Dee: yup, I agree. Had a little internal debate w/ Self–decided the
point was valid, anyway, b/c: it is so extreme a form of mutilation
that the charge of hypocracy still resonnates–and, I think, to label
something as ‘purely for decoration’ is an arbitrary call. In the
entire history of human beings the arts, decoration, ritual, and
religion have been intricately linked. I hope I don’t sound
confrontational here; not at all my intent. I’m not intending to
express any opinion one way or another Re: circumcision, or specific
faiths. I just threw the point in to show there are always two sides,
and anything can be painted black or white. I’m really,
reallyreallyreally not trying to spark a heavy debate.
Beauty is everywhere. That’s why I love this world. I know if I
can’t find beauty, I just haven’ t looked from the right angle yet.
[Lest that sound wishywashy, here’s a favourite people-watching trick:
pick out someone who looks unremarkable, dumpy/plain to you. Watch
them for a bit. Observe their mannerisms, quirks, body language.
Imagine yourself as someone in love with that person. It’s amazing
how once you remove your theretofore unnoticed ‘judgement’ of this
person as plain, you can see how that funny little face has radiant
eyes, that lumpy little bod moves in a lazy-sexy kinda way… I think
I’m still sounding wishywashy–and getting kind of off track for an
Orchid forum. Thanks for indulging me.] I guess my ‘bottom line’ is
multiple perspectives.> --Andy