Why Question Circumcision?

Many of us grew up hearing that circumcision is "just a snip," the removal of "a little extra piece of skin," "no big deal," and "healthier." Did you grow up hearing these things? If so, it’s only natural for you to believe them—especially when you haven’t been exposed to any evidence to the contrary.

When we think we understand something, it can be jarring to hear a different story. At first, you probably won’t believe it, and will even fight against it. People in the U.S. fought hard against the abolition of slavery and the integration of public schools, but today there are very few who defend such practices.

The knee-jerk response is to defend what we know. If you are new to questioning circumcision, it’s easy to take on a defensive attitude. But please, don't retreat to the comfort of old mantras so quickly.

It’s not the job of any person or organization to “prove” to you that circumcision is harmful. Nobody “convinces” anyone of anything. Minds only change when there is a true spirit of investigation, a willingness to get to the bottom of things. So if you really want to know about circumcision, don’t challenge others to prove its harmfulness. You’ve got to look into the issue for yourself!

Just a few years ago, there wasn’t much information about circumcision. It’s what virtually all Americans did to their newborn sons. Few questioned it; virtually no one understood the consequences.

Today there’s plenty of information out there—if you’re willing to look. Here are some areas you might wish to investigate, along with some links to get started. Be aware, these links contain graphic content and are for mature audiences.

1. What is the anatomy of the natural (uncircumcised) penis? How does it differ from the circumcised penis?

2. Is sex substantially different for a man and his female partner when the man is circumcised?

3. Do men who were circumcised as adults regret it?

4. Is circumcision really that painful for an infant? (Article)

5. Is circumcision really that painful for an infant? (Video)

6. Is it morally wrong to circumcise your son just because you want to?

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