It’s worth highlighting that here in the UK, male circumcision is NOT a widespread custom outside of Jewish and Muslim populations. The British Medical Association’s Guidance For Doctors states:
”The medical benefits previously claimed, however, have not been convincingly proven, and it is now widely accepted, including by the BMA, that this surgical procedure has medical and psychological risks…”
”At present, the medical literature on the health, including sexual health, implications of circumcision is contradictory, and often subject to claims of bias in research.”
Also, I’m not aware of HIV infections running at a higher rate here than in the US but, in any case, given that circumcision was commonplace in the States long before HIV was even heard of, that’s clearly a bogus argument that people have latched on to in order to post-rationlise an act that is manifestly culturally, rather than scientifically, driven.
Why not allow people to make the decision *themselves* when they’re old enough to review the relevant information and understand the implications of undergoing an irreversible procedure? If circumcision is as wonderful as its proponents claim it to be then young men will be lining up to have their foreskin removed.
And yet…and yet…something tells me that that wouldn’t happen.
You don’t have to look very hard online to find examples of men being furious that they were cut as a child but instances of men wishing they had been circumcised, other than for specific medical conditions such as, say, phimosis, are far, FAR, harder to come by.
I have to say that it’s somewhat ironic that in America, land of the ‘free’, a large part of the male population are not afforded the right to choose how their genitals both look and function.