Is circumcision good or bad?

Submitted by Circ in AskRaddle

So many websites say it's good and so many say it's bad, but I don't know who to believe, so I joined Raddle to ask this controversial question:

Is infant circumcision (the removal of the male foreskin) good or bad?

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Bloop wrote

Why don't you ask the child?

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onymous wrote

Can't tell if this question is in good faith or not, but yeah, I'd say nonconsensually cutting off bits of someone's genitals is generally pretty "bad."

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bloodrose wrote

Circ, think of it this way: when you chose to circumcise a child, you're changing fundamentally the way a body part works without the consent of the person who owns said body part. If at a later date, the child decides they want to be circumcised, this is something that can be done in adulthood. So, if you don't circumcise, you haven't ruined their chance to have a circumcised penis if they later want it. However, if you do circumcise, they can't get it back.

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lettuceleafer wrote (edited )

It's a dangerous operation that takes up lots of resources. With a net negative benefit. It seems like it would be very easy to answer if you're not busy liking the Pope's boot.

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mofongo wrote

Circumcision is not a catholic tradition.

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kore wrote

it is definitely a US christian tradition though

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MrPoopybutthole wrote

they do it in the us because of a myth long ago, saying that if you circumcise your child he wont masturbate or some bs like that. i dont think (most) people believe that, they mainly do it because everyone around them do it, at least most people seem to do it because of that in the US. Around the world i think muslims are the majority of people who partake in cutting off a part of their sons wiener

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mofongo wrote

Here's a great video I saw... 8 YEARS AGO??!!! (fuck, how time flies), anyways, he's a scientist that provides great sources, he's easy to follow, and has a soothing voice.

YouTube warning

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subrosa wrote

oh wow, c0nc0rdance! Totally forgot about that channel.

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mofongo wrote

They haven't uploaded a video in years, could be why.

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LostYonder wrote

What's the point of the question? thinking of getting one? or for your son? why are you getting one?

It's a cultural practice that has outlived its social function, but it remains a powerful ritual and symbol of belonging in a community - and that itself is quite significant. One can attempt to educate others about the negative effects, etc., but it is deeply embedded in the cultural/religious identity of Jews and Muslims. Unlike FGM, male circumcision is a religious obligation, so changing it means reinterpreting some religious texts and doing away with significant life-cycle rituals, that just aren't going to happen. FGM is a cultural tradition with no authority to perform it except tradition - that can and should be fought against...

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onymous wrote

It's through abstract things like "symbol of belonging of a community" that people justify and distance themselves from the most horrifying things. All of these things you are saying right now are utterly irrelevant. While the bodily effects of circumcision on someone are important, and the religious significance is important to understand (for strategic reasons, because seriously, fuck religion) they're not, like, more important than the immediate fact that you're cutting bits of someone's bits off against their fucking will.

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El_Sabate wrote

Bad. Don't mutilate your child's penis.

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Majrelende wrote

I would not include “male” there.

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Glenn_carbon wrote

As a circumcised person myself I am very against it. First, removing body parts for no reason other than tradition, in my opinion, is beyond idiotic. Now, if for whatever reason you/your kid/whoever want's to be circumcised later in life (for some reason) then by all means go ahead, but allow them the choice. I have seen some claims of health benefits but not from many reliable sources and all the claims could also be accomplished by practicing good personal hygiene. It's not worth it, trust me.

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