Uncutting: 10 Reasons NOT to Circumcise Your Baby Boy
- Because there is no medical reason for “routine” circumcision of baby boys. No professional medical association in the United States or the rest of the world recommends routine neonatal circumcision. The American Medical Association calls it “non-therapeutic.” At no time in its…
I could literally throw up.
- Female genital cutting is actually life-threatening so yes, there should be a difference, because circumcision is harmless 9.9 times out of 10.
- “Because your baby does not want to be circumcised.” Really? Really?! Prove to me what my baby wants.
- Not circumcising leads to infections, which would be annoying as shit.
- It’s a lot less painful as a baby than it is an adult.
- Have you ever heard someone say, “Oh man I wish I wouldn’t have been circumcised!” No.
First of all, I didn’t even know this was an issue. People like this make me sick. They’re so narrow-minded and just wrong. Their comment about female genital cutting is absolutely sickening to me, most of all.
Also, “uncutting.tumblr.com”? You can’t uncut something. Go get a job or something.
“Female genital cutting is actually life-threatening so yes, there should be a difference, because circumcision is harmless 9.9 times out of 10.” - Don’t pull statistics out of your ass. While it’s true that the amount of circumcision deaths in the US each year is a rather small percentage (though over 100 deaths is still more than many would think it to be), circumcision harm is far from rare. If we include diminished sexual sensation as harmful (which we absolutely should), then the harm rate is 100%. And even if we exclude that, there is still a myriad of complications that may arise from circumcision, and while I don’t have a statistic (nor will I make one up), I’m quite confident it’s more than just 1%.
“‘Because your baby does not want to be circumcised.’ Really? Really?! Prove to me what my baby wants. Really? Really?! Prove to me what my baby wants.” - Fair enough, but can you prove any baby *wants* to be circumcised? No. Therefore, we can only assume that no baby would want to be subjected to unnecessary pain.
“Not circumcising leads to infections, which would be annoying as shit.” - Are you that dense that you believe that a naturally-occurring body part “leads to” infections? Yes, foreskin can get infected. So can the tonsils or appendix. But we don’t remove those at birth- we remove them IF there’s a problem. Not to to mention, there’s also the option of, y’know, treating infections and seeing if that works, before resorting to removing the part. And actually, the vulva can get infected too. Yet we cringe at the thought of removing an infant’s labia.
“It’s a lot less painful as a baby than it is an adult.” - Uh oh, are you one of those people who believes babies don’t feel pain? While it’s true that they don’t remember being circumcised, studies have shown that inflicting such extreme pain so shortly after birth can have negative emotional effects.
“Have you ever heard someone say, “Oh man I wish I wouldn’t have been circumcised!” No.” - Oh man, I wish I wouldn’t have been circumcised! And here, I’ll direct you to literally thousands more of these people at the Foreskin Restoration/Intactivist Network
“People like this make me sick. They’re so narrow-minded and just wrong.” - Now that I’ve refuted every one of your points, care to state what’s so sickening, narrow-minded, or wrong about the notion that people should have the right to choose their own genital alterations?
“Also, “uncutting.tumblr.com”? You can’t uncut something. Go get a job or something.” - I have one, thanks, it’s actually what kept me from addressing you sooner. And I’m sorry the figurative meaning of my URL is lost on you.
While I do not discriminate against people who are circumcised and I understand completely that there are plenty of people who are perfectly fine with their circumcision, I agree with this so much.
I find it completely unnecessary, especially when it is done on a non-consenting infant. My grandfather was circumcised at the age of 40 or so when he could make the choice for himself (also I think it had to do with infections which probably resulted from the fact that my grandparents didn’t really get much information about sex/genitals).
And as far as aesthetics goes (yes, I’ve heard this used as a pro to circumcision), I think that’s an extremely lame excuse for cutting off part of a baby’s genitals. The look of it should not be a pro or a con. Because, honestly, who cares. I prefer the look of an uncut penis, just as others may prefer a cut one, but who am I to judge on such a tiny detail.
Anyway, yeah, just leaving this here because I like the information.