I'm not a mother, and hopefully won't be one for a few more years (college first!), but I just wanted to show my thanks for all of you who care about baby boys and men, and their right to stay intact. It might not seem easy to convince people, but it does work - it did for me.
I used to think that circumcision was just a "snip" of extra skin, and couldn't imagine the baby being hurt at all. I figured it was like an ear piercing... but then I read a debate in a forum somewhere, and so I started doing my research, coming across many sites including this one, and I learned so much. That skin is not just extra skin; it serves a function. There is absolutely nothing dirty about it any more than having a clitoral hood makes me dirty. Even if there were good reasons to cut off incredibly sensitive skin from a newborn baby with no effective painkillers, it still can't be reversed, and he can always get it done later on the rare chance that he actually wants to... not to mention that the videos I saw were shocking... the reasons against it just kept piling up, and it made perfect sense. In fact, whenever I hear that someone is having a baby, I worry that they'll take that from him, so I'm always relieved when it turns out to be a girl.
The first guy I ever touched down there was uncut, and the skin was just like eyelid skin! Really soft, clean and NOT gross at all, like so many girls seem to think. However, the only man I've been with is cut, and although I have nothing to compare it to, I feel bad for him. What intense sensation is he missing out on? The scar left over just looks... painful. I look at the bottles of K-Y and think of how he would have natural lubricant if his right to choose had just been respected. I'm not saying there's anything wrong with him; I just wish he'd had the choice that he deserved to make for himself.
Basically, thanks to people like yourselves, if I have a son in the future, I will absolutely not circumcise him no matter what my husband or the doctor think "looks good"; I will never retract it or try to "clean" under it (learned that from this forum!); and I hold it equally as appalling as cutting the same skin off of a girl. You all do make a difference, so keep up the live discussion, because you could continue to spare a lot of men from this unnecessary, harmful and purely cosmetic surgery.
Edited by Lory - 3/21/11 at 1:58pm