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A friend of mine just had her second son a few weeks ago and although I tried to open her eyes, she still had him circ-d. I just cant understand how any mom, who after seeing her perfect newborn, could still circ him. I was just writing an email to another friend who is expecting a son, and I sent her some links with pics and videos. It just makes me cry to know that these precious baby boys are being harmed every day....When will people get a brain and realize the gravity of thier misinformed decisions??
 

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It makes me so sad too! My best friend had her son circ'd(before I had a baby and was really an "inactavist) but I just couldn't understand why you wuld do that???
 

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I still wonder myself.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/gloomy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Gloomy">:
 

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I know - I will never ever be able to wrap my mind around why anyone would think it is a good (or even marginally acceptable) idea to cut off a healthy part of their newborn baby's body.<br><br>
I really just can't fathom it. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"><br><br>
And beyond why would you do it - why would you think that you have the RIGHT to do it? That blows my mind as well.<br><br>
I would be so ticked if someone had cut off part of my genitals when I was a baby. Why would I think I have the right to do that to someone else? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">:
 

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I think because it's easier to give in and do what "everyone else" is doing. Sometimes it can be very hard to do the right thing and be strong enough to defend yourself and your decision.<br><br>
The reason why I feel this way is because I know what it's like. When my intact son was an infant, I was shocked and amazed at the comments of people (including my own family!) when they discovered he was intact. Even my own father looked disgusted and kept asking me when I was going to take my son in and get him "fixed"! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">: The general ignorance and peer pressure can be amazing.
 

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In russia there is sort of an expression saying “What if everyone jumps off the building; will you do that to ?” It’s a very popular answer to “everyone was doing that” thing. Parents say that to their kids, teachers say it to their students. I guess that’s part of the reason why Russian question EVERYTHING and think for themselves MUCH more than average Americans do (there are always exceptions on both sides, of course).<br>
yulia.
 

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We say that too. "If everyone else jumps off a cliff..." We like to think we're self motivated and free thinkers here in the US, but we're just not.
 

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I feel the same way - I don't understand doing this to a helpless baby. I feel the same about ear piercing and such too, though - until you're old enough to ask for it yourself, I'm not doing it.
 

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Oh yeah. In the US we definitely say things like "If everyone else jumped off a bridge, would you?" Sadly I have to say that most people WOULD. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 
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