When we receive messages on circumcision, we usually stop everything else, read them and try to answer to the best of our knowledge.
Here are some typical questions we may receive:
“Help! We are expecting our baby boy in a few weeks, and we have not yet decided if we’ll be circumcision him or not. In my heart I don’t want to, but since my husband is circumcised, he’s insisting we have our son done as well. ANY advice is appreciated!”
“Hello. My cousin is going to have a baby any day now. I’ve been trying to convince her to look at ALL options and read information on circumcision before she makes her final decisions. She’s leaning towards getting it done, but is being pressured by her care giver. Do you have any resourced I could send her way?”
“I am a mom of 3 circumcised sons. I read some of your posts and my first reaction was to be VERY insulted. Once I kept reading some comments and your response, I decided to let my guard down and do some research. My heart is broken, I wish I had discover all this BEFORE having my sons.
I can assure you that IF we have more children, we will definitely NOT be circumcising. This is all because of people like you, who are not afraid to speak up. Even though I’m really sad for my sons, they are wonderful, happy boys. I will speak up whenever I hear the topic come up. Thank you for everything.”
The reason we wanted to post this article is because of all these questions and comments coming in to our inbox.
We have many links, videos and sources, but we find this 6 part series by Psychology Today to be very well researched, referenced, and well, just bang on.
It’s also up to date, informative and accurate.
Are you a parent-to-be expecting a boy? Do you have friends or family members who are currently having a tough time deciding what to do?
To Circumcise or not To Circumcise?
What are the risks and the benefits?
As expecting parents, it’s quite likely that the topic of circumcision has already come up. Perhaps you’ve made up your mind, perhaps not.
Since this is quite likely THE most important decision you could make (a decision that will affect your boy’s for his entire life, and that’s not an exaggeration), why not take the time to read what Dr. Darcia Narvaez has to say in her 6 part series on the site Psychology Today?
1) Myths About Circumcision You Likely Believe:
2) More Circumcision Myths You May Believe: Hygiene and STDs: http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/moral-landscapes/201109/more-circumcision-myths-you-may-believe-hygiene-and-stds
3) Circumcision: Social, Sexual, Psychological Realities:
4) Circumcision Ethics and Economics:
5) What Is the Greatest Danger for an Uncircumcised Boy? http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/moral-landscapes/201110/what-is-the-greatest-danger-uncircumcised-boy
6) Why Continue To Harm Boys From Ignorance of Male Anatomy?
6 part series also posted on The Whole Network website.
Many of our friends and family have circumcised their boys. Does this make them ‘bad’ people? No. I’d like to think they are misinformed at best. I’d also like to think if they had this information before the birth of their sons, they would have decided differently.
If you have friends or family members currently having a tough time deciding what to do (circumcise or not). STOP here and send them this article.
This could be what they need to make their decision a little (or a lot) easier.
We are wishing you and your family a happy, safe delivery. And please remember this: each one of us has a right to decide what happens to our body. I don’t feel it’s my right to make such a permanent (and dangerous) decision for my sons or my daughters.
What do you think?
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