The Terror of Circumcision?
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|Sun, 07-12-2009 - 11:58pm|
It's this that leaves me incredulous that the USA still circumcises its boys. See the following from a mother who had circumcised her son. Yes, just one mother's experience; but how many others, too?
"I'm finding myself obsessing more and more about it. It's absolutely horrible. I didn't know how horrific it was going to be. It was the most gruesome thing I have ever done in my life. I told the doctor as soon as he was done, if I had a gun, I would have killed him. I swear I would be in jail today if I did have a gun'."
Here is the link from an admittedly 'old' report (1999, I think); but I was debating the issue back then and today's debate is still the same.
Terror... child and mother. Her psychological trauma is as real as her son's. Even I was traumatised following my circumcision in 2002, despite that fact (or perhaps because of it?) I had no choice.
Now, I realise that some/many parents - father or mother - who choose to do this may never experience the distress this woman lives with. Does that negate her terror or does it speak of a suppressed but similar distress in parents who unwarily circumcise their boys?
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