Can we please talk about Male Circumcision?

(201 Posts)
KaseyM Tue 05-Nov-13 21:29:54

It seems to be an undeniable truth that whenever there is a thread about, well anything to do with the inustices that women face in the world, it will usually turn back into a conversation about the injustices that men face in the world, one of them being male circumcision.

I get the impression that those coming on here saying "well what about male circumcision" in that lovely WATM way actually believe that feminists either a) invented male circumcision or b) approve of it.

So, just for the record and so that in future we can direct any further derailings to this can we state categorically once and for all each of our individual positions on Male Circumcision.

So I'll start: I disagree with it 100%.

Anyone else?

AnyaKnowIt Tue 05-Nov-13 21:31:30

Unless their is a medical need, then no I don't agree with it

freyasnow Tue 05-Nov-13 21:36:34

I disagree with it completely for children unless for medical reasons as a last resort. If someone wants to get it done as an adult, then that is their choice, unless there is a lot of social pressure around it. If there is that pressure, then I have issues with that too.

OddBoots Tue 05-Nov-13 21:36:40

I disagree for anything other than medical reasons although I do include HIV transmission in high risk areas (not that I've kept up with the current scientific theory of that so only if applicable).

kim147 Tue 05-Nov-13 21:37:36

I can't understand why anyone would choose to do that to a baby.
Nor as an adult.

Paleodad Tue 05-Nov-13 21:38:05

i cannot, for the life of me, understand why any parent would want to mutilate the genitals of any of their babies, male or female, for so-called 'cultural' reasons. Unless there is a medical need it's just horrible.

GooFawkes Tue 05-Nov-13 21:41:23

DH is Spanish.

DS had to see a doctor in Spain when he was 13 months old, was diagnosed with Bronchitis, but the paediatrician (private) did a full examination.

He advised us that DS's foreskin was too tight, had the doctors at home mentioned anything? No, advice in UK is to leave alone. Doctor explained that leaving alone would result in a circumcision being necessary. He prescribed a cream to be massaged in for 4weeks prior to our next trip to Spain. This was done, then the doctor "whipped" it back painlessly. Continuing treatment just to gently draw back daily, which DS used to do for himself in the bath.

His cousin (now 7) was prescribed the same treatment by the same doctor this summer although he was slightly concerned it is a little late.

I disagree with it, unless (of course) it's for medial reasons.

MistAllChuckingFrighty Tue 05-Nov-13 21:44:12

I don't agree with it, except for medical reasons

Will this thread put this particular Straw Man to rest, do we think ?

YoureBeingASillyBilly Tue 05-Nov-13 21:45:52

at 13 months old the foreskin should not fully retract and there is absoloutely no treatment necessary to make it happen at that age!! where did he get his medical degree? shock

TheDoctrineOfWho Tue 05-Nov-13 21:47:45

Feminist? Check.
Disagree with male circumcision except for medical reasons? Check.
For a bonus point...Would like the diet coke ad off the TV? Check.

curlew Tue 05-Nov-13 21:49:47

What was he doing messing about with his foreskin when he had bronchitis? And it shouldn't retract at 13 months anyway.

MistAllChuckingFrighty Tue 05-Nov-13 21:51:18

Hate male stripping as much as female stripping ? Check.

curlew Tue 05-Nov-13 21:53:18

Oh, and yes, I disagree absolutely with infant male circumcision except for medical reasons.

But I am not prepared to say that it is as bad as FGM.

kim147 Tue 05-Nov-13 21:53:43

Are we playing feminist bingo grin

Grennie Tue 05-Nov-13 21:53:45

Disagree with it, unless for medical reasons

Grennie Tue 05-Nov-13 21:54:05

Agree Curlew

MistAllChuckingFrighty Tue 05-Nov-13 21:54:37

Summat like that, kim smile

Blistory Tue 05-Nov-13 21:55:55

Another feminist totally opposed to it and horrified that it seems to be preferred by many as more visually appealing, cleaner or healthier.

Paleodad Tue 05-Nov-13 21:56:23

and not that pretend to be any kind of authority, but there's obviously a huge difference between a relatively minor op for young boys that will have little or no impact on their later ability to enjoy sex, and the horrendous life-long pain that girls suffering female circumcision will have to endure.

PenguinsDontEatPancakes Tue 05-Nov-13 21:59:13

I am anti male circumcision in children/babies except for properly diagnosed medical reasons.

In adult men, well I respect bodily autonomy so I guess on one level I'd say that they can do what they want. But I am absolutely against any pressure to do so.

UnicornsNotRiddenByGrownUps Tue 05-Nov-13 22:03:26

Yes yes anti male and female circumcision unless medically necessary. Although I don't think its as bad as FGM I still think it wrong.

Short of medical necessity, no. No one should have parts of their body removed without their consent.

KaseyM Tue 05-Nov-13 22:05:39

"But I am not prepared to say that it is as bad as FGM."

Oooooh waving the red cape are we Curlew? I'm sure even a newbie MRA could take that statement and twist it into "feminists hate boys"!

They have a gift.

curlew Tue 05-Nov-13 22:07:23

I got banned from a MRA board for saying exactly that........

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