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Good article with some good info on the medical side.


Philosophically speaking, that's a personal decision.

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I've never understood the whole circumcision thing, and nobody I know has actually had it done, neither me nor my three brothers are either.

TL;DR. No.

Runa216 said:

Yeah I don't even know how this is still a discussion.

Circumcision has no real benefits, is virtually impossible to reverse, permanently impacts sexual pleasure, and really only exists for the sake of tradition.

If you don't circumcise, keeping your kids dick clean is as simple as teaching him 'peel back the skin and clean it' (Promise it's not hard), it can be circumcised later in life if he so desires, and the decision that will effect his sexual experiences the rest of his life is left to him.

There's literally no reason to circumcise at birth unless there's a genuine medical emergency.

Edit: Also, why the fuck does it matter what other boys think of your boy's dick? Kids are cruel no matter what. Your kid could have a mole on his elbow and kids will tease him for that. I'm still curious why you expect to have your kid just whippin' it out and showing everyone. Absolutely baffling argument is that. 

'peel back the skin and clean it'

I felt that line physically hit me.

It supposedly has some minor health benefits.  But they are so minor, that it's not recommended to do so for health benefits. 

It's also kind of weird to basically mutilate someone.  Although it's complicated.  

I would say no.  There's no real reason to do so.  

I can't possibly understand how anyone is okay with mutilating a child without there consent. It is only okay in the case of a medical emergency.

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No, if they want to do it when they're older then let them but not when they're a baby.

I've no memory of it, so I don't begrudge my parents in the slightest. I'm glad they got me circumcised. My girlfriend and I have already decided we'll be circumcising any boys, and she's otherwise an atheist who's generally big on consent, bodily autonomy, control over ones destiny, etc. For example she hates burial and wants to be cremated when she dies but she respects my desire to be buried and if next of kin, she will ensure that I am buried, not cremated. Our rationale is generally that health risks are minimal, and while benefits are also minimal, in general the foreskin likely won't be missed and uh...well...teenage boys, particularly depressed or ADHD ones, of which I and she both are so we'll be likely to pass it on, but the boys frequently go through periods of terrible hygiene, especially when depressed, and we don't want to deal with smegma. That seriously might be the most disgusting word in the English language, smegma. I never had to deal with it, don't want to have to deal with it with my son. And if I don't circumcise him, I probably will. Depression has a genetic component and is also becoming more common over time due to the changing demands on our lifestyles by society. Between that and ADHD, there's just a disturbing chance he'll have hygiene issues at some point. This just makes it that much easier to deal with, and honestly, hygiene issues with the foreskin DO carry a health risk, so to me, that edges the benefits of circumcision out over the risks. But that's just me. I understand if you would decide differently. It's ultimately not that big a deal.

Hell no. The Benefit is?????? and the baby will suffer.

- "If you have the heart of a true winner, you can always get more pissed off than some other asshole."

As a circumcised male, there isn't much point to it unless there is a medical problem like with what happened to me. But make sure the medical problem is real.

The procedure can be just as dangerous to a child as an adult, so let him decide when he gets older.

Fuck no.

Would you be okay with circumcising your daughter? Simply removing the labia in a cosmetic procedure which is largely the same as male circumcision in that it simply removes some sexual pleasure and "makes it easier to clean"? (a complete bullshit excuse) Of fucking course not. Why should a boy be treated any differently? Keep knives the fuck away from babies' genitals.