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Many Layers, And S.D. Connections To Male Circumcision Debate

ebrown: You should start to forgive yourself. You are in the same position as parents all over the US (and other parts of the world) who are put under tremendous irrational pressure to circumcise their sons. (See for how the different pressures interconnect.) You have started to make amends by writing as you did. Maybe your message will protect some other babies and the boys and men they will become. Keep writing, it's therapeutic and beneficial. This is a grassroots movement, and one more precious green shoot has just broken the surface.

February 4, 2010 at 1:24 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Many Layers, And S.D. Connections To Male Circumcision Debate

@lefteye: Not only, as ml66uk points out, did you not "stay out of [your son's] business" but you had no guarantee that his infant circumcision would turn out anything like your adult one. There is no dotted line, and the amount taken depends partly on the doctor's whim, partly on his skill, and part on sheer chance. Any mistake enlarges and distorts as it grows, like writing on a deflated balloon.

No scientific polls have been done, but informal ones indicate that a much greater proportion (~95%) of intact men are happy to be that way than circumcised men (~50%). In countries where circumcision is not customary, they think the whole questions is bizarre.

January 30, 2010 at 11:32 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Many Layers, And S.D. Connections To Male Circumcision Debate

Beware of the anecdote about the boy or man who was left intact but "had to be circumcised" later. 1) Many such cases in boys are caused by meddling - trying to retract the foreskin before it is ready to do so by itself. 2) The billions of men worldwide who have never had any problems at all (or small problems readily treated without surgery) don't make memorable anecdotes. Because something happened to his father or uncle or a total stranger is NO reason to suppose it will happen to him.

January 25, 2010 at 9:55 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Many Layers, And S.D. Connections To Male Circumcision Debate

Dr Bidair is impressed that circumcised men hardly ever get penile cancer - but neither do NON-circumcised men: penile cancer is very rare, rarer than breast cancer in MEN, and rarer in non-circumcising Denmark than the US. And researchers in Saudi Arabia found 18 cases in circumcised men and concluded that "Penile carcinoma in circumcised men is a distinct disease commonly following nonclassic vigorous circumcision"

Dr Bidair refers to the high rate of female-to-male transmission of HIV in Europe compared to the US. This is a statistical boondoggle by circumcision advocates Halperin and Bailey, where they compared both rates with the male-to-female rates and took the ratio of the ratios. If you look at the actual numbers, what is striking is not the high female-to-male rate in Europe, but the very high male-to-female rate in the US! See for a quick graphic or for a discussion.

January 25, 2010 at 4:52 p.m. ( | suggest removal )