The Circumcision Discussion - page 90

by jmspeach

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I know this can be a HUGE debate, and I'm not looking to start any arguments. I was just wondering as you are OB nurses. I'm expecting a boy in July and not sure if we should circ. or not. My husband says yes, it's better... Read More


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    I think the onus is on the ones who want it done to explain why it is done.


    There is definitely a cultural shift occurring with regards to circ. It will no longer be the norm with the cultural mixing that is occurring in this country. People in most of the developed world, aside from the US, do not practice routine infant circumcision.
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    Quote from 2curlygirls
    i think the onus is on the ones who want it done to explain why it is done.
    what onus? why do people of either persuasion have to answer to someone outside their own family circle and their own conscience?
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    So, if I want to take a needle and pinprick my baby girl's labia, is anyone going to come to my defense at the trial that is going to inevitably ensue ? Even if it's a cultural norm? Even if my intent is only to welcome my daughter into my cultural community?

    I have a friend who is a surgeon in Finland. The operation of choice in Finland for phimosis is preputiotomy. Most of the time it works. They work to preserve the foreskin, because they really believe that it has a purpose. My German friend asked me, "Why in the hell do you all do that?" My answer: Ummmm....
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    The foreskin DOES have a purpose, protection, lubrication, sensation.....and the reason most people have a real problem with routine infant circ is because it is a human rights issue.....that baby boy has a RIGHT to decide what happens to HIS body....we're talking autonomy, informed consent, etc....I have seen some pretty horrible things that have happened as a RESULT of the circumcision.....and I also know men who have had ongoing/lifelong problems as a RESULT of the circ....it just sickens me that we continue to do this to our children....I will never understand why, especially when the information shows that it is unnecessary, and unwarranted....people do it because it is aesthetically pleasing...it is a cosmetic surgery plain and simple...it has little to no actual medical benefits.
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    Excellent Posts RN/Writer! I agree it should be a private family decision whatever they decide.

    Quote from hypocaffeinemia
    I could retype your entire post substituting foot binding or labial removal/suturing and it'd be as true for those in such cultures.
    This line of logic is incredibly silly and could be used to justify...damn near anything. Sorry couldn't resist the temptation to fit that line in here since it is appropriate. Touche'
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    Quote from Smurfette752
    the reason most people have a real problem with routine infant circ is because it is a human rights issue.....that baby boy has a RIGHT to decide what happens to HIS body.....
    So are we not to vaccinate our children because they have the RIGHT to decide what happens with THEIR bodies? I see that as no different. I have seen tragic things happen as a result of children being vaccinated. Just as tragic things can happen from not being vaccinated. Boys who are not cir'd are at a higher risk for STD's, infection, etc...yeah if they clean themselves there's not much of a risk, but who's going to go around checking their son to make sure they cleaned under their foreskin? Not I.

    The US is the only country in the world that generally accepts circumcision as a medically necessary practice. Why that is I have no clue? In England they do make a slit in the foreskin at birth so that the foreskin will retract more easily and removes the chance of phimosis.
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    Quote from BroadwayRN
    So are we not to vaccinate our children because they have the RIGHT to decide what happens with THEIR bodies? I see that as no different. I have seen tragic things happen as a result of children being vaccinated. Just as tragic things can happen from not being vaccinated. Boys who are not cir'd are at a higher risk for STD's, infection, etc...yeah if they clean themselves there's not much of a risk, but who's going to go around checking their son to make sure they cleaned under their foreskin? Not I.

    The US is the only country in the world that generally accepts circumcision as a medically necessary practice. Why that is I have no clue? In England they do make a slit in the foreskin at birth so that the foreskin will retract more easily and removes the chance of phimosis.
    Vaccination and amputation are COMPLETELY DIFFERENT!!!!!!!!!!!!! I can't even believe that people...especially nurses actually would say that "It is cleaner" AND ESPECIALLY "Uncirc'ed are at higher risk for STD's" that ISN'T true....that is unfounded and simply untrue, and is what is said to persuade people to circ.
    As far as the "checking" you son's penis....that is ridiculous!!! If you teach him properly...and it isn't hard to do...there will be no subsequent problems in the future.
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    Quote from BroadwayRN
    Excellent Posts RN/Writer! I agree it should be a private family decision whatever they decide.



    This line of logic is incredibly silly and could be used to justify...damn near anything. Sorry couldn't resist the temptation to fit that line in here since it is appropriate. Touche'
    Repetition does not an argument make. I was aiming at your platitude (paraphrasing: It may be rare, but if happens to you, your probability is 100%!).

    The fact of the matter is that most people in the U.S. that support circumcision do so due to traditional cultural and/or religious norms and not for any other reason. Their support of it is equivalent to other cultures' support of practices our culture finds unsavory- be it female genital mutilation, foot binding, infant tattooing, body piercing, neck-ringing, or what have you. Our culture's support of this practice blinds most people from objectively realizing the practice is no better than the very things we deem unsavory or unethical in other cultures.

    Separately, from a professional nursing standpoint, it violates the principle of patient autonomy.
    Last edit by hypocaffeinemia on Jan 25, '09
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    Quote from BroadwayRN
    The US is the only country in the world that generally accepts circumcision as a medically necessary practice.
    We're also one of three countries that refuses to standardize its measurements to SI, the other two being Burma and Liberia. The fact that the rest of the civilized world takes a different path should be a big red flag to most people.
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    Quote from hypocaffeinemia

    Separately, from a professional nursing standpoint, it violates the principle of patient autonomy.
    I agree 100%, I have said this several times. Thanks!!!


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