Your long winded posts seemingly rest on very few facts. Circumcision is immoral, a foreskin is required for sexual function, and the benefits are minimal. I think that the interplay between these three things is where our conflict arises. You are right, morality is completely in the context of society. I have addressed morality however. In the US, circumcision is completely accepted. This is because 1) large numbers of circumcised men and their partners have great sex and enjoy the feel and look of a circumcised penis. Two, compared to uncircumcised men, we have less medical complications. I think that complications from infections and swelling are less trivial than you allude to, and even very competent and clean men are not immune to complications. There is no way to predict these complications. Therefore, if you like your circumcision, it’s supported by professionals in your community and you are improving your child’s health, it is wholly moral. And if it’s immoral to you, frankly I don’t care.
The function argument comes down to this: the function of a penis is to deliver sperm. The foreskin doesn’t do that. If it contributes enhanced sensation we will never know, as you said we cannot compare. But the point of my referencing a 40,000 person review is that feelings are subjective and therefore perception is reality. Sex feels incredible to me and you, and despite your arrogance you can’t tell me your sex is better than mine because we can’t perceive each others feelings. Therefore, if both penises function and the sexual pleasure is the same, I see no sexual function for the foreskin, only an anatomical one.
The benefits of circumcision lie in the importance you place on this piece of skin. To me it looks like a small source of potential problems that adds an extra layer of risk without adding benefits. To you it looks like the source of your pleasure. I can see why you protect it, but I’m telling you that circumcised dicks work great. And I don’t have to worry about phimosis. That’s a win in my book. I’ve seen about a dozen circumcisions, they are so trivial they line up all the babies in the labor and delivery every couple days, give them a pacifier and go snip down the line. 1 or 2 babies cry, the rest don’t flinch. It is about like cutting the umbilical cord.
I only joined this section to rebuke the zealots and defend a medically valid choice. I think that the evidence is out there now and as much as I enjoy reading that circumcision is related to Nazi Germany, I really have wasted too much time. Kudos to you BD, as your posts were interesting philosophical treatises. It’s too bad you had to start off with such gross metaphors, otherwise I’d really respect the rest of your rationale. I suggest taking a look at wibble, who strongly disagrees in a much more elegant manner.