There's WAAAAAAY more than ten but we've got to start somewhere.
10) Circumcision alters the way a boy's penis looks without him having any say in the matter whatsoever. Think about that. If circumcised your child's sex organ will suddenly look vastly different than at birth and will look different for the rest of his life. He will never know what his penis used to look like. It's bizarre when you think about all the parents who circumcised their children that get angry when junior wants to dye his hair blue, pierce his face, or tattoo his elbow. Um, maybe you ought to let him have that since you altered his genitalia to meet your standards.
9) Circumcision kills children every year. Yep. Let that sink in for a minute. This is a "surgery" -- and I put that in quotes because there's nothing "surgical" about hacking off healthy tissue-- that is not endorsed by ANY medical organization in the world that can cause death or disfigurement to your child. And you're actually considering this? Really? You make his older sister hold your hand at every intersection, you vaccinate the hell out of the kid, and you have a nannycam but you're going to risk the death of her baby brother by signing off on a "surgery" no one endorses. (And I'm the weirdo?)
8) Circumcision hurts. Docs used to claim that babies that young couldn't feel pain. Some mohels STILL claim this. Convenient isn't it? Research has proven that babies experience pain and anyone with the most basic psychological training knows that pain=trauma and trauma affects the developing brain. This is why physical and sexual abuse is bad for babies. So circumcision causes pain and thus trauma for little babies. Oh and by the way even if Junior gets some local anaesthesia, he's still going to hurt every time you change his diaper and the psychological hurt will persist for years. (see previous posts)
7) Circumcision ruins sex. Let's just get it out there. You're fucking with your kid's sex organ. What the HELL where you thinking?!?!?!? Circumcision is about and has ALWAYS been about taking away sexual pleasure. This shit has been going on for thousands of years; it's just over the last hundred years or so that some really creepy doctors are trying to find bizarre reasons to justify it. Circumcision removes healthy tissue that keeps the glans supple and sensitive. Without foreskin the glans becomes so callous that the sensation during sex is dramatically reduced. My foreskin is not even 50% restored and I have experienced a ridiculous amount of restored sensation. To all you circumcised guys who say you have no problems and like sex I say, well that was me too but now it's about 100 times better. That peak your interest? Anyway, don't put your kid in this position. His future sexual pleasure is not your goddamn business.
6) Circumcision is sexual violence. Sorry but it is. You are cutting genitalia, people. Violence + genitalia= sexual violence. Think about how angry you get when you think of some freak child molester touching a little child's genitalia. These doctors and mohels are actually cutting part of it off!!!!!!!
5) Circumcision hurts families. Circumcision makes it harder for babies to breastfeed successfully and hurts the bond between mother/father and son. Even animals understand the parents' most important role is to protect their young. Circumcision often haunts mothers and fathers for years after the event either because of complications or the nagging voice of instinct telling them it was something they never should have done in the first place.
4) Circumcision isn't hip anymore. Yep. It never was in Europe and is confirmed to be on the wane in the US. If you circumcise your child he is going to be in the minority. Gym class is likely going to lead to him asking you some questions you may find it hard to answer. Your best friend who just cut her child without his consent might make it sound like everyone else is doing it (the idea is certainly comforting to her) but it just isn't true. Thousands of parents are waking up and protecting their sons from this perverse act of violence. Listen to your heart and I bet you will do the same.
3) Circumcision is WEIRD. I mean what kind of crackpot is sitting around his tent in ancient times and thinks, "Hmmmm, I think I'm going to cut part of my penis off." And people followed this guy?!?!?!? Do you really want to hitch your wagon to this kind of thinking? They used to stone people to death back then too, you know... Please remember you CAN choose to keep your son intact and still be just as fantastic of a Jew or Muslim. (Check out Beyond the Bris) Mormons are hanging in there without polygamy; you can practice your religion without circumcision.
2) Circumcision is unethical. It is amputation without the person's consent. It is always unnecessary and could easily be deferred until your child is able to make his own decisions about how he wants his body to look. Doctors who perform circumcisions are violating the most important principle of their discipline: First do no harm.... If circumcision isn't harm, I don't know what is.
1) Circumcision makes your child less than what he could have been. You are taking something away that he will spend the rest of his life trying to get back. For those who don't realize what's missing they chase the void like a shadow in late afternoon. Those who do have a better chance of filling that void but if often becomes a lifelong endeavour and is always one they wish they didn't have to endure. After all, they never agreed to it. They just realized one fateful day what they were missing.