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View Poll Results: Should parents be able to circumcise their son?
Yes 206 75.74%
No 66 24.26%
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Old 02-22-2012, 10:47 AM
 
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Recently found out my boyfriend was circumcised as a teenager for medical purposes. He says you circumcised guys who are resentful of your parents aren't missing anything. It's really not that big of a difference.
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Old 02-22-2012, 10:53 AM
 
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It has been proven over and over circumcision helps prevent infection.
So does washing with soap and water. If washing is good enough for female genitalia, then it's good enough for males.
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Old 02-22-2012, 10:57 AM
 
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So does washing with soap and water. If washing is good enough for female genitalia, then it's good enough for males.
They may have been referring to the spread of STIs and HIV. Uncircumcised penises spread infection more easily than circumcised ones.

And I know, I know, responsible condom use and safe sex and education blah blah blah would be even better at preventing the spread of disease, but if they were sufficiently effective then we would have eliminated sexually transmitted diseases long ago.
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Old 02-22-2012, 11:00 AM
 
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They may have been referring to the spread of STIs and HIV. Uncircumcised penises spread infection more easily than circumcised ones.

And I know, I know, responsible condom use and safe sex and education blah blah blah would be even better at preventing the spread of disease, but if they were sufficiently effective then we would have eliminated sexually transmitted diseases long ago.
We would have eliminated STDs if people were ROUTINELY practicing safe sex. Irresponsibility is the sole cause for the spread of disease.
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Old 02-22-2012, 11:02 AM
 
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Reading this thread is great. I'm so glad my parents had me circumcised and I love them even more for it.

(Waiting for the anti-circumcision folks to come out and say "But you don't know what you're missing because you never had an extra foreskin...") 3... 2... 1....
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Old 02-22-2012, 11:02 AM
 
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So does washing with soap and water. If washing is good enough for female genitalia, then it's good enough for males.
Isn't it just basic hygiene?
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Old 02-22-2012, 11:03 AM
 
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We would have eliminated STDs if people were ROUTINELY practicing safe sex. Irresponsibility is the sole cause for the spread of disease.
Okay. We haven't yet found a way to tide the spread of irresponsible behavior but circumcision happens to be a convenient way to decrease the spread in STIs.
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Old 02-22-2012, 11:04 AM
 
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They may have been referring to the spread of STIs and HIV. Uncircumcised penises spread infection more easily than circumcised ones.

And I know, I know, responsible condom use and safe sex and education blah blah blah would be even better at preventing the spread of disease, but if they were sufficiently effective then we would have eliminated sexually transmitted diseases long ago.
Ah, I see. Hmm, when my husband and I made the decision to keep our son intact, that teensy increased risk of spreading STDs was barely on our minds. For us, teaching our kids about the importance of safe sex practices makes more of an impact on their sexual health. I would hope all parents, regardless of their son's penis having a foreskin or not, talk to their children about these kinds of things.
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Old 02-22-2012, 11:08 AM
 
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Okay. We haven't yet found a way to tide the spread of irresponsible behavior but circumcision happens to be a convenient way to decrease the spread in STIs.
No, cleanliness is. You can't blame an uncircumcised penis for something that is the fault of people with bad hygiene.

Circumcision is the easy way out. Parents are too lazy to teach their sons how to wash themselves properly.

Oh, and female genitalia can carry bacteria, infections, disease, and often have a bad odor when not thoroughly cleaned. Let's start mutilating little girls, too.
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Old 02-22-2012, 11:08 AM
 
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Ah, I see. Hmm, when my husband and I made the decision to keep our son intact, that teensy increased risk of spreading STDs was barely on our minds. For us, teaching our kids about the importance of safe sex practices makes more of an impact on their sexual health. I would hope all parents, regardless of their son's penis having a foreskin or not, talk to their children about these kinds of things.
Indeed, and I think there are valid reasons not to choose circumcision as well as valid reasons to go forth with the procedure and specific reasons to do so during infancy.

I just don't like people trying to stigmatize circumcision as mutilation. The penis remains fully functional and sensitive to sexual stimulation and most men are perfectly happy being circumcised (and I suspect most uncircumcised men are also happy with the state of their penis). But if the procedure could become more popular at birth in parts of the world plagued by HIV then it could make a huge difference in the quality of life of those individuals and communities.
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