I agree. Infant circumcision should be made compulsory eight days after birth, using a sharp knife, not a clamp. Clamps take too much time and are therefore unnecessarily painful. Also, clamps leave too much of the inner foreskin, causing diseases.
The Dutch do have a decided advantage over the Israelis when it comes to circumcision. If they botch the procedure, they have access to infant euthanasia, Israelis don’t have that choice.
Over the past several years the Jewish custom of male circumcision, in which the foreskin of the penis is removed, has been increasingly compared to female circumcision, in which the clitoris and sometimes the labia are removed, and condemned as genital mutilation. This comparison demonstrates an abysmal ignorance of anatomy. The clitoris is analogous to the penis and the labia to the scrotum which are certainly not removed in male circumcision. The foreskin is comparable to the clitoral hood which is sometimes removed surgically in women in order to enhance sexual pleasure.
And while no international organization recommends and promotes female circumcision, male circumcision is one of the primary weapons against HIV/AIDS in Africa and is promoted by the World Health Organization and UNAIDS (the Joint United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS). Male circumcision reduces the risk of female-to-male sexual transmission of HIV by approximately 60% and provides men with a…
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