Saturday, 2 October 2010
I had no idea that male circumcision was popular in the USA until I met an American doctor who worked on one of the American airbases around here. He said that one of his jobs was circumcising boys, especially since it wasn't commonly done in the UK. I was amazed. 'Why?' I asked. He said it was just tradition, that it was unnecessary and caused pain, only giving a small benefit of preventing an extremely rare cancer. Medically he said it shouldn't be done. But he had his boy circumcised in case he was ridiculed for not being circumcised.
Why am I writing this? Well because I was challenged in my post about female circumcision to discuss this subject too. The bit that is chopped off isn't just a useless flap of skin but contains glands and without it sex is meant to be less enjoyable, although this is debatable. However, removal of the foreskin can lead to a reduction of STDs.
I do feel more strongly about female circumcision, which in some cases is deliberately carried out so that she is more likely to be faithful if she doesn't enjoy sex. However, when I googled to find an image appropriate for male circumcision I was horrified at some of the images. Surely this should not be inflicted on children. It should be an adult choice?