Circumcision: some in depth questions
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|Thu, 07-08-2010 - 9:39pm|
Below I quote from a mother who has posted here in the past. This is a post from her on a different debate board - and my reply. I hope some of you can offer an evaluation of her comments and my responses.
"I give out information that there is No Need at all to mess with the foreskin even after they turn 1 because some parents may get advice to gently retract or to start to do it when he turns 1 sometimes that advice may not happen until the child is 3 since many doctors belive they need to be retractable by the time they are 3 or 5 .
Sometimes doctors will mess with the foreskin without the parent really noticing because doctors will press the back end of the penis to make the foreskin go tight."
That method had not occurred to me before, but of course it makes sense. A doctor is presented with a baby boy whose parents obviously chose to leave him intact. He doesn't want to upset the parent attending the examination, but his opinion that a foreskin has to be 'encouraged' to retract is uppermost in his mind. So what better than to disguise his intent by sleight of hand?
Which brings me on to your first paragraph and a question that constantly puzzles me. If doctors, nurses and even care-givers in the US accept that many parents intentionally leave their boys as nature made them, what is it that compels them to 'assist' the process before the foreskin has naturally separated?
Is it a knee-jerk reaction to the visual presence of a non-circumcised penis, perhaps? After all, culture has told them for decades that a permanently exposed glans penis is a 'normal' penis. If it's a knee-jerk issue, why doesn't every doctor/nurse immediately insist that the boy's foreskin should be removed, since it's a worthless appendage and a harbour for any manner of ills? What will messing with his foreskin achieve?
CL - Circumcision Debate
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Edited 7/9/2010 5:26 pm ET by cl-islaywhisky