My Thoughts On Circumcision and Genital Mutilation

I’m just entering my third trimester of pregnancy and expecting a baby boy in late August. Since finding out we’re having a boy, I’ve done a lot of research about circumcision and came to the conclusion that there is no way I can do that to my child, despite the small benefits that people seem to claim there are.

As for doing it for sanitary reasons, I think that’s the most absurd excuse. From my research, it really isn’t any more hygienic to have a boy circumcised. In fact, the foreskin is designed to protect the head of the penis from germs. Why else would God have put it there? And if a boy is taught proper cleaning habits, he most likely will not have a problem.

In this day and age, we wouldn’t cut off a woman’s labia in the name of trying to help prevent yeast infections. That would be insane. It’s the same kind of thing… Women have to clean themselves properly in order to not only prevent things like yeast infections and overall odor but we have to take special care to clean “down there” during our periods as well. We face many challenges with our southern regions, but we don’t alter them or cut a portion off to make it “easier” to take care of. That would be… well, really, really dumb.

One thing I have been researching pretty heavily is the “sanitary” reasons. I can understand perhaps doing it back in the days of the Jesus for sanitary reasons and whatnot, but we live in a much different world. Unless a guy is a pig and doesn’t shower or care enough to keep himself clean, or stick his thing where it doesn’t belong, infection shouldn’t be an issue.

I have a friend who is rabidly anti-circumcision… I also have friends who are very pro-circumcision, so I’ve gotten the dish from both sides. My husband and I also have a friend that got circumcised as an adult because his foreskin was unable to retract properly and he was told that getting circumcised would fix the problem. Unfortunately, it didn’t. He now has more problems after being circumcised because there are still dissolving stitches stuck under the skin that never dissolved and the skin is too tight for him to get a full erection, making sex quite uncomfortable. Uncommon maybe, but still alarming.

The thing that bothers me the most is that I fully believe that God designed out bodies a certain way for a certain reason. Circumcision is like telling God his design was flawed and we need to fix it. How rude! We might as well go and get plastic cosmetic surgery while we’re at it…

And I don’t agree with the argument that God is the one that told the Jews to start circumcising. First of all, God told us to do a lot of things in the Old Testament that were later reversed in the New Testament as part of the entire reason why Jesus died on the cross. We were redeemed from having to follow a large set of rules because of that.

The second point is that circumcision back then is completely different than it is now. They didn’t remove the entire foreskin and leave the poor baby boy’s penis bleeding, naked and exposed. That would have been deadly back in a time where clean water, sanitation and medical care was scarce.

The American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Academy of Family Physicians have both said that yes, there are some very small benefits but they are not outweighed by the risks involved in this day and age. Safe sex practices and good hygiene are just as effective.

Health insurance won’t even cover circumcision in at least 16 states now and some private insurance companies refuse to cover it now as well because it’s considered an “elective procedure” at this point.

Apparently, between the 1920’s and 1980’s it was extremely popular and the “normal” thing to do. Studies have now found that it is not only not medically necessary but they are finding more and more bad things are happening as a result of standard circumcision. Erectile Dysfunction being one of them…

Circumcision is an American anomaly. Worldwide, 20 out of every 1,000 infants are circumcised and 18 of those are in the United States alone. Ironically, you can skip making the circumcision decision altogether—which is what the other 980 parents do—and your child will be happy and healthy. The US circumcision rate is currently 56% and dropping every year as awareness about the subject rises.

I always thought it was a standard thing to do, required, necessary, etc until I actually decided to research the subject and actually find out what it was all about. Once I started looking at all the information, including lots of medical studies about it, etc, I’m a little relieved that I bothered to look up information about it instead of just assuming it was necessary and going ahead and doing it uninformed. Thank God for Google!! lol I’ve spent days reading and reading and discussing the subject.

And I’ll tell ya, after watching a few videos of the procedure being done on a newborn, I would never want anyone doing that to my poor little baby… Absolutely no way.


Two Year Olds Are Like Tornados…

Cleaning up after a 2 year old is like cleaning up after a tornado while the wind is still whipping. It’s like a never ending line of work. It’s a task you can never get “caught up” on, yet if you don’t do it, it’s even worse.

I just put her goldfish crackers into a snack trapper after she spilled her little bowl of goldfish on the floor 3 times after I just vacuumed… and then she took each goldfish cracker out of the snack trapper, put it back into the bowl, and then she dumped the bowl on her lap.

…………….

Sometimes, I wonder why my brain doesn’t just completely explode.

What the heck?

Has anyone ever wondered why Caillou is bald?

I bothers me…

It bothered me so much that I googled it. And for some stupid reason, no one seems to know! The best answer I could find was, so that he could be universal and so that all children could identify with him.

What hog wash. I don’t want my kid to identify with that whiny, spoiled brat! I don’t know what the heck is wrong with that kid. He’s such a moron! He’s got the most annoying voice of any tv character and he’s always throwing temper tantrums or crying like a baby. I’m pretty sure he cries more often than Rosie.

I really wish there were more non-annoying kids shows on Sprout like The Backyardigans and Word World.

We have Sprout on probably 10-12 hours a day. I know, sick right? I’ve pretty much gotten used to it as just background noise and most shows don’t bother me, but when a show goes up my back like Caillou, it’s hard not to get pissed off!

I have to remind myself that it would be worse… My husband could be watching Future Weapons… OMG the host of that show has to be THE most annoying piece of crap ever. He’s right up there with Max.

Do your kids watch shows that you can’t stand to even be on in your house?

Watching TV Too Much

One of thing you learn soon after becoming a parent is that kids shows can be really annoying…

Our TV is usually on from 10am till 1am. Whether it’s a kids show or the science channel, we always have something buzzing in the background. And I usually don’t notice whats on either…

The other day I realized that I can narrate an entire episode of Dora The Explorer. I found myself singing the entire intro song… My family told me that I need to get a hobby. lol

Well, when it comes to kids shows, I don’t care. I’ll sit and watch them with my lil girl. If she loves it, I’ll sit and watch it right along with her!! Dora The Explorer, Go Diego, Go, The Backyardigans, The Wonder Pets, and oh does she looooove SpongeBob SquarePants. Her little face lights right up when she hears that intro song!

But when I hear Max and Ruby come on, I cringe. She loves it…and I hate it. That stinking little SOB, Max, I would like to strangle with my bare hands. Every single damn episode, that little shit does something he’s not supposed to do. He’s notty in some way and it ends up working out to everyone’s best interest. Seriously, that show teaches kids that if you do the wrong thing long enough, sooner or later someone will appreciate it.

GAH! I hate that stupid fucking bunny……

The anger is all fresh, as it is on my TV right now.

Already One Month Old

After The Bath – 08/22

She really loves her baths, until it’s time to wash her hair… Then there is fussing. She’s very opinionated, just like Mommy.

After her bath, she gets wrapped up in a big warm towel and once she’s dry, I massage calming lavender lotion onto her smooth skin. She loves getting her feet massaged.

Visiting Uncle Zach – 08/25

I visit my brother every weekend almost. He has a pool. Need I say more? 😛 My 2 nieces (8 and 10) love their new cousin too. Who could resist this adorable face?

Watching TV With Daddy – 08/26

She loves watching TV, especially with Daddy. This little girl is going to be a total couch potato. She watches Sponge Bob Square Pants for hours, so content. As soon as a different show comes on, she starts fussing. It’s kind of humorous!

Napping On The Couch – 08/27

Already one month old. I can’t even believe it. I mean, it seems like it was just yesterday I was fat and pregnant! I don’t like how quickly time is flying by… I feel like I’m going to turn around and suddenly she’ll be 18 years old. I don’t want that to happen. I’m just trying to soak up every minute of her.