I had to close the comments section in the article titled Oh Boy! Circumcision vs. The Great Uncut, Aug. 23 because I felt the anti crowd was being too aggressive.
Many people were very firm in that the statistic of "90% of white American males" was way off. I stated my source and pointed out that if you look at all age groups in just America and isolate white people, that is supposedly the correct number.
A figure like 33% will include every male recently born, regardless of race (i.e. there are a lot of old circumcised men bringing the white figure up).
If I'm honest, I think the 33% is a more reliable figure simply because it reflects the whole population of YOUNG boys as opposed to the narrow (white) population of all males.
I kept my original figure in the article because I wanted there to be a pro argument that made sense. As you can see, it was hard to come up with one.
Facing the fact that circumcision is a useless, brutal institution brings a lot of guilt to mothers of circumcised boys. I closed the comments in my article partly because I don't want the venom of the anti-circumcision passion to sting a second time mother into recoiling from researching her options and I certainly don't want to turn the undecided population off altogether. Mothers, don't feel guilty, the goal is to move forward!
PETA has this problem all the time. Sometimes, the truth hurts too bad to look at.
But please, if you are the mother of a son, get involved in the decision.
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