Since becoming an intactivist I find myself encountering a particular breed of human being, which I’ve never met or even heard about before. In lack of a better word I’ll call them trolls, but I expect that some of them are an entirely different kind of predator.
Far from lurking in the woods or under bridges these trolls simply approach me on-line on Facebook. More often than not the profile is that of a woman from for instance India. In broken English she’ll ask me about the specifics about circumcision because her younger brother / cousin / nephew has some problems.
I’ll respond with kind concern and post some links for her to look at. For instance a relevant video, a good factual piece etc. She’ll disregard the links completely and ask me the specifics again “But please, I don’t understand, what exactly is a circumcision? How is it done, please explain?”
I’m a fairly naïve and trusting person so to begin with I would go through the motions of describing circumcisions in details when I got this type of request, but suddenly I realised what was happening; I was being played by a person who takes pleasure from the description of genital mutilation of baby boys – they have a circumcision fetish. By now I’ve learned that they’re called circumfetishists.
It’s an absolutely horrible and disgusting thought that creatures like that exist, but they do. I know that I’m not the only, who has encountered them.
The big question is; what do we do about it?
- Should we report them to Facebook for having a false profile?
- Should we just block them and move on.
- Should we posts links to their profiles to warn others?
- Should we keep secret lists and exchange them discretely?
What is your approach to the trolls and predators of intactivism? How do you propose we deal with them? To wait for dawn and hope they turn to stone doesn’t seem to work. On Facebook it’s always in the darkest hours of the night somewhere.