Circumcision, a violation of Human Rights?

We all agree (well almost all) that female circumcision is a horrific practice and that this mutilation of girls and women is a violation of human rights and in no way acceptable. But what about circumcision performed on boys?

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Male circumcision is the surgical removal of some or all of the foreskin from the penis. Global estimates by the World Health Organization (WHO) suggest that 30 percent of males are circumcised, of whom 68 percent are Muslim. The prevalence of circumcision varies mostly with religious affiliation, and sometimes culture. The US is the only country in the world where the majority of baby boys have part of their penises cut off for non-religious reasons.
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Circumcision for religious reason

Jewish law states that circumcision is obligatory for Jewish-born males and for non-circumcised Jewish male converts. It is usually performed on the eighth day after birth in a ceremony. It is an intensely painful procedureresponse these new born babies are exposed to – without anesthesia and without any consent of their part. (see the video at the bottom how painful this is for the baby).
Also in Islam circumcision is highly recommended, although not obligatory and mostly performed with anesthesia, and it is certainly seen as an important external symbol of submission to God's will.
In Islam there is no fixed age for circumcision. The preferred age is often seven although some Muslims are circumcised as early as the seventh day after birth and as late as puberty. When the boy is adolescent there could be argued it is with the boy’s consent, but this can most certainly not be considered free consent because of the child by that age being severely indoctrinated with his family religion and will experience peer and social pressure to do and be as his father and grandfather.

Circumcision in the US

The US is the only country in the world where the majority of baby boys have part of their penises cut off for non-religious reasons. This extraordinary custom is very much taken for granted. Peer pressure, social pressure, and pressure from circumcised fathers and grandparents intoning the mantra "A boy should look like his father", all have combined to make "circumcised" an integral part of the concept of a US American man.

Is circumcision acceptable?

First of all there is this commonly accepted idea in all cultures and religions all over the world that parents have the ‘right’ to impose almost anything to their children without the children having a say in it, in this specific case: the right to cut healthy tissue off a helpless baby. This ‘right’ to mutilate another being is highly debatable; in fact it is showing an attitude of ownership towards children… Children are not property, children are not slaves, without the intrinsic human right to be respected in their wholeness, including their body.
Such mutilation practices of the body like circumcision for the sake of religious or culture reasons, is absolute not acceptable and is without any doubt a violation of the Human Rights of these (baby)boys. They have no say in it; it is just done to them, by the parents and their bodies are mutilated for the rest of their life's. Would you as a parent consider a tattoo being placed on your baby boy’s tiny body? No, you wouldn’t, for common sense reasons. So why not use the same common sense when it comes to cutting in healthy tissue of the penis of your baby boy?


Circumcising infants is absolute not acceptable –
it is a violation of Human Rights.



Health Benefits?

There might be medical reasons for such a medical procedure however. But very few absolute medical reasons exist for circumcision, and no reasons exist to justify routine circumcision of infants. And far too many circumcisions are performed without good reason in Europe and the USA.
There are many studies in favor of circumcision, but proof for the alleged health benefits is not conclusive as other research shows.


Female circumcision

Wikipedia:
Female genital mutilation (FGM), also known as female genital cutting and female circumcision, is defined by the World Health Organization (WHO) as "all procedures that involve partial or total removal of the external female genitalia, or other injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons."
FGM is typically carried out on girls from a few days old to puberty. It may take place in a hospital, but is usually performed, without anesthesia, by a traditional circumciser using a knife, razor, or scissors. According to the WHO, it is practiced in 28 countries in western, eastern, and north-eastern Africa, in parts of the Middle East, and within some immigrant communities in Europe, North America, and Australia. The WHO estimates that 100–140 million women and girls around the world have experienced the procedure, including 92 million in Africa.

Although this blog was about male circumcision specifically, female circumcision must be mentioned in this context. It goes without saying that this horrific practice of mutilation of girls and women is in no way acceptable. It reflects the commonly accepted and allowed deep-rooted inequality between the sexes, and constitutes an extreme form of discrimination against women…. reflected in the Bible and other ‘holy books’ as well in older cultures.
Female Genital Mutilation is a violation of the human rights of girls and women.
As is the circumcision of baby boys and youngsters…


"What's done to children, they will do to society."
Karl Menninger, psychiatrist



Recommended read

Infant/children circumcision still accepted in the world by Larys Kaziukonis




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  • The 'ultimate submission to god' - just another stone to throw into the sack of abuse and harm done in the name of god. This is an example of how cultural and religious beliefs are a justification to make the absolutely despicable, a possibility and a 'must do,' regardless of any common sense in relation to seeing things for what they are: mutilating a newborn in the name of god without them having a say to it.

    Isn't that parental fascism? It is.

    Thanks for exposing this, Ingrid

  • I looked into the circumcision option since I am going to have to make this decision when Victor is born. After reading over some websites about pros and cons I saw no common sense reasons to do a circumcision. I have placed this on my birth plan and will make sure my mom tells them "NO" to the procedure.

  • Cool Antoaneta :)

    The only valid reason why I would accept circumcision are for health reasons. Here in Europe it isn't common practice to circumcise boys and I'm quite sure European man are as healthy as US man.

  • Nice post which The preferred age is often seven although some Muslims are circumcised as early as the seventh day after birth and as late as puberty. When the boy is adolescent there could be argued it is with the boy’s consent, but this can most certainly not be considered free consent. Thanks a lot for posting this article.

  • You know, what really bothers me is that there are tons of women out there who have a huge problem with female circumcision(and they definitely should), but they have absolutely NO problem subjecting their sons to the same shit they reject for their daughters. That's called sexism, and it's bullshit. NOBODY should have a part of their body removed without their consent UNLESS there are actual health problems.

  • Many Christians support Jewish circumcision because they fear they won’t be allowed to baptize their children in future. Preempt this move and ban infant baptism. Baptizing infants has the same “parental rights” reasoning as pharaonic “circumcision” (FGM, infibulation). Within Christian circles, there are people who want to defer baptism into adulthood.

  • Unlike circumcision baptizing is not about physical harming a child's body.

    But I agree on the point of making choices based on religion for a child that has no say in it. Children are NOT property of the parents.

    I remember in the Catholic church it is/was said that children that weren't baptized and die young would go to hell. And would not be allowed to be buried in Sacred Ground. So this way the Church cleverly manipulated parent's fear so they would let their baby be baptized.

  • Just another female writer... Get to know them first (who does it), and then talk shit. "Oh, well, it is a religion and ... so it's wrong ... but actually there are some cultures that do it too..." Your pathetic American way of thinking is completely way out of lines! You are here, they are there (muslims). Study the problem closely then talk. In your America only them who does it (your statement). Obviously, glorious tax payers money are not touched. Why touch them or their customs? They wish to spend their money in this way, you do in others (contracept pills at age of 14). Take the problem as a whole piece, they have morals they wish to follow it - It works well for them. Americans lack it (morals). That's why, as soon as, your kid turns 14 you tell them not to go "f3ck" someone because you know they would, just for a buck or two. Make an offer. Sorry to hart your feelings, and no need to blame muslims (again). I am not one of them. I just want you to really stop democratize around (blame others in a self-absorbed American standpoint) and start writing a neutral biased articles. This article create haterness which is a job of a politician not folks. <-- You probably already noticed why I don't write articles myself :) For you, get at least a few ppl read your article before you post it.

  • Sorry to hear you read hatred in my article where there is none. I am simply giving the children of the world a voice.
    To me it seems you are the one being biased; no where I claim Muslims being the bad guys. It is the parents all over the world that accept and allow themselves to harm their children because they feel this is their right. Children are not property, nowhere and never.

    Btw I am from Europe and I do also address the American parents to stop circumcising their kids. Did you watch the video and noticed how much pain these young borns have to suffer?

  • Let's closely analyze each of your statement:
    "It reflects the commonly accepted and allowed deep-rooted inequality between the sexes, and constitutes an extreme form of discrimination against women…. reflected in the Bible and other ‘holy books’ as well in older cultures."

    I.e. in old cultures you refer to muslim alike cultures. I would love to see references for each other mentioned place e.g. Bible and 'holy books'. As you cannot refer to a financial statemen analysis showing deficit without been pointing out in what context.

    "discrimination against women" - you wrote that both sexes experience it. (Is it because women have to work with a shorter product?). Can you specify in what ways or how?

    "I do also address the American parents to stop circumcising their kids." Hold on :) Let’s read your article again:

    "The US is the only country in the world where the majority of baby boys have part of their penises cut off for non-religious reasons." non-religious reasons... You mean medical reasons. Well, let's say surgeons have a better reasons/support to justify any baby’s surgeries (spine, brain, organs, limbs, etc). Otherwise, I doubt it's cultural in US. :)

    "This extraordinary custom is very much taken for granted." It may seem to be for you or me but again you referred to "the Bible and other ‘holy books’ as well in older cultures" cited by you (pending your actual findings). That must make it very old.

    "Peer pressure, social pressure, and pressure from circumcised fathers and grandparents intoning the mantra "A boy should look like his father"" <-- I don't believe you one may get peer/social pressure in US to get his penis cut. "intonic the mantra" - Are you again talking about muslims in America? Then, I have no idea whose grandparents you talk about. Oh, maybe a US patriot grandparent had a circumcision done, probably for medical reason. He liked it, so he thought it's a great idea for his grandson. Tell me why I don't buy it.

    ", all have combined to make "circumcised" an integral part of the concept of a US American man." Integral for US man??? Poor american women, they constantly miss a few inches of happiness. Fail statement IMO, unless you can restate it so it's clearer to understand.

  • "It reflects the commonly accepted and allowed deep-rooted inequality between the sexes, and constitutes an extreme form of discrimination against women…. reflected in the Bible and other ‘holy books’ as well in older cultures."
    I.e. in old cultures you refer to muslim alike cultures. I would love to see references for each other mentioned place e.g. Bible and 'holy books'. As you cannot refer to a financial statemen analysis showing deficit without been pointing out in what context.
    --- Do I refer to Muslim alike cultures? No I do not. I write: older cultures. You may not be aware Islam is 'younger' than Christianity?
    I do not understand what you mean by 'refer to a financial statement' etc. Why should I show some financial statement analysis to proof what?

    "discrimination against women" - you wrote that both sexes experience it. (Is it because women have to work with a shorter product?). Can you specify in what ways or how?
    --- This is placed under Female Circumcision, and is referring specifically to mutilating girls in a way they will never be able to experience sexual pleasure.

    "The US is the only country in the world where the majority of baby boys have part of their penises cut off for non-religious reasons." non-religious reasons... You mean medical reasons. Well, let's say surgeons have a better reasons/support to justify any baby’s surgeries (spine, brain, organs, limbs, etc). Otherwise, I doubt it's cultural in US. :)
    ---- No, I say non religious reasons, might be cultural reasons. Surprisingly to me, I found out that most American baby boys are being circumcised. Here in Europe, and more specific in The Netherlands, boys aren't circumcised unless they are Jewish or Muslim (or for medical reasons). Reading about it I found that Americans do it because of 'that's how it should be' and/or because they believe it is way more hygienic. And you know how Americans are about hygiene. To me this is cultural defined.

    "This extraordinary custom is very much taken for granted." It may seem to be for you or me but again you referred to "the Bible and other ‘holy books’ as well in older cultures" cited by you (pending your actual findings). That must make it very old.
    --- It is taken for granted because the holy books say so, or because 'every one does so'. To me this is ignorant. Question every thing you take for granted and review it, then decide. But again: do not take decisions like mutilating your child. When you really believe this procedure must take place, wait till the child is old enough to make that decision for himself.



  • "Peer pressure, social pressure, and pressure from circumcised fathers and grandparents intoning the mantra "A boy should look like his father"" -- I don't believe you one may get peer/social pressure in US to get his penis cut. "intonic the mantra" - Are you again talking about muslims in America? Then, I have no idea whose grandparents you talk about. Oh, maybe a US patriot grandparent had a circumcision done, probably for medical reason. He liked it, so he thought it's a great idea for his grandson. Tell me why I don't buy it.
    ---- No, I'm not talking about muslims in the USA, I'm talking Americans. And sure there is peer / social pressure to be like every one else, like you and me also experience(d) pressure to be like every one else in our own culture. This is the main reason for male circumcision in the USA, so I've read on a number of USA websites on the subject.


    ", all have combined to make "circumcised" an integral part of the concept of a US American man." Integral for US man??? Poor american women, they constantly miss a few inches of happiness. Fail statement IMO, unless you can restate it so it's clearer to understand.
    --- It's not just about sex, it is the entire picture of how a man should be / look like, all cultures have definitions of how a man, a woman, a child etc should behave / look like; well, the USA definition includes being circumcised.

    Really, I have no idea why you are so focused on Muslims, nowhere in my article I claim Muslims to be the only ones, on the contrary. Maybe you should consider why YOU are so focused on Muslims - I am not.

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