Cutting Kids

By Karen BurkaIssue 132, September/October 2005 Routine infant circumcision continues to be the most commonly performed surgery on children in the US, with about 1.2 million newborn boys circumcised each year.1 The US also continues to be the only industrialized nation that circumcises the majority

Jewish and Not Circumcising

By Stacey Greenberg Web Exclusive In the land before children, my husband and I had many a circumcision debate over dinner and drinks with friends. I always humored him as he made the comparison between circumcision and female genital mutilation, secretly knowing that I

Case Against Circumcision

By Paul M. FleissIssue 85, Winter 1997 In one of our most-requested articles, Mothering explores why circumcision is hardly ever necessary, and how parents can empower themselves to avoid ceding to the “claims” of the billion-dollar-a-year circumcision industry. Western countries have no tradition of

Recent Ruling on Circumcision Ignites Debate

A German court ruling stating that ”circumcision of young boys represents grievous bodily harm,” is causing worldwide controversy. “A court in Cologne, Germany, recently ruled that parents could not have boys circumcised unless there is an urgent medical need,” reported the New York Times, who has has opened a debate section

Freedom from FGM

By Candace Walsh Issue 140, January/February 2007 When I got back from Africa, folks wanted to know why I’d gone there. When I told them it was to attend Equality Now’s annual conference on female genital mutilation (FGM), the conversation invariably bumped up against