Sunday, October 26, 2014

Male Foreskin: Cut or Uncut; Gay Marriage Six More States; Genderqueer Identification

Male Foreskin: Cut or Uncut

I always find the various opinions about foreskin and circumcision interesting because when it's time to take sides the lines are always clearly drawn...from what I've always seen. Most gay men tend to prefer uncut, straight women prefer cut. I'm not sure about straight men, but this article actually does factor in a straight guy.

Cosmo did a short survey:

Gay guy #1 

“I have never thought too much about the possibility,” Man #1 said. “I feel like most guys are circumcised so I guess I just feel like I was ‘normal.'”

Straight Guy #2

“I wish I wasn’t,” Man #2 lamented. “Mostly because I’ve learned that uncircumcised men experience more pleasure. It took me until my mid-20s to learn about this, and I felt cheated out of a natural and beautiful part of my body by a decision that was never given to me.”

This really is just another light Cosmo piece that sidesteps the main issue, because I've seen more than one battle royal on social media over which is better, cut or uncut.
 

Frankly, if I had the choice I'd prefer uncut. But I think the main point is that men really don't get a choice in this matter. They cut it off before you even know you have it.  You can read the rest here.


Gay Marriage Six More States

The federal government has just recognized same sex marriage in six more states, meaning that federal benefits will be given to those couples.

 Attorney General Eric Holder says the states are: Alaska, Arizona, Idaho, North Carolina, West Virginia and Wyoming. Saturday's announcement brings the total number of states with federal recognition of same-sex marriage to 32, plus the District of Columbia. Couples married in these states will qualify for a range of federal benefits, including Social Security and veterans' benefits.

There's more here, with an explanation about more states.  It's not the most in-depth piece, but I think the general idea is important to most people.

Genderqueer Identification

I'm posting about this because I think a lot of people out there don't really know what it means when someone says they are genderqueer and self-identify as such. It's an interesting article because it states basically what I'm always harping about here on the blog...that you can't fit all LGBTI people into one neat little category and be done with it. In other words, it goes way deeper than what you see on Modern Family. And these people are speaking up about it now. Think of it as another layer, and never assume anything.

"A person whose gender identity is neither man nor woman, is between or beyond genders, or is some combination of genders. This identity is usually related to or in reaction to the social construction of gender, gender stereotypes and the gender binary system. Some genderqueer people identify under the transgender umbrella while others do not."

The article goes on to discuss how they are making a point to make people conscious about this through social media and the Internet...probably because it's NOT going to happen in mainstream news.

I think by now everyone knows I'm not fond of being called queer...the word bothers me. I despise it. I've posted about that often and I'm not getting into it again. But I also don't mind those who want to be called queer. I get it and I'm fine with it. If anything that one factor alone speaks loudly about the many different parts that make up the LGBTI community.

 
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2 comments:

Shelagh said...

I'd never seen a circumcised cock until the advent of the internet and my first thought was 'what's wrong with it?'. In the UK it's usually only done for religious or medical reasons and pretty uncommon. I prefer uncut, but it's more a question of what I'm used to.

Genderqueer - in some ways, I think this should be the norm. Having raised 2 kids, I know that no matter how hard you try to avoid it, there's no escaping gender stereotyping. Some of it it so subtle that even when you're looking out for it, it's easy to miss. I like the idea of a world where you can do what you want, wear what you want, without the 'boy's/girls can't do that/wear that'. I think this is what we should all be striving for :)

ryan field said...

Thanks for adding that. I think you're right about what's most familiar.