The first intensive exploration of the unrecognized psychological and social aspects of this increasingly controversial American cultural practice. Endorsed by dozens of professionals in psychology, psychiatry, child development, pediatrics, obstetrics, childbirth education, sociology and anthropology.
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"What's done to children, they will do to society."
"Parents do not know what they are choosing, and physicians do not feel what they are doing."
"In response to circumcision, the baby cries a helpless, panicky, breathless, high-pitched cry!...[or] lapses into a semi-coma. Both of these states...are abnormal states in the newborn."
"Doctors who circumcise are the most resistant to change. They will not admit that they made a critical mistake by amputating an important part of the penis."
"In this case, the old dictum 'If it ain't broke, don't fix it' seems to make good sense."
"A whole life can be shaped by an old trauma, remembered or not."
"If we are to have real peace, we must begin with the children."
"We are interconnected. When a baby boy's sexuality is not safe, no one's sexuality is safe."
"The grandest privilege of those who have the means is to alleviate suffering."
Lessons of Circumcision
We are wise to trust our intuition and experience more and "experts" less.
One of the most satisfying feelings we can have is that of making a real difference in the world. A very effective way to make a difference is to improve how we treat children. Studies show that forgoing circumcision benefits children. If we provide them with the proper environment and protect them from unnecessary pain, we can give them a better chance of being healthy adults who can create a better world. In this way we can make important contributions to social change when we make important child-rearing decisions. To improve the way we raise our children, we need to educate parents and others.
The benefits of raising awareness about circumcision also include valuable lessons for society:
1. Infants are real people, and early experience has long-term consequences.
2. Optimum childcare includes raising children to be who they really are rather than just being socially acceptable.
3. We need to pay more attention to the commonplace instead of the unusual.
4. Science is not “objective” but culturally influenced.
5. We are wise to trust our intuition and experience more and “experts” less.
6. We pay a high price for silence and denial.
7. Just as fear in speaking out is contagious, courage in speaking out is contagious.
8. It is critical that we empower ourselves and take action though we may be in a minority.
9. Our reluctance to accept our power is connected to our reluctance to accept our responsibility.
10. Progress depends on our accepting responsibility.
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