June 15, 2011
Is This a Great Country or What?

CNN reports:

A San Francisco-based advocacy group known as Male Genital Mutilation Bill has collected enough signatures on its petition to ban circumcision that the proposal will appear on the city's November electoral ballot…

The rate of complications resulting from circumcision is lower than ear piercing, between 0.2% and 0.6%, with some bleeding as the most frequent complication…

Claims about psychological harm caused by neonatal circumcision are based mainly on anecdotes and Freudian psychoanalysis. If circumcision had the traumatic effects some opponents maintain it has, roughly two out of every three American males would be in trouble.

That last sentence settles it for me. Two out of three American males in fact are in psychological trouble, and possibly a good many more. Concern for the general welfare argues that we should leave future foreskins alone.


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Posted by Jerome Doolittle at June 15, 2011 01:17 PM
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There is some research that says infants exposed to great pain develop more neurons in their brains to feel more pain. Presumably to cause them to fight against the possibility of pain in the future by doing whatever is necessary to avoid it. Circumcision has been practiced for decades without any kind of anesthetic. I often wonder if this is the reason that women are able to bear pain better than men in our society. I know I am a wimp when it comes to pain. Long distance running taught me to endure it and even embrace pain but outside of that discipline which I can't engage anymore due to injuries, I am a wimp when it comes to bearing the pain in aging (I have an inoperable condition in my back that causes me great pain as well as a hip that is going out now for which I take pain medicine). I often wonder if circumcision is the reason pain tends to make me at times suicidal.

Posted by: Buck on June 18, 2011 8:18 AM
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