Too much excitement just might kill me!
Before I go off like a frog in a sock here, I want to clarify that I know every parent does what they think is best for their child. I don’t doubt that. And I’m going to leave out the religious reasons entirely because that’s a whole other ball game.
What I do question is why people think that circumcision is the best option (or even an option). It’s less common here than in America now, although in the 1950s as many as 80% of baby boys were routinely circumcised. According to Circumcision Information Australia around 14% of boys are now cut during their first year. Although given my perception of the American healthcare system as a money-grabbing whore (nobody should have to go bankrupt trying to treat their child’s cancer!), I suppose it shouldn’t surprise me that unnecessary medical procedures are encouraged.
There is also an excellent FAQ section on that website, but in short there is no medical reason for most circumcision, and no medical authority which recognizes a routine need for the procedure. Of course there are some instances in which it is medically necessary, but these should be addressed on a case by case basis.
I have friends who are on both sides of the debate. One boy was cut to ‘match his father’ , one was uncut but will likely lose his foreskin to corrective surgery for a common congenital defect. Hubs wasn’t circumcised and disagrees with the procedure in any case, so it wasn’t really an issue for us – Monkey is intact. But I would have fought tooth and nail for his right to stay that way, if it had been an issue.
I don’t understand why people think this is such a small thing to do – just give a boy ‘the snip’. Nobody would dream of having their babies’ pinky fingers removed shortly after birth because they preferred the way it looked.
What really gets me is that several years ago here in Australia they passed a law that banned the docking of puppies’ tails, because it caused unnecessary suffering and had no purpose other than aesthetics. It was commonly done to numerous breeds simply because that was the cultural norm.
And I see no difference between that and circumcision. It especially makes me cringe when people just do it without putting much thought into it, because ‘that’s what everyone else does’ or because they want the son’s penis to match his father’s (does that sound really creepy to anybody else?). My nose does not look like my mother’s nose, and nobody is worried about that!
If you’re going to amputate part of your baby’s anatomy without anaesthesia just days after they’re born, the least you can do is make an informed decision based in valid scientific fact. Surely that is not too much to ask?