Logical Answers to Illogical Reasons For Circumcision

Logical answers to illogical reasons people circumcise:

1. It’s cleaner: No, it’s not. At birth the foreskin is fused to the glands on the head of the penis (exactly the same way your finger nails are fused with your nail beds) this ensures no harmful bacteria can get in. When you rip the foreskin from the head and cut it off, the glands and a pretty impressively large open wound are being exposed to feces and urine. Which is HIGHLY unsanitary, harder to clean, and painful! It’s exactly the same thing as if you got a third degree tear then were forced to urinate and poop in a diaper. It hurts and it’s nasty.

2: it prevents HIV: No, it does not. A single study showed that it MIGHT slightly reduce the risk of transmission for males. However, condoms are 99.8% effective in reducing the risk for intact and circumcised males and females. So circumcision actually does NOTHING to further prevent HIV than condoms already do.

3: it prevents cancer: So would removing my daughters breast buds at birth. Breast cancer is a thousand times more common than penile cancer, and a whole lot less treatable. Yet we don’t perform that operation because it’s silly to deprive ALL people of a fully functioning body part, a finger, a breast, an eye, OR a prepuce, simply because a small piece of the population could POSSIBLY have issues with it at some point, maybe.

4: it prevents infections: **see number 3** also, female occurrence of infections is MUCH higher. Never once have I went to the doctor with an infection and had him say: well, if we chop off your prepuce you’ll be all better! No, they gave me antibiotics. When my ear gets infected they don’t pressure me to have it removed, they give me antibiotics.

5: he needs to look like daddy: I have never sat around naked comparing my breasts to my mothers and wishing she would have gotten me a breast reduction so I could look like her (and circumcision IS a reduction of more than 1/3 the skin on your penis). If your husband is so worried about talking to his son about his body, that he’s willing to hack off an erogenous organ to avoid a single, easily answered question (“daddy lost his foreskin, but we kept a close eye on yours so you didn’t have to), there is a much bigger issue going on. How is he going to talk about sex, or erections, or masturbation? You can’t get rid of the duty you have to explain your child’s body to them just by cutting part of it off.

6: I don’t like circumcised penises: luckily for your son, you won’t be engaging in sexual intercourse with him so your sexual preference should not come into play.

7: he’ll be teased: 80% of the worlds population is intact, and over 60% of America’s newborns are being left intact, and around 90% of boys on the west coast are being left intact, which means YOUR son will be the odd man out if he is circumcised. This is true about your sexual preferences. Your sexual preferences are based on a time when most men in the US were circumcised, which attached a stigma to the intact penis, with less and less boys being cut, that stigma is also going in a downward spiral, making intact penises the sexual norm and preference.

8: it will hurt more if he gets it done when he’s older: WRONG WRONG WRONG. This is the biggest lie people tell themselves. Babies bodies are flooded with brand new nerve endings that feel more acutely than adult nerve endings as they haven’t been exposed and desensitized. Most babies are given nothing to help with pain but sugar water. The few who do get pain relief, it’s a topical cream or at the most a penile block that only effects the underside of the penis. They get no post op pain meds as adults do. They can’t tell you when they’re in pain, they have no way to manage it. Just because they can’t tell you it hurts, doesn’t mean it doesn’t hurt. You’ll come across the “my son slept through it,” in response to pain. This is not sleep. This is a pain induced state of shock. This KILLS babies. Which brings me too:

9: it’s not like any babies have died from it: they do, and they have. More neonates die from circumcision than car accidents, suffocation, and SIDS every year. Less than twenty babies were killed by drop side cribs in the last decade, yet you would NEVER take the risk of putting your baby in one, yet your willing to brave the odds that YOUR son won’t be one of the hundred completely preventable deaths that occur each year?
10: the bible tells me too: unless you are an orthodox Jew (and their circumcision is NOT a complete amputation of the foreskin, but a small slice in the foreskin) then no, the bible does not command it of you. In fact, if you’re a Christian, it demands you DON’T circumcise. I hope you read the bible before saying it says stuff it doesn’t. Start with :

1 Corinthians 7:18-19 New International Version (NIV)

18 Was a man already circumcised when he was called? He should not become uncircumcised. Was a man uncircumcised when he was called? He should not be circumcised. 19 Circumcision is nothing and uncircumcision is nothing. Keeping God’s commands is what counts.

–Candice (http://www.facebook.com/YoungMumsAndMamas/posts/429217023828695)

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.