Slate's columnists weigh in on two topics that have lit up the ol' weblog here the last few days.
First, normally, I'd rather have the tip of my penis cut off than agree with Christopher Hitchens on anything, but when he gets right indignant about the suck-your-blood school of Orthodox Jewish circumcision, I have to give him credit. The more I think and read about this, the more I think it's a wrong and potentially dangerous practice that should be stopped. Hitchens even pronounces it as against the tenets of Judaism; I'm pretty sure the Hasids don't mind taking religious instruction from an atheist
goyim. [apparently, he's Jewish enough. see correction in the comments.]
Second, about those penises, Meghan O'Rourke weighs in on the whole "men losing their libido in the delivery room" thing. She's pretty reasonable, too, even if she sets up some strawbloggers to argue against. Her main point is about the reach of feminism, which she says is behind the push to conflate the erotic and the biological. This male squeamishness may not be admirable, O'Rourke argues, but it's a consequence of a feminist-style sexual acceptance.
Still missing from Slate's argument or any of her blog mentions are any acknowledgement that women face the same erotic/biological conundrum about childbirth already. And if feminism [sic] is worth anything, shouldn't it be addressing that side of the bed, too? Maybe a little extra empathy between two partners freaked out by pregnancy and childbirth would go a long way. Just sayin'...