?

Log in

No account? Create an account
Circumcision in Real Life and in Slash - Mo's Journal — LiveJournal
January 21st, 2007
01:32 pm

[Link]

Previous Entry Share Next Entry
Circumcision in Real Life and in Slash

(42 comments | Leave a comment)

Comments
 
[User Picture]
From:lilacsigil
Date:January 22nd, 2007 02:01 am (UTC)
(Link)
I've never really focused on this in fanfic! None of the boys in my family are circumcised - my dad is Scottish, it never really was that popular in Australia and is pretty rare these days outside the Jewish and Muslim communities. So my default assumption would be "no", unless there was a particular reason for that character to have undergone this.

As for Logan, parts of his comics backstory have him living with a Blackfoot tribe - I wonder if they practice adult circumcision?
[User Picture]
From:mofic
Date:January 22nd, 2007 02:14 am (UTC)
(Link)
Hmm on Logan and the Blackfoots (Blackfeet?) about whom I know nothing :-). I will have to come up with an answer to my mystery before I write that scene, I suppose. I don't use his comics backstory, although I take elements from it (e.g. my Logan has a Japanese period, but it's considerably earlier than the comics one).

I've never really focused on this in fanfic!

I haven't much, either. It would make an interesting content analysis project to take a large sample of slash sex scenes and categorize them according to whether the characters are circumcised, uncircumcised, or undetermined from the description. My guess is that the largest number would be in the third category.
From:thelastgoodname
Date:January 22nd, 2007 04:33 am (UTC)
(Link)
It would make an interesting content analysis project to take a large sample of slash sex scenes and categorize them according to whether the characters are circumcised, uncircumcised, or undetermined from the description.

That would be fascinating. I imagine you're right that "undetermined from the description" would be the largest category. I would want to question the authors about their thought processes concerning the subject, too, because I have a vague idea that the percentage that has solid, though-out reasons for their decision is not a majority.
[User Picture]
From:mofic
Date:January 22nd, 2007 11:56 am (UTC)
(Link)
would want to question the authors about their thought processes concerning the subject, too, because I have a vague idea that the percentage that has solid, though-out reasons for their decision is not a majority.

I think you may be right. What's fascinating about circumcision as a topic - both in fanfic in real life - is it is at the same time something that many people have *very* strong feelings about (see the folks popping in here from HP fandom because they thought I'd be advocating writing circumcised HP characters) and that many other people just never think about at all (just assume that what their cultural experience is is universal).
From:joel_rosenberg
Date:January 23rd, 2007 03:42 pm (UTC)
(Link)
I'm not sure what the point would be in circumcising Logan at all, unless one was willing to redo it every few seconds. (Are mohels covered by Worker's Comp for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?)

That said -- and while I'm not a posken, nor do I play one on tv -- if Logan were Jewish, the first time would likely count as a bris; the Talmud is, I believe, silent on the issue of mutant regenerative powers.
Mofic Powered by LiveJournal.com