Cutting to the Point on Circumcision
Weigh the Options
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"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, who chose
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."