How do you start talking to your kids about what circumcision is?
My daughter is 12 and son is 10. I've never mentioned it to either of them since it just hasn't come up. Several older relatives in our family are intact, so ds has been shown how to take care of his penis.
Last night the local news featured an extremely pro-circumcision piece. After hearing the brief explanation that the procedure involving removal of part of the penis, my daughter made a face and said, "Ew. Why isn't that his choice?", along with, "I'm glad I'm not a boy". I was impressed that she came to that conclusion based on a *pro* circ piece of news. She did conclude however, that she doesn't need to use a condom with someone who is circ'ed since circ "prevents" HIV.
But it reminded me that she needs to know the difference between intact and circ'ed penises, especially by the time she's old enough to be sexually active. Same thing with my son, before he starts noticing anyway that not all penises look like his. So how do you explain this, and how graphic do you get?