For this post, I have created parodies based on the posters being propagated in Uganda as part of the so-called "mass circumcision campaign," in order to illustrate just how hateful and sexist their messages are, and how people would be disgusted at the same posters would that the genders were reversed.
Let's begin with the first poster:
We've all seen this one.
This quite possibly the one that pissed me off the most.
In this country, feminists are always talking about how they resent viewed as just another piece of meat for a man. They balk at boob jobs, buttocks enlargement, dental floss bikinis, high heels, all manor of body alterations, accessories and apparel in order to fit the mold of attractive beauty desired by a patriarchal society.
But yet this kind of propaganda is acceptable for males.
In response to the above poster, I created this:
I wonder what the response of Western women be if they knew something like this was circulating in Africa, or any part of the world.
Another poster that really pissed me off was this one:
It's wrong on so many levels.
I go into more detail in a past blog post.
In response to this poster, I created the following:
And this would not be inaccurate; studies do show a reduction in HIV transmission among circumcised women. (See here and here.)
Of course some may say "the studies are flawed," which is precisely the case regarding male circumcision.
But this isn't the problem. Even assuming the studies presented here were 100% accurate, they would still not be enough to cause the WHO to promote the wholesale circumcision of African women.
There could never be enough "research" to promote the genital cutting of women in any way shape or form.
At times, the propaganda doesn't even seem to try to feign an interest in HIV prevention.
And forget the fact that you're HIV negative. More important is the fact that a man isn't circumcised.
I talk more about it here.
In response to this poster, I created this:
Women, how would you feel if you read something like this regarding your own bodies?
Having created the posters above, I went on to create posters of my own.
(What can I say? I was on a roll!)
Basically, what it boils down to.
Circumcision for HIV prevention simply isn't causing the mass flood towards circumcision clinics the so-called "researchers" and promoters were expecting, so now they're basically trying to use women's opinions and stigmatization of intact men to try and create the demand they want.
And a last one.
This is an old one, but one that seems to persist as rationale for male circumcision.
The same rationale could never be used to promote genital cutting in women.
It is an insult to point out normal and natural aspects of female genitals, i.e. smells, secretions etc., but calling out the same normal smells and secretions in men is fair game.
When will men have the same respect as women?
However these surgeons try to avoid any mention to female circumcision, female genital cutting (FGC) or female genital mutilation (FGM), using instead female genital cosmetic surgery (FGCS)... even though that's exactly what they are doing. The fact that they do it on an operation room and not in the bushes doesn't change the fact that the procedure does exactly the same.ReplyDelete
This would be very funny if it weren't so goddamned maddening.ReplyDelete
I would love to 6x9 poster this in the Castro billboards...ReplyDelete
Very true, the double standards need to be addressed.ReplyDelete
Could you make high resolution versions of these to print out and post?ReplyDelete
A Compare/Contrast Combination poster of high quality.
That is, if you don't mind us saving and then printing them worldwide. (Aus)
Richard, unfortunately this is the best that I can do. I am by no means a graphics artist, and these are the best rez pictures I could get for free scrounging around on the Internet. I created them using the simple tools of Paintbrush.Delete
I don't mind if you save and print these, or even if you take these ideas and make them better. If someone else could do a better job than myself, I'd be more than thrilled.