What is the purpose of circumcision?

Canada
February 4, 2007 9:48pm CST
I know circumcision is a religious requirement of the Islamic and Jewish faiths. But why would parents elect for their children to be circumcised if it is not a requirement of their faith?
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@filchi (291)
• Netherlands
6 Feb 07
I will answer it personally, i think for me if it is circumcised, it looks better than not. And when you are cleaning it, you can clean it more better as i am very particular with the smell,because i myself is very particular with personal hygiene.
@krishkorp (427)
• India
5 Feb 07
as far as i know when there is possibility of build up of smegma,which is y most of them go for circumcision.
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@cultoffury (1283)
• India
5 Feb 07
The idea behind circumcision is that, this increases the hygiene. What they say is once this is done, the genital won't have accumulated dust, or other dirt, so it would remain clean and the chance of infection is lower. I asked my muslim friend about that now, he told me this.
• United States
5 Feb 07
Personally i think it is asthetic more these days than for any other reason. In today's world, it is simple to keep it clean. It isn't medically necessary anymore but a lot of people do it because it is expected. It's one of those "you're different" kind of things.
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@justreal (2367)
• Canada
5 Feb 07
Circumcision was first used to protect men against infection and/or irritation due to dirt or sand getting underneath the foreskin. Circumcision continues to have something religious and cultural for people around the world, but whether or not it still offers health benefits is an issue currently under much debate.
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@Pekachu (1114)
• United States
5 Feb 07
because it is more sanitary there are instances of infection from not cleaning properly around the extra skin
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• Philippines
5 Feb 07
someone sounds like he's not cut.
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• Canada
5 Feb 07
Damn straight! When I was born, Quebec doctors wouldn't perform circumcisions except for religious reasons (and then its not done by doctors anyway). My parents would have had to take me out of province or to a private clinic to get it done.