The American Academy of Pediatrics continues to take heat for its stance in favor of male infant circumcision. Should physicians recommend circumcision for newborn boys?
When my son was born, there was never a question about circumcision. I don’t remember anyone asking me how I felt about it, or educating me on the benefits and harms. But there is research showing that pain felt as a baby can negatively affect the adult:
(2004) Are There Long-Term Consequences of Pain in Newborn or Very Young Infants?
When you consider that anesthesia is often not used during these procedures, I would say this amounts to torture. It would be interesting to see a study of those who were circumcised and those who were not — what correlations would be found, especially dealing with mental illness and chronic pain (even cancer)? When do memories of trauma form and can they survive infancy?
As for the health benefits and harms of being circumcised, I’m going to leave that for the men to debate. As a woman, while I was sexually active, I never came across a guy who wasn’t circumcised. But, as women, we should be accepting of all kinds of penises, no matter what they look like. 🙂