I'm not going to go into the vast arguments for/against genital mutilation of our little boys and girls, but would like to walk you through this particular case of astounding (non-)thinking.
She said that they circumcised their boy because they didn't want him to be different from daddy, who is obviously circumcised (well, not obviously, I haven't seen it, just drawing a conclusion).
So, in my head, the problem reads:
If Junior's penis looks different from Daddy's, we will have to explain a taboo subject about penises and circumcision, and why his penis looks different.And the options are:
- Have a conversation with Junior and explain circumcision, and why he wasn't circumcised; or
- Permanently and irreparably mutilate his genitals.
The benefit of option #1 is the little kid doesn't have the form and function of his penis permanently altered.
The benefit of option #2 is that the parents don't have to have an awkward (in their mind) conversation with their child.
The obvious choice to them is #2: no cost to the parent. That five minutes of awkwardness certainly outweighs the lifetime of disfigurement incurred by the child.
Taboos be damned! Learn how to talk to your kids. If you can't talk to them about little things like this when they are young children, how are you ever going to handle conversations of greater gravity when they are teenagers and adults?
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