At some point in every activist’s life, he/she must decide if it’s worth continuing to support their cause. The only thing I’ve ever felt strong enough about supporting is intactivism, which is someone who is against routine infant circumcision (RIC). The only place I fight for this cause is on facebook and twitter, though I hardly ever use twitter anymore. The circumfetishists on there became too much for me to handle, so I had to give it a break. Well, now I’m about ready to give facebook a break too. Why? Because I have learned the hard way that just because you agree with a big group of people on one cause doesn’t mean you agree on everything. I have also come to the conclusion that when someone takes anything to an extreme, they have more than just a few loose screws in their head. I have never considered myself an extreme intactivist. I don’t attend public demonstrations or pester people in hospitals or the like. I merely try to help convince ignorant people that what they think they know about circumcision is wrong. That alone is enough to be called crazy or a hate monger along with many other vicious names. People don’t want to be told that they’re brainwashed, even if admitting it might save future generations of men and their relationships.
I won’t go into detail on why RIC is wrong, since I’ve detailed it plenty on this site and don’t feel the need to beat that dead horse. But when fighting intactivism means I have to deal with ignorant people who support their own extremist causes, I should probably back away. I will give a few examples of what I mean, since two major ones come up quite often, and a new one just came to light today.
First let’s start with the intactivist who unfriended me on facebook last night. She posted a photo of a mostly naked woman who was heavily tattooed. I find that very unattractive and nothing anyone says will ever convince me that it’s anything but ugly. Though it is HER body, so it’s her right to mess it up as much as she wants. It’s also my right to not look at her ugly body, which could actually be quite beautiful in it’s normal and natural state. After all, I stand with other intactivists about leaving babies whole as they were born, no alteration needed. If they choose later on to mess it up, while that’s sad, it is THIER choice.
But the thing about the photo that made me comment instead of hiding it, so I wouldn’t have to look at it further, was an asinine comment across the side of it that basically said that if tattoing was fully understood it was actually a religious act that made the person closer to God and more beautiful and whole. Gag worthy in my opinion, since that is exactly what pro-cutters say about circumcision. So I posted “Sounds a lot like an argument for infant circumcision.” Well, the chick got offended and told me to remove myself from her page. This surprised me for several reasons. First, the fool could have unfriended me her lazy self. Second, I was right, but she couldn’t acknowledge that, since she is an extremist tattooer, and lastly, she is the one who initially requested the friendship since she felt we had something in common: intactivism. I have had to unfriend several intactivists over the last year, all for differing levels of extremist behaviors that I couldn’t stomach.
I like to think of myself as moderately open minded about what people do, but I will never accept any form of extremist activism. Since I started with the tattoo, I will continue with that. I don’t have any tattoos. I personally don’t really like the thought of letting someone with a sharp needle and ink permanently mar my skin, but I would never hold it against someone if they did it. A few here or there? Whatever! But if that person takes it to an extreme and has tattoos all the way up their arms and neck and chest and/or back? I doubt I could look at them without curling my lip, because that person has some type of mental problem that they are trying to fill with tattoos.
Breastfeeding is another hot button topic, and another reason I have unfriended FB friends, and I’m sure I’ve lost a few for the same reason. I try not to be vocal on FB by anything other than intactivism, but every once in awhile I can’t avoid it. The first thing that will set me off is when someone says, “you can’t support breastfeeding and then say but. It’s all or nothing” Um, yes you can, and no it’s not. I support breastfeeding, and I nursed my son for as long as I could, but (yes, a very big BUT), no one has the right to think that just because they have milk in their tits that they can make others around them miserable. Many people don’t like seeing it in public, but extremist breastfeeders don’t care. They feel that if you don’t want to see it, then there is something wrong with you. They refuse to acknowledge that the breast is sexual. They are only there for a baby. That’s another thing that will set me off. If that is true, why do we have them most of our lives? If they are only for a baby, shouldn’t they only form when we have a baby and then go away afterwards? If you do the math and breastfeed two children for a total of 8 years, and you die at the age of 80, that’s only 10% of your life that you used them for their “only”:purpose, and that is an extreme. Most women might only nurse for 6 months, so that wouldn’t even be 1% of their life. So I guess you should slap away your husband any time he wants to play with them or suck on them during sex? Really?
Extremist breastfeeders don’t even care if other nursing mothers don’t like public nursing, since they will attack their own cause if anyone dares to disagree with them. They’re like cannibals, and they always go for the kill. They actually scare me more than any other cause, so I try to stay the hell out of their debates, which is why I’ll unfriend the worst offenders. Life is hard enough without complicating it with a bunch of loonies who want to nurse their kids until they lose all their baby teeth. Enough about that.
The final one is the newest one, which is an offshoot of intactivism, and that’s sad to say. Why? Because even intactivists don’t always agree. How could we, since many are extremists, and I am afraid of all extremists, remember? Well, there is a guide to let men know how much foreskin they have, and the scale goes from 1 (none) to 10 (too much). No one should want to be a 1 (extreme), and it makes sense that no one should want to be a 10 (opposite extreme) either. I commented stating that, and a guy wrote back that if he was gay, he would want to be 10, since it would be easier for him to “dock” with another gay guy. Sorry, but you’ll have to look that up, since it’s too gross for me to even want to discuss. As usual an extremist would naturally want to go to the extreme for their cause, and that’s scary.
It does remind me of a 4th extreme and that’s something that is apparently called ear gauge For those who don’t know, that’s when someone decides that merely have pierced ears isn’t enough, so they get gauges to make the hole bigger and bigger and bigger. I guess they will eventually want to put a damn plate in there, so they can hang with the natives, but I find it ugly…like I do with all other extremes. Since that is exactly what an ear gauge is, an ugly extreme of ear piercing, which is something I fully support. These gauges are just another form of body modification for people who aren’t happy with their bodies and think messing them up will make them feel closer to God or make them more spiritual or some other hokey thing they’ve dreamt up in an attempt to fill the mental problem they suffer from. But again, we are supposed to let these crazy people do whatever they want, as long as it doesn’t hurt anyone else. Again, the only pain it causes me is having to look at them. And won’t that be hard if everyone does it? That would be a very frightening world indeed.
So the bottom line is that I’m not sure how much longer I will be able to stay on facebook. People are getting stranger every day, and I just don’t know how much more of dealing with that I can stand.