As if meeting your male mohel years later wasn’t awkward enough: Feminist Mohel Offers Unique Perspective on Circumcision Ban
Posted by Oyster on August 16, 2011
Let’s just hope they don’t learn about "metzitzah b’peh"!
A recent article from The Jewish Daily Forward was sent to me: ‘Elissa Strauss, of the site’s “The Sisterhood” blog, recently sat down with feminist mohel, Emily Blake, to discuss her views on the recent San Francisco circumcision ban debate. She said the proposed ban, which was recently struck down, infringed on everyone’s rights, including those who just wanted the procedure performed on their child, in addition to those who do so for religious reasons. She said, “I don’t believe that we do our children any service to force them to make such a physically painful decision down the line to feel comfortable living as a Jew.”
As a feminist, Blake has struggled with the concept that circumcision is a fundamental element of Judaism limited to men. However, she said Judaism is a matrilineal religion, so without females the religion would not continue. While women have been mohels for a very long time, Blake said they are a minority today.
Here is the link to the article: http://blogs.forward.com/sisterhood-blog/140879/