Circumcision

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Danicia - posted on 11/27/2013

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I've actually been debating this topic b/c we have our first son due in March. I say hubs gets the final say (b/c I don't have a penis and I know he'll take both sides into consideration to do the best for our son) but I am highly leaning towards no circumcision. to me, it's genital mutilation. they say it helps protect the boy for penis cancer or stds, I don't believe the statistics are that substantial to warrant chopping off a healthy part of an infants' body. penis cancer is way more rare than testicular or breast cancer, yet we don't chop off testes or cut out breast tissue. if you look at the historical backing of circumcision, it's primarily a religious practice. through the ages they have pegged circumcision as a "cure" to ailments such as wet dreams, masturbation, I think I read tuberculosis was another one, mental illness, etc. most of the world is uncircumcised and those men are living just fine with a foreskin. I would never put my daughter through female circumcision, and I would like not to put our son through circumcision. I find it highly barbaric and a disgusting tradition. we wouldn't chop off a bit of a healthy finger, why are we chopping off part of a healthy penis?

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♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 07/19/2016

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Oh FFS! You're either a troll, or an abusive, controlling parent. I haven't figured out which yet.

However, ANY agency will tell you that handling your 16 year old son's penis is borderline abuse.

Nellynunes148 - posted on 07/17/2016

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When they are uncomfortable with us checking on them, and when they are washed properly I will back off

♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 07/17/2016

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They are beyond the age of YOU handling their hygiene. Get off it.

Nellynunes148 - posted on 07/17/2016

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I retract all of my sons foreskins, and I make sure they are all clean

Nellynunes148 - posted on 07/17/2016

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We have 3 sons ages 16, 12 and 10 years old. None of our children are circumcised what our family doctor told us to do when we bathed them to gently massage the foreskin, not to retract just massage and do stretching excersises. Once they got older around 6 then we started retracting their foreskins. Never had problems, every couple of days we still check on my oldest just to make sure he cleans properly under the foreskin. I still bathe my youngest two

Paul - posted on 12/04/2013

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I agree with you on that but I knew a man at work who came from Germany and every time at the mens urinal he notice the partial amputation circumsision. Due to the mass hysteria he felt out of place and went to quack Dr. Got circumsize he talk for weeks nothing about pain discomfort and body tissue loss distress he never got around to having sex so I could ask what iintercourse feels like after meyham.

Rachel - posted on 12/04/2013

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when boys are born and get circumcised it hurts Less than when they are older and have to get it done! I had my son done when he was born (as my VERY VERY clean ex boyfriend had told me he had gotten an infection when he was a teen because he was not circumcised as a baby, and I didn't want that to happen to my baby). They took for all of 10 minutes and brought him back to me and my son was FINE. I am not worried about him asking me where his extra skin has gone later in life as it is not a limb. I did it for his protection.BUT to each is own.

Ellie - posted on 12/03/2013

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Wouldn't you like to have the choice as an adult about it?
I chose not to circumcise my son as I believe it is not my call.
Remember, once it's been done you cannot reverse it.
Let you boy grow up naturally and he can decide if he wants to remove his foreskin or not when he is age appropriate.
Circumsiscion is an ancient practice used to prevent infection under the foreskin back in the days when bathing was certainly not done daily and people were living in straw huts!!! And even then it was not a world wide practice. Scandinavians are nearly all uncircumsised with no problems.
Teach your boy hygiene and correct techniques of personal care, how to wash properly and educate him on sexual health.
Like I said, you can't put it back on for him when he turns around and asks you why you did this to him.
FREEDOM OF CHOICE OF OWN OWN BODIES!
If your mother removed your labia minora as a baby, as a woman you would demand answers right?
Anyone who says that it becomes normal for the man and knows no different is narrow minded. Children born with missing limbs go through life knowing no different too an happy as they may be, do still have thoughts about how life would be to have it back.
The best option is freedom of choice for the little man you are about to disfigure from his natural born state.
Please consider his body as his own before you go removing his body parts without his consent.
This is a basic human right your child has.

[momoftwo] - posted on 12/01/2013

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That's silly that people would think it would prevent HIV lol you can get HIV from even sharing a drink just through saliva..
I never had my son circumcised, I thought it was torture lol I'm also not religious though.

Jodi - posted on 11/28/2013

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You're not reading correctly. Yes, people DO believe that circumcising prevents HIV/AIDS and there have been studies to that effect (flawed studies, mind you, but the pro circumcision crowd don't see the flaws). I am actually in total agreement with you, not disagreement.

Danicia - posted on 11/28/2013

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if i'm reading your comments correctly, you have negated yourself. the way you have worded your comments sounds like people get boys circumcised to prevent HIV/STDs. If that is what you meant, the general population needs to be better informed about the transmission of STDs in regards to circumcision and how circumcising cannot stop the transmission of HIV which is transmitted through blood and bodily fluids. the American Academy of Pediatrics does not support circumcision as a necessary medical procedure but rather acknowledges it as a religious or customary practice.

Jodi - posted on 11/28/2013

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Oh, I am aware of that. However, it is one of the great arguments for doing so.

Danicia - posted on 11/28/2013

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HIV is passed through blood/body fluids. chopping off part of a penis wouldn't stop the transmission of body fluids/blood.

Jodi - posted on 11/27/2013

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You know what, Danicia, the HIV problem in the US is FAR greater than in Australia or Europe (and various other nations), and yet the circumcision rate is also far greater. There's a statistic for you that totally negates those arguments, just in case you were looking for one.

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