World Vasectomy Day: Balls on the Line for Planet Earth

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  1. So, if I understand this correctly, These men will be getting snipped in front of a live AND world wide audience? Wow! This mass sterilization movement could really take off! Imagine how you could reduce world wide poverty by having poor men sterilized, therefore reducing the poliferation of poor people. Or how you could reduce at least if not eliminate genetically passed diseases the same way.

    • Not sure if sarcastic, or genuinely excited about eugenics.

      • Just attempting to show how if you remove the ‘human’ elements (human rights, etc.) from the equation and look at the human population as ‘lab rats’ , it makes lots of sense. If human history has taught us anything, how long before some Despotic country leader (god knows there’s many out there) takes note of this as a way to ‘Improve’ his populace? (oh wait, that HAS happened before you know!) Beyond that though, is it really a ‘stretch’ to imagine a country so scared of population growth , so as to institute a single child policy for couples (oh right, someone’s done that already too). I think we’re just providing the improved tools to accomplish the task.

  2. John Anderson says:

    Somehow I don’t think international tubal ligation day would be perceived as such a positive thing. I’m also not sure “celebrating” it does not cross the line into attempting to bully, manipulate, and shame men into doing it. Like women, men should have a choice whether they procreate or not and like women, it should be a choice without stigma.

  3. Sick joke.

  4. Daniel Mirante says:

    I get a kind of instinctual response of repulsion to this, like I am witnessing the ailing of humanity.

  5. So, asking men to sterelize themselves is to do right by the planet, the community and their families.

    Oh wait nevermind….

    “We’re asking men who do not want more children to shoulder the burden of family planning, to fight for their family, their community, their country and our planet,” says Stack. “To be like Frodo in ‘The Lord of the Rings!’ By throwing our fertility into the fire, we’re protecting our women, our families and future generations.”
    More of the usual. “Men prove your worth by throwing yourselves on the sacrificial altar of progress!”

    Until things like “shouldering the burden of family planning” becomes a true team effort (instead of the current standard of pawning it off on other person when its politically convenient) things will just remain bleak.

  6. Megalodon says:

    You really chose an inopportune photograph to accompany this post. The post is about a campaign which exhorts people to sterilize themselves for the good of society and the planet. And you headline it with a picture of some lone white doctor surrounded by a crowd of Asian people.

    What’s the point of using this particular picture? Is that actually Dr. Stein in the crowd? Or is the picture there as some kind of subtext to say “this is why we need sterilization!”

    • John Anderson says:

      Asians do make up over half the world’s population. I would think that if you wanted to control population growth that would be were you would look. Part of me also wonders if you wouldn’t have to “sterilize” men at all. I don’t believe that circumcision is popular in Asian. It seems to be practiced mostly by believers in “the one true god”; Christians, Muslims, and Jews. Christianity is strong in Europe, Australia, and the Americans. Christianity and Islam is popular in Africa.

      Maybe it doesn’t matter what part of the genitals you “cut off”.

      • Megalodon says:

        Is there actually evidence that circumcision reduces birth rates or causes men to copulate less?

        • John Anderson says:

          I think it would be the latter, which makes things a bit more interesting because feminism has always taught that society has taken extreme measures to control a woman’s sexuality when in fact it probably was male sexuality that was the target. When society tells women to cover up they are actually attempting to control male sexuality, which is assumed to be uncontrollable by the man. It would be interesting if the foundation for what modern day gender studies calls misogyny is really rooted in misandry.

          • Megalodon says:

            Well, do you know of any statistical evidence to support the suggestion that circumcision reduces copulation and/or number of offspring?

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