If a person of any age were abducted, & had their genitals cut by their abductor, we would absolutely classify that as sexual violence. The fact that it's a violent assault on a person's genitals is NOT erased or diminished by the fact that a child's parents consent to the cutting. If anything, it's worse. Because people you love trust are the ones who subjected you to it, & then act as if they did you some kind of favor. Granted, I don't believe most parents whom choose to circumcise do it knowing they're causing their children harm. Many do it in the name of "religion & tradition" and/or they believe there are medical benefits.
I was also told I'm a horrible Doula for choosing not to work with parents who plan on circumcising their child(ren) . They said that by "By refusing service to the families, who may not trust a potential Doula at an interview enough to deeply consider what information is provided, and then rejecting a family accordingly, they are being held accountable for the entire social and political environment." To me there is a HUGE difference between a pharmacist refusing to fill birth control & a Doula not taking on a client who is planning to circumcise. If a doula does not respect her clients and finds their plans for their newborn abhorrent and violent, & therefore feels uncomfortable & unable to do her job, then the professional & respectful thing to do is to refuse & instead give them a list of referrals for other Doulas who will fit with them better. For what it's worth, non-consensual genital cutting of a newborn is most certainly sexual violence, as well as plain aggravated assault. No one, in their right mind, would agree that a grown woman should be strapped to a board & have her genitals cut without her permission. We can be sensitive to cultural issues without agreeing that they are OK. Though, all of this presupposes that circumcising is just another choice, much like cloth or disposable diapers, & not a major violation of bodily integrity & mutilation of a baby's genitals.
I've also recently been basically called anti-Semite. What is an anti-Semite? Antisemitism (also spelled anti-semitism or anti-Semitism) is prejudice, hatred of, or discrimination against Jews for reasons connected to their Jewish religion or heritage. A person who holds such positions is called an "anti-Semite". For the record i am in no way anti-Semitic. In fact, a large portion of my family is Jewish. I have no problems with the religion or its traditions. What I DO have a problem with is forced infant circumcision & forcing your religion on others. I have always been an advocate to let your children grow up and choose their own, if any. And infant circumcision in the name of the Jewish religion is forever forcing a symbol of your religion on the child. But the good news is that there are many Jews & Hebrew Isrealites parents today that are electing to have a Brit Shalom in place of a Brit Milah [the Jewish circumcision ceremony]. For more information or to talk with other Jewish parents electing this for their sons check out the Judaism & Circumcision Resources page on Peaceful Parenting.