Ok Reader, boys and girls alike, it's time to weigh in and be heard on the great debate: Is male circumcision sensible, hygienic and wise, or a barbaric, abusive and thoroughly outdated practice?
I was driving around a few weeks ago and caught some ladies on NPR discussing body-mutilation and child abuse. I figured they were talking about tribal warfare in East Africa or a new MTV reality show, but no, they were talking about male circumcision and the fight to officially ban the practice in San Francisco. The law would've made it a crime to "circumcise, excise, cut or mutilate the whole or any part of the foreskin, testicles or penis of another person who has not attained the age of 18 years."
I started thinking, shit man, is getting sliced something akin to the horrendous acts of female genital mutilation? Have I been cockwashed into thinking male circumcision is the stuff of cleanliness and good form? What's more, the argument that every boy's penis should look like their dad's (penis, not the whole dad) will make for an endless cycle of circumcision - or fore-skinnedness, I suppose.
At some point one brave dad and mom will have to say, "I don't care that Bobby's prick won't look like yours/mine, let him keep his entire body." Once we take away the heritage or religious aspects of circumcision we're left with the medical and aesthetic necessity of it all.
It seems the medical jury is still out on this one. Like any polarizing issue you can find experts who echo what you want to hear. Some say more foreskin, more problems --harder to clean, more likely to cause infection, and so on. Other doctors, or those fore-skinned among us, almost categorically call bullsh*t on that argument. How dare you! My penis is cleaner than a whistle. So what, I need to wash for 8 more seconds than everyone else? Straw Argument? Slippery Slope? Just being Dicks?
So where does that leave us? The case in San Francisco ended with a federal judge ruling that this is a State issue not a city one and thus can not be on San Fran's November ballot. The city and nation will battle on...
And for me, on my personal quest for truth and evolution - I'm still hung.
Hopefully, collectively, we can move the debate forward. Please comment below on these Four Questions:
1. Do you believe circumcision has medical/clinical basis?
2. Do you believe a circumcised or a fore-skinned wang is more aesthetically pleasing?
3. Would you consider breaking rank and having your son's penis not look like yours?
4. Are you willing to let your son decide for himself, when he's older? [NOTE] All sides agree circumcision as an adult can be all sorts of pain.