This has really been on my heart lately. The US is the only country that defaults to circumcision for non-religious reasons. If you have ever looked into parents' reasoning for female circumcisions you could see that they are completely in line with our American ideas of male circumcisions. Most US citizens would be appalled at the idea of a girl baby getting circumcised. The most easily identified idea of Female Genital Mutilation is very shocking, and yet the complete removal of all external sex organs of girls accounts for 15% or less of all FGM. The other 85% of girls world-wide are having an equal too, or vastly less invasion procedures that we think is "normal" to give our male infants. As of 1997, we can't even "knick" our girls in the US and this is still in debate. Can we please agree that if over 80% of the men world-wide grow up whole (with no problems) that it might be okay to let them have the chance to do so in the US? Of the populations that do not circumcise boys routinely 98%+ are fine until death, we should not assume that we need to amputate part of our babies just because a "friend of a friend" in the US had a problem. We have made some pretty big mistakes in the past, let's take another look at surgically altering our children's genitals.
***My sister had circ'ed her two sons--the other wouldn't even dream of it, and many good friends have as well. They know how I feel, and what's done is done, but maybe their Grandchildren can benefit?