I never had any opinions about circumcision.
It was just something that is done to prevent disease or for religious reasons. Recently, a former distant acquaintance of mine posted to an email list that she was producing a documentary on the subject and had put up a Kickstarter page to fund the last part of it. I decided to do a quick Google search to see what the basic points of the anti-circumcision activists are.
I found the website of a group calling themselves Intact America.
I was surprised to learn there that in the United States 81% of American baby boys were circumcised in 1981, but that now only 40% are. I’m guessing somebody was listening to the activists.
The points on the Intact America site that really stuck out to me are that there is no medical need for circumcision, it doesn’t prevent disease, almost no other industrialized developed country circumcises baby boys, and that circumcision may decrease sexual pleasure as an adult.
Many people would call a medically unnecessary procedure done to a boy, before the age of consent, “mutilation”. Understandably, this has worried people who may want to circumcise their boys, before the age of consent, for religious reasons.
Interestingly, I read on the web site for the documentary American Secret: The Circumcision Agenda that religious freedom in the United States is not total.
In the United States it is illegal:
- for parents to deny life saving medical care to their children for religious reasons
- to partake of certain drugs, even if a person’s religion requires it
- to have multiple wives, even for Mormons
- to cut the genitals of a female child, though there are Americans whose religions demand it
- to stone someone for adultery ( or any other reason ) for religious reasons.
So, my mind got opened about a new subject. Interesting.
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