This is a difficult time in soon-to-be dad’s minds: there are so many unknowns to worry about besides the regular type of life. What will I name him? Is the hospital bag ready? Can I skip my classes for the birth? Though each is important, the the question I bring before the all-knowing Interweb today is: Should I have my son circumcised or not? Now men, this can be an * ahem * sensitive subject for us; but, think of the implications of this decision as you will/already have been faced with it. For an excellent article describing the pros and cons of the procedure see: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Circumcized. Don’t go there at work or if the male unit offends you though, it is very explicit in depicting the facts.
- there is no medical reason to do or not do the procedure
- there is no religious reason for an LDS person
- I am not very concerned if he “looks like daddy” or not
- he can be taught to take care of it either way
- most men in my family already are circumcised
Given these, the last it seems is most important.
I have come to the conclusion then that it is a purely societal and culturally based decision. Here in America we have very little culture left: besides capitalism and religion all that we have as a moral guide is a watercolor-memory of what a family should be. Since I am beginning my own family now, I want to weld my own culture with that of my spouse including any other good examples seen along the way.
So, nip the tip? shrink the dink? chop the top? It’s still in decision process and as the time to D-day runs down. I just hope that, in the end, the boy doesn’t turn out all messed up. That’s all.
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