Ds is intact, and any future sons will be, also. Since I've been changing diapers every day for the last 2 years, I find that ds's penis looks perfectly normal. Any time I get a peak at a circ'd boy (not that I'm looking, but babies do get changed in public!), I find that it looks so SHORN, and well, it makes me a little sad.
I didn't know much about circing when I was pg with ds, but my gut instinct was Why mess with nature? I told dh he had to do the research on this ONE topic. But he was so slow about it that I did some myself first. That completely made me change my mind. From being rather vaguely against it, I was adamant that no son of mine would get cut. Luckily, dh came to the same conclusion. He hadn't really been adamantly pro-circ to begin with, though.
Here is a site with info about the case against circumcision.http://www.nocirc.org/
You should also check out medical organizations' statements regarding circ. No medical organization in the world recommends routine infant circumcision. I would caution parents against doing an open search on the internet on this topic, however. There are several fetish sites that try to pass themselves off as giving "information" about the benefits of circumcision. Always check your sources. No Circ definitely has its bias, but it's still a bona fide non-profit organization.
I would like to counteract a few common myths about intact boys by giving a few facts.
1)An intact penis is very easy to take care of. All you have to do is leave it alone! You clean it like you would clean a finger. As the boy grows older, he will naturally "play" and eventually the foreskin will retract on its own. This age varies a lot from one child to the next. Once the boy is retracting it, just teach him to rinse under the foreskin with warm water when he bathes or showers. That's one area a boy is NOT going to mind washing!
The primary difficulty is dealing with doctors' and others' ignorance. The foreskin should NOT be forcibly retracted to "clean" under it.
2) The rate of circumcision in the U.S. is going down. Nationwide, it's close to 50% circ'd; I think the circ'd population is slightly larger. But, it varies a lot from one region to another. Here in the midwest, the circ'd rate is much higher, so ds is in the minority. But, then a lot of my other parenting decisions--cosleeping, extended bf, not spanking, organic/whole foods diet-- aren't particularly common here, either. I don't make health decisions for my ds based on what's "popular." In Canada, I believe the rate is dropping even faster. Most of the rest of the world does not circ their boys at all.
3)No medical organization in the world recommends routine infant circumcision. The AAP's statement is rather wimpy in comparison to other countries, but they still say there is not enough evidence to recommend it medically. There are a few claims that circing lowers UTI and penal cancer rates and offers some protection against HIV in circ'd boys, and these are often listed as "evidence" that circing is beneficial. However, these claims have not been conclusively proven, and even if are true, the "advantage" is really negligible, especially in an industrialized countries with good hygeine standards. The American cancer society specifically states that there is no evidence that circing helps prevent cancer and that this should not be used as a reason to circ baby boys. Any girl still has a much higher chance of UTI infections over any circumcised boy. These statements come from a very small number of studies. It's interesting to note that counrties (which is most of the world) with comparable cultures that do not circ do not have higher rates of UTIs, cancer, or HIV.
Okay, I'll get off my soapbox now!