Why I am never going to circumcise my son!

I am NEVER going to circumcise my son.

I honestly don't care what my husband or society or the doctors have to say about it:  I am vehemently against the practice of circumcision. Earlier today the American Academy of Pediatrics finally took a stance on the circumcision for baby boys and says that it "doesn't reduce sexual pleasure in adult men, prevents a host of diseases and is a practice they endorse". Well, I don't buy it! Because no matter what they say, I am absolutely, positively never going to let someone do this cruel practice to my son.


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Yes, I think this practice is cruel. I don't care what the AAP says: it does indeed decrease pleasure in adult men. Now, I know what you're going to say: "you're not a man! How would YOU know?" Well, I've had boyfriends who were circumcised and boyfriends who were not and I can tell you, without a doubt, that there was definitely a big difference in their reactions to certain stimuli.

As for the cleanliness issues? Oh, give me a BREAK! Are we seriously so lost that we can't teach a little boy how to wash his penis properly? Maybe I just haven't met one of these men that constantly gets urinary tract infections or other "diseases" because he still has his foreskin, but it all really comes down to proper cleaning. Seriously, people, it's NOT THAT DIFFICULT! Little girls have to be taught to clean their areas properly, so what's the big difference in teaching an uncircumcised boy the same?

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I think circumcision is completely unnecessary. I can understand how the practice started thousands of years ago, when the world was very different and we were perhaps not the best at taking care of our nether regions, but it is certainly even less necessary today. Taking a pair of scissors (or whatever it is that they use) to a child's genitalia is cruelty. How, exactly, is male circumcision different than the genital mutilation that young girls endure in some developing countries, which are frequently called "female circumcision"?

Why, exactly, do we think it's okay to do this? I can't for the life of me fathom how this became such a popular practice. If nature really wanted the penis to not have some foreskin, I'm pretty sure that the males in our species would have long ago evolved past having it—but hey, they haven't! Don't you think there's a good reason for that?

Well, fine, maybe you don't. Certainly, the AAP doesn't agree with me. No matter what anyone says, though, I know one thing for sure: I am NEVER going to circumcise my son.

Did you circumcise your son? What do you think of the AAP's new recommendations? Share with us in the comments below!

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Topics: child birth  circumcision


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on Aug 28, 2012 at 10:50 AM
To the readers of this blog: so whose advice are you going to trust - the advice of doctors or the advice of a blog-writer? When your children are sick, do you go to a doctor or to a blog-writer? When you are sick, for that matter, do you go to a doctor or a blog-writer?!
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ML Irina
on Aug 28, 2012 at 4:39 PM

Thanks for your input, Natalie! As with anything, there are pro and cons to this topic. This was just my take as to why I do not want to do it to my own child.


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on Aug 28, 2012 at 5:55 PM

Newborn babies are not sick. They do not need to be circumcised ,they are by ignorance or religious practices and they are without anesthesia, because they are too little for the anesthesia,so they endure terrible pain and some times scares thar require further operations. When waiting some years if necessary the operation can be perform under anesthesia. Some babies are too fragile for that kind of pain and die

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on Aug 29, 2012 at 12:14 AM
When I was young and uninformed, I had my first son circumcised. I really felt terrible after I allowed this to happen. My son cried, making a sound unlike any other in his short life. (He died of SIDS a few months later.) With my second son, I did not do this and he says he is grateful that I did not...he just had his first son 4 months ago. My little grandson will not be circumsized either per his parents wishes. He will make the decision if he ever decides in adulthood that he wishes to undergo this procedure. If we were born with it, why does it need removal???
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on Aug 29, 2012 at 1:25 AM
To Nadiasi: so you know better than the American Academy of Pediatrics! Wow! To the other readers of this page: when your children are sick, do you take them to a pediatrician or to Nadiasi? I thought so: you take them to a pediatrician, of course! Well, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends circumcision. You can, of course, ignore the advice of medical science. But I hope you do not do the same, for example, if your kid gets strep throat. Do you say, "no, I will not listen to a doctor, I will consult Nadiasi to see what her stance on antibiotics is!" Of course not! You will heed the advice of a doctor! As to babies who are too fragile: of course no doctor would recommend that those rare cases are appropriate for circumcision - Nadiasi has simply raised a false issue. The issue is: when it comes to the medical care of your children, do you heed the advice of doctors or of the Nadiasis of the world. I'm sure the vast majority of you, since you care about your children's health, heed the advice of your doctors. I pray that you continue to do so despite the attempt of those without medical training to mislead you!
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on Aug 29, 2012 at 8:11 AM

When I had my two sons I was asked if  wanted  them circumcised and I declined for the same reason as Irina. I couldn't live with thought of my baby going through excrutiating pain for something that is not necessary; If something doesn't make sense to me I refuse to practice.

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on Aug 29, 2012 at 8:18 AM

And as for Natalie Aberman, it is apalling how some people don't use ther better sense and alllow doctors to make decisions for them amd their loved ones. Doctors are generally decensitized about suffering and they have to be. However As a mother I refuse to let someone make a decison for my child darn well knowing that it will inflict the worst pain in their little bodies. Just because a doctor has a degree doesn't mean he knows what's best for MY CHILD.

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ML Irina
on Aug 29, 2012 at 11:42 AM

Natalie: While I appreciate your comments and I think we would ALL agree that we need to trust our doctors, the reason for the American Academy of Pediatrics recommending circumcision is actually because a cut penis is less likely to spread STDs/AIDS and for cleanliness issues. However, in my opinion that has to do with a much older adult than the baby. If there are problems with infectionsin a young child, then of course circumcision needs to be considered. However, the potential spread of STDs is NOT something that I will concern my child with. For me, EDUCATION is more important than cutting a piece of skin that nature put there.

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on Aug 29, 2012 at 11:23 PM
NATALIE,You may have misinterpreted the study. The AAP does NOT endorse routine circumcision for males born in the U.S.A. They basically said that the benefits appear to outweigh the risks, therefore, insurance should cover it and parents should be educated. However, the benefits that appear to coincide with circumcision are very rare in the U.S.A. Rare enough that there is no endorsement or even a recommendation that circumcision be performed. Here is a link to the abstract, so you can read it for yourselves... http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/gca?allch=&submit=Go&gca=pediatrics%3Bpeds.2012-1990v1 I made the decicion not to have my son circumcised. He is 17 and has NEVER had an infection down there. He is perfectly healthy.
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on Aug 30, 2012 at 12:52 AM

I did not have my son circumcised. It was my decision . As for taking advice from a Dr. the last I heard they just practice medicine and learn of new things daily so I as a parent will be making the decision.

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