Let’s amputate all toes at birth. It’s a very serious matter. The odds of getting an infection or an ingrown nail are very high. Athlete’s foot is picked up by the toes, also hepatitis C can be transmitted and picked up via the toes. In fact could you imagine how much less pain one would have if one didn’t have toes to stub? A foot without toes would also look better. Taking all this into account it would be better just to amputate all toes at birth.
It may sound funny but these are many of the reasons that are given to justify circumcision. In fact most of the reasons given for male circumcision in the US are the same ones given for female circumcision in Asian and African countries. It’s more hygienic, it looks better and the list goes on. While this may be convincing for some out there, here are some facts that tell a different story about circumcision.
Only twenty percent of men are circumcised in the world. The American Pediatrics association has never recommended it. 4000 children die of SIDS each year which does not have a cause, 117 die from circumcision which is completely preventable. Also now that most insurance companies and Medicaid have dropped circumcision as a covered item less and less people are doing it. This implies that if it was so healthy and good the number of circumcisions wouldn’t drop because people would just pay for it. Circumcision is a major surgery and it is only done with a topical anesthetic that has been shown to only slightly numb the area. If a man gets it done later in life they completely anesthetize the area.
As for women saying things like it is aesthetically more pleasing. I am sure that the vast majority of women wouldn’t be able to tell the difference between a circumcised versus a non circumcised penis.
I never intended to get my sons (or my daughter) circumcised. However when I witnessed a circumcision and how terribly that little boy screamed afterwards I cannot see why any one would do this procedure. The terrified and confused look that child had in its eyes afterwards was horrible. So before someone goes and has this procedure done please think about how much pain that child will go through and the negative side effects it will have for the rest of their life.
Link on Circumcision:
Care of the intact penis: http://www.circumstitions.com/Care.html
Myth’s about Circumcision: http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/moral-landscapes/201109/myths-about-circumcision-you-likely-believe