You’re sleeping. Strange hands grab you. You startle. What’s happening? Who are they? What do they want? They strip your clothes off and strap your arms and legs apart. Fear overcomes you and you start to cry. You struggle against your bonds in a vain attempt to free yourself. Now those hands are touching you in your most private parts. A white-hot searing pain rips through you. It feels like they are tearing you apart! The pain is unbearable and you scream until no sound comes from your trembling lips. How long will this torture continue? What have you done to deserve this? Just when you’ve given up hope they stop and bandage up the bloody mess. The fierce pain is starting to subside to be replaced by a burning throb. In a few days the healing comes and the pain is just a memory. You don’t know it now but your genitals have been irrevocably altered never to have the same sensations you were born with. Some stranger with a knife mutilated your genitals and you were helpless to stop it. Welcome to America baby boy! You have just been routinely circumcised. There is no law to protect you. If someone other than a Doctor or Rabbi had done this it would be considered criminal. What’s criminal is not giving you the choice to change your body yourself. If you were a transsexual you would have to go for counseling and live as the opposite sex for year or so before altering your physical self but because a misguided or misinformed parent wants you to “look like daddy” or worse because they think its “prettier”, your life will never be quite the same. If this sounds harsh how do you think that precious baby boy feels?