This post is a perfect summation of my feelings towards circumcision. I used to, like many Americans, believe that it was quite normal to lop a piece of a baby’s penis off for no reason. I never questioned it, never looked into it. I had no reason to really. Then when we found out that we were having a baby boy, I decided I really needed to research this procedure and the reasonings behind it. I do after all, work in the medical field.
I started my dubious research, and came to one conclusion. This wasn’t something I could do to an innocent baby. I could not find one good reason to do it. Evolution put the foreskin there for a reason, and it’s such antiquated thinking to say it needs to be cut off. We made the decision, even though his Daddy was cut, to end the cycle there. We would not, could not, let a doctor do such a horrible thing to our baby.
I told my mother after watching videos of the procedure being done that there was no way I could sit there and watch that being done to my baby. And if I couldn’t watch, it wasn’t right. If I would make my newborn perfect baby sit through a surgery, morally to me I’d have to be by his side. That thought solidified my choice for me. As a mom, my job was now to protect him and look out for his best interests and well being. I should not be making this choice for him. If he later decides as a consenting adult to do this to himself, then it is his choice. He can make sure he has enough anesthesia and pain medicine to deal with it if that were to ever happen.
This sums it all up for me perfectly: “If you still do this to your child, at least have the guts and decency to be there. You are putting them through this, stand up and be accounted for, don’t turn your back because it’s too hard for you to sit through. This isn’t about you, it’s about them, snap out of it. Learning that now will save you the next 20 years of anguish as you battle for your lost identity to the new one of “mother”.”