Circumcision.

@Krisss (1231)
Australia
October 30, 2006 4:51pm CST
What is your opinion on this? Would you have your baby son cut?
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42 responses
• United States
1 Nov 06
My son is uncut and I would never do it. I think it is wrong to do it. He has never had a problem keeping it clean whatsoever. Also, it is about 50/50 of parents deciding to do it nowdays especially since many insurance companies are no longer covering it as it is an elective surgury.
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@Krisss (1231)
• Australia
1 Nov 06
That is great news that insurance is discouraging it too.
@Tanya8 (1734)
• Canada
31 Oct 06
No, we didn't have our son cut. It's not endorsed by the medical community where I live anymore (western Canada). If you want it done, you have to find someone in your religious community to perform it, and you get piles of handouts at the hospital recommending that you don't do it, and cautioning you as to what could go wrong.
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@Krisss (1231)
• Australia
31 Oct 06
Thats great, Im pleased to hear its decreasing in your country too.
@nicky35 (751)
30 Oct 06
nope i wouldnt,not unless there was a medical reason for it.my oldest son who is 4 was born with hypospadia where the hole he wees out of was in the wrong place,nature had also made him born ready circumcised,he could have had one or both kidneys missing aswell but thank god they were both there.he had surgery to correct the wee problem but he still wont ever have to worry about circumsision.i have a 2 year old son,he is fine and i dont see any need to even go there.
@Krisss (1231)
• Australia
30 Oct 06
Thats great :) Is your sons health ok otherwise? I never knew hypospadia was linked to kidney problems as well.
@nicky35 (751)
31 Oct 06
i hadnt ever heard of hypospadia before but there it was.i had to take him for a scan at six months to check his kidneys.physically he is fine,mentally you might want to look at my discussion titled my son.he is lovely,i adore him but sometimes he is very different.
• United States
1 Nov 06
Nicky, I wanted to let you know my son (who's also 4) has hypospadia. His didn't require surgery, his foreskin wasn't covering his opening. He does look circumcised just with extra skin. Even if we had wanted him cut, his pediatrition wouldn't, just in case our son ended up needing correction for the hypospadia.
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@megs85 (3145)
• Australia
1 Nov 06
My son was born five and a half months ago and not once did I even consider getting him circumsised. I think it is a totally barbaric, archaic, unneccessary and intolerably cruel practice that should be made illegal. If there was a medical reason that it had to be done, then that is acceptable, but to do it solely for cosmetic purposes is sickening. Religious, social and cultural traditions do not warrant the maiming of a child. If it wasn't supposed to be there, children wouldn't be born with it... Whats your opinion?
@Krisss (1231)
• Australia
1 Nov 06
Good for you for making a good decision for your son! What country are you in and what are the stats for your country? Its a slow process but I think it will eventually stop except for religious reasons and maybe even that could be swayed.
@megs85 (3145)
• Australia
1 Nov 06
I live in AUstralia, and I dont think many people get it done nowdays here, none that I know of anyway. My motherinlaw was shocked that I chose not to...
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@Krisss (1231)
• Australia
1 Nov 06
Im in Austraila too, my son is in his early 20s, it was only just begining to change when he was born.
@mandakat (879)
• Canada
31 Oct 06
I would have my baby boy circumcised. I wouldn't reject a guy that I liked for not being circumcised, but it's not my preferance by far.
@Krisss (1231)
• Australia
31 Oct 06
Have you ever seen an uncut one erect? There is absolutely no difference.
@Lxandra79 (1536)
• United States
31 Oct 06
o yes there is! by far!!!
@Krisss (1231)
• Australia
31 Oct 06
Hmmm no there isn't. Flacid yes, erect, no difference.
• United States
30 Oct 06
i had my son cut i think the benefits out weight the negative but there are some cases that the cut is too agresive that it causes more bad than good its just a personal choice
@Krisss (1231)
• Australia
30 Oct 06
I agree that it is a personal choice, but the person who it is being done to rarely gets a say in it (the baby) What do you think the negatives are? Its the way nature/God intended it to be.
• United States
30 Oct 06
the negative is if the dr cuts too much or the pain the baby feels but on the other hand if having your son cut can lower his risk of UTI and cancer would you do it. God allows cancer to happen should we stop curing cancer
@Krisss (1231)
• Australia
30 Oct 06
Oh I thought you meant the negatives of not being done. I think the pain inflicted on a newborns with this surgery is outragous. Anyone who thinks they don't feel anything hasn't spent enough time around a newborn.
@rhane2005 (174)
• United States
30 Oct 06
I knew someone who got a horrible infection from not being circumcised as a young kid so definately do it!
@Krisss (1231)
• Australia
30 Oct 06
Oh please? He got an infection because his parents were not caring for it properly. Do we cut of ears incase they get infected too?
• United States
1 Dec 06
you blame his parents? wow thats outrageous. I mean yes he is a young kid but maybe he doesnt understand . Are you going to take your parents in the shower with you when you're grown to make sure its "cared for properly" Personal hygeine is a major issue and should be properly taken care of. I dont think there is anything wrong with having boys cut. its not like the pain is constant and excruciating for the rest of their life, not like the emotional scars would be. maybe not everyone experiences the teasing and ridicule but what of those who do? are they irrelevant to you because thats how you make it sound
@Krisss (1231)
• Australia
29 Dec 06
Yes I do blame the parents if a child does not know how to wash himself properly.
• United States
30 Oct 06
Well, I dont have a son, I have 2 little girls. I am uncut but if I had a boy, I would want him circumsized. Its easier to keep clean and I wouldnt want him going through some of the embarassments I went through as a kid. Being uncircumsized is natural, however, other children can be relentless and sometimes you have to think about that when it comes to your own children.
@Krisss (1231)
• Australia
30 Oct 06
Are you in USA? Because my own sons say it has never been an issue for them.
• United States
30 Oct 06
Yea, I'm in America.
@Krisss (1231)
• Australia
31 Oct 06
Do you think the numbers of boys being done is lowering in USA like it is in most other developed countries?
• United States
1 Nov 06
I was wondering if you feel so adamently against this in every post and continuously asking "What country are you from?" why bother posting it. If you didnt honestly want to openly accept other peoples opinions on the issue, did you merely want to start a fight. You made it seem like you were insulting the intelligence of people, you asked they answered. Just because they didnt respond the way you wanted them to, doesnt give you the right to disown their opinions. Theres always good and bad to both sides of an issue. Im not for or against circumsision in any respect. My brother is circumsized and is fine, my boyfriend is uncircumsized and likewise is fine. Neither choice makes a child less "manly", however many boys with their foreskin do feel embarrassed escpecially in high school.Why would your children ever tell you if its a problem for them? Its likely hard enough for them to deal with humility, regardless of it not mattering, kids are cruel at any age in school. Many of them feel like they are different from the other boys, even though when they grow up it doesnt matter. I guess your a much older man who has forgotten what its like to be a teenager,otherwise youd remember the ackwardness in a boys room and changing rooms, ect. Why doesnt your post just say "I hate Circumcision" rather than.. "Circumcision. What is your opinion on this? Would you have your baby son cut?" dont bother asking people what they think if your not man enough to accept it.
• United States
1 Nov 06
rock on. why ask a question if you arent open to various answers. there should have been a disclaimer"do not bother responding if your viewpoint is not the same as mine". and maybe i just dont understand the importance of responding to every post with "what country are you from" I mean why not ask what religion we are as well?
@Krisss (1231)
• Australia
1 Nov 06
Because culturally it makes a huge difference what country a poster is from. Did you read my original question? Obviously not from the questions you are asking as they are all answersed right there in front of you
@cielo05 (597)
• Philippines
1 Nov 06
Yes, in our country it is a must for all men.
@Krisss (1231)
• Australia
1 Nov 06
What country is this?
@cielo05 (597)
• Philippines
31 Dec 06
Philippines
@sweetcakes (3506)
• United States
31 Oct 06
my 3 boys did
@Krisss (1231)
• Australia
31 Oct 06
Why did you decide this? How old are your sons? What country are you in?
• United States
31 Oct 06
i thought it was the right thing to do they got it done when the was first born they are now 14,9,8 i live in the united states. and u?
• United States
30 Oct 06
I'm in America. We decided to have our son circumcised for personal hygiene reasons. Also - One of my friends is having to have her son circumsised because he has fibrosis. So it is a medical necessity.
@Krisss (1231)
• Australia
30 Oct 06
A medical necessity is a different thing all together. I don't think personal hygiene is an issue in a modern society. We dont trim our sons ears because they might get dirt behind them do we?
• United States
1 Nov 06
Not the same thing. Air circulates behind the ear. Air doesn't circulate through the foreskin. Bacteria does build up. Constant cleansing can cause chaffing and breakage of skin which would be a mode of transportation for other bacteria. From a medical point of view, it is helpful.
@starr4all (2865)
30 Oct 06
It was never an issue with us. We have two sons and they both were circumsized.
@Krisss (1231)
• Australia
30 Oct 06
What country are you in as different cultures and countries have differing opinions on this. I am in Australia and it has changed dramatially here in the last 30 years.
@starr4all (2865)
31 Oct 06
I'm in the states.
@t33na01 (136)
• United States
30 Oct 06
Well I think its really up to the children, but me and my bf have decided to circumsize our son when he's born.. my bf isn't circumsised, and i guess it always bothered him al ittle since most 'everyone' is.. i guess he feels almost ashamed of it. or something.. i dunno.
@Krisss (1231)
• Australia
30 Oct 06
What country are you in? I am shocked that your boyfriend thinks it is a good thing to have a baby done when he isn't. I think that is very unusual. What on earth is there to be ashamed of, its the way nature/God intended him to be.
• United States
29 Dec 06
80% of the world is intact. Please reconsider and think of all the fact and how this will effect your child before going through with the procedure.
@justreal (2369)
• Canada
28 Dec 06
I would have my baby cut, yes. It is cleaner and it's better for thehygene I find. What do you think?
@Krisss (1231)
• Australia
28 Dec 06
I think thats why we have soap and water. My son is not cut but his father is. My husband now is not and I much prefer uncut men.
@gewcew23 (8012)
• United States
23 Dec 06
My husband and I will have this done to our son if we have one. The reason we believe in it is because we feel like we are upholding the covenant with God. The Hebrew people performed circumcision on infants to signify their responsibility to serve as the holy people whom God called as HIs special servants in the midst of a pagan world. In the Bible's first mention of this God instructed Abraham to circumcise every male child in his household including servants (Genesis 17:11). The custom was performed on the 8th day after birth (Genesis 17:12, Genesis 21:4, and Philippians 3:5). At this time a name was given to the son (luke 1:59, and Luke 2:21). Circumcision of the Jewish male was required as a visible, physical sign of the covenant between the Lord and His people (Genesis 17:11) So we feel like we should uphold the covenant that Abraham made with God and God with Abraham. This is just our view and we respect others views if you respect ours. Thank you for starting this post and God Bless.
• United States
29 Nov 06
Yes, do it. It is a health issue. It's cleaner for them.
@Krisss (1231)
• Australia
29 Nov 06
But there is soap and water.
• United States
1 Nov 06
just out of curiosity. What country are you from? what are your beliefs? Are you cicumcized? how was your childhood? were you ever teased? or were you the one doing the teasing? oh and by the way how do you feel about being backed into a corner and interregated?
@skittlez353 (1404)
• United States
1 Nov 06
we had that discussion when i was pregnant if we had a boy. I would have him circumcized. it might hurt when they`re a baby but they`ll never remember and its healthier.
@Krisss (1231)
• Australia
1 Nov 06
What makes you think its healthier?
@terriann (4458)
• United States
1 Nov 06
yes, I would, and I did have my son circumcisized, because if they have to have it done later on in life, they say it's worser on them.
• South Africa
1 Nov 06
You are right.The older they are the more pain they experience.I did my baby couple of days after he was born.