Spenst Hansen knows better than to take his body for granted.
"I met the lawyer personally and thanked him." Today, Hansen honors his father's efforts with work of his own.Its significance ranges from that of a customary coming-of age ritual, as in the many African tribes who circumcise at puberty, to that of an eternal covenant with divinity.Circumcision was first introduced to Judaism roughly 2,000 years before the birth of Christ, with God's commandment to his aging servant, Abraham."He was told that this would be his final test, the final commandment, and that he would be found to be complete and whole and pure in the eyes of God." Abraham was later instructed to circumcise his newborn son, Isaac, on his eighth day of life, giving rise to the traditional Jewish "bris" ceremony.As a local "intactivist," Hansen is an active participant in the growing fight against the widespread nontherapeutic removal of infant foreskin.
"My father raised me with an attitude that my body is my body, and it should be my choice and nobody else's what happens to it.