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Monday, June 6, 2011

Foreskin Man Comic Illustrates Controversy Over S.F. Circumcision Ban

Posted By on Mon, Jun 6, 2011 at 1:45 PM

Foreskin Man doesn't really sound like a name for a superhero ...
  • Foreskin Man doesn't really sound like a name for a superhero ...

Just when you thought the debate over San Francisco's circumcision ban couldn't get any kookier, the group behind the ballot measure has released a comic called Foreskin Man.

It depicts the story of a lovely Jewish couple who decide not to circumcise their young son, Glick, at his bris. But at the last minute, with guests gathered, a crew of evil-looking rabbis busts into the home.

We soon find out that the rabbis were working in cahoots with the husband, who had duped

his wife into thinking he didn't care that Glick wasn't circumcised. As

it turns out, the circumcised dad does want his son's foreskin removed: Like father, like son.

With mother screaming, the Jewish villains scoop up little Glick

and take him into the family billiard room to perform the 

ceremony. This religious practice has been the key argument against banning circumcision. Lawyers argue that it is unconstitutional, violating freedom of religion.

In comes Foreskin Man, a blond-haired, blue-eyed hunk in cape and tights. He stealthily leaps into the home, just as the rabbis begin the procedure, saying: "And thank thee O Lord for the joyous Metzitzah, B'Peh for which I am about to partake."

Foreskin Man interrupts the ceremony, which in the comic has been portrayed as a crime. Our superhero then makes a relatively antisemitic remark: "That's it, monster. Keep babbling."

He then takes an eight-ball off the pool table and throws it at the rabbi, knocking the bloody scalpel out of his hand. A nasty fight breaks out, with blood and pain spewed all around. You can guess who won: Foreskin Man. But not without a threat. The rabbis warn the superhero, who storms off with Glick, that they will be back, scalpel and all.

So can we expect a sequel?

Because we were not satisfied with the plot, we called Matthew Hess, the creator of the comic book, to ask him what the hell? He has not returned our phone calls. You might recognize Hess, who is also the head of the national group Male Genital Mutilation, as the man who wrote the ballot language for San Francisco's circumcision ban, which will go before voters in November. The group is now pushing a similar proposal in Santa Monica.

He told SF Weekly last week that his efforts to criminalize circumcision are rather obvious.

"Boys are born with a foreskin for a reason," Hess said. "The foreskin

functions like an eyelid, providing protection and keeping the penis

moist and sensitive."

Abby Porth, associate director of the Jewish Community Relations Council, called the comic offensive. "It's reminiscent of Nazi-era propaganda," she says. "It's as offensive and outrageous as the measure itself." 

See the full comic on Foreskin Man's Facebook page.

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Erin Sherbert

Erin Sherbert

Erin Sherbert was the Online News Editor for SF Weekly from 2010 to 2015. She's a Texas native and has a closet full of cowboy boots to prove it.


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