Why Your Son’s Penis Is My Business   5 comments

When the subject of intactivism comes up, I often hear that we should “mind our own business” and that its a “parental choice”.

Let me ask you this, if someone had any other cosmetic surgery performed on their newborn, would CPS and the police “mind their own business” because its a “parental choice?” Say someone thought their baby had a big shnoz and got them a nose job. Is that their choice? If someone thought their baby had unsightly toes and opted to have them surgically altered, is that their choice? What if someone didn’t like the way their baby’s eyelids looked, and wanted them removed? (“Eyelids?!” You say? “Isn’t that an extreme comparison?!” No actually. The eyelid and the prepuce are very similar organs in structure, and perform a very similar purpose. The eyelid protects the eye, the foreskin protects the penis.)

A person’s personal rights and religious freedoms stop where someone else’s body begins.  Your precious sons are non-consenting minors receiving an unnecessary cosmetic surgery. That is just down right not okay. If a male decides he does not want his foreskin, he can have it surgically removed when he is of consenting age.

HIS BODY, HIS CHOICE.

Circumcision is not a harmless procedure. An average of 117 babies die every year from complications, most often blood loss. It only takes 2.3oz of blood loss for a newborn to die. There are also many, many, MANY other complications associated with circumcision; a 10% rate of infection; urinary retention due to swelling, which can lead to bladder rupture (obstructive uropathy); penile bowing; hypospadias (urethra diverted to the underside of the penis); epispadias (urethra diverted to the top of the penis); concealed penis; keloid formation; loss of part or all of the penis; chronic inflammation of the urethra, which leads to narrowing and difficulty with urination; erectile dysfunction; premature ejaculation and more. And of course the fact that the prepuce contains between 20,000 and 70,000 nerve endings, and is the most sensitive part of the entire body. The female clitoris contains a mere 8,000 nerve endings in comparison.

Circumcision offers no medical benefit and is not recommended by any medical organization in the world.

What I’m getting at here; is that circumcision is harming children in a permanent, potentially life-altering way. Parents do not have the “right” to harm their children. No one has a right to harm a child. This is why infant circumcision should be illegal, and us intactivists will not stop fighting until it is.

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Posted July 4, 2011 by Zhandii in Uncategorized

5 responses to “Why Your Son’s Penis Is My Business

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  1. Very well said. On the surface, the issue boils down to parental rights versus individual rights. But there is no such thing as parental rights except in parent’s minds. It is not mentioned, and therefore not protected by the Constitution. Parents only have duties and responsibilities by law. On the other hand, the Constitution repeatedly protects the rights of the individual and being secure in your body is one of the inalienable rights. In any serious review the baby’s rights to keep his foreskin will trump the parent’s desire to remove it.

  2. If I were a boy, I would prefer that my parents had me circumcised as an infant with a local anesthesia where I can heal quicker and not have memory of it. As opposed to the embarassment of showing myself to a doctor and being completely knocked out as and adult having God knows how many people seeing my adult privates and dealing with months of post-surgery pain and gauzing for weeks. Not to forget, that it still might not be done correctly. In eastern countries, where circumcision is a common and accepted practice, they don’t hear of any complications due to circs, the way we hear about it in America.

    • Celine, why on Earth would an adult man have himself circumcised? Circumcision takes away most of the sensation in the penis, intact men stay that way, for good reason. The glans of the penis is a mucus membrane, it is not just skin. Removing the foreskin makes the membrane dry up and become a callus. Given the CHOICE, who would want a callus on the end of their penis? In fact, many circumcised adult men go through foreskin restoration procedures to try and get the function of their penis back.
      And for the record, if you look at worldwide circumcision statistics, the United States is the only place where it is common. In Europe and Asia, it is a very rare procedure.

    • Here is a map of the prevalence of circumcision worldwide. Note that in African tribal cultures, it is done as a rite of passage into manhood at age 16, not to infants, hence the prevalence in Africa. https://secure.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/wiki/File:Global_Map_of_Male_Circumcision_Prevalence_at_Country_Level.png

    • Also, see this for more info on circumcision outside of the USA: http://www.cirp.org/library/general/wallerstein/ “About 80 percent of the world’s population do not practice circumcision, nor have they ever done so. Among the non-circumcising nations are Holland, Belgium, France, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Scandinavia, the U.S.S.R., China, and Japan.”

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