Editorial Cartoon: San Francisco Circumcision Ban

Editorial Cartoon - San Francisco Circumcision

So it seems our friends in San Francisco think there needs to be a ballot issue on the November election on whether or not to ban circumcisions, even for religious purposes (see here). 

I am all for parents deciding whether or not to circumcise their child.  However, I completely disagree with this ballot initiative and find some of the tactics by the proponents a bit out of bounds.  For one they liken it to female genital mutilation that goes on in some parts of the world.   All medical experts I found said it is in no way true.

Then they began releasing a series of comic books called Foreskin Man that highlight in one issue a doctor and another a mohel (Rabbi who performs the circumcision for Jewish boys) who are evil beings that will do anything to circumcise a boy even against his parent’s wishes.  Brian Hagen of Pen Grenades believes it has crossed the line into an anti-semitic rant (Go read his review). 

Whether it has or not, all the proponents of the legislature have done is remove all meaningful dialogue from the discussion.

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  1. Tony McGurk says:

    Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha that’s the funniest thing I’ve seen in a long while. Great work Big Guy

  2. Bo Lumpkin says:

    I’m with Tony here. You actually found an inoffensive way to illustrate this. Ood work Bearman.

  3. Friggin Loon says:

    Blahahahahhahahahahahahahahhahahahahahhahahhahahahaha I nearly choked on my coffee, Bearman. That is so friggin funny 🙂

  4. Friggin Loon says:

    Shame no one Down Under knows where the hell San Francisco is or I would be wearing that on a tee!!!!

  5. planetross says:

    … but that snake will just shed his foreskin eventually … and grow another bigger one.

  6. That has got to be one of the most retarded laws I have seen go up in awhile.

  7. alecho says:

    Hahaha, great comic 🙂 Very clever and comical way of illustrating this topic 😉

  8. jynksie says:

    You nailed this one Bearman! In fact, its beyond perfection, the rest of the cartooning world can now lay down its pen and call it a day! YOU-HAVE-WON! Brilliant!

    • Bearman says:

      Thanks. What do I win? I’ll be waiting by the door. Don’t disappoint me like the Publishers Clearinghouse people.

  9. Jason says:

    Awesome! I’m sharing this!

  10. Hahahahaha! The resemblance is uncanny…not that I’ve ever seen one. 😉

  11. Midtoon says:

    I’m from San Francisco and I had not even heard of this thing…

    Always beware of people who grab for the law to try to make other people behave the way they do. This course always leads to abuse.

  12. Mark Stokes says:

    It’s not the size of the “snip,” it’s the commotion of the notion.

  13. Brian Hagen says:

    Brilliant cartoon! As I just posted on Facebook – wish I’d done this one!

    The best comment I heard about the San Francisco bill was from a cartoonist. He found it wonderfully ironic to ban body “mutilation” in the city with the country’s highest rate of piercing and tattooing.

  14. Dave Hambidge says:

    JTDG, as ever.

  15. G says:

    Okay, here is a comment that might come from a person who would be stumbling upon your website for the first time.

    “What a nasty gross cartoon!”

    Now, a comment from me.

    “What a shocking cartoon! Made my jaw drop when it first popped up in my RSS feed!”

    I think that this one, above all others that I’ve had the pleasure of seeing on yoru website, will remain seared into my cerebellum long after I ceased to be a functioning unit.

    Thank you corrupting my innocent and tender brain cells. 😀

    • Bearman says:

      All I know is that you should be lucky. Originally I was going to draw real penile units with the uncircumcised one oozing urinary tract infections and STDs

  16. George says:

    Nobody draws a trouser snake like you do, Bearman. 🙂

    Personally, I’m all for circumcision if that’s what you wanna do. The choice is yours. I don’t believe that it’s maiming or mutilation at all. Great cartoon and way to portray everything safely, B. 😀

  17. George says:

    Hey, what are those gigantic brown snakes in the background?

  18. *sigh*
    you couldn’t make this stuff up. I just… wow.

  19. Kellie says:

    This was a perfect cartoon to create dialogue and not just reactionist sentiment. Fantastic work and representation.

    To me, circumcision isn’t a religion or a mutilation – it’s a choice. Some parents make it, some parents don’t. That’s the way it should stay. I find it interesting that so many people who identify themselves as “pro-choice” are oddly behind this crusade to take choice away.

  20. DadaHyena says:

    This makes me want to protect my member…and any innocent pink snakes in the backyard.

  21. nursemyra says:

    I love an intact foreskin

  22. Jillsy Girl says:

    nothing ceases to amaze me anymore about people and their ridiculous causes! Do they really think they have a chance in hell to win?

  23. ok. this is RIDICULOUS.

    not only is it nothing like female circumcision, not even in the slightest – but it is unsanitary for guys not be circumcised. AND, it’s just weird. AND, it’s not like the baby even remembers.

    with women, they do that shit when they’re like ten yrs old and totally awake. um, no comparison.

    idiots. I hate california.

    • Bearman says:

      As I said they lost a lot of credibility with their argument when they brought it up. It’s like me saying I can understand menstrual cramps because I get constipated every once in a while.

    • nursemyra says:

      There’s nothing unsanitary about having a foreskin. Washing underneath it probably makes shower time even more fun 🙂

  24. MJ says:

    Wow, how did I miss this one, I thought I checked back in! Outrageous! Ha,ha,ha!

    • Bearman says:

      Sundays and Wednesdays is when I try to post. I just don’t promote that because I know someone will hold me to it.

  25. Duncanr says:

    Brilliant cartoon, Bearman. One of your best. I doubt any other cartoon on the subject will come anywhere near to topping that.

    As to circumcision itself, my impression is that this is largely a religious (jews, Muslims) or cultural (USA) thing. It is certainly not very common in UK or Europe !

    I agree with earlier commentators that circumcision should be a ‘personal’ choice – but to me that means the guy who ‘owns’ the penis making the decision. If the decision is made by the parents that is ‘parental’ choice – it is not ‘personal’ choice

    • Bearman says:

      Thanks Dunc. I doubt anyone else will even try tackling the subject. haha

      Now does that personal choice in your opinion extend to whether a kid wants to be aborted or even just vaccinated?

  26. lisleman says:

    I agree with you. This law is waste of time and effort. If some group really wanted to slow this down (I think getting it done is a good idea) then they should just start an educational campaign to change parents minds. You don’t need some dumb law.

  27. Come on SF. Don’t be the stereotype everyone thinks you are. This should be a parental issue plan and simple. Well at least this nonsense provide you the material for a fantastic cartoon. You handle this really well. Using snakes and the dialogue are both great.

  28. Tony McGurk says:

    I wish my parents had’ve got my foreskin preserved so I could’ve worn it on a chain around my neck. I never really got a chance to get to know it. Oh well I guess it’s with me in spirit…

  29. bschooled says:

    HAHAHAHA!! I’m laughing on the outside, but on the inside I’m cringing. The visual brought back some awkward memories, Bear.

  30. Really the hillarios one.Great making of cartoon really.I just like the approach you took with this subject. It isn’t every day that you discover something so concise and enlightening.

  31. MC/Curtis says:

    They made comic books about it?! I can see the movie trailer:
    \In a world with no forseeable foreskin… one man dares to wear a crown of thorns for wearing a crown… of foreskin.\ Cut to alley chases with crotch spotlights and Invasion of the Body Snatcher people pointing and doing that weird moan they do…

  32. Nate Fakes says:

    Great minds think alike! Don’t get mad and I swear I didn’t take influence from your ‘toon, but I have a comic coming out….similar. Except it involves caterpillars and nothing to do with getting snipped, but just looks in general

  33. Comedy Plus says:

    The people in San Francisco are brainwashed. They are also among the biggest bigots even though they are so very liberal. Bunch of idiots if you ask me and Pelosi is leading the pack.

    This is no ones business except the parents. Period.

    Have a terrific day. 🙂

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