posted on Feb, 7 2009 @ 05:18 PM
Well, I'm an atheist so I can't really weigh in on the whole question of why someone I don't believe in would want something. I can weigh in on the
other stuff. Especially since some people have asked how circumcised men feel about it.
I am circumcised, I am a man, and I am not Jewish. I also wish that I hadn't been circumcised. I am a little bitter about it actually. to be honest,
I'm very bitter about it. I feel like I had a piece of my body removed and permanently scarred for no reason and without my consent.
My glans dries out sometimes and I have to apply lotion to help. It stings. I also have to deal with the fact that the doctor took too much, or I'm
larger than they expected, and I have hair on the shaft of my penis. It's not fun, I can tell you that. If I could somehow regrow my foreskin I would
do it in a heartbeat.
Now I have seen some people say things like, "it's just a bit of excess skin, who cares?" Apparently one of these people is a woman; so let me give
her an analogy. Lets say that you were a few days old and your parents decided to get you "circumcised." So the doctor removes your inner labia. You
still have the outer labia to protect the opening to your vagina and urethra, so you don't really "need" the inner labia. It's just some excess
skin. How would you feel about it?
I also have to wonder at these circumcised men who say that they haven't noticed a lack. Well, of course you haven't! You haven't had a foreskin
since you were a week or so old. You can't notice the lack of a thing you basically never had.
Other people seem to think that because the kid won't remember it's not a horrific thing to do. Well I have to tell you, I disagree. Along those
lines it would be okay to poke kids with needles every hour until they are a few years old because they won't remember it.
Related to that, one person said they heard it happen to their kids and it wasn't a problem. This person went on to say that babies cry when they get
injections too. Well, I hate to break it to you but babies cry when they get a shot because they are startled, not because they are in extreme pain.
My wife is in nursing school doing her OB clinical right now. One nurse said that she couldn't even stay in the room when they did a circumcision, it
was that horrible.
Furthermore, it's an elective surgical procedure done to an infant. A completely unnecessary surgical procedure. Done without pain relief. How is it
the parents right to make that decision for their child? Sure, if there is a medical problem, and they do happen, that makes circumcision necessary
it's alright. It's like genital cosmetic surgery on an infant.
Not to mention that we know that it does the child no good. It doesn't help prevent disease. It isn't cleaner. There is no reason for it. The main
reason it is a cultural norm in the United States is because in the 1800s doctors thought it was a good idea. Why? They thought that it would help
prevent the child from masturbating when he got older. I'm not even kidding.
Let's not forget the potential complications. Others have mentioned how sometimes things go wrong. They do, and it may necessitate the removal of a
portion of the penis. There is also the problem of infection. I have seen images of MRSA infected circumcision wounds. It's not pretty. One by lost
all the skin on his penis, scrotum, perineal area, and up on to his abdomen. Imagine that, I know it's gross but it happens sometimes.
I could go on, but this post is getting long enough as is. I just have one last thing to say. My wife is pregnant with our first son. He will not be
getting circumcised. Our midwife approves wholeheartedly of this decision. When he asks me why his penis is different from mine and the other boys I
will be honest with him. I'll tell him that my parents just went along with the cultural norm and had it done. They didn't think about it and I wish
they hadn't done it. That's why I didn't let them do it to him and his looks different.