The purpose of my page isn’t to be controversial or invite debate and this is not the purpose of this particular post either. I came across this blog post and was just going to leave a comment of agreement, but I found that my comment was turning into a long-winded response since I feel so strongly about this topic. Because of that, I decided to turn it into a blog post.
The moral of this story is that I’m not here to tell you how to raise your children or to chastise you for making choices that I don’t agree with. We’re all individuals and have our own beliefs and opinions. It’s cool. All I ask is that you research the topic of circumcision before making a decision. It could very well turn into the eye opener that it did for me.
The short answer is nay. With every fiber of my being, NAY!
When I was pregnant with Red 12 years ago I wanted to have him circumcised. His father biological donor wasn’t circumcised so I decide to do some research to support my case FOR circumcision. You see, I had also fallen into the trap that it was cleaner and just what you’re supposed to do. It didn’t take long for me to develop a lump in the pit of my stomach and do a complete 180 on the subject. Come to find out that I didn’t need to research the matter since his father biological donor was for circumcision (??) so my crusade turned into making my case to leave him intact. A case that I’m happy to say, I won.
Before I was even pregnant with K and before we even knew whether we would procreate or not, I made my opinion on the matter known and my circumcised husband agreed with me. So the decision to leave K intact was a no-brainer.
I feel that we are born with body parts because they serve a function. The foreskin is no exception, both for the protection of the glans and sexual function. Circumcision was born from two-thousand-year-old religious traditions and not based on medical necessity. It also doesn’t take baby boys’ rights into account. Why must we inflict pain on unsuspecting newborns for no reason?
In this country, we’re so used to seeing the circumcised penis so we think that intact ones look funny or even ugly. It’s a piece of skin. Skin that has a definite purpose and should be left alone.
Then there is the argument that it’s unhygienic to leave a male uncircumcised. Smegma is normal and useful. Its purpose is to lubricate and it also has antibacterial properties. We should be teaching our sons how to bathe properly instead of removing a piece of their body to make it easier. Once the foreskin is able to be retracted, cleaning is easy. Before then, the foreskin will do its job and keep the penis clean and protected without any help from us. Oh, and women have smegma, too but we don’t remove their labia to keep them cleaner.
Please, do your research and educate yourself on circumcision prior to making your decision. Make an informed decision. I still stand by the fact that it’s the boy’s body and HIS decision to make when he’s old enough to do so.
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