C0nc0rdance has made a thorough and balanced video outlining the case for and against routine circumcision. What do you folks think?
My personal opinion is that circumcising children routinely, outside of areas where condom use is practically nil and the STD risk is therefore far higher, is unethical because it is, in theory, a matter of self-determination whether a person modifies their body. Doing it as a matter of course or out of religious or other tradition wholly obviates the child’s ability to self-determine. I don’t think in the Western world, circumcision is at all necessary except where it is medically indicated, and in those cases, it should be considered a major surgery and the child should be anaesthetized. I don’t think that the benefits that can be conferred by routine circumcision overrides the question of self-determination if you’re not in one of those aforementioned high-risk areas.
The perfect solution, of course would be to re-educate people in those high-risk areas where anti-condom memetics are prevalent, to show them that condoms actually save lives. This perfect solution should also include the necessity that parents of males properly clean and maintain their children’s genitalia, which may come with its own cultural mores.
I’m also very happy that C0nc0rdance makes the point that female genital mutilation is far different from male circumcision. I’ve long held that when discussing FGM, people bringing up male circumcision are derailing because the equivalent would be the removal of the glans, not the foreskin.