I have to say, studying psychology has completely changed the way I view the world. It forced me to reflect on the many values and morals I had originally held and start to question them. Why do I feel this way towards these issues? Was this opinion one I made for myself or one that may have been subconsciously instilled in me by my upbringing or by society?
Before studying psychology I believed that circumcision was acceptable, in fact I was sure I would circumcise my own son when the time came. It’s kind of just what you do. Then through the education of both a Sexual Behavior course and a Cross Cultural course, I began to see the absurdity in such a procedure. The ends simply do not justify the means. An infant that small cannot be put under any kind of anesthesia so with that being said you better believe they feel every bit of the process. When people try to say having foreskin is less sanitary and causes infections, I say to keep reading whatever page they found that information on. I’m almost positive that if you continue down you’ll see that if the guy cleans himself properly then this really isn’t an issue. As a parent your really should be teaching proper personal hygiene anyway!
Something that really really gets to me when I hear it, is when people try to justify this procedure with vanity reasons. “It’s a turn off for women”. “Foreskin isn’t very attractive.” “People aren’t used to it, it’s not the norm”…STOP! If you’re mature enough to have sex in the first place, you should be mature enough to understand the human body. If the person you’re sexually involved with isn’t mature enough themselves, maybe they’re not who you should be sleeping with anyway. Maybe they need to do some more growing up. The human body is pretty freaking beautiful and pretty freaking horrible at the same time. We all have ‘weird’ parts of ourselves or something we’d rather do without. Trust me, your child will find someone who accepts them just as they are and loves them indefinitely regardless, and THAT’S who they should be having sex with anyway. Maybe it wouldn’t hurt to tell them that.
Also with working in the emergency room of a children’s hospital, I can tell you the number of babies brought in for infection POST circumcision is quite high. Time and time again we see irritation and inflammation, complications from the procedure etc. It honestly seems that the real reason this country still pushes for circumcision is because this country always seems to have one main priority, the moonneeyyy. I recently learned that the doctors at the women and baby hospital directly across the street from my hospital, make a pretty decent cut from of every circumcision that they get parents to agree to. The average procedure costs $2,000! Don’t be fooled! It’s 2017 people. Are we not past mutilating our poor babies?
“In 1975, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) stated in no uncertain terms that “there is no absolute medical indication for routine circumcision of the newborn.” In 1983, the AAP and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) restated this position. In 1999, in 2005, and again in 2012, the AAP again restated this position of equivocation.”