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Dumai wrote (edited )

i think you're right to be skeptical, especially because western-sponsored circumcision campaigns in southern africa to combat hiv have had pretty damaging racist consequences. however the fact that these health benefits do exist (and they're one reason why west africa, with its generally higher rate of circumcision, has a much lower rate of hiv) mean we, at the very least, should not call parents who make this decision abusive.