Foreskin Man: Anti-circ or anti-Semitic

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Intended to be a joke and a positive publicity stunt, the comic Foreskin Man is gaining some unwanted attention.

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Created by Matthew Hess, the first and second volumes show graphic images of monster doctors and evil Mohels fighting for “the penile flesh of an 8-day-old infant boy.” The hero, who some feel is of the Aryan variety, swoops in at the last second to save the infants foreskin.

Hess has come to the defense of the imagery. He told SFGate, “We’re not trying to be anti-Semitic. We’re trying to be pro-human rights.”

But many aren’t buying it. The Anti-Defamation League is just one of the very vocal critics of the comic. They feel Foreskin Man is “disrespectful and deeply offensive,” and that it has “grotesque anti-Semitic imagery and themes.”


The Jewish Journal says the comic “gives further credence to the accusation that so-called intactivists are in fact motivated by antisemitism.”

Hess even acknowledged there has been some controversy from his own camp. In a Twitter post he says, “Yes, there has been some internal criticism of the comic. That happens when you challenge the status quo.”

The Foreskin Man controversy stems from the initiative to ban the procedure in California cities, such as San Fransisco and Santa Monica.  The measure will be on the ballot in November and if it passes, will outlaw circumcision for all underage males with no exceptions, religious or otherwise.  The punishment for anyone who violates the would-be law could face a year in jail and/or a $1,000 fine.

Supporters feel that male circumcision, like female circumcision, is “a human rights issue”. Lloyd Schofield, who garnered enough votes to put the referendum on the ballot explains, “What you’re doing is you’re taking an infant and removing the most sensitive part of their body.”

While others feel it is a non-issue and is not comparable to female genital mutilation. One dissenter writes, “It’s not just that female circumcision removes nerve endings and reduces (or eliminates) the enjoyment of sex, it’s that this is the PURPOSE of female circumcision. The idea is that if women don’t enjoy sex, they won’t participate in premarital sex or adultery.”

She goes on to say that, “The purpose of male circumcision is to sacrifice a small part (an arguably unnecessary part) of oneself as a sign of obedience to God. Whether the foreskin is actually unnecessary, and whether it is right to make that choice on behalf of an infant is a point of contention, but at least you can’t argue that the parents’ intention is to harm or restrict their child’s future sexual enjoyment.”

The debate undoubtedly will continue. To judge for yourself,  images of the comic can be seen on the Foreskin Man Facebook page created by Hess.

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  • Alex P

    I’d comment with my opinions on this but I don’t really feel like sharing that personal information in detail. I’ll leave that up to Anthony Weiner.

  • John

    Anybody who mutilates a baby is a sick, vile, disgusting, repulsive, revolting human being…no matter what religion they are.

    Why do religious maniacs always get “offended” by everything but when we, the non-religious, are offended by them 365 days a year, they tell us to shut up and take it.

  • Paula


    How dense are you? As stated in the article circumcision is Not the same as female genital mutilation.

    Additionally, its the portrayal and imagery ( i.e) the depiction of Jews as evil monsters who are somehow after the boys genitals to do evil.

    My Husband as well as my son are circumcised and I can tell you that my son did not cry or even feel a thing with local anesthesia and it was done in minutes.

    And my husband has no lack of interest in the Bedroom whatsoever, Also from a female perspective it looks way nicer and stays clean.

  • Rosie

    John: Is it okay to pierce a baby’s ears? Maybe the location is not the same, but I don’t think most reasonable people would consider that “mutilation.”

    This is just the government sticking its nose where it doesn’t belong. Whether the measure passes or not, there is no way that it doesn’t interfere with the Establishment Clause.

  • Doug

    From the looks of the comic book, I’d say Matthew Hess must be descended from Hitler’s deputy Rudolf Hess.

  • General Factotum

    Yes John, how dare people perform that awful mutilation of cutting the baby’s . . . umbilical cord? And lock up all those horrible ear piercers.

    What I find most interesting is the jaw-droppingly bad job done on the comic itself. From the naked anti-Semitism to the “interestingly” shaped logo on Foreskin Man’s chest, it is just a carnival of WTF moments. Really – you should remove a child from his parents and give him to a tribe of beach hippies over a circie? And don’t even get me started on the kid himself – not only does he appear to have been hit repeatedly with an ugly stick, if he is only 8 days old he has got to be the offspring of Elastigirl and the Hulk. Any other woman would have had their pelvis shattered by that delivery.

  • Moe

    @ignorant woman quoted in the article: mutilation is mutilation, no matter the intentions.

    @Paula: from a male perspective, a circumcised woman looks way nicer. No labia getting in my way and it’s cleaner too.

    @Rosie: wow. Ok, here’s the difference: you can take the piercing out and the hole will close. Circumcision? IRREVERSIBLE. The “Establishment Clause” wtf is that???

  • Joan


    If you look at the wiki on Female Genital Mutilation you would see that Male circumcision is not even in the same ball park. Its done when the girl is 6-12 years old and often times EVERYTHING is removed.

    Your second “point” is down right SICK

    And its not exactly irreversible. If doctors can perform whole sex change operations, I think they could restore a little piece of skin.

  • anon

    The glans are what produce sexual pleasure, not the forskin. These anti semites are as ignorant about anatomy as they are about public relations.

  • Floris van Holland

    I personally am very grateful that I was never circumcised, I think it is much nicer feeling, especially for masturbation! I pity my circumcised brothers!
    If a male had to make a conscious choice to be circumcised as an adult, I am sure only very few would choose it. No European man ever does. So yes, like female circumcision it diminishes sexual pleasure.
    Health is not an argument, as any European doctor can assure you. Come on my American brothers, don’t let them take the pleasure away from you! Keep your organs intact and proud!

  • Floris van Holland

    A good web site to get informed about the functions and sexual pleasure of the foreskin:

  • Chrissy

    Why can’t we just leave well enough alone? Who’s to say that child will be Jewish as an adult? If they end up staying with their religion when they become an adult then by all means get circumcised… I just don’t believe the parent’s religion should be pushed onto the child. I know a lot of friends who don’t even follow their parent’s religion. It should be the child’s choice when they become an adult. It’s their body. I personally wouldn’t want anyone cutting up my vagina.

  • Shalom

    I am a non-Jewish 40 year old male. I have been very angry for most of my life at being circumcised. I hate it, and yes I feel mutilated. Some years ago I confronted my parents about this. My father privately told me “go blame your mother.” When I did so my mother saw nothing wrong in what she allowed happen to me she just stated “it was the norm back then.” Her view is it’s no big deal. I have also found out she did not breast feed me and also smoked while she was pregnant with me and my sister. That figures. Why are all males circumcised whether they are Jewish or not? Is the whole world Israel? If they want to mutilate their children let them do it in Israel. At least then the rest of the world can be spared from their stupidity. And YES, I am anti-semetic as in I do not agree with them in their every thought. And especially where their stupid ways have spread like a virus to the rest of the world and some stupid ass of a doctor sliced off a tiny piece of my penis. Besides that and their endless wars that we Americans stupidly support they are probably some nice folk.

  • Ed Margolis

    The comic parody, Smegna Man Gets Circumcised, (published at is a lot funnier; has a great plot; and passes along sound information about the medical and cosmetic benefits of the procedure– and, in the end, the villains meet a very appropriate end.

    Ed Margolis