This week’s topic is going to be a difficult one for me. As everyone probably assumes, I don’t have a penis. I am also not a mother, so I have never dealt with making this decision for a child or been considered for the surgery.
In my personal opinion, I like circumcision. To me, it’s more visually pleasing, there is less to teach the child about when it comes to cleaning and regular hygiene, and I don’t think that having the procedure done later in life would be the best choice. I know that anesthetic is used (or some form of it), but I think that having the procedure done later in life would be more nerve-wracking, more painful, and probably has a higher risk of infection.
The infection part of that is strictly my opinion, because to me, your parents are probably going to definitely make sure that their child’s genitals are perfect, that they are healing well. I know that stuff happens, sometimes we get lazy, and I know that some of us can’t really get to a doctor as soon as we would all like to at times. Granted, if I had surgery on my genitals, I think that I would be pretty obsessive about the healing process and cleanliness.
I know all about the controversy and honestly, it ticks me off. Some men get really upset about the fact that they are circumcised. Now there are procedures to help you stretch your remaining foreskin to try to make yourself uncircumcised. I think that it’s ridiculous that some people are so hyped up about this because the rates of botched circumcisions are very low and a drastic lack of sensitivity is quite rare. I know that most men have a ton of feeling in their penis and I envy that. I have quite a few friends that don’t have much feeling in their clitoris or even in the vaginal opening. The “I know I would feel more, even though I have feeling now” argument pisses me off. I completely understand if there is an issue with sensitivity and I sympathize with these folks.
All in all, I know if I had a son, I would most likely have him circumcised. I know a big reason for that is because I am lacking a penis, I have no idea how much harder an uncircumcised penis is to clean or care for. I know that there is a slightly higher rate for Urinary Tract Infections in uncircumcised boys, but that is pretty rare. I would prefer the look of an uncircumcised penis and would trust the best doctor with performing the surgery on my own child.