I just watched a circumcision take place, and you can too here: http://news.mensactivism.org/node/17831 (WARNING: It ain’t pretty. Oh, and don’t watch it on a heavy stomach.)
As I watched the obstatrition bind up the infant in the circumstraint (yes, that’s really what it’s called), screaming and crying and saw the doctor act like it was just your ordinary Tuesday morning a saying kept wizzing through my head “Above all do no harm.”
I’m sure you’ve heard a lot about circumcision no matter where you fall on the spectrum. You’ve probably heard that it’s mutilation, child abuse, hygenic, and etc. After actually watching a circumcision, I truly believe that it’s mutiliation, unnessecary, and destructive. You might not believe it. Your friends might not believe it. But if anyone can watch that and still inflict that brutality upon their own child, you sir/madam have no soul, plain and simple.
But they use anesthetic! I hear you shouting my way. Only 45% of doctors use any anastethic at all (they say it would take too long to put the baby under), and that anasthetic is an injection applied to the area which will be operated. And even if they used total anasthetic (which they never do) it would not absolve the baby of pain. Think about the afflicted area. Urine is essentially salt water, which will be flowing into that wound every time the baby urinates for about two weeks. So under no circumstances is the baby every completely immune to the pain. But that’s one of the few excuses I actually give the time of day. There are several other excuses that just piss me off.
Like “But it looks better.” So it’s cosmetic surgery now? That you’re inflicting on babies? Without anasthetic? That he cannot consent to? That will forever damage his sex-life? That will make him resent you? That cannot be undone?
“But I want him to look like his father!” Is that what you think fathers and sons do? Look at each other’s dicks? If that’s an activity they both enjoy together there is something seriously wrong going on there. Do you know what actually makes your child not look you (mother or father, daughter or son)? Being born. Your child will never look 100% like you, ever.
“But girls like them better circumcised/I like circumcised better.” This one has got to piss me off the most. So women like men who were essentially partially castrated as newborns without their own consent and without anasthetic, which increases the chances of vaginal tearing and difficulty reaching orgasm for the sake of it looking “normal?” Anyone who says this is at best a virgin who doesn’t know what she’s talking about, or just an idiot. At worst she’s evil.
And finally “they usually don’t mind.” Maybe they won’t. But let me tell you this. I mind. After I thew up watching the circumcision the first thing that flashed through my mind was “Oh God! They did this to me?” Then I thought, “They did this to my brother, father, grandfather, cousins, uncles.” It makes me feel incomplete, robbed, cheated, and violated. For the days after I couldn’t look at it without feeling damaged or broken. Hell, it’s been twenty years and I still have the scar. Everyone who’s circumcised does (You won’t find it unless you know what to look for).
Is it hygenic? Let me ask you, is it really worth it? Does it prevent penile cancer? Penile cancer is so rare that any statistics are inconclusive? Does it stop HIV/AIDS? HIV is spread by the transfer of bodily liquids. The foreskin is not a liquid. Does it stop prostate cancer? Let me ask you this, how can chopping off piece of a baby’s gentials possibly reduce cancer for an internal organ? That’s like saying that you can reduce lung cancer by chopping off your finger. Oh by the way, you probably already know this but circumcision doesn’t stop: masturbation, alcoholism, bent spine, wet dreams, syphilis, epilepsy, spinal paralysis, bedwetting, clubfoot, bladder paralysis, abdominal neuralgia, eye problems, blindness, deafness, dumbness, incontinence, tuberculosis, tongue cancer, cervical cancer (but only before they’ve had sex for the first time!), nervousness, bladder cancer, rectum cancer, urinary tract infections, AIDS, or strepptococal disease. All of these have been claimed.
And about Bill Gate’s plan to inflict mass circumcision on Africa. Providing this isn’t a race thing, smart people do get stupid ideas sometimes. I touched the top of a lit lantern to see if it was hot. It was. Genius.
If someone you know is considering circumcising their son, please make them actually watch one take place. If they still want to do, you should probably not continue interaction with them. It’s been said before that circumcision is a cure in search of a disease. But in all honesty it’s more like a disease itself that can be cured with research.
What pisses me off the most about circumcision is that there isn’t any outrage about this. I mean, sure plenty of people are against it, but no one is lobbying congress demanding that circumcision be made illegal in the United States. I mean, in the American concensus putting perfume on rabbits is deemed morally wrong, but chopping off the most sensative part of the male anatomy is permissable. At this point the best I can hope for is that it’ll just die off on its own.