How do you feel about male circumcision?

FieryRed FieryRed
Are you circumcised? Have you had your son(s) circumcised? Do you believe that circumcision carries health benefits? Do you believe it should be done for religious reasons?

Or, do you think that the human male penis evolved with a foreskin for a reason, and that it should only be cut off if there's a medical reason to do so (such as phimosis, which is when the foreskin is too tight to be retracted)?
Answers (private voting - your screen name will NOT appear in the results):
I am a circumcised male, and I'm glad my guardians made that decision.
8
I am a circumcised male, and I wish I had NOT been cut.
4
I am an uncircumcised male, and I'm glad I wasn't cut.
7
I am an uncircumcised male, and I wish I HAD been cut.
I am a bio-male, and I think all males should be circumcised.
.I am a bio-male, and I think male circumcision should only be done when there's a medical reason
5
I am a bio-female, and I think all males should be circumcised.
6
I am a bio-female, and I think male circumcision should only be done when there's a medical reason
20
I am an intersex person, and I think all penises should be circumsized.
1
I am an intersex person, and I think circumcision should only be done when there's a medical reason.
I have one or more sons, and I made the decision to have them circumcised.
3
I have one or more sons, and I made the decision NOT to have them circumcised.
7
Something else!
12
Total votes: 73 (58 voters)
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06/17/2013
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FieryRed FieryRed
Article by Dr. Dean Edell
06/17/2013
mailroomorder mailroomorder
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Originally posted by FieryRed
Are you circumcised? Have you had your son(s) circumcised? Do you believe that circumcision carries health benefits? Do you believe it should be done for religious reasons?

Or, do you think that the human male penis evolved with a foreskin ... More
It's all about personal taste, but in the end it's whatever the male wants.
06/17/2013
ShadowedSeductress ShadowedSeductress
Circumcision isn't even up for discussion if we have a boy. It's just not going to happen. It's not solely for the man to decide either. If I'm carrying that baby for 9 months then giving birth, I have say in it as well.
06/17/2013
FieryRed FieryRed
Quote:
Originally posted by mailroomorder
It's all about personal taste, but in the end it's whatever the male wants.
How do you mean, it's whatever the male wants? Nearly all U.S. circumcisions are performed on newborns and infants. At that age, it's pretty difficult to make one's wishes known on this.
06/17/2013
ShadowedSeductress ShadowedSeductress
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Originally posted by FieryRed
How do you mean, it's whatever the male wants? Nearly all U.S. circumcisions are performed on newborns and infants. At that age, it's pretty difficult to make one's wishes known on this.
I thought the same thing at first...then sort of figured she meant it's what the *dad wants.
06/17/2013
Gdom Gdom
Other: I'm a circumcised guy and I'm neither super excited to be circumcised nor bathing in a pool of my own tears over it. That said, I totally recognize that the historical "medical reasons" for circumcision are generally BS and I've heard about the potential downsides (none of which I've experienced personally, thankfully--at least not yet), so were I to have a male kid, I almost certainly wouldn't have it done to him.

I do find it interesting that people (myself partially included) sometimes get all up in arms about parents making this decision on behalf of their child when we seem to be pretty much okay with abrogating children's autonomy (or delegating it to parents, if you want to be nicer) in just about every other situation. That's true even where those parental decisions cause permanent effects just as noticeable (if not more so) as those associated with circumcision. From nutrition to education, parents make choices every day that leave lasting marks on their children without the children's consent; even when those decisions have on-balance negative effects, the social response rarely seems to be as strong as what I've seen in response to circumcision lately. Perhaps it's the increased visibility of direct physical alteration or the cringe factor involved in the idea of cutting off part of the penis...That's not to say that the reaction here is inappropriate--I'm totally open to the possibility that this really is a severe issue that we should be up in arms about--but it IS interesting that we (generally) don't react nearly as strongly to all of the other harmful abrogations of children's autonomy that happen under the name of parental rights.
06/18/2013
twelve13 twelve13
If I had a child with a penis, I would not get them circumcised at birth. However, I would fully support them if they decided to later in life.
06/18/2013
FieryRed FieryRed
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Originally posted by ShadowedSeductress
I thought the same thing at first...then sort of figured she meant it's what the *dad wants.
Hmm--I suppose she may have meant that, but I don't see why it would be the father's decision any more than the mother's.
06/18/2013
eri86 eri86
This isn't really an issue for me being female. And if and when I get married and have sons, circumcision will be something to discuss with my husband.

Right now, I don't really have an opinion.
06/18/2013
FieryRed FieryRed
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Originally posted by Gdom
Other: I'm a circumcised guy and I'm neither super excited to be circumcised nor bathing in a pool of my own tears over it. That said, I totally recognize that the historical "medical reasons" for circumcision are generally BS and ... More
I think the difference most people see with this is that it's optional. With so many aspects of child-rearing, the decisions must be made then and there: diet, education, interaction, methods of discipline, etc. None of those are decisions that can be left to the child to make once he's older.
06/18/2013
Gunsmoke Gunsmoke
I am circumcised and had my son circumcised as well. I suppose its cultural - and yes there is a bit of a dilemma making that decision for a new born. I have no regrets.
06/18/2013
kendra30752 kendra30752
I guess I'm neutral. I have done my own research and personally feel that it's not necessarily always a bad thing since there are actual reasons parents choose to do it. I guess, I'll just say it's a personal choice and whatever. It's not my business what other parents choose & I can understand both sides, so I guess I just respect everyone's individual choices. I can also understand leaving it up to the person to choose, but I have seen firsthand how much extra stuff is involved in keeping an uncircumsized child "clean," especially since you tend to stop cleaning them soon after the toddler years & at those ages, it's hard to teach them how to properly clean.

Anyways, it's just whatever for me. I will make my own choices as a parent based on my own research and I encourage other parents to do the same, and educate themselves on both the pros and cons beforehand, before making the decision.
06/18/2013
sXeVegan90 sXeVegan90
I don't look at circumcision as a bad thing, nor would it matter to me if someone chose to do so. I suppose either way it makes no difference to me as long as they keep their child healthy and cared for. When the child grows into a man he can make the decision of whether he wants to be circumcised or not for himself if he hadn't been when he was born.
06/18/2013
This Is For The Birds This Is For The Birds
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Originally posted by Gunsmoke
I am circumcised and had my son circumcised as well. I suppose its cultural - and yes there is a bit of a dilemma making that decision for a new born. I have no regrets.
I am with GunSmoke, except I'm a female and not circumcised, hehe. However, my husband is and when we had our son, we chose to have him circumcised.

It's everyone's decisions and opinions to do it or not and I have seen many heated debates over getting it done and not getting done on different forms (websites).
06/18/2013
Beautiful-Disaster Beautiful-Disaster
I think all men should be circumsized.. it looks better.
06/18/2013
Ansley Ansley
No bias in the original post, nope none at all.

I've got my eye out on this thread, just make sure to keep the arguments clean and respectful, please and thank you!
06/18/2013
ImaGodiva ImaGodiva
I have three sons, ages 21 (with my ex-husband), 9, and 8 (with my current husband). When my first son was born, my ex and I discussed it at length, and decided to have him circumcised just because most babies were. I never felt quite comfortable with that decision, it just felt wrong to make a decision for him that involved pain and alteration of natural body parts. I would feel the same way about getting a baby girl's ears pierced, although circumcision is more serious than that in terms of trauma to the baby (I watched it and it was not painless).

For my two younger sons, it didn't take much discussion for my husband and I to agree that we wouldn't have them circumcised, and I have always felt good about that decision. If they want to be foreskin-less, they can choose to do something about it when they are old enough. Along with other body-modification like pierced ears and tattoos.
06/18/2013
FieryRed FieryRed
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Originally posted by Beautiful-Disaster
I think all men should be circumsized.. it looks better.
I'm kind of saddened by your post. What if you fall in love someday with an uncircumcised man? How would he feel, knowing you thought there was something wrong with the way his sex organ looks?
06/18/2013
FieryRed FieryRed
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Originally posted by Ansley
No bias in the original post, nope none at all.

I've got my eye out on this thread, just make sure to keep the arguments clean and respectful, please and thank you!
Well, of course I have a bias--I've read a lot about this topic, as well as having had personal experience with both "cut" and "uncut" men. I've also seen the social stigma that uncircumcised boys experience, due to circumcision being the norm in this country.
06/18/2013
FieryRed FieryRed
Quote:
Originally posted by ImaGodiva
I have three sons, ages 21 (with my ex-husband), 9, and 8 (with my current husband). When my first son was born, my ex and I discussed it at length, and decided to have him circumcised just because most babies were. I never felt quite comfortable ... More
How interesting; I love that you shared the evolution of your and your husband's thoughts on the matter! I understand that more circumcisions are now being done with anesthetic, which is at least an improvement. From my many psych and human development classes, I know that every experience--especially at that early age--leaves a mark on our brains and changes us to some degree. An extremely painful thing like that, at a time when the brain is growing exponentially, is certain to have SOME lasting negative effect.

I'm curious--how does your older son feel about your decision not to circumcise the two younger boys?
06/18/2013
falalena falalena
Quote:
Originally posted by FieryRed
Are you circumcised? Have you had your son(s) circumcised? Do you believe that circumcision carries health benefits? Do you believe it should be done for religious reasons?

Or, do you think that the human male penis evolved with a foreskin ... More
I have further reading to do, but so far I would say that there is no reason for circumcision unless there is a medical reason or the man wants to be.
06/18/2013
FieryRed FieryRed
Quote:
Originally posted by kendra30752
I guess I'm neutral. I have done my own research and personally feel that it's not necessarily always a bad thing since there are actual reasons parents choose to do it. I guess, I'll just say it's a personal choice and whatever. ... More
"... I have seen firsthand how much extra stuff is involved in keeping an uncircumsized child "clean," especially since you tend to stop cleaning them soon after the toddler years & at those ages, it's hard to teach them how to properly clean."

This is a good point, Kendra. I don't have personal experience with this, and have had to rely on what I've read about it. Can you give us any more details about this aspect of non-circumcision?
06/18/2013
VeganChick (is Gone) VeganChick (is Gone)
I really don't believe that it is right to impose unnecessary surgery onto your child for any reason. I find it very wrong to subject a newborn baby to a painful and traumatizing experience just so their penis looks the way you want it to. It's their penis and they should get to decide if they want to cut parts of it off.

Personally, I find the natural, uncircumcised penis to be just lovely and don't understand how such a tradition of cutting off pieces of your body has become so popular. It's like telling them there is something wrong with their body, when really it's just a natural part of them. I would hope by now that it is common knowledge that uncircumcised penises do just fine with proper care and there is no need to cut them.

If adult men wish to undergo circumcision then that is their choice and their right and I have no objection. But to do it to a baby or child steps on their rights and sends negative messages.

If I were to ever have a son I would not circumcise him.
06/18/2013
js250 js250
I am neutral on this subject. I feel that it is up to the parents to decide and everyone is entitled to their own opinions and feelings for either choosing to circumcise their child. There are cultural, religious, personal and other reasons for both options--too much to get into on a forum post.
06/21/2013
RonLee RonLee
When my son was born, I made certain that he was not mutilated by circumcision, but left intact.
06/21/2013
g- g-
I did not circumcise my son when he was born. I figured as a woman if I can keep my folds clean then he should be able to keep himself clean as well. If when he is a legal adult he wants to be circumcised I will pay for it. In my mind circumcising is like giving a baby a tattoo: irreversible, permanent and not my decision to make.
06/25/2013
C&K0143 C&K0143
As a circumcised man, I don’t see any reason to circumcise outside of religion and even then only those of the Orthodox Jewish faith teach it should be done. I’ve heard all the old wives tales and myths about it being dirty and more prone to desease but if you teach your children about hygene and cleanliness, then that is rendered moot. When my wife and I finally have a son, we have decided that circumcision will not be considered.
07/28/2013
naturegirl naturegirl
As a health professional I am duty bound to say that circumcision is a total "no-no" even on religious grounds unless there is a very good medical reason for performing such a procedure.
07/31/2013
stacylyn12 stacylyn12
Quote:
Originally posted by FieryRed
Are you circumcised? Have you had your son(s) circumcised? Do you believe that circumcision carries health benefits? Do you believe it should be done for religious reasons?

Or, do you think that the human male penis evolved with a foreskin ... More
I am happy that I circumcised my son
07/31/2013
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