HBO "Girls" Star, Jemima Kirke, Says NO to Circumcision

By Danelle Frisbie

HBO Girls star, Jemima Kirke, is expected to welcome her second child into the world this November - and be it a girl or boy, her baby will remain intact.

In an interview appearing in New York Magazine's November 5th issue, Kirke chats candidly with friend and former roommate, Jane Moseley. The baby topic inevitably comes up - Kirke and her husband, Michael Mosberg, decided to wait to find out the sex of their baby until the big day.

During the interview, a copy of Brooklyn Family is open on the kitchen table to an article that has a heavily myth-based, pro-cutting slant titled, "Circumcision: Small Cut, Big Decision." Kirke says the magazine is not hers and Moseley poses the question: If baby is a boy, will Kirke circumcise?

Kirke has obviously thought about this subject before and like most of her London-born peers quickly says, "No!" She continues, "I don’t like the idea of mutilating a baby. And that’s what it is. Let’s just call a spade a spade."

Moseley doesn't appear to be entirely convinced, "There’s far worse that could happen..."

"Not that I could choose to do," concludes Kirke. And how right she is.

So come November, whether big sister, Rafaella, welcomes a sister or brother to the family, one thing is certain: this baby is in protected hands.

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Types of Circumcision: Brit Milah in Antiquity vs. Modern Brit Peri'ah

The amount of prepuce (foreskin) removed during circumcision in antiquity varies greatly from that which we know to be generally the case today. Though the exact amount nicked or removed is not agreed upon by all scholars, religious Brit Milah performed in ancient Judaism is known to have been significantly less than today's modern Brit Peri'ah, where the entire prepuce itself is amputated (often along with the frenulum). While one form (Brit Milah) was a 'cutting of the blessing,' the current form goes far beyond this in a manner that is not based in religious text or faith doctrine in any way. 

See Also:

"Brit Milah: A Study Of Change In Custom" in The Covenant of Circumcision: New Perspectives on an Ancient Jewish Rite (book)

Biblical Circumcision:

Celebration Brit Shalom (book)

Questioning Circumcision: A Jewish Perspective (book)

Brit Milah Resource Page:

Whole Christian Network (Facebook)

Intact Jewish Network (Facebook)

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