May 29th, 2010
I was at work yesterday, when I got a phone call from my husband. His opening words were:
“Honey, I know you’re at work but could you please take five minutes to explain to my brother why we’re not going to circumcise our son. He’s driving me crazy.”
Um, okay then. Apparently, the topic had come up (no pun intended) among Josh’s family and they were all a bit taken aback by the idea. My brother-in-law’s concerns included:
1) He’ll look funny.
2) It’ll get infected and nasty.
3) He’ll be more likely to play with himself, given that there’ll be excess materials to play with. (I think this was really his central argument.)
All in all, it was a pretty funny conversation. It was made funnier by my reluctance to discuss the issue from my desk and my attempts to talk “around” some of the key issues and nomenclature. I mean, you don’t just go talking about foreskin in your office. Well, at least not in my office. I’m sure there are offices where you do. Like a mohel’s office.
The bottom line is, we’re still undecided on the whole snipping issue. For the most part, I consider it an unnecessary surgery. I do sometimes worry about how he’ll fare in the locker room in middle school. No one likes to look “funny” — especially not in the midst of the angst of puberty. The truth is, though, that circumcision is on the decline. As of 2006 (most recent data I could find easily) only about 56% of newborn boys were circumcised. So it seems like the tide is turning and he should be in good company as he grows up. I still need to talk with my docs about it, just for a “real time” medical opinion, so we’ll see where we end up.