Thoughts and opinions.

I’m working on a post on circumcision, and would love to hear your thoughts and input on the topic.  I know it’s controversial, and that I’m totally opening a can of worms here, but I would honestly love to hear what you all think.

I have a VERY concrete opinion on the subject, and am going to share it soon, but if you feel like sharing, I’d be interested in whether you circumcised your son, why or why not, and how do you feel about it now?

You can either leave a comment here, or send me a message.  I won’t post anything that you send privately. 

Thanks for your input!!!

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8 thoughts on “Thoughts and opinions.

  1. I never really thought about it until I was involved with someone who was NOT circumcised. It made s*x different and hand (and blow) jobs SIGNIFICANTLY easier…it may sound silly (and a bit odd) to say that is what prompted me to decide NO circumcision if I ever have a son. I just had never really thought of it before.

  2. Sigh, so controversial this subject is. Brady is circumcised, in NY they don’t do Circum’s right after they are born like the old days. We had to wait. It was very traumatic for myself and for Brady. He was strapped down to a little 5 point harness board, he screamed and wailed and wiggled so much that the Dr messed up the circumcision and he almost lost his penis. A trip to the ER, a specialist called in from his vacation, and lots of follow up urology appointments later…..everything turned out fine. Im done having children but if I ever did have another boy, I would not have him circumcised and instead wait for him to make that decision for himself when he got older. I still tremble when I think about Brady’s circumcision experience. Ugh.

    • I think there is absolutely no point, no use, no advantage to it at all. There is nothing “defective” or misplaces about foreskin. We only do it because some people still believe an ancient tradition is somehow mandated by God or something. It’s not based on science or even common sense. I don’t think parents who do it are “bad,” I just think maybe they haven’t had any meaningful opportunity to reevaluate their beliefs on the subject. “So he looks like his dad” is an absurd reason, as the chances of the little boy really getting a good look at his dad’s junk — and caring about what he sees — seems comical to me 🙂 I feel like male genitalia is still made to be seen like a joke or as inconsequential, and I think that’s really sad and plain stupid and wrong. If we trimmed a baby girl’s labia as soon as she was born, people would be up in arms about it. But when we routinely slice off a piece of a boy’s “labia,” it’s like, “eh — to each his own.” The baby has no consent in the matter of his own body — and penises do come in handy when they’re older! 🙂 They deserve a say! — it is extremely painful — all for what?? For what?? I mean seriously. The need for circumcision due to infections and all that is almost entirely preventable and treatable without slicing foreskin off. It’s just pointless and really cruel to children. I felt so so sad reading your friend’s story above here 😦 I’m so sorry that happened to her and her poor little boy —

  3. I, honestly, do not have strong feelings on it. I, mean, I have opinions on it, but it’s not a hill I’m willing to die on. There are more important things to me. I know that some people believe it is a human rights issue, or that it is mutilation from which children may never recover, but people, and myself, also believe that it is part of showing faith. It’s part of showing that you are part of a culture. When my son was born, we did decide to have him circumcised, as all males in our families are, as they always have been. It was a decision that we came to at length, after research and debate and gathering all the information we could. He didn’t cry, it was very clean and calm, and he barely woke up. We took diligent care of it and it healed beautifully.
    I believe it’s a decision that families must come to on their own and for their own reasons. I don’t believe in the scare tactics that are out there today on the internet, and in fact, they often disgust me. There’s no right or wrong answer for why or why not.

    • After the very strong feelings of the previous poster, I’m actually a little ashamed at myself for writing all this.
      If I’ve offended you, or anyone, with this… I sincerely apologize. I’m sorry.

  4. Emmet is not circumcised. I wanted to do it, my husband did not, and he had more logical arguments than I did. If we have another boy, he will not be circumcised because my husband convinced me. Just fyi, my husband is circumcised, and wishes he had, had a choice which is why he chose to give Emmet the choice.

    • ha! I just read the post about the bjs and sex. I used to think it would be so gross to be with someone who was uncircumcised, and then my circumcised husband pointed out, that I was the gross one for feeling that way. Now that I am older and wiser, in a sexual context, I wouldn’t appreciate it if someone didn’t want to be with me because I’m 20lbs overweight, so why should I think someone who has an ounce of extra skin is gross?

  5. Brandon is circumsized. I wouldn’t do it on a child unless he was still a newborn and would have no chance of remembering it. I know some folks are really against it, and I respect that. We chose circumcision, and Brandon’s done just fine.

    That’s about the depth of my feelings on the matter. 🙂

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