The latest research on the topic states that the procedure can positively benefit the child in the long run in preventing disease and also cuts down on childhood urinary tract infections. Findings also report that the removal of the child’s foreskin can reduce the “breeding ground” area for bacteria that this particular patch of skin is sometimes considered. While it was confirmed ages ago that the practice primarily came into vogue due to religious and cultural prerequisites, decades of investigation have given scientists and physicians to positively state that a clipped foreskin is a healthy foreskin.
On male circumcision, Dr. Ronald Gray of John Hopkins University states:
“The evidence has gotten much stronger with the results of these trials of the potential benefits of circumcision.”
So, I guess what this is boiling down to is the fact that it’s considered genital mutilation when it’s done to women, but it’s supposed to be culturally acceptable (and healthy!) for it to be done to a young male child, boy or man? I’m not sure I agree with that double standard. I’m sure that clipping the clitoris off of a female is just as painful as slicing off a male’s foreskin, and interchangeably.
I discussed this very topic with my husband a few weeks ago and he took the traditional male route of wondering how “other kids” in school would react to seeing an uncircumcised penis on a child when their own was cut to begin with. I completely differed with him — I told him that as long as the child had been educated on all aspects, including, but not limited to proper hygiene and cultural acceptance of various types of life paths (and penises), there should be no question about it.
Regardless of the spread of disease and the heightened risk for infection, allegations which have always been in place since the topic of circumcision veered into taboo territory, I don’t think I’m going to be too quick to circumcise any male children I may birth in the future.
As many say, if we’re born with it, it must have a purpose somewhere along the line.
What bothers me most of all, however, is the double standard we have with male circumcision versus female circumcision. In all reality, they’re not so different, are they?