Genital Integrity Awareness Week

It’s Genital Integrity Awareness Week and I feel compelled to discuss male circumcision.

I strongly disagree with routine male circumcision. Why?

  • Baby boys are born perfect, just like baby girls
  • It has no proven health benefits– it is mostly done for cosmetic purposes. What baby needs an unnecessary cosmetic surgery?
  • Babies DIE from routine circumcision. Many more are scarred and suffer complications lasting a lifetime
  • It’s big business. Foreskins are SOLD to make face creams, amongst other things. Doctors make money performing the procedure, as well as selling to corporations profiting from circumcision
  • It’s cruel and barbaric, often performed without anesthesia and done to a trusting, newborn baby
  • Most of the world does not cut their baby boys–they protect them and recognize the importance of all the body parts
  • Girls are protected by law in many places from the ritualistic practice of female circumcision — why aren’t boys?
  • It’s your baby’s body. It’s his choice about what cosmetic surgeries he may want later in life. Don’t steal that from him.
  • “looking like Dad” is not a good enough reason to inflict an outdated, painful, risky procedure on a little baby

These are just a few reasons. Please research the dangers of routine circumcision. A few excellent sites are listed below. Look into it, because I truly understand that many people and parents have been given misinformation that has affected their decision regarding circumcision. It’s time to recognize the facts and speak up for our children.


3 thoughts on “Genital Integrity Awareness Week

  1. I was circumcised at birth and I wish my parents knew better. Thanks to the internet and posts like yours many parents are learning and doing better. I hope that all children will soon be able to grow up with all their body parts.

  2. Great post! We didn’t circumcise Fisher and I felt like we have had to “defend” that over and over. It is funny though, once I say “My husband isn’t circumcised either” people tend to shut up. I have learned that it is ok for people to talk about your child son’s penis, give advice, express concern, etc but mentioning an adult’s penis shuts them right up.
    Many of my friends are leaving their boys intact, which I think it awesome. In Fisher’s first daycare there were 3 boys in his class, none of them were circ’d!

  3. ……………… It would be nice if some of the reporting on this subject focused on the many Jews who are opposed to circumcision.
    Some Jews feel the time has come for a symbolic bris without surgery.

    Jewish Groups for Genital Integrity
    * Jews Against Circumcision
    * Jews for the Rights of the Child
    * Brit Shalom Celebrants by Mark D. Reiss, M.D.
    * Questioning Circumcision: A Jewish Perspective by Ron Goldman, Ph.D.
    * Beyond the Bris: Jewish Parenting Blog
    * A Case for Bris without Milah. ………………..

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