I have spent a large part of my life wondering why in the world parents subject their new sons to this procedure/custom, and I have finaly got up the courage to ask about it.
First was a retired doctor, married to a relative. A nicer guy you couldn't meet, and I know his son is intact. He told me that back in the sixties they routinely circumcised all the baby boys " unless the mother had serious objections " Wow! Knock my socks off. How many mothers were savvy enough to vehemently object when all the books and all the medical profession were telling them that it was the thing to do ???
Next was MIL. She and both DHs grew up in a rural area with few doctors. Most babies were born at home. So I asked if many boys were circ'd. "No, there were no doctors". Her first DH was circ'd. Probably taken to the Dr later. He told me he was really angry about it (likely because he was one of the very few), and said that he refused to allow it to happen to his two sons. Her second DH is, I'm fairly sure, intact. But their three sons are all circ'd. She had told me this during a discussion when my DS was born. So I had to know why she did it to the last three. Her reply was " Well, it was the doctors. It all depended on who your doctor was ". I almost suspect they did not even ask !!!!
It sure was a hazardous time to be born a boy !!