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January 21st, 2007
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Circumcision in Real Life and in Slash

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From:xtricks
Date:January 21st, 2007 08:25 pm (UTC)
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My handling of circumcision in fanfic is based, mostly like yours, on where and when various characters are born. Ray K, an American in the due South canon, is circumsised while Benton Fraser, a rural Canadian who was canonically 'born in a barn' is not. Logan, of the X-men, I chose to be uncircumsiced, partly because I got tired of so many stories simply assuming that foreskins simply don't exist-I *never* read any stories with uncircumsised men, no matter when/where the stories were set who weren't circumsised. Plus the whole 'foreskins are gross' vibe I get from some fanwriters pissed me off.

In the RL, the thing that irritates me is that circumsicion - a non-medically neccesary procedure - is covered in most insurance policies; even when the insurance policy is supposed to be based on 'medically neccesary procedures only'. But, it's only covered if you have it done neonatally. I had to handle a grievance when I was working health insurance from a parent who had the 'locker room' fear and wanted to have her 13 year old circumsised. It wasn't eligible as it wasn't medically neccesary. Made no sense to me, obviously.
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From:mofic
Date:January 21st, 2007 09:14 pm (UTC)
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I've found the opposite to be true about insurance companies - I'm sure it varies from insurance company to insurance company and by time and place. But when my son was born, neonatal circumcision was not covered by our insurance, but circumcision later for medical reasons (e.g. phimosis) was.

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From:xtricks
Date:January 23rd, 2007 03:21 am (UTC)
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Well, milage varies, of course. In the case I'm talking about, there was no medical reason- the desire to have the son circumsised was social (the locker room phenomenon). I have no doubt that a medical problem would have been covered.

I'm on the West Coast and, though I grew up in NY, and I've found that social conservatism of the 'do what's socially acceptable' sort is common here. So, no doubt there are differences in the logic - and I use this term very losely when associated with health insurance - used to determine coverage.
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From:mofic
Date:January 23rd, 2007 03:29 am (UTC)
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I would guess mileage varies by time as well as place. The West, btw, is the region of the US with the lowest neonatal circumcision rates - not sure whether that's relevant at all.

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