Circumcision is a Women’s Issue

Mothers sign the majority of hospital circumcision consent forms



  • The maternal instincts and experiences of women uniquely qualify them for the important responsibility of caring for infants and protecting them from pain and harm.
  • Research demonstrates that women are generally more sensitive than men to the needs and feelings of infants, and newborn infants recognize, prefer, and are more responsive to their mothers.
  • Generally, because they are not themselves circumcised, females are not subject to the personal psychological motivations of circumcised men to perpetuate the practice (e.g., “I want him to look like me”).
  • According to a medical journal study, circumcision can adversely affect female sexual enjoyment.
  • Any adverse psychological consequences of circumcision on males may adversely affect male-female relationships.
  • Because of the prevalence of circumcision in the United States, some potential adverse psychological effects of circumcision on males (known/unknown) may have indirect adverse social effects on women.
  • Mothers sign the majority of hospital circumcision consent forms.


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