Originally Posted by kittywitty
I was one of those mothers. I was raised Jewish and never thought of not circumcising. Heck, I barely even knew what it meant except that you do it. My son's was botched (I've posted about it in the past) and he had to have a meatotomy a few years ago. I would never re-circ him. The day he was circ'd woke me up.
Honestly, I think it's almost pure luck that I didn't circ, just because I was lucky enough to hear this information from multiple sources before I was ever pregnant. It was only after I had heard these stories (from men in my class who regretted having been circ'd, from my chiropractor BF who saw a circ video) that I even thought of not circumcising. To be honest, when the men in my class first compared female genital mutilation to male circumcision, I thought it was pretty ridiculous, even if I didn't say so at the time. It was only when I read about it later that I realized the comparison wasn't that far off at all.
Even though I am a very conscientious mother and one who tries to research everything, I really wonder if I would've explored this topic further had I not been lucky enough to randomly run across these stories. I am fortunate that I heard these stories BEFORE being pregnant and having my son, not after, as many of you mothers have. I really feel for mothers who made what they thought was the "right" decision for their sons at the time, but later have deep regret.