I was coming back from the immigration office today and I noticed a big banner flying over the street that said “Sunat Modern” which basically means modern circumcision. It was an ad for a laser surgery type of circumcision and it bragged that there was no blood or stitches involved and that a child could immediately be active after the surgery. Here in Indonesia and other similar Islamic countries the boys traditionally get circumcised at the age of 7, at a party, in front of all their family, friends, relatives and neighbors, while everyone eats snacks and sings songs. Anyway this banner got me to thinking.
Circumcision is a big talking point in all Abrahamic religions especially Judaism and Islam, as most of you know, and until today it is ritualistically practiced on young boys, as I mentioned before, usually on their 7th birthday; unlike secular western countries where it is done in the name of medical health when the child is a newborn. Another thing you might already know about religion, especially Islam today, is that it may be the closest thing to a true patriarchal society that still functions in the modern age.
If we are to take the feminist definition of a patriarchy in saying that it is ‘a society run by men with the sole purpose of oppressing women’, who could argue with that definition? Especially if you believe the feminized western propaganda called the popular media. I mean who hasn’t heard the feminist wailing’s of oppressed women in Saudi Arabia being covered head to toe or not being able to vote or drive? Although you never hear them brag about how 60% of university graduates in Saudi Arabia are women, but who wants to split dyed pubic hairs with gyno-banshees?
But if someone simply called Islam a patriarchal culture I wouldn’t disagree; that is if you define it as it actually is, ‘a culture run mostly by men in where men take on all work and responsibility in order to have the rights they do, while women are coddled and looked after with fewer rights but absolutely no responsibility’. I’m not saying this is an ideal culture. What, do you think I’m a traditionalist? But jokes aside, let’s examine this so called Islamic patriarchy from the perspective of circumcision so you will understand what I am trying to say.
You see, in the modern age, in patriarchal Islamic cultures, boys are still being circumcised as they were 1400 years ago. The only difference being the technology they use now. But until recently, in this patriarchal culture, both boys AND girls were getting circumcised EQUALLY, because realistically there is very little difference between the sexes when it comes to the barbaric practice of circumcision. Feminist harpies and western women in general will try to convince you with a heap of lies, curse words and ad hominems that female circumcision is worse, but anyone reading this now knows this is not true. In fact, the average female circumcision removes far less area of flesh when compared to the complete removal of a foreskin from a male penis. For the females it is a very small cut around the clitoral hood. A tiny piece of flesh you can barely see on the tip of your finger. Hardly an area of skin large enough to collect and harvest to make rejuvenating skin cream for Oprah Winfrey and her followers of women who don’t know how to stop eating.
Now I know there are different degrees of severity when it comes to circumcision, especially female circumcision. But the fact remains that the severe forms of female circumcision that can happen, are nearly extinct and only really practiced in backward tribes on the African continent, if they are still even practiced at all. My ex-wife was circumcised back in the late 70’s. It did not affect her sexual performance or her ability to receive sexual pleasure to any degree. Her sister experienced the same thing.
The point is, within the last main stream patriarchal society on Earth, Islam, both men and women were circumcised as children equally; yeah equality. However, fast forward to today and what do you see? Well in this Islamic society of manly men and testosterone, the Islamic community, all over the world, still slices the foreskin off of little boys with impunity and without reflection, consistently, while at the same time, making female circumcision all but disappear. Yes that’s right. The modern patriarchal culture of Islam has been convinced by modern pressure to almost eliminate female circumcision but still advertises for and expects little boys to do it on their 7th birthday, while everyone eats cake and sings karaoke. Only now with less blood, no stitches and the little guy can get up and play with his friends, right after it’s done. Well at least that’s what the banner said.
So how can a successful patriarchal culture today be convinced to give young women the right to bodily autonomy by not clipping that tiny piece of skin from their clitoral hood while not even giving a second thought to offering the same to the young boys who will one day become the circumcised men who might rule this patriarchy? The answer? This IS true patriarchy. Not the myth that feminists spew but the true form. Where in the end, women must be protected, NOT oppressed. Where the protection and the granting of rights to women with no responsibility far outweighs any form of equality or oppression.
Saudi Arabian culture and most cultures at large are much older than Islam or even Judaism. And though in the past, Islam convinced the masses who adopted it that children and their genitalia fall outside the realm of basic human rights; in the end it is the tried and true patriarchy that wins out. The patriarchy that says, “Yeah maybe you are right. We shouldn’t circumcise little girls. After all, they need our protection. The little boys however can suck it up and deal with it.” And then everybody sings songs and eats cake, joyous in the fact that with modern technology, at least little 7 year old Muhammad won’t bleed everywhere and he can go play with his friends immediately afterwards.
The only question left is, “What then is the real difference between gynocentrism and the patriarchy”? Ask yourself that question, and don’t become terrified when the answer comes to you, bloodied but ready to party.