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.
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