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Circumcision: Their Body Their Choice

Updated on April 21, 2020
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I spend all my time with my son, and researching how to spend that time better and in a more healthy manner for us both.

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The arguments for and against circumcision are ongoing, and it baffles me that this is the case, so I wanted to explore my own reasoning behind leaving my son uncircumcised. My reasons are quite simple really, I feel it is his body and his choice to undergo what could be described as, "elective genital mutilation," and no one should be able to make that choice on another person's behalf without their consent. As a circumcised male who never had the choice, I wish my parents had elected for the "my body, my choice" rule, as now I'll never know what it is like to have my natural foreskin.

Benefits of Remaining Uncircumcised

Let's keep this short and simple, folks, not here to argue with you.

The benefits of remaining uncircumcised are:

  • Less likely to have your penile skin become dry, irritated, or chafed
  • Provides natural lubrication
  • More sensitive to touch (not necessarily sexual stimulation)
  • Allows the individual personal choice as to circumcision
  • The glans do not protrude as much, as they're not constantly exposed
  • Less orgasm difficulties

Wow, short list, huh? Moving on to circumcision.

Did you choose to circumcise your child?

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Benefits of Circumcision

The benefits of circumcision are:

  • "Preferred" by most female sexual partners
  • More hygienic, if you don't clean yourself regularly anyways (please, be hygienic)
  • Eliminates most risk for phimosis and balantitis
  • Reduced risk of certain STI's from women
  • As an adult, improves psychological well being in some

Holy smokes, another extremely short list of direct, verifiable benefits.

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Conclusion

If we are being realistic here, we can conclude that any child who is taught to perform, and performs proper hygienic practices, can be circumcised or uncircumcised and still face the same problems. That is basically the only benefits that can truly be touched upon for child circumcision, and if your child develops issues such as phimosis or balantitis, then that is on you as a parent not their uncircumcised or circumcised genitals. All the other benefits are anecdotal, and/or strictly pertaining to individuals of a sexually active age.

Just to throw my own shade in here, leaving my son uncircumcised allows me to boast, or better to label it virtue signal, that I gave him the right he deserves as it concerns choosing what to do with his body. You can guarantee that when he gets to an appropriate age, when he starts getting interested in females, that I am going to tell him that girls prefer circumcised penises. They're aesthetically prettier, and the myths and cruelty people propagate around uncircumcised individuals will cause him to face a lot of unfair treatment.

Basically, the biggest disadvantage of being uncircumcised would have to be other people and their ignorance surrounding the topic. Stay educated, and be kind to everyone. Arguing over such an inconsequential decision is stupid, and I'll always opt for the choice that promotes freedom of choice as it concerns someone and their own body; especially when that decision can be actively made at any time in the future (if the parents are willing to let their child make that choice, as they should).

Stay educated, and be nice to everyone regardless of body choices! Their body, their choice!

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    • Kyler J Falk profile imageAUTHOR

      Kyler J Falk 

      6 weeks ago from Corona, CA

      Most of the Abrahamic religions do it, unless I'm mistaken, on behalf of religious tradition ranging back in recorded history as far as ancient Egypt.

      As far as manipulating foreskin and all those nice things, I've had my fair share of giving and receiving, but those are stories for my lovers when they seek them and better expressed through action than words! hahahahaha!

      Never TMI for me, I'm always wanting more!

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      6 weeks ago from Central Florida

      Kyler, we had my son circumcised. His dad and I had great discussion with his pediatrician before so doing, as we were on the fence. My brother is circumcised, so was my son's dad. It's not just a Jewish thing; Catholics do it it.

      What you say about women preferring the look of a circumcised penis is true, however, until you've experienced an uncircumcised ding-a-ling, you (women) don't know what you're missing. They're so much fun to play with! The sensations you can cause your man by manipulating the foreskin are amazing (almost torturous) and a huge boost to the female ego!

      What, TMI???? LOL

    • Kyler J Falk profile imageAUTHOR

      Kyler J Falk 

      6 weeks ago from Corona, CA

      That's where I get lost in the argument, Pamela, as I could never say my son's genitals are my personal choice as a parent. That is to say, unless it is a choice for a medical condition that requires circumcision for him to be healthy, then at that point it isn't personal it is required. Alas, if a parent feels it is their choice for what their kid's body should look like I'm not one to judge, I just worry because that same line of thought is used to promote other forms of "genital mutilation" such as that we see occurring in adolescent gender dysphoria cases.

    • Kyler J Falk profile imageAUTHOR

      Kyler J Falk 

      6 weeks ago from Corona, CA

      MG, yes that is true, and as stated earlier if you'd like to look back in the comments, hypothesizing along with the suggested history of circumcision, I think that circumcision remained through the ages because individuals in power decided it would be like a "mark of pride" and the definition was lost in translation somewhere along the way as myth and legend so often mutate.

    • Kyler J Falk profile imageAUTHOR

      Kyler J Falk 

      6 weeks ago from Corona, CA

      @John: I don't think my son is going to care, and if he expresses that he does by asking me if it is normal that is the only time I'm ever going to bring up things that may make him question his own body (such as female preferences according to anecdotal data). However, I don't think my son will ever care that much, as I plan to teach him the body positive attitude that was bullied out of me growing up. It sounds like you did right by your sons!

      I'll always be more than happy to take on the topics that others shy away from!

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      6 weeks ago from Sunny Florida

      As a RN I know it does hurt baby boys to be circumcised. Some dI doctors numb the penis before the procedure and some do not. I have seen men get circumcised due to some problems and they are in pain after this procedure. I think it is a personal choice for parents and men. This is an interesting topic, Kykler.

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      MG Singh 

      6 weeks ago from Singapore

      Good article but sadly it's linked with religion and for some you are not complete or faithful to that religion if you are not circumcised.

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      John Hansen 

      6 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

      Good to see someone not afraid to take on this topic, Kyler. Sometimes you just have to be willing to forgo advertising revenue or the sake of taking a stand. I have had advertising removed from a few hubs the latest was a laugh “The Owl and the Pussy-Cat Went to Space” due to the word “pussy” in the title. An email to the powers that be reinstated it, but if I make any changes to the hub advertising will once again be removed.

      Was circumcised because it was the “done thing” when I was a child. We chose to have our eldest child circumcised due to medical reasons, but the two sons after that we did not as most of their peers wouldn’t be, the snip by then having become the exception rather than the norm and for them to choose if they wished.

      The only problem being the older you get the more major the operation is and increased chance of complications.

      The first hub I ever had to forgo advertising for was a poem called “Prince Plethora’s Pleasure Palace”...originally called “Prince Plethora’s Orgy” and even though I changed the name...it remains in the URL so no advertising.

    • Kyler J Falk profile imageAUTHOR

      Kyler J Falk 

      6 weeks ago from Corona, CA

      Meh, we could break down years upon years of history to find how utilitarian mutilation is as it concerns animals and their similar counterparts, humans. Humans have always done stupid things to prove their dominance and strength, and even further for aesthetic reasons. Genital mutilation has only continued to be a way to exercise religious beliefs and control, so it would probably be accurate to surmise that the original purpose was also control/marking.

      It is important to speculate and keep up with the information that has been discovered on the origins of things such as this, and pretty much anything, lest we continue to say "who knows?" and let that knowledge escape, which would only be in favor of further regression.

      Thanks for reading!

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      Nell Rose 

      6 weeks ago from England

      I personally can never understand why people come up with these sort of mutilations in the first place. Obviously, thousands of years ago it started, but why, is anybody's guess. Interesting article.

    • Kyler J Falk profile imageAUTHOR

      Kyler J Falk 

      6 weeks ago from Corona, CA

      If we want to get literal here, it is hypothesized that circumcision was first used as a way to emasculate captured enemies, as far back as 15,000 years. Where castration often led to death, circumcision was probably used as a way to mark slaves. The ancient Egyptians practiced such things, and then on to the Semites, and so on it went to the Hebrews/Jews through time.

      How it really came to be no one really knows, but I'm content with the answer of "marking slaves" because it actually makes a heck of a lot of sense if you consider how hated us Jews used to be, and all the slavery my ancestors had to endure. Many theorize the Jews kept it going as a way to, "wear the mark with pride."

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      6 weeks ago from Southern Illinois

      I do not think I was given a choice he was circumcised on the third day. When I was in training to be a nurse, I was told by my instructor that I would assist in a circumcision. I brought the baby into surgery. The baby was awake and quiet, when the Dr. snipped the foreskin the baby turned red and he screamed. I said, " That really hurt him, the Dr. Said, " No he didn't feel it " I almost quit nursing that day. I know it hurt, and all was needed was some Novocain to deaden the area. The same thing when a child is born with both genitals, the Dr. asked the family what they wanted, a boy or a girl, the other genital was removed, not knowing if the child had more Estrogen or Testosterone. I might be wrong but I think circumcision was a Jewish tradition. I agree with you, it is their choice,

    • Kyler J Falk profile imageAUTHOR

      Kyler J Falk 

      6 weeks ago from Corona, CA

      HubPages frowns on this topic, even saying directly that they automatically and as a standard disable ad revenue for it. I wrote it because it is an unnecessarily argued topic. There is no real argument for one side or another, unless we want to argue morally on the ground of virtue. Personally, I don't care what people do, but I'm very happy to hear that you are happy and don't feel the need to opt for later circumcision.

      I will say, however, I find it to be the most important facet of the conversation, you still have the power of choice at it concerns the natural state of your body and could chop those extra bits off. Many people make such a decision because they are made fun of, or otherwise rejected because of their body, but you are living proof that happiness is also a possibility!

      Thank you for your crucial input!

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      Bill Holland 

      6 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      It's not every day you see an article on HP about circumcision. lol Maybe we need more.

      I was adopted at nine months. I was not circumcised by the foster agency, and I'm fine with it. I remember feeling a little strange about it when I was a kid and young teen, but eventually I just accepted it and decided it wasn't worth my time to feel strange about it. :)

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