Originally Posted by cicely_m
wait-- but what are the *reasons*, other than "it's barbaric"? i'm honestly asking for information. Particularly, what are the reasons that are strong enough to override millenia-old cultural and religious beliefs (see Jewish Covenant With God)?
Circumcisiion is not a thousand years old for how it is used today.
It started in the early 1900's, thats less than a century ago. People have done it for religious reasons since the dawn of time but in the early 1900's doctors prescribed circmcision without anesthetic to adolescents to curb masturbation.
When they decided that the practice was a little to barbaric (mind you originally they were doing clitorectomies to girls for the same reason) they decided to do this neo natal.
Look up the history of circumcision in america and all the diseases it claimed to cure. Epilepsy, Blindness, Parapalegics. No I am not kidding. It is medicaly documented that people who were paralyzed from the waiste down were paralyzed due to an infected foreskin and when the foreskin was removed they could learn to walk again.
Circumcision in america is not how the religious starts intended it to be. And some religions such as Christianity actually forbid the act because Jesus came to remove the blood sacrifices and put them on his shoulders.
Anyways, goto CAC for all the info needed. that is the best place to ask questions like this, you will get people fully educated with the answers to answer your questions.
Sorry I type fast when talking about circ, please ignore grammar errors