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Are All Doctors Complicit In Systemic Pedophilia?
Yes. Here's why.
Doctors will frequently claim that they personally should not be held accountable for circumcision. Some say that they personally do not perform circumcisions. If they do perform circumcisions, they will say that they only do them because the hospital requires them to. If they have performed them in the past, they will say that they had to as a part of medical school.
Doctors will even deflect internally between medical organizations. When activists protest the Amercian Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the medical organization which makes position statements on circumcision, those doctors will say that they should really be protesting the gynecologists, since they perform circumcisions. When activists protest the American Congress of Gynecologists (ACOG), those doctors will say that they should really protest the AAP, since they are just following their policy. (I have personally been at both protests and watched this happen.)
Yet circumcision pedophilia is a systemic issue. There is no one person solely responsible for circumcision. Doctors use the systemic nature of this issue to deflect blame and claim that because they are not personally responsible for the entire system, they have no responsibility at all.
This is not how we approach other social justice issues. Social justice looks at other systemic issues through the complicity principle. Since issues are systemic, the question isn’t to what degree each individual is responsible, but to what degree they are complicit with that system.
Take for example, the issue of police brutality. Suppose you have 150 police officers in a department. Only 10 are racist and engage in police brutality. From an individual perspective, only 10 police officers are the problem. If the police were to behave like doctors, they would tell protestors against police brutality not to protest them, because they personally don’t beat black people. Any social justice activist would laugh in their face at such an assertion.
Social justice activists argue that if the other 140 police officers do not report or oppose the 10 who are engaged in brutality, the 140 are all complicit in that abuse. That complicity could take the form of not reporting abuse, covering up abuse to protect the department, or giving only a slap on the wrist and two weeks paid vacation to officers caught engaging in abuse. If those police officers do not actively oppose the abuse of their colleagues, they are also complicit in that abuse.
In other words, if you have 150 cops, 10 engage in brutality, and 140 don’t oppose it, you don’t have 10 bad cops. You have 150 bad cops.
Likewise, if you have a hospital with 150 doctors, and only 10 do circumcisions, but the 140 don’t oppose them, you don’t have 10 bad doctors. You have 150 bad doctors.
In other words:
All doctors who are not actively antipedophile are complicit.
Let’s go back to those original excuses. If a doctor says they don’t personally perform circumcisions, then why are they giving money to an organization that supports circumcision to go to a conference where they will be surrounded by doctors who do perform circumcisions? They are complicit by virtue of them being at the event.
What would it look if they were antipedophile? An antipedophile doctor would be working to actively oppose circumcision. They would be outside with the protests or finding ways to invite the protestors inside. They would be organizing and holding a rival conference for doctors who actually protect children. There are a lot of ways to be actively antipedophile. Giving money to those who support systemic pedophilia isn’t one of them.
It is even possible for a doctor to personally oppose circumcision while still being complicit in systemic pedophilia. Suppose a doctor knows in their heart that infant genital cutting is wrong. Yet, they don’t want to risk their job. When the hospital continues to circumcise, they remain silent. When they meet activists, they say “I oppose circumcision, I just can’t say it at my job.” Is this person really against circumcision?
Let’s see what this would look like on another social justice issue. What would racial justice activists say about a police officer who knows in their heart that police brutality and racism are wrong, but goes along with their colleagues when they want to beat a black man and says nothing against it? Would racial justice activists say they are “not a racist” or see them as complicit in systemic racism? I think the answer is obvious. They would be called racist. Likewise, doctors who do not oppose circumcision are equally complicit in systemic pedophilia, even if they hold a different perspective in their hearts.
Some doctors might protest that they are on our side because they agree with us. If they are on our side, what are they doing to further our position? How are they materially helping? Have they even stopped providing their labor to systems and institutions engaged in systemic pedophilia? Are they really on our side?
All doctors who participate in the medical system that are not actively antipedophile are complicit in systemic pedophilia.