What to believe...?

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Mon, 10-25-2010 - 5:08am

To paraphrase Gershwin:

It ain't necessarily so…the things that you're liable, to read… on the internet after googling 'circumcision.'

Parents struggling with the decision of whether or not to circumcise their sons are urged to do some research. Whereas their parents would head off to the library and borrow some childcare books, today's moms & dads will look on line. If they do, they will receive about seven million hits!

So, how to sort the wheat from the chaff? Certainly wherever they go they will find plenty of advice discouraging circumcision. Opponents are very passionate and pro-active in presenting their views. Proponents are more passive, being sure what is right for them, why should they care what others do?

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Mon, 10-25-2010 - 5:12am

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Mon, 10-25-2010 - 3:25pm
"Clipping a tongue-tie" is another "unnecessary" or optional procedure. Most parents think nothing of the pediatrician's advice to clip a tongue-tie if the mother is experiencing pain with breastfeeding or the baby does not seem to be having an easy time latching on. Well, as a mother of a son who is circumcised but has not had his tongue-tie clipped (and still breastfeeds), the circumcision procedure was a lot less of a concern than clipping his tongue-tie.
Parenting is about choices, preferably informed choices. I have done my research and made my choices; have you? Please don't push your choices on me and I won't push mine on you.
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Tue, 10-26-2010 - 10:00am

"No medical authority on earth recommends circumcision!"

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Wed, 01-05-2011 - 9:34am

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Thu, 01-06-2011 - 6:31am

"Circumcision is mutilation!"

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Sat, 01-08-2011 - 5:56am

"Circumcision is barbaric!"

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Mon, 01-10-2011 - 7:08am

"His body his choice"

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Fri, 01-14-2011 - 4:45am

"Circumcision removes a piece of skin with 4000 erotic nerve endings!"

Yes, and when the circumcised portion of skin is flattened out, it is about the size of a football field! Sorry, no, I exaggerate as intactivists do. Sometimes the number of nerve endings rises to 5,000 or 6,000 or more. And who, if you stop to think about it, has been able to count them and come up with this number? It seems to have emerged from some intactivist giving a lecture years ago and plucking a figure out of the air.

Most fair minded people on both sides of the argument will concede that the outer foreskin skin on a penis has a sensitivity level comparable with your forearm. When the foreskin is retracted, the glans is revealed and its 'acorn' head is comparatively hypersensitive - as to a slightly lesser degree is the mucosal skin of the inner foreskin. To feel the latter, one has to retract the foreskin hard back so it is turned inside out. Otherwise it bunches against the glans rim and most of its sensitivity is lost in crinkly folds.

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Fri, 01-14-2011 - 11:19am

"To be 'like dad' is not a good reason to circumcise"

Time and again I read a post from a mom who has just circumcised her young son for some medical reason; phimosis (inability to retract the foreskin), paraphimosis (retracted but stuck behind the head of the penis - an A&E hospital emergency!), UTI (Urinary Tract Infection, etc.

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Wed, 01-19-2011 - 11:05am

"The foreskin is torn away from the glans like ripping a fingernail from its bed!"

Let's lay this claim to rest. What rubbish! You only have to watch this early stsge of a circumcision procedure to witness the ease with which a smooth probe can be inserted and moved around under the foreskin. This clearly demonstrates the adhesion is ‘light tack’. Child penises are so programmed for this bond to break down as the child develops towards sexual maturity - anywhere from birth to puberty but generally from 3-5 years of age. Indeed, in a just a few babies the adhesions separate so easily that the foreskin can be fully retracted soon after birth.

By contrast, it would be almost impossible to insert the same probe under a fingernail and very much more pressure would be required to part the surfaces. This is because nature never intends this to happen. The foreskin is intended to separate from the glans it covers, the fingernail is intended to be permanently fixed and only comes away in a painfully severe accident.

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