Questions to Doctor still promoting MGM in USA – A vaccine …

I wrote this email in response to an article circulating on Facebook the title of which likened male circumcision of infants to a vaccination program … If a vaccine was proposed with little benefit in prevention of nothing in particular with a serious complication rate of 1 in 200 surely it would be rejected …

“Dr Chin,
I read with interest your article (link below) in which you advised USA parents to opt for routine male infant circumcision. You suggested it was advantageous as a preventative measure against certain conditions.
Please could you cite some international peer reviewed research to back this claim up.
In Europe, male circumcision of infants and minors is only done for the parents’ cultural or religious reasons. The medical communities of many countries do not advise infant circumcision – seeing the potential for harm far outweighs any possible minor benefit and recognising that it is an unnecessary procedure done without consent of the patient.
In your article, in the section, “Myths about circumcision”, you state: “One of the more pernicious and persistent myths about circumcision is that it can dampen sensitivity and function and reduce pleasure. Research has found that it doesn’t.”
I must point out that by definition circumcision does reduce pleasure received from manipulation of the foreskin with its many sensitive nerve endings – as it is no longer present. Many men worry about the size of their penis – circumcision reduces girth and motility. Many circumcised men say that artificial lubrication is essential for sex or masturbation. Intact men don’t usually require lube to masturbate.
Please could you cite the international peer reviewed “research” that backs up these claims you make about circumcision not reducing pleasure?
The fallacious arguments you use to support male infant circumcision are used by Doctors in Malaysia, and others around the world, who recommend female circumcision.
You also state in your article that serious complications occur in “only” 1 in 200 procedures. If every boy in the world were to be circumcised, as you seem to suggest would be your choice, 1 in 200 children getting serious complications would be regarded as a serious global epidemic of harm. If this were for a procedure that was life saving with no alternative treatment that would be acceptable – but routine circumcision is not needed – you are perpetuating harm to children.
What happens to the foreskins you remove? Are they disposed of – or do you resell them for medical use?
What is the profit margin on a circumcision?
Do you recommend circumcision for pet mammals or farm animals?
I’m intact. Are you circumcised?
I note that if all American’s followed your advice the sheer numbers of infant circumcisions required would provide a steady reliable income stream for Doctors doing the procedures.”
If a vaccine were to be proposed with little benefit in prevention of nothing in particular with a serious complication rate of 1 in 200 surely it would be rejected …
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Circumcision Is Unethical and Unlawful.

American academic paper which raises all the main issues. Things are beginning to change in the USA. I hope to see all children, boys,girls, and intersex, protected from genital mutilation. The law and medical ethics should be applied without gender bias. If society can override the wishes of irrational religious people concerning gay marriage – then secular law should protect all children from religious blood rites. It is a sad condemnation of western society that the feelings of adults are addressed before the harm to children. Religion has no right to demand genital mutilation of boys – and everyone in society needs to wake up to this. People who promote this should be treated like people who promote FGM. Equality for boys.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27338602

 

Circumcision Math: Does it add up?

Excellent article on the odds of medical intervention being required for the male foreskin.

“… Let’s set ethical arguments about pain, consent, divine design, etc. aside for now. Let’s just look at the math. What are the odds that your son will actually need to have a circumcision later?”

 

Circumcision Math: Does it add up?

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Male Circumcision in the USA

The USA is currently looking at legislation ( International Freedom of Religion Act) to enshrine religious ritual genital cutting (of male children only) as a religious “right” along with ritual slaughter of animals by bleeding to death …

This is a heart felt condemnation from a cut man.

Gender equality? Children’s rights?

A discussion of male circumcision and the law here in the US.

 

 

Malawi May 2016: Circumcision gone wrong…boy loses penis in Chikhwawa

Penis accidentally severed during pointless circumcision, 9 years old. Cutting not his culture. Bribery and coercion. Part of the HIV MGM hoax where African men have been persuaded to be cut to help prevent HIV on the flimsiest of evidence for efficacy – but they still have to use condoms! Is this worth it?

“… The child was taken along with other unidentified minors after they had been coaxed by some sweets, juices and biscuits before being given Lifebuoy Soap as an antibacterial cleansing substance for the wounds. The father, Mr Sande, complained that the people involved, forcefully circumcised his son against values and customs of the Sena culture.”

Should You Circumcise Your Child?

A pro MGM biased article with all the usual misinformation about UTIs, HIV, and sensitivity, it does not take a Rocket Scientist to work out that removing a huge bunch of nerves will reduce sensation! Parents’ blood rites have precedence over the child’s right to an unmutilated body for this Jewish American author who has two cultural imperatives to perpetuate the cycle of abuse – his religion promotes infant MGM and so does his national culture…

” … There is, of course, an ethical problem here, since the choice is almost always made by parents, not by the boys themselves. Circumcision is irreversible, and many argue, quite stridently, that this is “genital mutilation” inflicted on children for no reason.

All cards on the table: I’m Jewish, and I’m circumcised, as are both my sons. The procedure has a spiritual weight in my community. When confronted by people who use terms like mutilation, I generally recoil. Circumcising my boys was a personal decision for my wife and me, and I understand the various arguments for and against. People angry about this choice seem to imagine that we haven’t thoroughly considered it.

I also live with the knowledge that it’s possible that my children might have chosen differently. But we also have to recognize that parents make many, many decisions for their children with a greater and more meaningful impact on them than circumcision. That’s what parents do. Assuming that this is the most consequential one we might have made about our boys’ lives, and focusing so much attention on it — when evidence makes the value of either choice unclear — seems out of proportion.

That doesn’t mean opponents don’t have a point. Circumcision is much rarer in most other industrialized countries. Health organizations in those countries don’t advocate the procedure as we do in the United States. An argument can also be made for waiting until boys are old enough to make a decision for themselves. A number of factors make that difficult, though. It’s a more complicated procedure then, with greater risks and higher costs.

Given that religion and culture are tied up in this, it’s clear that this issue won’t be decided soon. It’s also clear that evidence won’t make anyone’s choice easier. In the end, the decision as to whether parents opt to have their babies circumcised will remain a personal one.”

Click for full article, NY Times: Should You Circumcise Your Child?

Professor Gregory Boyle, psychologist, on the impact of Male Genital Mutilation

Heartfelt testimony from Australian Psychologist, Gregory Boyle …

A fascinating and moving video, first published by A Voice for Men in 2015.