Sunday, 5 November 2006

Circumcise Me

Last week we went to see the urologist the operated on me a month and a half ago for a post-operation examination.
He gave me a few tests to do, so any updates on my status will only be published (if at all) on this blog after I know what's going on. I will say that it seems like a sort of a mixed bag of news, with the better news being that I seem to be recovering well from the operation.
Anyway, as a part of the meeting I used the opportunity to question the guy on the benefits of circumcision. Who knows, it may be a question that we will need to ask ourselves at one point or another, and it's not every day that I have the attention of a professor on that part of a guy's body.

[To those who don't know: Jews circumcise their male babies a few days after birth; it is considered to be like an authentication thing, the same way one authenticates his/her copy of Windows XP with a code issued by Microsoft whenever he/she installs it]

When asking the question I told him that he doesn't need to be afraid of hurting my religious beliefs, because these do not exist. He said in return that he himself faced the same question, as he has three boys and his wife is of Jewish origins.
Anyway, to his answer: he said that circumcision might be beneficial if you live in a third world country, as it lowers your chances of catching nasty sexually transmitted diseases such as HIV. However, in places like Australia this doesn't mean much, but with the chances of damaging some sensitive limbs being quite significant - he said he could think of some nasty circumcision gone wrong incidents - he chose not to take the risk.
So that's it as far as I'm concerned. I did some reading on my own before and got to the same conclusion. Not that I'm so interested in circumcision, but my parents had this period where they kept on saying that we should do it if it becomes relevant, and kept on trying to get me to promise them to do it.
So - it looks like if Jo & I end up having a boy eventually, it will not be circumcised. If that potential "he"would ever want to become a Jew, he would have to do it on his own; and as for my parents, I see no reason to blindly follow some pagan ritual just because my parents ask me to do so. I respect my parents, but I don't have to agree with them; if they want a circumcision, they will have to get themselves a male baby some other way.

P.S. My parents don't read my blog.

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