Last week's soapbox on circumcision has become a little heated, so I'm going to devote another soapbox to acknowledge some of the comments.
First of all, I do think that circumcision is a huge deal, and it always surpirses me when people think otherwise. I mean, it's not like other parenting issues like whether you cloth diaper or not, whether you breastfeed or not, or whether you co-sleep or not (all of which I have an opinion on... but those are the types of issues that I would define as "not a huge deal".) Circumcision, however, is not that type of issue, in my book. Circumcision is just... wrong.
And, as one of the commenters replied, we cannot use the argument that (that the way circumcision is performed today) is a symbol of the eternal covenant among Jewish people because... "At that time it was a 'cutting of the blessing' - a very, very small slit made at the end of the penis to allow a few drops of blood to fall." That is a heck of a lot different with what is going on when circumcisions are performed today (go ahead, watch it, and tell me if that seems like "not a huge deal".) If Jewish people want to circumcise today, why not just do that small slit, like they used to? Wouldn't that be more in line with keeping with the ancient custom anyway?
And as far as all the comments being made from women who have not been circumcised... Any males want to step in here? Vernon? (That's my husband.)
First, let me just tell you about Vernon. When we were pregnant with our first child seven years ago, we both didn't really know much about circumcising or not circumcising. I started to do a little research and came up with the conclusion that I did not want to circumcise our child, and I told this to Vernon. At first, Vernon was like, "What the heck? Of course we're going to circumcise." Because, just like most people from the midwest, we came from a culture where we didn't know any different. Vernon had been circumcised. Everybody Vernon knew had been circumcised. But... once Vernon started to do a little research on it on the matter, he too agreed with the fact that he did not want to circumcise our children.
So, just because we grow up in this culture, just because we have these "norms"... this doesn't mean that we can't try to change things. I mean, up until 95 years ago, women didn't have the right to vote. Did that make it okay because it was the societal norm at that time? No.
Oh, and here is a good article from a man's point of view... with kind of an unexpected ending.
My point in writing these soapboxes is not to alienate people or to separate right from wrong... It is to educate. I want to inform people who, like Vernon and myself seven years ago, didn't know any different because we hadn't been exposed to other views yet. I want to challenge people's beliefs and encourage them to question things and to not do certain things just because everybody else is doing them (ultrasounds, avoiding fats, hospital births, etc.).