(Closed) Is male circumcision cruel?

posted 6 years ago in Parenting
Post # 3
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I’m in Australia where circumcision rates are low and it is now advised against. Darling Husband is circumcised but DS is not. My thinking was (and is) there’s no reason to do it and it’s not my decision to make for DS. I’ve also read that it affects sensitivity and I wonder if Darling Husband is missing out on something.

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

Oy vey. This is going to not go so well. I’ll just say this, I’m Jewish so you bet I’m circumsizing my sons and no I dont think its cruel and I think it’s cleaner. End of story

Post # 5
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2011

From what my nursing class has taught me, there is no medical  for or against male circumcision, it is purely asthetic and frequently cultural/religious. It is totally unlike female circumcision, which does have adverse affects, is used to have utter control of a females sex life prior to marriage and decreases sex drive and pleasure sensation. Personally, I wouldn’t do it to any sons we have because I have no reason to believe it is any better or worse for them. Generally though, if someone wants that for their child,  that is their choice and I don’t believe it is cruel. At least around here, the doctors doing the procedures use local anesthetics, when I have observed them in the newborn nursery, most of the time the worst part was the inital stick to numb, the babies got a pacifer with a little sugar water on it and slept through the whole thing. 

Post # 7
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@the boss of you:  which goes to show that males can elect do it as adult if they wish to.

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

@paula1248:  Oh yeah, it is elective. My XH wasn’t.  Fiance is. I can’t even tell the difference. I’m against it.

Post # 9
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I regret having it done to my son 23 years ago.  I was a bit naive then and it just seemed like it was the “right thing to do” if you had a baby boy.  I think if you teach a boy proper hygiene there should no problem being uncircumsized.

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Well, for some perspective on the other side (non- infant) of the issue, My youngest brother was not circumcised as a baby.  Older brother was and dad was. Youngest brother got to middle school and was teased and humiliated in the locker rooms.  He got angry at our mother and would say all the time “I wish you just did it when I was a baby, I would have forgotton it by now!”  It got so bad that he elected to have a circumcision at age 14.  It was rough, painful, and quite traumatic.  I don’t really hav an opinion solidified yet, but I would not want my teenage son to have to deal with that.

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I don’t think it’s necessary. Fiance is circumcised, but when we discussed the issue when talking about future children he was indifferent, whereas I would lean more towards not having it done.

Post # 15
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@PamelaBrit:  That is so sad. Teenagers can be so cruel.

Post # 16
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

I know one of my colleagues had a son who ran into some sort of issue as a child, and had to be circumcized in Grade School… it was a god-awful experience for her and her family. 

Also know of one grown man who was circumsized (again health related)… can’t even imagine what that was like (my Ex-H was a mess just when he got two tiny cuts to get a vasectomy)

Do know that Hospitals do a good job of it when the child is an infant… and by all accounts babies do not remember any of it.

Also know that there are a lot of women who say they find uncut men are icky, gross, and some claim that the sex isn’t as good because of issues with premature ejaculation because the head is never exposed like a cut man’s to underwear friction etc (certainly have seen those kinds of posts here on WBee)

In Canada we have a large percentage of men who aren’t circumsized… higher than in the USA… they say this is because we have a higher Catholic population base (aprox 50% here).  And traditionally Catholics wouldn’t do this (against their beliefs) … while many Protestants did (believing it to be cleaner).

Personally… I am a fan of the circumsized guys for all the reasons I’ve outlined above.

 

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