You’ve Got to be Kidding Me! Now Birthers want to see Obama’s Penis

obama-birthersAs some of you know, my friend Batboy has a peculiar sense of humour so he seeks out these off the wall articles that no one else knows exist. Today he had a doozy on his Livejournal.  Here’s part of  the article  he reprinted from Jezebel.com-

“Birthers have now decided that what makes a person a true, blue, red-blooded American is not the color of your complexion but how much foreskin you have.”

Commenters (and circumcised Americans) over at Free Republic struck on a revelation yesterday: if Barack Obama has not been circumcised, then he must not have been born in the United States. Why? Because all of their boys were circumcised. ”

These are some of the comments on the Free Republic website

hoosiermama:
The only other thing that hit me was that [Larry] Sinclair said BO was not circumcised. When my son was born in a hospital that was done as a matter of routine without even consulting us. Would the same be for Hawaii? OTOH People born at home or in some other cultures are not circumcised.

thecodont:
A relative of mine was born (in a hospital) a couple of years after BO’s alleged birth date. He was circumcised also (as a matter of routine, not according to any family request).

afraidfortherepublic:
My son was born in June of 1961 in a hospital in CA, and the nurses released us because of miscommunication in a day and a half before the circumcision was done. We had to go back to the doctor’s office to have it done a week later, and the doctor was NOT HAPPY. My second son was born in the same hospital 4 years later. I don’t remember them asking me about it. Routine procedure for little boys.

hoosiermama:
Wish we had someone to make a phone call to the hospitols in HI and ask if they routinely do circumcism [sic] and when that practice started.

MHGinTN:
You might want to make that call to a Canadian hospital …

MHGinTN:
No…it would have been in Kenya….not Canada.

Natural Born 54
I am having a vision of a court room scene. The judge turns to O sitting in the witness chair to his left and says “I am sorry, Mr. President, but I am going to have to ask you to stand and drop trou …..”

What is perhaps most disturbing about the birthers discussing Obama’s penis is a deeper obsession with black male sexuality. In Nancy Tuana’s book, Revealing Male Bodies, she talks about the historic origins of white male obsession with black male genitalia.

The Black male penis became so important in the racist hysteria at the end of the [19th] century because penises are instruments of power. … [W.E.B.] Du Bois was right about the intimate connection between White male control over women and racism. As Black men and women were threatening the established social, political, and economic arrangements and thus deprive the traditional White leadership of their power, that threat was translated into genital terms because men—then and now—see the penis first of all as an instrument of power. It gives them power over women, and in their comparisons of sexual performance and penile size, it gives them power over other men. That Black men were—for a while—more than they were during slavery is beyond question.

Obama is the ultimate threat to traditional white male power, a black man who has risen to the highest position in government. He has gone through a number of racial stereotypes, from the “magic Negro” to Felix the Cat. It seems like it was only a matter of time before the racial stereotypes surrounding black male sexuality would emerge. The root of this movement is increasingly showing itself to be rooted in white insecurities.

The Freepers may have also been inspired by actual news. U.S. officials are currently considering making circumcision routine as a potential means of preventing HIV/AIDS (Medicaid doesn’t currently cover circumcision). They have been examining studies in Africa that show circumcised heterosexual men have lower HIV infection rates, but these studies don’t cross over to men who have sex with men. Gay men tend to be more than half of new HIV infections in the United States, so making circumcision mandatory may not actually result in lower infection rates.

Barack Obama Show US Your Penis [Jesus’ General] Officials Weigh Circumcision to Fight H.I.V. Risk [NYT]

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Are we living in Wonderland? I can’t believe this is even being discussed. Did anyone ever want to see Bush’s penis? Will all male job seekers in Obama’s age range be asked to show their penises to head hunters or employment agencies when they apply for a job, just to prove they’re American? Is this going to be part of the ads  placed by employment agencies that guys have to drop their pants? I want the job of screening out all the fakes.:)

For the rest of the comments on the article by Kay Steiger in Jezebel.com here’s the link

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18 comments

  • Hi Jules
    The things I find to amuse you and your fellow bloggers. I agree with you on likely causes of HIV, which have nothing to do with foreskins and everything to do with sexual practices and hygiene. Last I heard, 95% of new HIV cases were young, black, straight women, and if I were to take a guess at the cause I would say that it has a lot of do with black men who are “on the down low” and sleep around without condoms.:(

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  • My eyes have rolled so far back in my head I think I can see behind me. (Oh wait, maybe THAT’S how mothers get that secret skill.)

    Also, if I were the researchers, I would take a look at some other things surrounding foreskin/HIV coincidence, such as hygiene, sexual practices, use of contraceptives, etc. Foreskins were around long before the HIV explosion.

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  • Diane
    The majority of Americans are not currently part of this rabid group but the article does illustrate that fringe groups may be taking over America and the world.;)

     
    Ingrid
    I don’t believe that circumcision is standard for Canadians either, except for the followers of certain religious groups. However, I think, in the past many Canadian children were circumcised against the wishes of their parents. But what we’re talking about here is a group of rabble rousers and religious zealots – not to be confused with mainstream citizens of the US.

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    • “But what we’re talking about here is a group of rabble rousers and religious zealots – not to be confused with mainstream citizens of the US.”
      Very diplomatic!

      Thanks for reposting the story.

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      • Hi Batboy
        Thank you for coming by. I love to drop by your Lj which is a veritable cornucopia of strange facts. Without you my life would be so boring.:) “Very diplomatic” Are you trying to get me into trouble?

         
        As I mentioned to KZ, I’m going to start looking for candidates on whom to practice my new “head hunting” skills.:) Know anyone you can recommend? :DDD

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  • It’s good that he isn’t dutch then. Circumcision is certainly not standard here only for muslims and jews.

    But is a weird story indeed. As we would say “that could happen only in america”

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