*cranks up for a diatribe*
I do not like the idea of circumcision. In fact, make that: I hate
the idea of circumcision.
"They're so little, they don't remember it!"
Whatever. They're so little they probably won't remember you cutting their earlobes off, but does that mean we should all start doing that to
My ex-husband is Jewish. I am not. If you're not familiar with Jewish custom, boys are always snipped when they're eight days old in a
"ceremony" called a bris
. The procedure is performed by a mohel
Please note, I did not say a doctor. A mohel is not a medical doctor, and this procedure does not occur in a hospital.
Shortly after we were married, my ex-husband's cousin had a baby boy. I knew, in theory, what a bris entailed, but I didn't really *know*. We made
the trek up to his cousin's house which was filled with people and a fancy spread of food was laid out.
Towards the middle of the afternoon, everyone crammed into the living room. The baby's father held the naked infant and the mohel did his work.
No anesthetic. In the freakin' LIVING ROOM of someone's house.
And that baby boy screamed like ... jesus, I can't describe what it sounded like. It was horrific.
I promptly burst into tears and left the house.
Custom, tradition, or just habit, I don't care. When the time comes for me to have little Banshees, any boy of mine is staying the way he was born.
I'll brush his little teeth and wash behind his little ears and while I'm at this basic parental duty, I'll take a minute to wash his genitals!
Here's a site with information about circumcision. If you decide to check out the "What Happens During a Circumcision" page, be aware that it's
There's no medical or health benefit to this procedure. It's nothing but intense pain on the most sensitive area of a boy's body.
And how can we be so sure a child doesn't "remember" this later in life? There sure seems to be an awful lot of men obsessed with their genitals
and their "manliness." I have a theory that there'd be less strife in this world if we'd just leave our little boys' penises alone.
[Edited on 19-7-2003 by Banshee]