"Having performed many circumcisions, I have been exposed to the whole gamut of attitudes toward circumcision, from horror to apathy. Unfortunately, the most common reason that most people ask me to circumcise their sons is that they believe that everyone else does it too. The minimal health advantages are not compelling. The disadvantages I have heard (decreased sensation, increased masturbation) are even less. I wish that it would be a carefully considered decision for more people! I must vehemently disagree that female circumcision is comparable to male circumcision. Female circumcision is horrifyingly mutilating, often leading to severe infection, urinary dysfunction, and usually makes intercourse and childbearing an excessively traumatic experience for the victim. Do not be led into thinking that male circumcision is at all the same level of mutilation."
"I just had a son and had him circumcised only for the reason that I wanted he and his father to 'look alike.' There are options now for pain reduction for the infant and I chose to utilize those options. As far as female circumcision goes, I agree with Headscratcher that it is like comparing apples to oranges. Circumcising women was originally done (as far as I understand) so that the woman would not gain pleasure from sex. It started as a punishment of gender, not an honor to one's god. You cannot compare the two."
"I've got two boys, both of whom remain in the condition in which they arrived, if you get my meaning. I've never understood the boys-looking-like-their-father justification for circumcision. If this is done so that the child doesn't feel awkward, how much time is this boy going to spend looking at his father's penis?"
"I was circumcised in my early 30s to counteract frequent infections. That came after my sons were circumcised, to which I did not give a lot of thought. For me it was the most agonizing pain I have ever lived with for an extended period. I sure hope they did not feel what I felt. As for female circ (really mutilation) it makes me cry to think of it. I just hope and pray that those who perpetuate it, both victims and perpetrators, will soon come to see the injustice in it."
"My son was not circumcised when he was born. When he was three he needed to be because of infections. He is now 11 and still remembers the terrible pain he went through. I wish he would have been circumcised as an infant."
"I just don't see what circumcision has to do with God. Any god. Would God say, 'Here, I have given you this perfect child. Umm, except for that bit there--you're gonna need to cut that off before he's done.'"
"In England, Germany, France, Spain, Italy and just about everywhere else except Israel and the Muslim countries nearly all the boys and men are NOT circumcised. If anything, they are healthier in Europe than we are here. More than 80% of all the boys and men in the world are not and never will be circumcised. This includes advanced countries like England, France and Sweden where free, high-quality medical care is available to all. If the health benefits were so obvious don't you think European parents would be demanding circumcision for their little boys?"
"The medical information available as to whether or not infants feel pain is very debatable. All studies to date are done with subjective evaluations of a baby's cry (a reflex and not an emotional response) or of stress hormones (that are also not necessarily correlated to perceived pain). There is no question about the place of Brit Milah in the Jewish tradition. You can substitute anything you would like, but you are not fulfilling the covenant. By the way, do any of the women who are agonizing over this issue have pierced ears? If so, why is this so difficult an issue for you?"
When we had the bris for my grandson, the mohel (rabbi that does circumcisions) advised my daughter to give him a bottle of sugar water about a half hour before the bris. Since I was the Godmother, as well as grandmother, I watched up close. It was done VERY quickly. He did cry a little, about as much as a child getting a shot. He then slept for 3 hours. It healed quickly.