Per Wikipedia: “Male circumcision is the removal of the foreskin from the human penis. In the most common procedure, the foreskin is opened, adhesions are removed, and the foreskin is separated from the glans. After that, a circumcision device may be placed and then the foreskin is cut off. Topical or locally injected anesthesia is sometimes used to reduce pain and physiologic stress. For adults and children, general anesthesia is an option, and the procedure may be performed without a specialized circumcision device. The procedure is most often an elective surgery performed on babies and children for religious or cultural reasons. In other cases it may be done as a treatment for certain medical conditions or for preventative reasons. Medically it is a treatment option for problematic cases of phimosis, balanoposthitis that does not resolve with other treatments, and chronic urinary tract infections (UTIs). It is contraindicated in cases of certain genital structure abnormalities or poor general health.
“The positions of the world’s major medical organizations range from considering elective circumcision of babies and children as having no benefit and significant risks, to it having a modest health benefit that outweighs small risks. No major medical organization recommends either universal circumcision of all males or banning the procedure. Ethical and legal questions regarding informed consent and human rights have been raised over the circumcision of babies and children for non-medical reasons; for these reasons the procedure is controversial.”
“Behavioral effects have been observed following infant circumcision including changes in sleep patterns, irritability, changes in feeding, and parental bonding. Some men who were circumcised as infants described their feelings about the procedure using the terms ‘violation, torture, mutilation and sexual assault’.”
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One of the problems you will discover as you peruse the materials provided in this section’s sub-pages is that few studies have been done on the downsides of circumcision. Like adverse reactions related to vaccines, this narrative is culturally taboo: questioning the safety, utility, ethics, or trauma induced by circumcision—or even worse, publishing your research—is a quick and guaranteed way to be labeled an antisemite. In the US, the only major religious group that requires circumcision is Judaism. While Islam is the largest circumcising population in the world, there is no mandate in Islam to perform circumcision. While circumcision is largely Christian tradition in the US, it is technically a violation of that faith: Galatians 5:2 reads “Mark my words! I, Paul, tell you that if you let yourselves be circumcised, Christ will be of no value to you at all” (NIV). It is therefore confounding that religious communities who believe in Biblical inerrancy have the highest rates of circumcision among Christians in the US.
So why is circumcision such a protected practice in the US and abroad? The Jewish lobby in the United States (AIPAC, ADL, etc.) are extremely powerful, well-funded, and have inordinate control over every social institution in our country. This same situation is the case in most western/industrialized nations. A case in point:
Note: this occurred in Canada. Since this time, a few studies that have sustained widespread and vitriolic attacks have demonstrated the effect that Dr. Tinari discovered during this test.
Many nations have attempted in recent years to ban circumcision unless medically necessary in all individuals under the age of 18. This has universally resulted in a backlash from primarily Jewish, but occasionally Islamic sources. For example, in response to a proposed ban of circumcision in Norway, Rabbi Cardozo issued this public statement entitled “The Ban on Circumcision: Blatant Anti-Semitism and Ignorance” with the support of the Jewish community.
“Medical science has not yet determined whether circumcision reduces or enhances sexual pleasure. Either way, it is remarkable that Jews have greatly succeeded at sex. As one of the oldest nations in the world, if not the oldest, the Jewish people have had proportionately more children than any other nation. Sex was and is seen as a commandment by God not only to facilitate having children, but also as a joyful experience. Pleasure, however, is not a supreme value to which everything else must yield. It has a place in this world, but it is not the ultimate. That Judaism requires its followers to circumcise their sons proves the immense importance it attributes to this rite, as a token of the highest level of dedication to a mission. This, notwithstanding its uncompromising concern for the human body – as reflected in its total opposition to any other intrusion on the human body for non-medical reasons – and despite its insistence that everything must be done to stay physically healthy, and that no unnecessary harm may be done even to animals.”
Read that again. To paraphrase, “We don’t know if what we’re doing stunts our children’s sexuality, but even if it does, who cares? Our religious practices trump the rights of our children.” If this was a case of the practice being limited to Jewish children, that might be a coherent argument (however repugnant), but it isn’t: circumcision is encouraged for everyone in order to protect this Jewish custom, because if it is supported by the general public it can never be banned.
The United States is the only western nation that still circumcises the majority of male children. It should be noted that the American Academy of Pediatrics is the only medical association in the industrialized world which promotes circumcision, claiming “the benefits outweigh the risks“. This paper drew scathing denunciations from medical associations across the rest of the industrialized world, including an extremely well-cited review from the British Association of Paediatric Surgeons, the Committee on Ethics and Children’s Rights, the Swedish Paediatric Society, The Ethics Committee of the Danish Medical Association, the Ethics Committee of the German Academy of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, the Finnish Association of Pediatric Surgeons, the Ethics Committee of the Norwegian Medical Association, the Norwegian Paediatric Association, the Estonian Society of Paediatric Surgeons, the Swedish Pediatric Society, the Dutch Society of Pediatric Surgery, and other notable medical associations.
Today, we are witnessing a dramatic cultural shift in the United States, where tradition is being supplanted by respect for the bodily autonomy of the child. As this happens, and parents gain access to information about the true consequences of this ancient tribal custom, the rate of male circumcision is rapidly decreasing in many states.
These rates are even lower today, falling steadily with each passing year.
The roots OF CIRCUMCISION AND MODERN CONTROVERSY
We could present a lot of information about this topic, but we will leave it to those that are more erudite and entertaining than we are. It should come as no surprise, given the information that we will present in links under this topic we are unabashedly opposed to male circumcision for reasons of bodily autonomy, childhood development, and adult sexual health.
The first video (to set the stage) is a short, humorous clip from CollegeHumor:
The second video is by Eric Clopper, a highly-educated former administrator at Harvard University, who sacrificed his career by providing information about circumcision (and incidentally referenced the first video). Despite being Jewish, he was roundly accused of anti-semitism, and is now black-balled from the academic community. These are the consequences of speaking truth to power. The following video, while long, is as entertaining as it is informative. I would recommend that every parent watches this with their partner.
(We will provide links in sub-pages to the studies and data that he refers to during his presentation.)
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There are volumes of “garbage studies” out there with flawed methodologies designed to deny the obvious consequences of circumcision. For example, surveying adult men about their level of satisfaction is not a valid way to measure penile sensitivity. On the other hand, surveying adult women about comparative outcomes of sexual encounters with circumcised versus uncircumcised men is valid. Taking objective measurements of nerve sensitivity in various areas of circumcised or uncircumcised penises is valid. Before-and-after MRI studies of brain function are valid. Longitudinal studies comparing circumcised and uncircumcised males are valid. These are the types of sources that we will be providing in sub-pages.
Regardless of any other consideration, the following is undeniably true: circumcision is a irreversible and unnecessary surgical procedure performed on unconsenting infants which is designed to damage their sexual functionality and reduce their sexual pleasure.
This is an abominable practice. No parent should ever allow this procedure to be done to any child, and parents are cautioned to be vigilant during labor and delivery: thousands of children are circumcised in the US each year without parental consent or knowledge so the hospital can bill an additional $400-1500 and sometimes sell the foreskin tissue to brokers for an additional $100-200 for use in the cosmetic industry. This is so undeniably evil that it astounds us that there hasn’t been a greater public backlash to this practice.