Okay, I gotta jump in here for the opposite side. My husband and I are reading thru the responses so far... yes, he was mutilated as an infant and, folks, if he was any more sensitive, he'd be riding my leg all day. (Its okay for me to say that, he's laughing)
Heck, yeah! it hurts. No, I don't think the lidocaine injections help, they just leave bruises on the little guys nuts on top of the poor sore penis. The topical is great. Is circumcision necessary? Living in an area with a huge geriatric population, I've taken care of at least a dozen older men with raging foreskin infections. The last one I remember quite clearly as having that unique pseudomonas odor and talk of amputation. At that point, he was regretting not having had one. Up to that point I think he had fun.
Is my son circed? Yes. Would I do it again if I could go back and think it over? Yes. Will I someday feel guilty? Nope. Do I have a hissy if the parents I work with don't want one their sons? Uh-uh. Its a personal choice based on not only societal values but also religious beliefs.
Finally, "mutilation" is a pretty strong word to describe removing a piece of skin. Mutilation is what a burn leaves behind, what a knife can do, what a gunshot causes. I just reviewed the results of my husband's "mutilation." Have to go to bed now...