|Circumcision being performed in central Asia, |
(most likely Turkmenistan,) c. 1865-1872.
Restored albumen print.
pic by Wiki user Durova
The oldest documentary evidence for circumcision comes from ancient Egypt. Circumcision was common, although not universal, among ancient Semitic peoples. In the aftermath of the conquests of Alexander the Great, however, Greek dislike of circumcision (they regarded a man as truly "naked" only if his prepuce was retracted) led to a decline in its incidence among many peoples that had previously practiced it. Circumcision has ancient roots among several ethnic groups in sub-equatorial Africa, and is still performed on adolescent boys to symbolize their transition to warrior status or adulthood
- Inability to retract the foreskin at birth is not considered a medical reason in favor of circumcision.
- Circumcision is a personal choice made by parents for their newborn infants, there is no medical reason to perform a routine circumcision.
- Circumcision can increase the risk of meatis which is inflammation of the penile opening.
- Surgical risks involved with any surgery.
- Pain caused by circumcision as it heals.
The bitter debate 'to circumcize or not to circumcize' has been going on forever and will probably go on forever more. I've read as much information on the subject as one possibly can and it seems circumcision is based on 3 factors:
- Religious - where it is written as the covenant in the bible (Genesis 17:10-14), thereby making this procedure automatic - pre-determined before the male child is even born.
- Medical/Health - where the decision is made if health risks are involved or purely for hygiene reasons.
- Social - where men might find their intact foreskin unattractive which in turn decreases their sexual confidence, or their partner may be pressuring them to undergo the procedure because of their own personal preference or sexual needs.
As for circumcising a child at birth, I'm sorry, I can't seem to agree with that - there is just no medical reason for it. That should be a choice that child makes later on in life when he's capable of doing so.
As for the 'other' reason, you know, esthethics or pleasure, if the woman doesn't like what she sees or feels, then obviously she's not the one........... next!
Resource(s): methodsofhealing.com, laberoflove.com, myrightword.blogspot.com