Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Circumcision - 6/27/12

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Today we talked with Andrew Kohler about the pros, cons, and myths of circumcision. This was especially interesting for us, because Sonya and I had absolutely no idea that circumcision was such a hotly debated topic. After talking with Andy about it, I was talking to a friend who said that on Reddit, there was a lot of buzz about Germany's decision to ban religious circumcision, which made me curious to see the Reddit community's various opinions on circumcision in general. I highly suggest you check it out.

As this is a topic of debate, we would love to hear your comments or opinions on the matter, and any anecdotes you might want to share.

If you want to know more, or you want to talk to Andy about anything at all, he encourages you to e-mail him at

Useful resources:
Music/Clips you heard:
    • Carl Orff: De Temporum Fine Comoedia (Play on the End of Times) played by Cologne Radio Symphony Orchestra
    • "Every Sperm is Sacred" from 'Monty Python and the Meaning of Life'
    •  "Uncut" from 'Sex and the City'
    • "Body and Soul" by Billie Holiday
      Until next time! 


      1. Heidi,

        I've been working in a Pediatric clinic for just over a year now, and 3/3 of my pediatricians are against the procedure. That Andrew Kohler is on point. I've actually assisted with two or three and it's not a pleasant experience for me, the doctor, or the baby.

        Parents come into the clinic looking to have their 7 day old boy strapped to a table and put under the knife and they don't even know why they want this done. That's the first thing the doctors ask, - why? Usually their response is something along the lines of, 'Well, I was circumcised.' Or, 'Well, it's just normal.'

        Normal for who? Parents want this procedure because they're brought up in a culture that considers it aesthetically pleasing/religiously sound.

        Which makes it no surprise to me that there would be eyebrows raised at the ban in Germany. Living here, I've realized just how oddly western the whole concept is.


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