Originally Posted by mm72873
My point is simply who are YOU to decide what another child, not your own, should or should not grow up thinking?
Because they're part of a wider society and not inside a bubble? Of course it's not up to me to "decide" what they "grow up thinking", but there again, a child's thinking is influenced by a lot more than what it is told by its parents. Plus, I don't think any child should grow up thinking that it's ok to cut pieces off another person's body, for any reason, just because they "own" them (which is basically what you are saying here).
Every time they leave their parent's sphere of influence they are taking in knowledge, are you trying to say that no other adult should impart any knowledge to a child because they might influence what they think?
Or is it just
because it's about circumcision that you feel so touchy - of course it is, you're on a board called "The Case Against Circumcision" and trying to defend preventing a child, who is asking what is "wrong" with an intact child, finding out what happened to him. Guess what? He will
find out, whether it is the OP who tells him, or an intact child laughing at him because he's missing part of his penis and he comes out with some lame excuse as to why his parents did it to him.
Well I come from a culture that's also repressed about talking about genitals, but not to that extent, sorry. If a kid asks me (or anyone else with an ounce of sense) about anything
, they will get told the truth - as long as I know the answer - children are not stupid, and they get a massive sense of betrayal if they find out that someone they know well and trust has been lying to them.