To cut or not to cut? For some soon-to-be parents of boys, no question is more agonizing than this one. If they look to the medical literature for guidance, they find conflicting opinions and “dueling studies” that reach conflicting conclusions. Frequently disputed points include the incidence of urinary tract infections in circumcised and uncircumcised babies, the rate of complications of circumcision, and the incidence of sexually transmitted diseases in circumcised and uncircumcised men.
And yet, despite all this point-counterpoint in the learned journals, there are some aspects of circumcision that desperately need the light of plain common sense shined upon them. Advocate and foe alike overlook some issues that are matters of common sense, and debate others without making some commonsense observations that would provide clear guidance. This article discusses four such aspects: circumcision’s effect on the experience of sex, the question of whether there is a right to circumcise, keeping clean, and circumcision’s potential effect on the parent-child relationship.
© 2003 by Charles Phelps
Click link above for full article! Very articulate and well written.