|I just want to say thank you to all of the posters to this thread.|
My wife and I are expecting our second child (our daughter is 2 and a half years old), a boy, this week. C-section is scheduled for Wednesday. We've known the gender for about six months now, and the topic of circumcision has come up between my wife and I several times, but never have any of the many medical personnel we've dealt with during this pregnancy brought up the subject.
Neither my wife nor I knew much about the procedure, so we just kind of assumed that, even if we didn't know why exactly, there had to be some good reason that circumcision is the norm in our culture (midwest United States). So, we were heading into the little guy's birth thinking that we'd just go ahead and get him "snipped."
Luckily, as I sat at my computer at my workplace this past Friday, looking productive but really just trying to keep myself entertained enough to stay awake until I could leave for the weekend, the postings in the Comics, Books, Film, and Temple forums were coming few and far between, so I took a rare stroll through the Head Shop. Lo and behold, five days before the birth of my son, a topic on circumcision. So I started reading.
It's now Sunday night, and I have spent a large chunk of this weekend researching circumcision on various websites and in several books, and sharing what I've learned with my wife. We have decided to leave the little guy's penis alone. Frankly, we are both more than a little stunned at how ignorant we were about this procedure. Especially me, as I had the procedure done to me as a newborn. I think there are many complicated (and a few not so complicated) reasons for this ignorance, but most of those have been mentioned (repeatedly) at some point earlier in this thread, so I won't sidetrack things with a lengthy examination of "Hermit's take on modern America."
Again, I just wanted to say, on behalf of my wife and I, and our son, thanks. Not so much for "making us see the evil that is circumcision," but just for inspiring us to educate ourselves before making such an important decision.