All-boy families in the USA - and circumcision?

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Registered: 01-06-2002
All-boy families in the USA - and circumcision?
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Tue, 01-08-2013 - 12:10am

I'm a twin of one brother and a brother to two younger brothers: four boys (now adult) - and no sisters. I have always regreted no sisters - as did my parents, whose final attempt to try for a girl produced a fourth boy.

I'm English. We don't routinely circumcise our boys. I've seen no recent mention on this board of issues involving circumcision. Does this mean American parents of all-boys leave them intact? Or does it simply mean that circumcision is still the status quo? If your family included daughters would they question it?

Christopher

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Wed, 06-05-2013 - 10:27pm

Please see above reply.

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Registered: 01-06-2002
Wed, 06-05-2013 - 10:18pm

It was not I who kept bringing up the 'sister' question, it was others who responded to it. I simply replied in the course of conversation. My first, important question was answered by just one person.

Oh, and I find the word, 'junk' applied to male genitals somewhat offensive.

Christopher

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Registered: 12-16-2003
Sun, 02-03-2013 - 10:53pm
The question was answered, several times. Some have it done to their sons and some don't. You kept bringing up what the sisters would think, not me. I kept saying they would not think about it, no sister cares about her brothers junk.

Ramona  Mom to 2 great kids and wife to one wonderful hubby since 1990!

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Registered: 01-06-2002

You didn't answer my questions, but that's your prerogative. I'm happy to answer any you may have.

Britons don't "obsess" about family genitals at all. We are content with the way nature made us. If there's one first-world nation that continues to have an obsession with family private parts, it's the USA. Its boys are still tragically circumcised in their millions.

Christopher

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Registered: 12-16-2003

Do Britts obsess about what family members private parts look like?

Ramona  Mom to 2 great kids and wife to one wonderful hubby since 1990!

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Registered: 01-06-2002

Except one is man-made and the other a natural difference. So to say "it just is" is only true of hair colour (using your example).

Visit a circumcision message board on any family orientated website and you will find many American parents who circumcised their first boy but left any others intact. Are you saying that in you opinion older siblings (boy or girl) helping with the care of their younger brothers from time to time would notice one with a foreskin and another without - and assume it's the way boys are born? It just is? After all, we're all unique in our physical appearance; even identical twins have small anatomical differences.

Christopher

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Registered: 12-16-2003

It would be no different than one being blond and another brunette. It just is. I really see no reason why mort sisters would even know. My dh is the oldest and I am sure that his sisters have no clue if he is or not and I truely believe they could not care less!

Ramona  Mom to 2 great kids and wife to one wonderful hubby since 1990!

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Thu, 01-31-2013 - 11:24pm

Ramona, your reply made me think again - as has others:. "girls will not question that. It just is the way things are."

But woud Engish girls be the same when circumcision is so rare here? Are sisters universally able to be as acceptable of the difference between intact and circumcised, and give it barely a thought?

Christopher

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Registered: 03-24-2005

I have a brother 8 years younger than me, and I don't recall ever thinking twice about his circumcision.  I guess if there was one brother who was and one who wasn't then it might raise more questions, but I think that's probably a fairly unusual circumstance.

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Registered: 12-16-2003
My dd took care of her younger brother, I just think the girls will not question that. It just is the way things are.

Ramona  Mom to 2 great kids and wife to one wonderful hubby since 1990!

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