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using the term "cosmetically altered"

post #1 of 4
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would it be accurate and to the point to use the term "cosmetically altered" when describing the circumcised child? as in:

 

"oh, so you had him cosmetically altered?" (you had your son's penis circumcised.)

 

"no, he is not cosmetically altered." (we chose not to allow a circumcision.)

 

i think it would tell it like it is, and maybe make people think differently about what they are doing when they circumcise their newborn.

 

his penis is forevermore, cosmetically altered.

post #2 of 4
Although the damage is not just cosmetic is it?
post #3 of 4

More gentle than saying mutilated, but more controversial than saying the standard term circumcised. I suppose cosmetic surgeries of any sort can affect more than just the looks of parts involved.

post #4 of 4
I think if you are going to say something that is going to make a mom slap you (which that will) you should get a little more bang for your buck-maybe ''cosmeticallymutilated?'

Seriously though, I think the cosmetic aspect is less bothersome to me than every other aspect. Like, if a consenting grown woman wants breast implants, I am not bothered by that. People also have varied reasons to do it that they wouldn't consider cosmetic, but that doesn't change what an infant goes through.
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