So I was browsing the internet this morning, wasting the time I maybe should have been spending cleaning my living space (oops!), and I happened upon this lovely post. I haven’t done a whole lot of research on the subject of circumcision, but after reading this article and the many other pages linked within the post, I feel like I can start forming an opinion.
I find myself to be quite torn on the subject. On one hand, circumcision is unnecessary and the benefits don’t outweigh the risks. But on the other hand, I don’t know what my son will want when he’s older. Which yes, I know, should definitely be a reason NOT to have it done, right? I don’t think it’s that simple, though. When he’s grown, he may decide to get a circumcision after all. And then I’m responsible for him REMEMBERING the pain!
I feel like this whole business is very overwhelming. It’s like playing God with your child’s penis. I’m not even kidding! Circumcision is the norm. I have girlfriends who say they would never, ever touch an uncircumcised penis with a ten foot pole, and these aren’t monstrous, snotty women either. Just normal people who, under normal circumstances, don’t seem to have a lot of prejudices. Get a few margaritas in them, though, and all their sexual hang-ups come out of the woodwork, and this is by far the most common thing that comes up.
I believe this hang up (as well as a few others) is a byproduct of a society of peer pressure and pressure to conform, to be the same as everyone else, to be perfect, without any visible flaws. It’s not normal. We, as a society, need to take a step back and really think about what is normal, and natural, and if altering those normal and natural things is really worth the hassle and all this pesky controversy, after all.
Oh, and moms? Don’t agonize too much. Do enough research that you feel comfortable, and make your call. No one can rightly attack you for trying to do what’s best for your child, even if they disagree.