Note: This post is not intended to make an argument against circumcision, that is a more complex issue to be addressed in a future post. It's a message for the non-circ population, so please don't waste your time attacking me for not giving any facts. If you're looking for information, check out some of our links at the bottom.
While following an on-line debate about routine infant circumcision (RIC), one poster asked if we were actually doing anything about it or just talking about it. They said that no one listens to non-circumcision arguments and that talking about it is a joke if we don't actually do anything. In reality, what they said could not be further from the truth.
Talking about circumcision is probably the biggest thing we can do. Most people don't even realize there is something to talk about when it comes to circumcision. Like me, many people don't even think twice about it until someone brings it up. Once they know there is something to actual research, many parents decide that reasons not to circumcise out weigh the arguments for it. But before they can even ask themselves if they would circumcise their child, they need to know there is a question to ask.
Sure, being politically active or donateting and joinging groups that work to inform people definitely helps. But just talking about it changes so many lives. Everyone I know that has made the choice to keep their child intact was influenced by someone they knew.
Despite what that person believed, people do listen and talking about the reasons not to do routine circumcision is doing something about it! You may not change everyones mind, but if you even change one, that is one baby that will be left intact. Then he will influence people in his life and it will continue.
So keep talking! Keep telling people why you chose to keep your child intact. Keep giving people the facts about routine infant circumcision and letting them know there is something to talk about. Keep passing informational articles along on Facebook and discussion boards. Our words are our strongest tool and people do listen. We can change our world one person at a time and someday it might just be routine to leave our baby boys intact, just they way they were born!
For more information on the circumcision debate, check out these resources:
As Nature Intended: Infant Circumcision Info