Thursday, November 19, 2009

Lunchtime Poll Topic #19

Don't panic--it's not Friday yet. I'm doing the LTPT today because tomorrow I know I'll want to share my The Twilight Saga: New Moon experience with you. (I don't know why, but I get a kick out of calling it by its full title. The Twilight Saga: New Moon. Ha! Maybe because, like the movies and the books, the title takes itself way too seriously.)


I had a friend call me yesterday to ask my opinion about this topic. She's about to have her first boy and isn't sure which decision to make. So, I'm opening it up to all of you to offer your opinions on the subject. And men? I know you're out there reading (even though you only seem to comment when I talk about sex), and I'd really, really like your opinions on this one.

Circumcision: Did you or would you circumcise your male children?
Why or why not?

Obviously there are religious factors if you're Jewish or Muslim that would affect your decision. But for those whom religion isn't a factor in the decision, would you?

I did, twice, and if I ever had another boy (heaven forbid) I would do it again. There are a lot of reasons we made the decision to do it.
1. There are fewer instances of urinary tract infections in the first several months of life.
2. I know of several men who have had to be circumcised as adults for medical reasons and they all wish it had been done when they were infants.
3. Hygiene. I have to bug my boys to keep their hands and faces clean. I really didn't want to add under the foreskin to the list.
4. Right or wrong, it's more socially acceptable in the U.S. to be circumcised. They're going to change in front of other boys in the locker room--why open them up to ridicule over the state of their penis?

And really, the only reason not to that I was able to find is that is unnecessary. I agree. It was unnecessary, but I think the reasons we chose to do it made it a good choice for elective surgery.

My tummy tuck and boobs will be unnecessary as well, but that's not going to stop me from getting them done.

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