Do you think its necessary for males to be circumcised?
July 23, 2009 5:11pm CST
I grew up hearing that it is important for boys to be circumcised. Now I figure this is just a religious or cultural practice. I heard this morning that research has shown that cervical cancer is not as rampant among Jewish women as it is among women from other races. A link between the circumcision of Jewish men is said to possibly be the contributing factor. Some other things I have learnt about circumcision: Circumsised males are more likely to pick up an infection (or is that the other way around ) Circumcised males are more likely to suffer from genital warts while uncircumcised males suffer more from canker sores from syphilis ect... There might be more but those are the ones I have heard of. Have you heard of any other facts or fiction related to circumcision? Is it important to you that your boy child is circumcised? I am absolutely against the circumcision of girls. Not only is it unnecessary but also cold and callous in nature.
23 Jul 09
The circumcision of females is a horrible mutiliation to the female body, and is usually only carried out in third world eastern countries, most often as a form of punishment. As for the boys, I personally don't think it's right to physically modify the body of a child, whether or not for religion or tradition, before the child is old enough to understand what is being done, and make the decision themselves. I think it should be something the parents should wait until their child is a little older so that they can explain not only what the procedure involves, but also explain why you want them to do it, and then let them make the decision. It is their body, they have to live in it. As for health reasons, I think the whole thing between un/circumcised males having increased instanced of infections etc, is entirely subjective to personal opinion. Other factors in each individual body determine how easily you retain infections and diseases, and I don't think something like a circumcision is the sole cause of those issues. They may hinder or help, but are not the sole cause.
23 Jul 09
Hi Darwin. Circumcision would definately be a aiding factor to infections, not the sole cause. I have never heard it being mentioned as the sole cause at all. I was shocked to learn some years ago that there was such a thing as female circumcision. The report was so horrible I cant forget it. Thanks for sharing your views here
25 Jul 09
Apart from religious reasons I think that circumcision of males is usually done if the father of the child has been circumcised. The circumcision of females is barabric and I find it so horrific that I just cannot write about it. It is still going in today in mnay countries and also in many communities when poeple have migrated. I cannot express my horror at this practise.
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23 Jul 09
I've read a little bit on the subject, but I haven't done a lot of research. I've heard the arguments from both sides and they both make a lot of good points. I believe that there are pros and cons to both doing it or not doing it. I've heard that it's healthier to circumcise and I've also heard that it's healthier not to circumcise. At this point in time I am undecided on if I will circumcise my sons or not. I will definitely do plenty of research before making that decision. But I'm not having kids anytime soon so it's not something I have to think about for awhile. But I do believe that all parents should fully research it and learn about it before making a decision!