I’m personally against circumcision.

There, I said it. (If you’d like to know more about why, click here.)

I have two intact sons (who will someday be delighted that their mama posted this all over the internet), and you know what? I’ve never had to do anything for them that I haven’t done with little girls I babysat.

Step 1: Take off diaper

Step 2: Wipe off the offending substance

Step 3: Put on new diaper

When Little L was 2 years old, his [holistic] pediatrician told me I should be pulling back the foreskin a couple times a day when I changed his diaper. Little L protested. And my compliance with the doctor’s orders lasted all of one day. I just couldn’t handle hearing,

No, Mama! I don’t like that!

A child shouldn’t rule my decisions. But he should rule his own body, his own autonomy. If he said he didn’t like what someone was doing to his most private parts, I want said offender to Stop.Right.Now. I want him to know that his body was his, and no one has a right to force their will on him.

Too strong? Maybe. But that goes to the heart of my feelings about circumcision. Sure, I could give you many reasons not to circumcise your son. But what it comes down to is that you shouldn’t make a lifetime decision on someone else’s body “just in case”.

And Parenting magazine made a big screw-up with this one. Even in trying to be PC, their BabyTalk magazine gave the horrid advice,

If he is uncircumcised, it is important to gently tug back his foreskin and cleanse thoroughly.

Ladies, do we “gently tug back” everything and clean inside the yoni? Under the clit? No? Not so much?

For intact boys, the area is extremely sensitive. We could actually be bringing in more germs with our “cleansing”. What we do with the intact penis is, well, nothing. And then we encourage our friends to leave their sons’ penises alone, both right after birth and for the duration.

Because guess what? We don’t need to worry about the foreskin retracting. It should happen by the time the boy is 18, and will happen with a little manual stimulation.

I think we can all agree that the boys will do that on their own, yes?

If you’d like to comment to Parenting about this blunder, fan them on Facebook and have a go.

Image: Circumcision of Jesus by Ted Drake via Flickr under a Creative Commons license.

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