Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Why todays parents are saying no to circumcision

We are the only country that routinely circumcises our infants at birth for non religious reasons. This is not the norm in other countries. In fact when speaking with a European friend of mine who was expecting a boy, she said she would not only not circumcise her son, but that she would never stand for it. When you live in a culture that does not routinely circumcise, the question becomes why would you.

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3 comments:

Caroline said...

Thank you for speaking out. I'm a doula too and I'm amazed how many in the birth profession STILL don't want to talk about it. I think it should be something we are REQUIRED to share with our clients.

Vikinggirl said...

Thank you also from me. I'm British, in a relationship with a cut man who said he wanted to cut our (male) children because it's his culture and he considers it cleaner (despite being visibly sexually damaged by his own cut). I said to him not only will i not allow it, if pushed I will offer my own foreskin or lips in sacrifice to save my son's most sensitive piece of skin. He was utterly horrified at this suggestion! I can only hope I got through to him how serious this is and how nonsensical the pro-circ position is. After all if foreskin is dirty why do women get to keep theirs?

Golden Cockroach said...

This is truly an easy issue. If there is no pressing medical reason to circumcise, then do not. I am circumcised, and have a strong preference for the visual look of a circumcised penis. But that is a personal issue. The decision to make a deliberate permanent change to the penis of a newborn without a very strong basis in medical opinion indicating required action to correct potentially threatening conditions seems immoral.