The Cruelest Cut

Apparently boredom is a dangerous thing. A prison inmate in South Dakota is suing the hospital where he was born because of the circumcision performed on him there as an infant. He claims an unnamed doctor convinced his mother to consent to the procedure by presenting it as medically necessary. He is suing now because he says he was only recently made aware that he was circumcised. I'd have thought that something like that would be obvious if done properly and if it is not obvious then what's he complaining about?
     Posted By: patty - Wed Apr 18, 2012

What an idiot. Recently made aware? Really??
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 04/18/12 at 09:22 AM
Demonstrates that people can sue for anything they want. Whether their lawsuit is successful, or even recognized by the courts, is another matter.
Posted by Alex on 04/18/12 at 09:51 AM
Whenever the subject of circumcision is brought up, I think of an original cast "Saturday Night Live" parody of a Lincoln Town Car commercial involving a bris in the rear seat. Worth watching if you can find it.
Posted by KDP on 04/18/12 at 10:11 AM
I can imagine someone so uneducated/unsophisticated that he thought his (circumcised) state was the way all males are born -- until he got to the prison shower and discovered otherwise. If he is over 20, the suit will likely be tossed out based just on the statute of limitations.

That said, I am not completely unsympathetic. No one has ever provided me with a satisfactory explanation as to why I (along with most males of my generation) was subjected, unanesthetized, to an excruciating ritual mutilation of a religion of which I am not a member. Anyone who suggested that we ought to surgically remove, without anesthesia, the clitoral hood of all female infants would be lynched, and rightfully so.
Posted by Frank H on 04/18/12 at 10:57 AM
If one hearkens back to the days of old when camels left foot prints in the sand outside one's tent then I can see some sense in the ritual. Hygiene requires water or some serious road rash scrubbing up afterwards with the local pavement.

Today... well, it's just a kinder, gentler world where the one eyed monk doesn't have to hide his head in shame.
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 04/18/12 at 11:40 AM
So you don't think it has anything to do with society's acceptance of malformed members?
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 04/18/12 at 12:38 PM
I wish you hadn't used the phrase "malformed member". Now I need to wipe up the coffee on my desk.
Posted by KDP on 04/18/12 at 12:58 PM
Yeah cuz I had SURGERY done on my NEWBORN infant to be stylish and hip.
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 04/18/12 at 05:19 PM
Well lets see if a little additional information can send some people over the edge: Hygiene: Yes, does help for those sections of society who bathe on an irregular basis. Otherwise unnecessary. Function: Taking the tip off actually desensitizes the member, thus increases staying power. Bigger advantage for the woman, less pleasure for the man (in standard breeding partner scenario). As related to me by an ex of mine who was a scrub nurse. Apparently I was just 'barely tipped' as she described it. Risks: There are cases of infection resulting from the procedure which results in rather terrible consequences for the child and can impair or prevent performance in adulthood. Rare but far from unknown.
Posted by Baughbe on 04/18/12 at 05:44 PM
Having been circumcised as an adult (a stunningly stupid move on my part), I can assure you that you're better off with the foreskin than without it.
Posted by TheCannyScot in Atlanta, GA on 04/18/12 at 07:19 PM
Being an infant, I have no recollection of it personally, but when I was circumcised the wound became infected and apparently caused me great distress. My mother made a point of telling me of her regrets when my own son was born. He is now part of a generation where the majority of American boys are not circumcised, just as I was part of a generation in which the majority were. We each lay in the majority. It sure seems like we are following trends, although I wouldn't describe the decisions made to be intentionally "trendy".
Posted by Miles on 04/18/12 at 10:37 PM
Prevailing logic perhaps? There are other things, like whether or not to lay a baby on its back or what is better breast feeding or formula. Each of these have had their time as being what you 'should' do, prevailing logic. So we all muddle along trying to do the best we can for our children.
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 04/18/12 at 10:53 PM
I like being fully circumcised. Most women prefer it when it comes to oral sex. I also don't mind any so called "loss of sensation" as it just makes me able to last much longer.

I will admit when my son was done (I married into a Jewish family) .. we had the rabbi present but a surgeon perform the operation with anesthetic. We also had them leave about 25% of the foreskin.
Posted by BrokeDad on 04/19/12 at 06:46 PM
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