Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Circumcision - final post

Here are the links to Post 1 and Post 2 I wrote on circumcision.
I would like to thank all of the people who have taken the time to leave comments. and some pretty lengthy ones at that. Again, I never thought that there were so many strong feelings on the subject.
I found that the comments that factored most into out decision making process were from nurses/doctors and other parents. I felt that some comments came across as far to 'liberal crunchy' to have much weight in our final decision. And while I mean no disrespect, I am somewhat amazed that some men are putting effort into either stretching out their dick skin or trying to get some put back on.
Guys. Its gone. Move on. There are WAY more important things in life.
So then with that said we have decided to leave our son 'intact'.
In the end the biggest reasons for me were that: 'It is as mother nature intended' and that 'Most of the world leaves it alone.'
And having a European wife I have come to appreciate more European ways of thinking. Meaning that, not everything done in the US is the right way to do things. That other perspectives and bring fresh light on old subjects.

Peace out Homies.

I will never eat steamers the same again.

11 comments:

  1. Congrats on your new baby boy and I hope you can educate other men on why it isn't neccessary to circumcise. Have fun being a new daddy!!!

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  2. kudos to you :)

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  3. Good for you for not having your son circumcised. My four year old son isn't circumcised either. I've never regretted leaving him with his whole body.

    Renee K.

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  4. What a great dad you're going to make! Even if you don't become a flaming "intactivist," LOL, do your friends a favor and let them know that you're leaving your son with his whole body. Help break the cycle of "gotta chop off junior's dick to look like daddy." Real men don't need to circ their sons to bond with them!

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  5. Good call. We have triplets and had to face this decision three years ago. Because the babies (GGB) were born 9 weeks early, they wouldn't have done a circumcision until our son was older >> and by then, he'd need surgery with anesthesia. We really struggled with the decision and ultimately decided to leave things as nature intended.

    When we had our second son (full-term baby) last year, the decision was simple. Since then, I've learned that there are a lot more people in the US opting to leave their sons "intact" and I think that's great.

    Congrats on your baby boy. Enjoy him!!!

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  6. I feel kind of shmeggy after all this....

    But, good call. You two kids are going to be GREAT parents!
    Peace out man.

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  7. Thanks everyone.

    @Kate...LOL 'schmeggy'.

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  8. Way to go, you have made a wonderful decision. I have an almost three year old intact son, and we have never had any issues, just make sure you have an intact friendly doctor, or carefully guard your son when physicians want to handle him, as I have seen many little boys injured by doctors who think they know best. As we learned from our very mainstream physician that there is no reason to ever retract the skin, they do not even do this when catheterizing as it is a sterile enviornment under the foreskin as long as it is never forcibly done. Your child will do it on their own terms, and when they hit puberty is when care becomes necessary. Congrats on you and your wife's upcoming birth and hoping that it goes smoothly and all do well.

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  9. Congrats on your baby boy.

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  10. Hey Congratulations I am glad to see you decided not to do it. I read the second post as well and I thought that your reasoning was very rational and well considered. I thought I would leave you with some additional reading material to make sure you get all the right information. I believe I put this up in my previous post but it bares repeating:

    CIRP care info

    AAP Care info

    The only problem I have with the AAP info is that they seem to indicate that most boys should be 'retractable' by 5. In fact, only about 50% are so by 10 and this is quite normal (that's how it was for me). Here is a link to 'normal development' and finally an excellent article by Dr. Paul Fleiss though Drs are much better now than when that was written. This pamphlet is proabably very good too. Just remember no one should retract him.

    Good luck and congratulations.

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  11. We live in a country where body modification is the norm for many males. So its normal for a parent to want the urge to modify their sons penis, but when a man wants to do it himself, he should just "move on" because there are more important things to worry about.

    I could say the same thing to you, why even have a discussion (even for a second) to decide to circumcise your son. There are MUCH more important things to worry about, yet many still came here and took the time to help you even though they knew even considering circumcision is just silly. You needed to take the time on this subject, you should also understand that others have different considerations then you, and that for them restoring their natural body is time well spent.

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