Saturday, February 27, 2010

We Need to Stop Circumcision

I just read a really great post about male circumcision over at The Huffington Post called "We Need To Stop Circumcision" (via Britni). I've talked about my decision not to circumcise Holden a little before, but this is by far one the most informative but easy to read articles I've read on the subject.
In the weeks ahead, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) are likely to publish a recommendation that all infant boys undergo circumcision. This is a huge mistake. Circumcision is an unnecessary procedure that is painful and can lead to complications, including death. No organization in the world currently recommends this. Why should we routinely remove normal, functioning tissue from the genitals of little boys within days of their birth?
The author then goes on to talk about some of the misconceptions surrounding circumcision, like hygiene and HIV issues. I definitely recommend reading the whole article.

Whole article can be found here.

13 comments:

  1. It is a great article, isn't it! Love your blog title, and love the profile pic! Thanks for blogging. Love today's Golden Nugget of Thought, too.

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  2. I never got the whole 'circumcision' thing either.

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  3. Maybe I'll feel differently when I have a kid, but isn't that up to the parents...?

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  4. Yes Dannie. No one has ever suggested otherwise. But the question that begs to be asked is whether or not the parent should have the right to permanently remove part of their child’s anatomy, especially when that removal is only for aesthetics and could result in death (though most people aren’t saying we should limit parent’s rights, butt hat more information should be put forth on the seriousness of this procedure). I only had to hear one story about a baby’s penis being accidentally burned off, without anesthesia, before I decided it was not worth the risk.

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  5. That should be "but that," though a butt hat sounds interesting. lol

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  6. I don't know if you've ever seen the Penn and Teller Bullshit! episode on it, but it's really good. You can watch it here: http://motionempire.com/Watch_Penn_And_Teller_Bullshit_Season_03_Episode_01_Circumcision_Online_for_Free_16721.html#video_player

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  7. Completely agree w/your response above, Alana. It flies in the face of medical ethics for parents to be able to consent to a non-therapeutic medical procedure - especially one with no anesthesia.
    Thanks for posting this! My husband sent me to that article yesterday; it's always nice to see health care professionals speaking out on circumcision.

    ~Dionna @ Code Name: Mama
    http://codenamemama.com

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  8. lol, butt hat.

    Good point, and I get that it could be dangerous and all, but I just kind of feel like this falls under the "to each ones own" category. Again, not a parent, so this could change in ten years.

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  9. Dannie: "to each one's own" is exactly what Intactivists (as we call ourselves) are saying. As one man said, (adapted slighly) "My [parents] don't [urinate} with my [penis], they don't [masturbate] with my [penis], and they don't [have sexual intercourse] with my [penis], so what right did they have to go cutting part off of my [penis]?"

    Most of the things circumcision is supposed to be good for don't kick in until he's adult, so there's no tearing hurry to do it. It's perfectly true that if you don't do it when he can't resist, he'll probably never have it done at all - but that's a very good reason for NOT doing it then, not for doing it.

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  10. How does circumcision cause death? The article just flippantly mentions death at the beginning, and doesn't elaborate. Do people die when getting circumsized, or die much later - maybe a suicide, due to circumcision-induced mania? crazy!

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  11. I would assume from infections involved with the procedure. I'm not entirely sure though. ("Circumcision-induced mania" sounds like a horror movie spoof that I would totally watch. lol)

    Yeah. if you're gonna throw death out there you should probably explain what you mean.

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  12. Brit: I just watched the Penn and Teller episode last night. It was awesome!

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