A countdown of several reasons why male infant circumcision does not make any sense. The list goes from infant circumcision being a painful surgery to the ethical violation of removing healthy tissue from a non-consenting individual.
Colorado will end coverage for routine circumcisions under Medicaid next month, saving thousands of dollars. There will be additional savings from the reduction of corrective surgeries for botched circumcisions.
My first hint that something was missing came about age nine or ten. Some grown up or another had given my friend John a new Slip ‘N Slide for his birthday. He and I and our friend Michael were changing into our swimsuits in John’s bedroom preparatory to slipping and sliding on this most coveted Wham-O product when one or the other of them (I forget which one.) said to me “What happened to your penis?”
I bent forward and looked down. “What do you mean what happened to my penis? It looks just it always does.”
"What happened to the cover?" John-or-Michael said.
"The what?" I said. I straightened up and looked at John. Then I looked at Michael. And I don’t mean in the eye.
Well, whaddya know? My penis looked like a little mushroom with a little brown stripe around it. And their penises looked like…
And so starts the story of one man’s discovery that he was circumcised, that a part of his penis had been removed shortly after birth.
Three days after my son was born, nurses wheeled him away from my room while I slept.
I was awoken, told my son was being prepped for “his procedure” and led to a hallway outside of a room, where my newborn child was strapped to a table, with his foreskin retracted. I was handed a clipboard with a consent form and told I “needed” to sign it, and when I refused to consent to my child’s body being mutilated, the doctor and nurses had the gall to argue with me.
I fought them, yelling, screaming, and with tears in my eyes, demanding that they return my baby to me RIGHT FUCKING NOW!
I do not, and will not ever understand anyone thinking they have the right to alter another person’s body in such an unnecessary and gruesome way. My child’s body belongs to him, and it always has. I’m just here to ensure that he is safe and well taken care of until he’s able to do that on his own.
What is this fascination to cut the sex organs of baby boys? Are doctors and the medical industry really driven by greed or is there something else going on? Why cannot people leave babies to grow up with all their body parts? I applaud this mother for protecting her child.
A European study of the sexual side-effects from circumcision revealed a surprising number of conditions and ailments associated with circumcision. In addition to complications, there is now data that shows male circumcision is associated with sexual dysfunction in both men and women who have sex with circumcised men.
A post about another blogger who had her son circumcised because she thought he would never get a blowjob if he was not circumcised. Such a foolish woman. She judges her son’s (and all other men’s) penis and they are not good enough for her. They need to be surgically altered to meet her definition of being “blog job worthy.” I bet her son, when he grows up and reads his mother’s blog, will end up wishing she had left him whole and intact. Many young men today feel that way after they learn of the harm caused them by circumcision.
The answer is … NO! “There is nothing inherently antisemitic about wanting to save innocent babies from having part of their penis chopped off.” The author is a circumcised man who discusses how circumcision impacts those who realize what they lost from having part of their sex organ removed at birth. He feels anger toward the doctors that cut him. He can relate to a person feeling anger toward a mohel, but that is not antisemitism. It is anger directed to a perpetrator of a genital cutting.
A circumcised father of an intact boy tells of his friends who see nothing wrong with them being circumcised. He has a list of things that circumcised men can do to identifiy why being circumcised is not as good as being intact. Being circumcised is a big deal. A lot of erogenous tissue is removed.
An announcement of an on-line survey for circumcised men. The survey seeks to document the harms suffered by men from their circumcision. Men need to tell the world about their circumcision. I have a botched circumcision. My frenulum remnant is scarred and it has always irritated me. For many men, the frenulum remnant is a very pleasurable part of the penis. Not for me.
The term “uncircumcised" suggests that to be circumcised is the norm, the standard. The same is true for "uncut.” The two words play into the circumcision culture to normalize a circumcised penis. It is better to say a man is intact or natural. That reflects the true state of his body.