Cutting to the Point on Circumcision
Parents Sound Off continued...
"We discovered that there is a long tradition of opposition to
circumcision within the Jewish community, mostly from women," Kimmel says.
"Circumcision is wrong and cruel and medically unnecessary, but we didn't
want the occasion of his birth to go unmarked or to feel that to our family he
wasn't being brought in as a Jew."
They ended up having the naming ceremony and communal gathering but replaced
the traditional circumcision with another common ritual among desert cultures
they discovered after doing some research: They welcomed Zachary into their
home by washing his feet. "In the end, the family, even our fathers, felt
OK with that."
Pain was the deciding factor for Sherman and Wilcox in choosing not to
circumcise their son Alex. They talked about all the ramifications, including
what it might do to his sex life. Indeed, one survey indicated American women
prefer a circumcised penis by a margin of 3 to 1.
Sherman admits he was concerned how a future girlfriend might react to his
son's uncircumcised penis. His ultimate answer? "If she's never seen one
before, she's going to freak out anyway, and if she's already seen a lot of
them, she'll probably appreciate the diversity."