Originally Posted by ella-makes-3
I would just like to get some male points of view here about circumcision.
My husband is for it, and I am kind of against, but still a little on the fence.
My father was just recently circumcised 5 years ago, and I have known quite a few men and boys that have had to get the procedure done. He has very strong views for circumcision, meaning that left intact it smelt bad and caused some pain. An old boyfriend in college had to have it done when he was 19, for the same reasons.
Just wanted to get some male input on the subject, since I don't have a penis, and will never know what the problems that go along with having a foreskin or not entails.
If you feel uncomfortable chatting about this, please PM me, I just want some good feedback, thanks
I think a couple of things must be clarified here.
first, the smell of a penis only depends on how often you clean it, and not on its circumcision status. All you have to do is "teach" your son to wash under under his foreskin when taking his shower, by retracting his foreskin, pass the water spray on it, and pull his forskin back over. It's that easy.
about the pain it may cause :
it does happen that foreskin may be a little tight, so it could cause a little pain when you retract it, but according to some studies, less than 1% of uncircumcized men know that problem, and it's almost always treatable without surgery. So this argument shouldn't be taken as a reason to systematically perform circumcision. Anyway, if this was to happen to your son, you should discuss it with your doctor first, and see what the different options are, instead of heading straight for circumcision.
and last, you should consider it's about your son's body here, not yours or your husband's. so when he gets older, he might be a little upset that you decided to remove a piece of his body without even asking him. I guess you should wait until he's old enough (maybe 10 or 11) to talk to him about it, and give him all the information there is to know about it, and give him the choice to decide whether he wants to have it done or not.
In my view, everybody should be the one to decide for the fate of their body, and that's the bottom line, coz' Stone Cold said so !PS : feel free to email me or PM me if you want more information