(Because sometimes it’s hard to find a tasteful illustration. Image source.)
Speaking of babies…
Now that one of my favorite people has become a doula, I’ve suddenly been exposed to many more articles about babies and their welfare. Also, I’ve learned the word “doula.”
This explains how I ended up reading zippy articles like Functions of the Foreskin and Intact or Circumcised: a Significant Difference in the Adult Penis. What about Jewish infants? Check out these Judaism and Circumcision Resources.
Alright, so Ms. Doula isn’t completely responsible; I read a whole book about circumcision back when I was a young Mormon girl who’d never SEEN a foreskin. (Which is not to say that I’d never…let’s save that story until you’re a little older, eh?) As it turns out, my library keeps its “fashion in history” very close to its “anthropological novelties” section. The circumcision book seemed good too, right up until the author started subjecting patients to hypnosis to revisit their memories of being circumcised… is is possible for books to jump the shark?
While we’re publicly discussing private parts, how many of us don’t know we’ve had cosmetic genital surgery? Beware the phall-o-meter!
Were I a dude, I’d wish to be an uncircumcised dude— but my top priority would be attempting to grow king-size mutton-chop sideburns. Obviously. While I DO want people to weigh their options before circumcising their babies, I DO NOT want to shame any man who is already circumcised. Men worry enough about their packages, and surely we ladies are tired of hearing about which bodies are “best” and how bodies “ought to” look.
Anyway! Think twice/thrice/carefully before doing anything permanent to a baby.