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A Reader’s Guide to the New ‘Foreskin Man’

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When observers noted the several anti-Semitic tropes in the most recent issue of the anti-circumcision comic strip Foreskin Man, Matthew Hess, the San Diego-based “intactivist” who wrote both the strip and San Francisco’s November ballot initiative to outlaw circumcision of minors, insisted, “We’re not trying to be anti-Semitic. We’re trying to be pro-human rights. [The] next issue will deal with a different kind of circumcision.”

Well, a teaser trailer for the “next issue” just dropped. It’s below the jump. (Quick question: That plane in the background, aren’t those the Palestinian [also Jordanian] colors? Just asking!)

However, first, I have transcribed its text and added my own scholarly annotations:


3 See 1
4 “In Santa Monica, Circumcision Opponent Abandons Effort”
5 See 1 and 3
6 ADL Says Anti-Circumcision Comic Book Offends With ‘Grotesque’ Anti-Semitic Imagery
7 See 1, 3, and 5
8 ??

Breaking: ‘Foreskin Man’ #3 Trailer Claims ‘They Hate Us Because We’re Blond’ [Heeb]
Related: Circumcision Ballot Measure and Anti-Semitism [SF Chronicle]
Earlier: When Anti-Circumcision Turns Anti-Semitic

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I never would have believed that Nazism would take root in San Francisco, but there it is.

Because I do think these f-ing Nazis need to be taken seriously, a recent paper:

Adv Urol. 2011;2011:812368. Epub 2011 May 22.
The Strong Protective Effect of Circumcision against Cancer of the Penis.
Morris BJ, Gray RH, Castellsague X, Bosch FX, Halperin DT, Waskett JH, Hankins CA.
School of Medical Sciences and Bosch Institute, Sydney Medical School, The University of Sydney, Sydney, NSW 2006, Australia.
Male circumcision protects against cancer of the penis, the invasive form of which is a devastating disease confined almost exclusively to uncircumcised men. Major etiological factors are phimosis, balanitis, and high-risk types of human papillomavirus (HPV), which are more prevalent in the glans penis and coronal sulcus covered by the foreskin, as well as on the penile shaft, of uncircumcised men. Circumcised men clear HPV infections more quickly. Phimosis (a constricted foreskin opening impeding the passage of urine) is confined to uncircumcised men, in whom balanitis (affecting 10%) is more common than in circumcised men. Each is strongly associated with risk of penile cancer. These findings have led to calls for promotion of male circumcision, especially in infancy, to help reduce the global burden of penile cancer. Even more relevant globally is protection from cervical cancer, which is 10-times more common, being much higher in women with uncircumcised male partners. Male circumcision also provides indirect protection against various other infections in women, along with direct protection for men from a number of genital tract infections, including HIV. Given that adverse consequences of medical male circumcision, especially when performed in infancy, are rare, this simple prophylactic procedure should be promoted.

Brian Morris is an extremist within the pro-circ camp. He is Australia’s version of Edgar Schoen. Penile cancer is an absurd justification for circumcision, as it is extremely rare in western countries. and is employed only by those extremely biased individuals seeking a shotgun method to justifying this procedure. Often a tribal bias. ;)

It’s instructive to see, in addition to a narcissistic obsession with his own genitalia, the giddy flirtation with racism that DK’s comment exemplifies. It’s a winning combination, really.

Not only does DK betray an intimate knowledge of the minutiae of circumcision politics possessed only by those whose worldview is mediated by their bizarre sexual hang-up and attending sense of martyrdom, he has chosen to pin blame for his condition on Jews, the tribe, just like his political forbears, the Nazis.

And he thinks it’s witty to boot.

How do you greet your brethren DK, pants down, arm in a fascist salute?

I’m afraid I’ve cut DK off, which must be doubly traumatic for him.

Shmuel says:

This is sick. Why aren’t people protesting this?

Sigh. Circumcision is not medically necessary. The amount of complications from getting circumcised is about equal to the amount of health risks that can come along with not getting circumcised. I’m Jewish and I didn’t get my son circumcised.

The issue here should be that one man is trying to allow his personal belief system infringe upon the rights of others. Turning this into a debate as to whether it’s right or wrong to get your child circumcised takes focus away from the most important issue here which is religious discrimination.

The question, MH, is not whether circumcision is medically necessary, or even medically advisable, which would vary according to a number of factors. It’s a question of whether it constitutes mutilation of children, and whether Jews bear disproportionate responsibility for it, even though the vast number of circumcisions, in this country and abroad, do not involve Jews.


Forced infant genital cutting is a direct violation of a child’s Constitutional right to choose their own religion. I was circumcised at birth under my Jewish parents approval and now regret it being done to me very much. As an adult I now choose not to follow Judaism, but I am left with a scar and the permanent damage that was forced upon me. Let every human being choose the fate of their own body and religious affiliation. It is just a matter of time before all forms of genital cutting are made illegal, we’re already half way there by having made all forms of genital cutting on females illegal in 1997. Circumcision is directly responsible for over 100 unnecessary infant deaths a year in the United States.

Please answer this simple question: Do you guys believe that parents should have the right to kill their children via forced genital cutting?

Furthermore, if this is a religious issue then why are you guys not upset that certain Islamic followers cannot circumcise their baby girls? Isn’t that an infringement on their freedom of religion. Where does it stop? What if I started a new religion that required a babies entire penis to be cut off at birth, shouldn’t I have the right to do that if it is for religious reasons?

I know you guys believe in your heart and soul that G-d has commanded you to cut off half the skin on your baby’s penis, and in many cases kill them as a result. But I believe with my heart and soul that the whole penis should be cut off! A line needs to be drawn between religious right, and an infringement on basic human rights and the sanctity of life. As another poster commented, there are ALOT of Jewish people who have realized that cutting and killing their baby boys is unacceptable, and is not compatible with the message of love, compassion, and respect that Judaism inspires and teaches. Sooner or later you will have to admit this fact, or you will be going to prison for committing this crime in the near future.

Best, Mike

fw wrote, “in addition to a narcissistic obsession with his own genitalia”

Clearly anyone concerned with the damage to the genitals themselves instead of the most dubious (dishonest) health benefit one can find to justify cutting a child’s genitals is a total narcissist.

DK! I was hoping we’d hear from you again. Not much of a response, though. How long did it take you to put it together? In re penile cancer, that particular study was only the second most recent among 4,999 on the topic of circumcision available through PUBMED, so I picked it at random.

Interestingly, you make no mention of the substance of the abstract, which also alludes to the far greater frequency of diseases affecting women with uncircumcised partners. Not really concerned about them, are you?

No, like a politician kissing a baby hoping to bask in the reflected glow of innocence, you’re now invoking children, hoping perhaps to efface the memory of your recent foray into race baiting. No luck, friend. You and your fellow crotch-gazing Neo-Nazi, Matthew Hess, whose first public exposure was a news article concerning his loss of sexual sensation, and who now sports an image of an infant on his facebook page, have shown your true colors: red, white and black.

What you’ve lost isn’t anatomical, DK. It’s your dignity.

By the way, DK, while you’re formulating your next response, you might bear in mind that the pseudo-scientific dismissal of peer-reviewed research was also a hallmark of Nazi and Stalinist ideologues.

As for me, I think the graphic of Capt. Picard reacting to Data’s news about the little alien girl from Drayma 4 (“Pen Pal”) is extracontextually appropriate. (I might have gone with Picard’s neck-cutting gesture from the later scene with Riker, but this is better.)

Stephen Mendelsohn says:


Looks to me like the target of FM3 is African tribal circumcision. The colors on the plane match the national flag of Kenya. The music in the above video also matches an African theme, and Hess has also included in a previous FM about an African circumcision exibit in his “Museum of Genital Integrity.” Another Aryan-supremacist obscenity in the works.

Stephen Mendelsohn says:


The plane in the FM3 video is definitely Kenya Airways, as shown from this Wikipedia picture:

Muslims also mandate circumcision, but not at eight days, but at 7-8 years of age.Jesus of Christianity was circumsized on New Years Day, 8 days after Christmas Day, his day of birth. Catholics celebrate that day as “Feast of the Circumcision”. Majority should be allowed Freedom of religion. Stop being crazy!

A group of 8 prominent Jewish intactivists including Mark Reiss, M.D., Paul Fleiss, M.D., and Leonard B. Glick, M.D., Ph.D. have responded to the Foreskin Man controversy.

A Message to Jewish Americans on Circumcision

Jewish Circumcision Opponents Grow More Vocal

Ed Margolis says:

The comic parody, Smegna Man Gets Circumcised, (published at is a lot funnier; has a great plot; and passes along sound information about the medical and cosmetic benefits of the procedure– and, in the end, the villains meet a very appropriate end.

Ed Margolis


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