Last login: Saturday, January 30, 2010
There are lots of women who will swear that their lives are much better after having parts of their genitals cut off, and that they're doing their daughters a favor by having them snipped too. Doesn't mean I believe them. There are plenty of men who regret being circumcised, and I've *never* met an intact man who wishes he'd been circumcised at birth.
I don't have a problem with people choosing to be circumcised though, for whatever reason. It's not difficult - a lot less painful than having a wisdom tooth out for example, and a lot less painful than an infant circumcision. It's their body, so it should be their choice. Similarly, with a baby's body, it should be *his* choice.
You seem keen on people not controlling anyone. Why then did you have part of your son's genitals cut off before he was old enough to give his informed consent.
If our son wants to be circumcised when he's 18 (16 if he knows what he's doing), I'll pay for it and help him find a good surgeon. Until then, he stays intact. His body - his decision. If he wants to be circumcised later, it's easy to fix - safer, less painful, and better cosmetic results. If we'd had him circumcised, and he wanted to be intact, it's a problem.
I'm surprised people are still mentioning penile cancer btw. It's rarer than vulval cancer, rarer than breast cancer in men, and there are countries which don't circumcise which have lower rates than the USA, which used to have about a 90% circumcision rate.
January 30, 2010 at 9:43 a.m.
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