended to bypass circumcision stories for a bit, since I've hammered away at the subject recently. My intention was sincere, but reality sometimes intercedes with something so absurd that commentary must follow:... [New York...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on June 14, 2006 06:00 PM

All sexuality is parental choice?

I don't know which part of this Dear Abby letter I find more contemptible:Dear Abby:I have reason to believe that a young man in my family might be gay. He is 15. I have been thinking a lot about it...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on June 9, 2006 08:09 AM

Preventive vs. Primitive

Provided without initial comment:Dr. David Watson has already begun thinking about his pitch for a new vaccine to block the sexually transmitted virus that causes cervical cancer.``What I will probably do is point out that last year alone, more people...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on June 8, 2006 08:00 PM

One is not like the others

Consider:On a projection screen at Stanford Law School, an auditorium full of nerds stared at a picture of a guy who'd done himself up like a catnot with makeup, but with tattoos and surgery. The guy's whiskers were implanted. His...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on June 7, 2006 07:24 PM

I laugh in your general direction

I thought this might be the dumbest quote I could find regarding the Federal Marriage Amendment Marriage Protection Amendment:"I don't believe there's any issue that's more important than this one," said Sen. David Vitter, a Louisiana Republican.More important than terrorism,...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on June 7, 2006 09:29 AM

Is critical thinking required in science?

I wonder what conclusions we should draw from this:Experts don't know precisely why HIV infection rates are slowing.One reason suggested in The Lancet commentary is that conditions elsewhere in the world don't match those of southern Africa, where a epidemiological...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on May 25, 2006 09:15 AM

Finally, something for the children

Following up on this post from December, here's a minor victory out of Canada:Circumcisions will no longer be performed on newborn boys at St. Boniface Hospital in Winnipeg, hospital officials announced Friday.The move comes in response to the investigation into...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on May 22, 2006 06:35 PM

How one flaw destroys medical logic

In answering a reader's letter asking how to persuade a friend not to circumcise her soon-to-be-born son, an obstetrician/gynecologist, Dr Sharmaine Mitchell, responds with a well-reasoned explanation of why the procedure is not necessary. Refute the potential benefits with the...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on May 15, 2006 06:50 PM

I Can't Wait to Read the Hate Mail - Part 2

I addressed the religious aspect of circumcision in February, so I'm not going to retread on that here. That post stands on its own and applies to any religion that would circumcise for religious reasons. But this ignorant quote from...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on April 6, 2006 09:37 PM

I Can't Wait to Read the Hate Mail - Part 1

From last weekend's New York Times Weddings section, the first two paragraphs of this celebration brought about much banging of head to desk.There are many ways for a man to prove his commitment to his fiance: diamond rings, love poetry,...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on April 6, 2006 09:20 PM

Deep thoughts need not apply

People surfing the Internets arrive at Rolling Doughnut through various methods. Some show up intentionally, others follow results from a search engine. Those search queries elicit a range of responses from me. Usually it's something basic like "Mmmm", but occasionally...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on March 12, 2006 09:44 AM

Put that on the posters and see how it sells

Updating last week's post about South Dakota's new abortion bill, Governor Mike Rounds signed the bill. There's little surprise there, and nothing really commenting further about regarding the specific topic. Instead, I'd like to highlight a quote from Gov. Rounds:"In...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on March 6, 2006 10:12 PM

Or Not To Think?

Like most other circumcision news stories I let fade away without comment, Emily Bazelon's follow-up article that I analyzed yesterday shouldn't be worth discussing further. However, the accompanying podcast interview with Ms. Bazelon is worth disecting because it holds the...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on February 16, 2006 09:38 PM

To Think?

Since the kids don't remember any of thisat least not in any way I'll hear aboutnone of it much concerns me. Also, I love the carnal, discomfiting aspect of a bris.That's the quote from Emily Bazelon's Slate article from August...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on February 15, 2006 09:11 PM

Self-ownership begins at birth

Sunday's New York Times Magazine included a piece by Jeffrey Rosen considering the question of whether or not ritual circumcision constitutes religious expression. He begins:Americans pride themselves on their commitment to freedom of religion, but how much religious freedom is...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on February 10, 2006 11:38 PM

The answer is almost always "No"

Im pregnant and expecting a boy. Im still undecided as to whether I should have him circumcised. What can you tell me?When a major media outlet article starts out with that question, to be answered by a doctor, I hope...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on January 24, 2006 11:09 PM

I didn't know I'm a gay loving liberal professor

In my circumcision posts, I've certainly been angry at times. However, I've always told the truth. I deal in facts because I'm willing to think and am capable of making up my own mind. I trust others to do the...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on January 14, 2006 10:34 PM

The subject of an entry responds

At halftime of the Redskins game, I checked my e-mail, unexpectedly finding this e-mail waiting in my inbox:assholeYou know, obviously you don't have children. Otherwise, you would know that as a first time parent, the pain that they feel is...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on January 11, 2006 02:42 PM

As long as it's for the children

It won't come as a surprise to anyone that, if I ever have a son, I will leave him intact. Yet, I have a fear associated with that decision that is only reinforced by this recent story from Winnipeg:St. Boniface...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on December 4, 2005 11:14 PM

Where to begin with madness like this?

I've mentioned in the past that neonatal circumcision rates in the United States have fallen in recent years. This is a great trend, even though it tends to be more regional than national (low percentage in Western states, high percentage...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on November 30, 2005 04:52 PM

Decisions without thinking aren't decisions

This article presents a story about a couple expecting their first child. A sonogram revealed that their baby would be a boy, but she delivered a girl. The story proceeds to detail the reality that sonograms are not 100 percent...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on November 10, 2005 05:17 PM

Frustration beats exhaustion every time

More news from the "circumcision cures all" front:Female sexual partners of circumcised men are less likely to contract Chlamydia trachomatis infections than are those of uncircumcised [sic] men, a study shows.The most common bacterial cause of sexually transmitted infections, C....

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on November 3, 2005 04:47 PM

Like Playing Twister in a Minefield

By now everyone has seen the studies indicating that circumcised men experience decreased HIV infection rates than intact men. Naturally, with the society-approved belief that circumcision is "good", or at least "not bad", this news is hailed as a breakthrough...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on November 1, 2005 09:09 AM

Staring at trees shrubs inside the forest

Researchers released an interesting report today. Consider:Community-acquired methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infections are cropping up with surprising frequency in newborn boys, and mom could be involved, researchers reported here.It's always useful to study increases in infection rates, so this...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on October 10, 2005 05:05 PM

When given the chance, choose facts

The tide is changing in Japan, too. Consider:Phimosis is the word used to describe the condition where the foreskin can't be pulled back over the top of the glans, and it's long been a topic of discussion in Japan's weeklies....

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on September 22, 2005 06:55 PM

How to cheat an argument for gain

"I suggest that boys be circumcised for two reasons," he says. "Not only are there studies that say that it helps stop the spread of infectious diseases and urinary tract infections, but it's what is socially acceptable here in the...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on September 2, 2005 11:41 AM

Minnesotans will find religion

Consider this, which should be a victory for boys, except it won't be because of the ridiculous cop-out.The state's insurance programs for 670,000 low-income Minnesotans no longer include coverage of Viagra, sex-change operations or circumcisions, unless required by one's religion.This...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on September 2, 2005 11:38 AM

Everyone's doing it; it must be okay

Last week I didn't post the day after I wrote about circumcision. I didn't, and still don't, want my site to become only about circumcision. The topic had built so long that I had to resist the urge to post...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on August 30, 2005 09:50 PM

Girls are perfect; boys are imperfect.

I haven't written about the topic of this post before, but the sum of everything I've written in the last two years pales next to the importance of this topic to me. I've kept quiet even though I've been trying...

Posted in RollingDoughnut.com on August 23, 2005 04:53 PM