Modern Circumcision: A Ritual of Ignorance, Abuse and Greed

“Circumcision in the United States is a cultural phenomenon that has been subject to a lot of recent controversy. There are many facets to the issue; proponents of the procedure use statistical evidence showing some potential benefits of the procedure, however extremists have been known to take advantage of myths and other misinformation that many Americans harbor about the intact foreskin, in order to divert attention from evidence that does not support their theories. Some even use scare tactics to cause people to think emotionally (rather than rationally) and buy into the propaganda which promotes their (often hidden) agenda.

A growing number of people, including parents faced with the decision of whether to circumcise their son, believe that that the routine removal of healthy, sexual responsive tissue for primarily cosmetic reasons (e.g. “I want him to look like his dad”) is a violation of the baby’s human rights. Not long ago, many Americans were so outraged by the practice of ritual mutilation of a girl’s genitals (observed in some African tribes and some other “primitive” societies) that we passed the Female Genital Mutilation Act of 1996. The reasons given for the custom’s presence in Africa include honoring customs and traditions, that it is more hygienic, and aesthetics. Ironically, these are some of the same reasons that Americans cite to justify the “necessity” of circumcision.”

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