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View Poll Results: Should parents be able to circumcise their son?
Yes 206 75.74%
No 66 24.26%
Voters: 272. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 02-20-2012, 05:54 AM
 
Location: The western periphery of Terra Australis
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I'm glad I was 'un-cut', because personally I think they should not. The foreskin is part of the human anatomy, and circumcision is almost a form of multilation. I don't buy the supposed 'health benefits' which most medical professionals refute (most stick to it for personal or sometimes religious reasons, especially Muslims and Jews). Removing the foreskin has also been shown to reduce sexual pleasure, which would be a bit of a bummer. Anyway, if the boy or maybe man decides to have the procedure done for any reason it is easily done with anaesthetic. It is, practically speaking, not possible to reverse circumcision.

It's not as extreme as female circumcision, obviously, but I just feel it's a violation of someone's person to modify their body like that, with them having no say in it.
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Old 02-20-2012, 06:12 AM
 
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I can see infant circumcision being done if it is medically necessary and also it's still routine in some parts of the US, a part of culture, so I won't say ban it. Education is what I propose. I know, personally, educating ourselves about circumcision is what stopped my husband and I from having it done to our son. It was a little nerve-wracking going against the grain, especially when our pediatrician strongly frowned upon us not getting it done. But that was years ago and our son is doing just fine with his foreskin.
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Old 02-20-2012, 06:21 AM
 
Location: The western periphery of Terra Australis
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I can see infant circumcision being done if it is medically necessary and also it's still routine in some parts of the US, a part of culture, so I won't say ban it. Education is what I propose. I know, personally, educating ourselves about circumcision is what stopped my husband and I from having it done to our son. It was a little nerve-wracking going against the grain, especially when our pediatrician strongly frowned upon us not getting it done. But that was years ago and our son is doing just fine with his foreskin.
I'm glad I wasn't born in the USA . In the West only in the US is circumcision still the norm rather than the exception. Even in the US it only became something of a medical 'fad' about 100 years ago. Previously it was only Jews who practised it. It was something done purely for religious-cultural reason.
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Old 02-20-2012, 01:22 PM
 
Location: Columbia MO
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It's a profit center for OB-Gyns and there's no medical justification for it.
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Old 02-21-2012, 02:20 AM
 
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Non issue.
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Old 02-21-2012, 05:20 AM
 
Location: somewhere in the woods
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I'm glad I was 'un-cut', because personally I think they should not. The foreskin is part of the human anatomy, and circumcision is almost a form of multilation. I don't buy the supposed 'health benefits' which most medical professionals refute (most stick to it for personal or sometimes religious reasons, especially Muslims and Jews). Removing the foreskin has also been shown to reduce sexual pleasure, which would be a bit of a bummer. Anyway, if the boy or maybe man decides to have the procedure done for any reason it is easily done with anaesthetic. It is, practically speaking, not possible to reverse circumcision.

It's not as extreme as female circumcision, obviously, but I just feel it's a violation of someone's person to modify their body like that, with them having no say in it.

It is part of a religious ceremony. if the parents want to do it, then so be it.
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Old 02-21-2012, 05:35 AM
 
Location: Florida
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It is part of a religious ceremony. if the parents want to do it, then so be it.
So whatever might be done due to the fact that it is part of a religious ceremony is OK with you???
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Old 02-21-2012, 05:44 AM
 
Location: Stuck in NE GA right now
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Sigh....I worked as a nurse in a small hospital in a general surgical unit. I can't tell you how many adult male circumcisions were performed and according to the men it was excruciatingly painful. They developed strictures, chronic UTI's and a few other related health issues - all would not have happened if they had the procedure as infants. Every single one of those men wished they had been circumcised as infants.
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Old 02-21-2012, 05:45 AM
 
Location: Twin Cities, MN
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No. The child has not consented to body modification, and I think the same thing goes for piercings before a child is old enough to understand.

It's funny how the right-wingers will defend this practice while condemning female circumcision. It is the removal of flesh that is chock-full of nerve endings. "Oh yeah, if we don't circumcise, men wont clean that area!" BULL. You don't cut off our armpits, yet some men still don't bother to wash them. It's an ancient, brutal thing, which is RARELY practiced outside the US.
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Old 02-21-2012, 05:50 AM
 
Location: NC USA
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It is perfectly acceptable. The health benefits alone which have been proven ad naseum are reason enough to do it.
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