Talking About Circumcision

Let’s look at circumcision from a societal point of view. This is when it gets crazy. So, in general, I feel like people tend to argue for whatever they are the norm. For example, I am not a circumcised female, so for me, I would probably tend to a knee-jerk reaction against circumcising women, because I think, “Well, my life’s pretty awesome and I’m normal, so why shouldn’t that be normal?”. And I believe that this heavily depends on where you are from. In places like the United Kingdom or Finland, only 2-3% of males are circumcised, whereas here in the United States, in my generation, 80% of men were circumcised. So that’s a huge difference.

However, there’s been a decline in the United States. As of a couple-years-ago study, I believe, it was 54% of infant baby males in the United States is circumcised. So, yes, above average, but just slightly above average, as far as the percentile.

And when it comes to female circumcision, I read a fascinating study in the Atlantic about female circumcision, primarily in Egypt, where about 80% of teenage girls do choose to undergo this. And the reporter in this article was saying that she spent years living with and studying, and a lot of these girls do voluntarily choose it. It’s not something that’s forced upon them. And that she found that interesting and I certainly found that interesting because we always hear about these horrible patriarchal societies imposing this on women. But that there were women, who actively chose to do this, or teenage girls, who actively chose to do this, as a rite of passage into becoming a woman. And that’s fascinating too when we start talking about adult circumcision.

And again, I think that all boils down to where you’re from and what’s considered normal where you’re from. If you feel like that’s something that you want to do or not. No one intends to be outside the norm. Everybody wants to be just like everybody else. I mean, otherwise, the thought can be, or the fear can be that your risked being made fun of because you look different. Maybe not being as sexually attractive as other people because you seem different. There’s a lot of psychological fears that I think come into play there. And here in the States, I do remember kids, when I was little, getting made fun of because “Your penis looks different.” That kind of thing. But, now that that rate has dropped from  80 to 50  percent, if it’s going to be about half of each, then at least in the United States, is that argument still really valid? Or will it be half and half some everybody’s normal, which would be great? I’d love it if we didn’t make fun of people for being different. That would be awesome, in general.