As far as I’m concerned, the health and well-being of any part of my child’s body is very much my business. In most developed countries, foreskin is not up for debate. Where there is soap and water, easy access to information about how HIV and other STDs are transmitted, and knowledge of the many functions of the foreskin, penises usually remain intact.The United States is slowly but surely following suit. But like most things that have deep roots, change is slow-going....more
There is a skeleton in the back of my skeptic closet. A gnarly thing, decrepit and long dead. It lived when my daughter was but a babe. During that time, I came across a storm of information about how harmful vaccines could be.
I wrote this post about 2 years ago after our experience circumcising Cabin Boy #2. This isn’t meant to be a pro/anti-circumcision post, but our experience with feeling helpless in a situation, and a request for people to support, not degrade, each other....more
Circumcision Circumstance-- To Snip Or Not to Snip?
Circumcision. The mere controversial word can cause a brawl between moms.In my mind, there is a category of Expendible Body Parts. Its main inhabitants are appendix, hair, toenails, fin...more
When I was pregnant, I secretly hoped for a boy. It was partly because my husband was very vocal about the fact that he wanted a Mini-Me and I wanted him to be happy and I was also probably influenced by Chinese culture’s strong preference for baby boys.
At our 18 week ultrasound, I was thrilled when we found out that we were having a boy....more
Circumcision. One of my life's deepest regrets. I cannot believe that I let a nurse take my five day old infant from my arms and cut off a part of his penis. And why? I have no idea why. I had doubts about it but my husband insisted that the new baby, his son, be circumcised. I felt taken advantage of, like my thoughts didn't matter, especially since I don't have a penis (just the vagina that bore your son but whatevs). I remember after his check up the doctor said, "You need to wait in the waiting room now....more
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