Circumcision: The Laughable Pretense of an Honest Debate

Posted on: January 22, 2012

One of the strengths of our society is that we don’t allow family members of those accused of murder to serve on their kin’s juries, and we certainly wouldn’t trust them to vigorously prosecute. Holding even a trivial amount of shares of stock in a company precludes a person from advising on mergers and acquisitions. Politicians come under scrutiny when it is suspected that they have awarded contracts to businesses which have a history of contributing to that politician’s past campaigns.
The term “conflict of interest” is often cited as a reason that a person must recuse himself of sitting in judgment and trying to assess the weight of evidence put before him.

Most of the American men engaging in the conversations about circumcision, whether physicians, lawyers, or journalists, are themselves circumcised. Most of their female counterparts have had their sons circumcised.
Circumcision rates in the United States have been above fifty percent since the latter half of the twentieth century, with most estimates putting percentages at above eighty percent for years at a time in.

We are not being intellectually honest when we pretend that a nation of circumcised men, and parents of circumcised sons, can truly be trusted to be impartial when it comes to this topic.

When the advising is being done by a largely circumcised and circumcising populace, the result is medical recommendations, readings of the law, and editorializing by individuals who all have a vested interest in validating their own irreversible conditions and in affirming choices they can’t take back.

A mother who has already had her son circumcised of course doesn’t want to discover that she has needlessly brought pain upon her child. Understandably, she would prefer that the evidence she encounters confirm that the past choice she made has turned out to be a net good for her son. It would be difficult to trust that she would truly go scouring for all available facts, knowing that certain facts could steer her towards a disheartening conclusion.

A man who is circumcised would understandably not want it to be true that he is experiencing less than the best possible sex, or providing his partner with less than the best possible sexual experience. He too would be motivated to screen out facts which show this to be the case.

To a doctor who has already severed the foreskins off of hundreds of infants, coming around to recognizing that she has actually harmed rather than helped patients would cause her to admit that she failed on a very fundamental level in her mission as a healer.

The reluctance to experience guilt or regret is likely motivating our fellow Americans to defend at all costs a particular position, rather than to actually try and figure out what is accurate when it comes to health, and ethical when it comes to rights, and how to safeguard both on free trial cialis online behalf of future generations of boys. Keep that in mind when you hear American-accented men and women arguing in favor of circumcision, even if the letters “MD”, or “Esq.” appear at the ends of their names.