I wrote a whole response to this detailing why I'm completely opposed to this incredibly painful act of non-consensual circumcision (aka forced genital mutilation) of babies. But instead, I'll leave you with a link to a video. Now if you are thinking of doing this to your children, you really should watch this, especially if you're posting here, and arguing that it's harmless and perfectly o.k. Go ahead, sit through the whole video, and please feel free to let us know if it didn't bother you:http://www.can-fap.net/videos.shtml
The best part is when the doctor explains that the baby is "just relaxing" after he screams and shrieks his little lungs out, and is obviously suffering from complete exhaustion and paralized by the shock and pain. He also tries to explain that the pain is transient. I guess having being molested was just transient, so I don't really have a reason for being on this website. How about your childhood trauma? Was it just transient?
Infections in the foreskin and in the penis in general are not caused by having a foreskin; they are almost always caused by yeast infections. We naturally have Candida (yeast) all over our bodies, and more so on the moist and warm parts of our bodies, and they usually exist in a specific ratio with beneficial bacteria that keeps it in check. But if that ratio is thrown off, and the bacterial levels drop, the Candida can take over and cause an infection. This can be caused by antibiotics, drinking, smoking, HIV, poor diet, or even emotional stress, amongst other things. Most infections (yeast as well as bacterial) that are not associated with open wounds are almost always caused by these factors. Here's a link that has an even better explanation of male yeast infections:http://www.yeastinfectionadvisor.com/maleyeastinfection.html
Here's a link to a list of myths and explanations about the problems with circumcision:http://www.intactamerica.org/learnmore
In regards to the idea that it will have health benefits later in life:
Myth – Circumcising newborn baby boys produces health benefits in later life.
Fact – Despite common perception, there is NO conclusive link between circumcision and better health. In fact, performing medically unnecessary surgery on a baby boy's genitals creates immediate health risks. Circumcision-related risks include infection, hemorrhage, scarring, loss of part or all of the penis, and even death. These dangers exist in even the best clinical settings.
and the myth that it can be rationalized as the right of the parents because it's a religious tradition:
Myth – To oppose male circumcision is religious and cultural bigotry.
Fact – Many who oppose the painful, risky and permanent alteration of babies' or children's genitalia do so precisely because they believe in universal human rights. People of many different religious and cultural traditions agree that all children – regardless of race, ethnicity, or culture of origin – have the right to be protected from bodily harm. In our society, parents have the right to raise their children in accordance with their own cultural and religious standards. However, that right is not limitless. Parents must not (directly, or through the agency of a medical or religious practitioner) inflict irreversible harm on a child.
Did you know circumcicion can and does lead to death?:
THYMOS: Journal of Boyhood Studies, Vol. 4, No. 1, Spring 2010, 78-90
LOST BOYS: AN ESTIMATE OF U.S. CIRCUMCISION-RELATED INFANT DEATHS
- Dan Bollinger
"Abstract: Baby boys can and do succumb as a result of having their foreskin removed. Circumcision-related mortality rates are not known with certainty; this study estimates the scale of this problem. This study finds that approximately 117 neonatal circumcision-related deaths (9.01/100,000) occur annually in the United States, about 1.3% of male neonatal deaths from all causes. Because infant circumcision is elective, all of these deaths are avoidable. This study also identifies reasons why accurate data on these deaths are not available, some of the obstacles to preventing these deaths, and some solutions to overcome them."
Everyone deserves a safe, and healthy childhood. Circumcicion is an elective surgery, and there are no medical organization that endorse it.
O.K., so I ranted anyway. But I feel passionate about this issue, and I can't and won't back down from it. I feel that we should be protecting our little baby boys just as much as we protect our little girls. So that's that.