This is an important discussion that is likely to stimulate lengthy commentary, both supportive and critical. According to their website this fate seems to be arbitrarily applied to all AAP policy statements after 5 years. Females are far more likely than males to get urinary tract infections. Emmett Holt's influential textbook on paediatrics, The care and feeding of children, from until , and points out that it was "not generally known that these sadistic practices found support among many authoritative physicians and This is one of only a few studies of the sexual consequences of male circumcision, and in one area in particular it is groundbreaking:. In other words, a small likelihood of certain complications multiplied by a large magnitude for at least some of them amounts to an ethically significant risk. This is undisputed fact.
Male circumcision leads to a bad sex life
Unlike, say, participating in sports another common comparison , circumcision does not merely introduce a risk of some bodily injury or another. There is, however, a vocal minority of doctors in the US who vehemently defend and promote circumcision. Many studies over the years have shown that babies do feel pain but a recent study using MRIs on infants is the most telling. Perhaps those who have been vaccinated have a compulsion to stab their children with needles too? Other policy statements seem to be ideology-based, rather than science-based. So should we allow these acts? These studies also experienced high attrition rates of participants.
History of Circumcision
You are pushing a pro-circumcision agenda. But among the reasons to oppose forced genital cutting of children is the haphazard nature of the procedure and the healing. However, an alternative conclusion could be drawn. The practice also extended to their male descendants. I hope you will continue to push for infant circumcision to be banned.
Oriel, Scars of Venus: Another doctor, whose book was the bible of many an American nineteenth century home, recommended that little boys be closely watched for signs of masturbation, and brought in to him for circumcision. After let me know the success of your protest. It seemed logical to some physicians to perform genital surgery on both sexes to stop masturbation; the major technique applied to males was circumcision. Identical mechanisms are operating for many tribes in Africa, who genuinely prefer the aesthetics of a circumcised female. The Victorians cited many of the same medical conditions associated with uncircumcised penises as do people today.