To me, it’s pretty hypocritical to say, “Oh yeah, your body, your choice!” and then turn around and support something like infant circumcision.
Apparently whatever you do with your body is your choice, as long as you’re not an infant boy. :roll: I will NEVER circumcise my child. There’s no reason to.
"But what about UTI?! D:"
UTI can be healed with an anti-biotic and drinking a lot of water. We don’t circumcise our girls just because of the possibility of urinary tract infection, so why should we mutilate our boys?
"But what about phimosis??"
Phimosis can be cured with a prescription cream and masturbation. FYI, the foreskin doesn’t naturally retract until ages 5-7. Any doctor that say’s that your 2 year old has phimosis is not educated in their field.
"But what about HIV and other STDs?"
This is why condoms exist. Being circumcised won’t lower your chances of HIV or STD. If you screw around willy nilly without a condom, you’re more likely to get an infection. (inb4 you say, “BUT I CAN’T WEAR CONDOMS, I HAVE LATEX ALLERGIES!!”, they make latex-free condoms. You have no excuse.)
"But what about penile cancer??"
There is no link between keeping your foreskin and penile cancer.
"But it doesn’t have any long term damage!!"
Incorrect. Removal of healthy tissue from a non-consenting patient is, in itself, harm (more on this point later). Circumcision has an array of risks and side effects. There is a 1-3% complication rate during the newborn period alone (Schwartz 1990). Here is a short list potential complications.
Meatal Stenosis: Many circumcised boys and men suffer from meatal stenosis. This is a narrowing of the urethra which can interfere with urination and require surgery to fix.
Adhesions. Circumcised babies can suffer from adhesions, where the foreskin remnants try to heal to the head of the penis in an area they are not supposed to grow on. Doctors treat these by ripping them open with no anesthesia.
Buried penis. Circumcision can lead to trapped or buried penis - too much skin is removed, and so the penis is forced inside the body. This can lead to problems in adulthood when the man does not have enough skin to have a comfortable erection. Some men even have their skin split open when they have an erection. There are even more sexual consequences, which we will address in a future post.
Infection. The circumcision wound can become infected. This is especially dangerous now with the prevalence of hospital-acquired multi-drug resistant bacteria.
Death. Babies can even die of circumcision. Over 100 newborns die each year in the USA, mostly from loss of blood and infection (Van Howe 1997 & 2004, Bollinger 2010).
Learn more at Intact America, Psychology Today, Mama Natural and more.
FYI, if you’re circumcised and are content with it, then good for you. Just don’t force it on someone else before they can consent.