Why has male circumcision become commonly practiced in our society?
Dr. Morten Frisch of Statens Serum Institut and Aalborg University in Denmark is critical of the American Association of Pediatrics, which has dropped its neutral stance towards neonatal male circumcision after determining that the health benefits of the procedure outweigh the risks. “First and last,” says Frisch, “whether childhood circumcision is acceptable or not is an ethical question, not a medical one.”
Chuck Ross reports in The Good Men Project today on the origins of male circumcision—in the control of male sexuality—and asks whether we find any of the arguments for neonatal circumcision compelling.
Why Do We Still Circumcise Boys? By Chuck Ross
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