Should circumcision in infants be banned (until the individual is old enough to decide for themselves)?

Asked by: yc_pro
  • Forced sexual mutilation

    Human Genital Anatomy #101: Neurologically, the four most specialized pressure-sensitive cells in the human body are Meissner’s corpuscles for localized light touch and fast touch, Merkel’s disc cells for light pressure and tactile form and texture, Ruffini’s corpuscles for slow sustained pressure, deep skin tension, stretch, flutter and slip, and Pacinian corpuscles for deep touch and detection of rapid external vibrations. They are found only in the tongue, lips, palms, fingertips, nipples, and the clitoris, and in the crests of the Ridged Band at the tip of the male foreskin. These four specialized cell types process tens of thousands of information impulses per second and can sense texture, stretch, vibration, and movement at the micrometre level. These are the cells that allow blind people to "see" Braille with their fingertips. Cut them off and, male or female, it's like trying to read Braille with your elbow as a veritable symphony of sensation is downgraded dramatically and the victim is sub-normalized for life. A woman can live without the sensitivity of the visible part of her clitoris, and a man can live without the mobile and most sensitive parts of his penis, but both are better off with their natural fine-touch parts intact - and so are their sexual partners. Forced genital mutilation, male or female, is a violation of fundamental human rights and should be a felony.

  • Children should be protected from the procedure

    People should not have an irreversible and unnecessary surgical procedure forced upon them. This blatantly violates the child's right over his body as they are left with a permanent alteration to their genitals, often before they are even old enough to walk. It may also be considered an infringement on the child's right to freedom of religion if it is done to brand them part of a religious group. Physically mutilating our infants out of a parent or guardian's arbitrary preference is immoral, regardless of why it is done. There are no conceivable benefits to this procedure, at least not until the child reaches the end of their adolescence (at which point they may voluntarily get it done themselves!)

  • It is better for the health.

    It takes a lot of guts to have your penis circumcised after the age of seven. The covenant has been abolished but still for health reasons and if the child wanted too have it done they need it as a baby. Not many boys will choose after they get to the age of remembrance.

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