Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Common myths about circumcision

Great text by Darcia Narvaez, Ph. D., published on 2011.

"When I was pregnant with my first child, I just thought that circumcision was what you did, no big deal, and that every man was circumcised.  Then one day I saw a picture of a baby being circumcised, and everything changed.  Just one tiny, grainy photo was enough to make me want to know more, and the more I knew, the worse it got.  It turns out, circumcision really is a big deal."

Part 1. Surgery Myths

Part 2. STD/Hygiene myths

Part 3: Social and sexual myths

Part 4. The ethics and economics of circumcision

Part 5: Greatest danger for uncircumcised boys

Part 6. Harming boys through ignorance of male anatomy


Where do all the foreskins go?

"Is it ethical to cut off a baby's foreskin, charge his parents for the operation, sell his foreskin without telling his parents, and keep the money? Is it legal?"

John A. Erickson

Final note: please remember, we don't oppose every circumcision. I oppose the routine circumcision of babies (and infants) as non-consenting individuals, and I oppose doctors minimizing the risks and consequences of circumcisions in order to "sell" the surgery - even to adults, i.e. by omitting to mention that the penis might become considerably less sensible. I've read of cases of adults becoming terribly depressed, to the point of being suicidal, after being circumcised; in general, this happened when they had a normal sexual life and were sold into circumcision for minimal reasons. However, for adults with conditions that prevent them from having a normal sexual life, circumcision may be the solution and they are likely to be satisfied since the procedure might enable them to have normal sexual activity again.

I understand that there are cases where an infant might actually need a circumcision if a condition is developed that interrupts normal urination or causes constant pain (probably as a consequence of "forced retraction" causing "acquired phimosis"), and I also understand that adults may need to undergo the procedure to solve one of a number of conditions, or may choose to do it for any personal reasons.

When it comes to personal reasons and preferences, it should be justifiable to modify one's owns genitalia, but not the genitalia of one's children.

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