Okay…yesterday was really interesting. I posted about circumcision and all hell broke loose in the comment section of the post, on Facebook, and Twitter. I am both thankful and taken aback by the participation at the same time. I love the huge response everyone had and how many people wrote in, voted, and participated yesterday. However, some (not all) of the comments were a bit laughable because of the tone, the intensity, and the soap box mentality. Here are the things I have taken from this conversation:
- I was 50/50 coming into this conversation and I am still 50/50 after yesterday
- There are valid arguments for both sides
- Those for circumcision wrote single paragraph reasons why they chose circumcision
- Those opposed wrote multi-paragraph tirades why I should be opposed
- Statistics do show that circumcision is down and still declining
- 99% of everyone in my circle of friends, family, and co-workers has circumcised kids
If I had to base my decision on yesterday’s blog discussion I might choose circumcision if only to distance myself from some of the “anti circs.” I loved the message they had to say but hated they way they delivered it. Calm down people. I do respect my son, his body, and the boundaries between father and son…anyone who has followed this blog knows that. Many of the sites posted in the comment section were sites I had already checked out but I looked a second time. I agree on so many points. However, anytime someone provides me an opinion as if it were a fact it really pisses me off. It is why I can’t stand getting into political debates because the lines between opinion and fact blur till there is no truth in anything. It all just becomes bullshit. This discussion on circumcision (in my opinion) surrounding my son has become bullshit. One side is screaming and the other has shut down and said “whatever.”
Kate and I will make the decision we feel is best for our son and it is our decision to make as a family. With any decision it is imperative to have all the facts, know many opinions, and then formulate your own. You have all provided great information. We’ll take it from here.
To wrap up the circumcision debate…here are the facts: There are opinions both for and against circumcision and parents in America are legally allowed to make that decision for their children. Those are facts. If you want to debate those facts or express your opinion further…start a blog.