Welcome to my blog. I chose an important and rather “taboo” subject in America that has grown on me these past few years – “Routine” Neonatal Male Circumcision.
This blog reflects my personal views along with research and factual information on the subject. People tried to discourage me before I even started by saying things like: “why fight against a tradition?”, “circumcision isn’t that big of a deal”, or “why do you care?, you aren’t circumcised“. My answer to that is: I felt an awakening to create awareness of a practice that is so ingrained in a culture but whose people are blinded to its harmful nature; either influenced by a system that has instructed them to perceive it as nothing but beneficial, or by their own personal “motives” that have been carried on generation after generation. And I don’t have to be a victim of circumcision to feel sympathy for the men who as newborns didn’t have a voice against a practice forced upon them; they will never know what it is like to grow up with intact genitalia as nature intended.
If only parents in America were open to learn of what circumcision really entails, its disturbing history, how unethical the procedure is, and more importantly its long-term adverse effect on the otherwise normal functionality of the intact penis, perhaps they wouldn’t think of it as a “gift” to their baby boys.
People in developed countries tend to be shocked when learning that America is still“cutting” their baby boys, because all of them discontinued the recommendation for the practice over half a century ago, and they are still discouraging it while incorporating laws to protect their infants; Denmark for example has the lowest rate of circumcision (2%), and along with Iceland in the past decade has tried to pursue a ban on the practice; Italy doesn’t allow tampering of the foreskin until the age of 5 – a malpractice that happens in America more often than one thinks and which has led to further unnecessary circumcisions on infants. Europeans in particular (excluding religious groups)only practice circumcision for valid therapeutic reasons, and when less invasive alternatives fail. In reality only about 1% of intact boys will experience some kind of foreskin-related “complication” during their lifetime that may need intervention, but which doesn’t always warrant circumcision.
And if you didn’t know, 70% percent of males in the world are intact; the other 30% of circumcised males consists of Muslims (20%), and the remaining 10% are Jews, Americans and other cultures that still practice circumcision as a ritual.
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Being born and raised abroad, the subject of circumcision was never really brought up – except in school once or twice, because it isn’t a “tradition” in my country of origin. All males in my family, friends, and guys I saw growing up were intact. Never saw a circumcised penis in the flesh until a few years after I immigrated to America. My first naive thought was: what happened to this guy that made his penis look so coarse with a big scar on it?. For many years I was indifferent to what it meant to be circumcised; except on the back of my head I always had a curiosity to find out about the surgery. As time progressed, I noticed a subtle rejection for the misconceptions over being intact, but it never made feel insecure but rather unique.
My experiences and testimonials from others gradually drove me to dig into the disturbing history of circumcision in America. As I immersed more into it this past year, it became clear that circumcision wasn’t just a “routine” surgery, but a socio-cultural “status” – which makes the issue bigger than everyone thinks.
And I don’t need literature or scientific research to show me that the harm from circumcision is real; I have witnessed and experienced it over the past 20 years since I became sexually active. At the same time I can attest for myself and other intact guys, that we never experienced “complications” while growing up due to the fact that we were left intact as babies; nor our parents needed a manual to know how to take care of us. All the “risks” of staying intact out there are nothing but fabricated reasons to inflict fear in vulnerable parents to continue consenting a practice that is as backwards as its origins.
As much as it breaks my heart to share these kind of stories, it is important to understand that repercussions from circumcision are real; whether complications or emotional trauma. And there isn’t a better example of that with a recent tragedy that has come to light. Alex Hardy, an intelligent and popular 23-year old with no history of mental history, took his life because he couldn’t cope with the consequences from circumcision as an adult. He felt “mutilated” and was lied to about the options he had to treat his phimosis.
Alex was born in England but relocated to Canada for his studies at age 15. And Canada isn’t much different in terms of circumcision “recommendation” to America, it is the first line of treatment to any foreskin-related “complications”, unlike Europe where they recommend less invasive alternatives.
He was 21 at the time of the procedure in 2015. Took his life 2 years later, and his mother finally came forward about her loss in 2019.