Hello...sometimes I post, but mostly I lurk. I get a warm fuzzy knowing that we made the RIGHT decision for our son, born May 2007. I had a very mainstream pregnancy, I barely even knew about the circ wars----I knew it was a "concern" to some, but I didn't realize how committed people were to defending their side. Mainstream me left it up to my DH to decide. He said that we don't belong to a religion that circs, so therefore there was no reason for it. DH is intact himself---was born in Europe to European mother/American father. I admit, I was a little nervous to ask him because we didn't discuss his penis much, coming to the US when he was 4 I didn't know if "being different" was a source of anxiety for him, I had previous boyfriends who were a little self-conscious about their intact state, which sucks! I was in school in Canada when I dated an intact Canadian, and he was most proud of his physique, it was so refreshing!
Here, it's "shallow-woman repellent" and I hate that it's an issue at all!
It wasn't until DS was 4 months old that I found these boards and realized the depth of this decision and I am SO happy my DH had the foresight to know!
: I pretty much didn't care either way, until I saw 30 seconds of the Jeannine Lauber circ documentary on youtube. She cautioned that some of the images were disturbing, and then it cut to a SCREAMING baby boy in agony and dispair and I had to turn it off. My heart still hurts over it. No one could ever convince me to do that to any baby.
ETA: When the topic comes up, which is rarely, I do mention to PG mainstream friends that I too would have circ'd if my DH said we should have. But that now that I've seen a glimpse of that video, it's made a difference on our daily lives that our son wasn't circ'd, that it was the most important parental choice we've made this far. I really want to hit it home that I understand where they're coming from, but that this is a v. serious matter, particularly for a mother's heart.