CIrcumcision: Legal Genital Mutilation of our Boys

Circumcision isn’t something I had to research much since I knew early on we were having a girl.  Also, even without research it was a no brainer for me.  I wasn’t going to permanently disfigure my child’s body through surgical mutilation of his genitals.  Let’s just be straight about it – religious reasons aside, genital mutilation of minors should be illegal.  This is honestly a human rights issue.

However, my cousin is pregnant right now with a baby boy!  Her baby shower was yesterday and it was so fun. Anyways it prompted me to dig a little deeper into this practice.  Here’s what you need to know:

  1. There is no medical reason for circumcision.  No medical association recommends circumcision.  It is entirely without medical merit.  Although some small studies claim an increase in STDs for intact males this has been debunked.
  2. Circumcision is painful.  Many doctors will claim that the baby cries due to being tied down and not due to, as Dr. Greene puts it, “What a preposterous idea that little boys don’t feel pain when part of the penis is first ripped from the underlying tissue, crushed with a clamp, and then amputated! ”  Furthermore, this pain has a long term effect on the infant.  This effect is analagous to post traumatic stress disorder.
  3. Circumcision diminishes sexual pleasure.  Of course you aren’t really thinking about sex when you look at your little baby boy but one day you do want your son to have a well-adjusted and happy sex life, right?  Removing the foreskin exposes the glans of the penis to friction.  In response this skin thickens and loses sensitivity.  This leads to decreased tactile sensitivity and can cause sexual dysfunctions such as premature ejaculation and curvature of the penis (source).
  4. Circumcision as an adult is a simple surgery that an adult male can choose.  However, foreskin restoration can take 2-4 years of daily stretching and will never completely approximate the sensory characteristics of a true foreskin.  In other words, if you fear your son will be embarrassed about having an intact penis it is easily remedied.  It is easier in this case to take away than to put back.
So, if you are aware that circumcision is not medically necessary, painful, creates sexual dysfunction, and non-reversible, then why would anyone do it?  Most arguments are about “being like dad” or “being like the other boys” or “girls prefer it.”  Honestly, these are petty arguments in light of the facts of systematic genital mutilation.  Fine.  If you think circumcision is worth these arguments then watch this video with the sound on before you do it.

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7 thoughts on “CIrcumcision: Legal Genital Mutilation of our Boys

  1. The world focuses on female genital mutilation but ignores what is happening to infant boys in the US. I was circumcised at birth and really wish I had not been. I am restoring my foreskin and I know firsthand the BIG difference between being circumcised and having a foreskin, even a restored foreskin. Having a foreskin wins, no question. I think it is better. My wife thinks it is better.

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  2. To be honest, I didn’t watch the whole thing either. I object so much to just the tying down while the baby screams even before they started the procedure. I think there would be a lot less of these if the daddy’s had to watch.

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  3. As a circumcised male I take issue with all four of your well researched points. My father chose to be circumcised at around twenty years of age (in the late 60’s) for several good reasons not the least of which had to do with hygiene. I am glad to be rid of my foreskin, I can’t imagine sex felling any better than it already does and as far as I remember (as far as I know my life started somewhere around age two and real full memories start to pick up about age four) the operation was painless… My father spoke to me of life before and after circumcision without favoring either side of the debate – he just spoke plainly about life before and after and the issues that lead him to make the decision. There are far too many issues that too many people might find inappropriate to speak of in this forum – but they exist – unfortunately as males – most of us will not usually share such intimacies with anyone – but suffice to say – I am happily circumcised and I am glad to be this way.

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