Dear Robyn and Skippy,
My husband and I are about to have our first child (YAY!). Initially we had planned to have him circumcised; our reasoning being that even though there’s no medical reason for it, we didn’t want him to have to face possible cruelty from others later in his life. We want him to be proud and comfortable with his body, and girls and boys are mean about body parts that look different.
We asked our midwife about it and she told us that Medicaid won’t cover it, and that the out of pocket expense would be upwards of five hundred dollars, which we can’t afford. On top of which, she said that 60% of baby’s in the US are currently not circumcised , meaning that a majority of parents are no longer opting for it. Attitudes apparently are changing. Of the three midwives in the room, the two who have sons didn’t do circumcision.
Even though I know it’s not necessary, I still can’t shake my social norms about this and the concern for my son. My husband is on board with the midwives. His argument is that all penises look weird, circumcised or not.
Should I stick with the social norms I’m used to or are my husband and the midwives right?
What do you think about the practice of circumcision? Post your comments below and let us know.
Check back on Wednesday for Robyn’s response and on Friday for Skippy’s response.