If you knew that when you daughter was born she would be flat chested, would you give her breast implants? No right (or no I hope)? Breast implants are cosmetic surgery and contrary to popular (misinformed) belief, circumcision is also cosmetic surgery. Yep, THERE IS NO POINT IN GETTING YOUR SON'S PENIS SLICED!!! There are studies that show that there is no medical reason for circumcision. At this point I am going to lose a lot of people who need to read this but whatever I will keep going for the folks who want to do better by their children.
The truth of it is, no one actually knows exactly where the practice of circumcision started or why BUT it has been used for religious reasons (mostly), to humiliate slaves as a means of castration (sucks teeth), reducing masturbation (roles eyes), and as an aid to hygiene disguised as medical reasons (tuh). So let's break it down.
If you are not religious there is no need for you to circumcise your son for religious reasons (specifically Jewish) BECAUSE OF THE OBVIOUS!!! The Old Testament of the Bible (Genesis 17:1-14) speaks about circumcision being a covenant between God, Abraham, and his descendants. In the New Testament of the Bible (1 Corinthians 7:18, 19) the good fella Paul was like soooo being circumcised and not being circumcised is not important but honoring the Ten Commandments is. Soooo unless you only follow the Old Testament, it God doesn't care if you're intake or not.
Again, no one really knows where or why circumcision started but some speculate it began as punishment for slaves. In Ancient Egypt when warriors were captured their genitals were mutilated before being put into slavery (see more).The removal of the foreskin would act as a brand if the slave escaped. As if slavery wasn't edamnnough, just chop off pieces of their dicks why doncha!
Victorians believed that circumcision was a "preventable cure" for masturbation and other forms of self pleasure. In a medical journal Dr. E. J. Spratling stated:
"Circumcision is undoubtedly the physician’s closest friend and ally. In those cases in which the glans presents a moist, semi-oily appearance, long thickened foreskin, pliant and giving, large and often tortuous dorsal veins, go to make up a picture that is exceedingly tempting to the surgeon’s scissors. To obtain the best results one must cut away enough skin and mucous membrane to rather put it on a stretch when erections come later. There must be no play in the skin after the wound has thoroughly healed, but it must fit tightly over the penis, for should there be any play the patient will be found readily to resume his practice, not begrudging the time and extra energy needed to produce the orgasm. It is true, however, that the longer it takes to have an orgasm, the less frequently it will be attempted, and consequently the greater the benefit gained.”
Edgar Spratling, “Masturbation in the adult”, Medical Record 48, 28 September 1895, 442-3
Victorians truly felt that masturbation was wrong and often referred to it as "masturbation insanity" and felt that by reducing the sensation in the penis, it would stop young boys from exploring themselves. Soooooo after young Abner healed and saw the missing chunk of his penis he tried to go back to his regular NORMAL habit of self pleasure to find that it doesn't
even feel the same. So now not only does he feel something is wrong with him for wanting to feel good, MOST OF THE SENSATION HE ONCE FELT IS GONE ALONG WITH A PIECE OF HIS PENIS BECAUSE SOME LOONIE THOUGHT HIM TOUCHING HIMSELF WAS WRONG!!! The slavery bit is touch because very obvious reasons but the mere torture of a child due to the stupidity of adults baffles me in ways that actually amaze me at the same time!
Then there is the blatant lie about circumcised penises being more hygienic. The newborn penis is formed in such a way that the foreskin itself is rapped so tightly that it protects the penis from feces. Retracting that foreskin to clean it actually hurts the baby more than if poop actually got inside. The foreskin will being to retract itself as the child ages, but most definitely by puberty. So the intake male would only need to rinse while in the shower/bath the same way a woman does with her clitoris. A circumcision leaves an open wound on the penis making it vulnerable to infection/bacteria.
While we are on the subject of hygiene for circumcision...
it doesn't prevent UTIs. Females are far more likely to get urinary tract infections than men and would benefit best from having their clitoris hoods from being removed. Yet, that is considered female genital mutilation.
it doesn't prevent STDS that LIE came from extremely flawed studies done in Africa. The only thing that can protect you from STDs and HIV/AIDS is proper protection.
it doesn't decrease the risks of penile cancer in men and cervical cancer in women. The American Cancer Society "we would like to discourage the American Academy of Pediatrics from promoting routine circumcision as preventative measure for penile or cervical cancer.
The American Cancer Society does not consider routine circumcision to be a valid or effective measure to prevent such cancers."
The truth is this procedure is a cosmetic surgery. The myths and blatant lies about it actually hurt infants more than it helps. Doctors have stated that infants become erect right before the procedure... just imagine the torture and betrayal an adult male would feel becoming erect and then having the tip of his penis sliced off?!? When it's over doctors put a diaper on the baby and expect him to be unfazed by it... they're expected to eat and sleep and BE A BABY like nothing happened.
Studies show that circumcision changes a baby's latch or the way they nurse (see).
It makes sex less pleasurable because it reduces genital sensitivity (see).
The procedure is painful (see).
Women find it more attractive... there is actually no study that they prefer either.
When it comes to trying to figure out if you should circumcise your son or not, please consider the facts/studies. The reasons medical professionals give for circumcision are not supported by the facts. Every time you hear something that will effect your children forever please do your research before you make a decision. Education and understanding is key!