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muma19 Wed 20-Mar-19 15:54:37

DP wants DS circumcised however I don't. I also have MIL getting involved and pressuring me. What do I do? I want to be fair to my partner but I really don't want him veg for circumcised. HELP!!!!

JellycatElfie Wed 20-Mar-19 15:55:18

What are his reasons for wanting it?

TheQueef Wed 20-Mar-19 15:55:56

Why do they want circumcision? Religious or medical need?

muma19 Wed 20-Mar-19 15:56:02

@JellycatElfie because he has been done and thinks it's cleaner

muma19 Wed 20-Mar-19 15:56:48

@TheQueef not medical more cultural

dementedpixie Wed 20-Mar-19 15:57:14

Washing will keep it clean too! I wouldn't want it either tbh

TheQueef Wed 20-Mar-19 15:57:56

My opinion is don't then.
Unnecessary and unreasonable.

JellycatElfie Wed 20-Mar-19 15:58:00

What cultural reasons does he have? Are his family all circumcised too? I don’t see how it’s any cleaner either way tbh?

muma19 Wed 20-Mar-19 15:58:01

@dementedpixie my point exactly

AmIRightOrAMeringue Wed 20-Mar-19 15:58:46

Could you call whoever does it and see if you can make an appointment to go and discuss it with them. And agree to discuss between you after that (without Mil input as not her decision). Maybe once a medical professional explains it's not 'cleaner' and the risks involved he will change his mind. Or you may. But at least you'd both know all the facts and risks etc

Magenta82 Wed 20-Mar-19 15:59:03

He wants to mutilate his child because he was mutilated himself. He is being VVVVU

muma19 Wed 20-Mar-19 15:59:03

@JellycatElfie all of the boys in his family have been done. It is very common in African culture and whilst I am mixed race I really don't see the need and don't appreciate being pressured by MIL.

ShowOfHands Wed 20-Mar-19 15:59:30

He's right. It is cleaner. At the same time, can you get some other bits removed? There are lots of body parts that get dirty. I'd look at removing a few fingers at the very least. Likewise, it's important the baby matches its Dad as far as possible. Cosmetic surgery will help with this.


He can encourage his son to wash and be his own person.

DoneLikeAKipper Wed 20-Mar-19 16:00:23

There is zero reason for circumcision unless medical. It’s not cleaner, healthier or better for a male in anyway. Some people still believe fairytales and nonsense, are you seriously considering cutting bits off your son to appease such silly old beliefs?

muma19 Wed 20-Mar-19 16:01:32

@AmIRightOrAMeringue this is a very good idea thank you.

@DoneLikeAKipper no I am 100% against this but because I feel like I'm being pressured I started to think maybe IWBU so came here for reassurance I guess

celtiethree Wed 20-Mar-19 16:02:07

Get him to watch American Circumcision on Netflix that should change his mind. If you don’t want it done then stay firm it should have nothing to do with your MIL.

MeredithGrey1 Wed 20-Mar-19 16:02:07

because he has been done and thinks it's cleaner

If he had it done as a baby, what can he be basing this on? He doesn't have anything to compare it to,

And agree to discuss between you after that (without Mil input as not her decision)

Agreed, I'd be telling him I am happy to sit down and discuss it, but that I want him to tell his mother its our decision, not hers.

muma19 Wed 20-Mar-19 16:02:05

@ShowOfHands ha yes in that case just take all limbs off please

LeekMunchingSheepShagger Wed 20-Mar-19 16:02:34

What you do is to put your foot down and not have him circumcised.

Order654 Wed 20-Mar-19 16:03:41

It’s unnecessary so I’d be saying no.

Medical need then yes but otherwise it’s pointless

Almostalive Wed 20-Mar-19 16:03:51

I have one ds who was circumcised due to medical needs, one who isn't as no medical reason. I think it's unnecessary pain if not a medical requirement. Good luck x

Magenta82 Wed 20-Mar-19 16:03:59

You wouldn't need reassurance if you were talking about a daughter.

I know that male genital mutilation is legal and seen as more culturally acceptable than female but it is still wrong and unnecessary. Please stay firm and protect your son.

DoneLikeAKipper Wed 20-Mar-19 16:04:10

no I am 100% against this

Then be a good parent and put your foot firmly down. Save at least one child from being unnecessarily mutilated in the name of ‘culture’.

stacktherocks Wed 20-Mar-19 16:04:38

Honestly, the person who doesn’t want their child to have a part of their body cut off wins in this situation.

I would be very very wary he doesn’t get it done without your permission. Perhaps go to the doctors and ensure it’s on file that you do not consent to him being circumcised. I reckon if he’s gonna do it he’ll get it done somewhere that doesn’t have access to nhs records but you can at least try cover one base.

Look up the law re whether one parent alone can provide consent or if both need to.

Itwouldtakemuchmorethanthis Wed 20-Mar-19 16:04:38

I thought it was cleaner and reduced (not stopped) the transmission of some STIs?

I think circumcision was fairly common in the upper classes until very recently?

And there ends my totally unverified nonsense knowledge on the subject.

Don’t cut bits off your baby.

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