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January 01, 2006

This. Is too much.

Whilst paging through Health magazine this morning I came across this tidbit:

"Some activists just go too far. A group calling itself MGMbill.org (MGM stands for male genital mutilation) claims circumcision violates international human-rights laws, and has lobbied the United Nations and United States to outlaw it. Research suggests that circumcision, an important ritual in Judaism, reduces the likelihood of urinary tract infections and sexually transmitted diseases. Let's leave this personal decision to the parents, not activists."

Which is precisely why I left the decision to Husband when our son was born. Husband did not hesitate to say he wanted his son circumcised, and I didn't question him, being that he's had more experience, you know, having a penis and all.

I know about female genital mutilation, and YES, that has to stop, but male circumcisions? What in the world would the UN tell the Jewish population?

Let me be honest here and say that when I sent Son off to get his circy I felt tremendous guilt. I know how it's done, I'm not that stupid, but I also knew that NOT having it done would be more trouble for him, health-wise, down the road. I also knew that not having it done would mean a lot of ridicule in the high school locker room.

Vanity? No, as I see it, health, and as for the Jews in this world, a centuries old tradition. This should be, as it always has been, the decision of the parents. Later down the road, that boy who isn't circumcised should be able to make that decision for himself as well.

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Posted by Groovyvic at 09:27 AM | Comments (3) | TrackBack (0)

I'm glad I have girls.

Posted by: Anna at January 1, 2006 12:11 PM

Imagine my surprise when last year I learned that circumcision was not covered by insurance (and we have GOOD insurance). We had to fork out over 300.00 cash. The Citizen and I discussed circumcision and decided it was the best for the Branch. As parents we decided the cleanliness factor was one important reason. The urologist we went to assured us that in 15 years when the Branch is in the locker room after a soccer game, about 50 percent of his peers will be circumcised and 50 percent won't since the trend is away from circumcision. I don't know if it's actually a trend or just that insurance doesn't cover it anymore.

I was just really surprised that insurance didn't cover it.

Posted by: junebee at January 1, 2006 02:55 PM

A word of warning. The wife and I opted not to get the circ with our first son. Hard lobbying on the wife's part because she was so influenced by the anti-circ propaganda (i.e. in Europe it's practically unheard of). I begrudgingly acquiesed. When he was 3.5 years old, his foreskin wouldn't retract properly. So guess what?

He HAD to have a circumcism anyway. I don't know who was more traumatized by the whole situation, me or my son. The sympathetic agony was awful.

Needless to say, my other two sons were circumcised at birth. Don't go mucking around with thousands of years of tradition. What the hell do those Europeans know anyway?

Posted by: Gary at January 1, 2006 08:58 PM