The Human Rights and Parent Issue of Circumcision

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By Tracy G. Cassels Today is Blog Action day and the topic is Human Rights.  It seems the perfect day to announce on EP that I have taken up a new role: I am now a member of the Advisory Board for the Children’s Health and Human Rights Partnership.  What is this?  It’s a Canadian group of doctors, midwives, nurses, policy writers, IT professionals, and, well, me who agree to … [Read more...]

Why You Should Care About Circumcision

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This piece was originally published in the Spring 2013, Issue 06 of Nurture Magazine and the original (in pdf) can be seen here. By Tracy G. Cassels I used to be one of those people who thought that routine infant circumcision was a personal decision.  And by personal, I mean parental.  Yeah, I personally would never do it because there was just no point to it in my mind.  … [Read more...]

Circumcision and STIs: Should We Care?

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By Tracy G. Cassels "If you are ever presented with a multifaceted social problem and the first solution that springs to your mind is "We'd better cut off part of everyone's penis," you might want to consider another line of work." Fatherhood For Geeks I received a comment today on my circumcision series questioning whether I had fully considered the role of circumcision in … [Read more...]

My Pet Peeves: Inflated Statistics

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By Tracy G. Cassels Recommended readings found at the end of this post, after the citations. I’m a science geek.  It comes with getting a PhD.  But I also happen to have received a minor in Psychometrics during my graduate studies because I love statistics.  I know, some of you working with stats will think I’m absolutely bonkers, but I can’t help it.  I could honestly … [Read more...]

Circumcision, Science, and Religion: Part 4

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By Tracy G. Cassels Adult versus Child or Neonate Circumcision One of the factors that routinely comes up in questions surrounding neonate circumcision is the idea that the pain and healing associated with adult or even child circumcision are far greater, thus if one is to circumcise, infancy is the period of time in which to do it.  The problem with this view is that it … [Read more...]

Circumcision, Science, and Religion: Part 3

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By Tracy G. Cassels Picking up where we left off… The Science around Circumcision, continued Sexual Functioning While this is an area that hopefully is not an immediate source of concern for some parents (and may perhaps be seen as a benefit by some), there are those that claim that sexual satisfaction is reduced for both men who are circumcised and their female … [Read more...]

Circumcision, Science, and Religion: Part 2

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By Tracy G. Cassels Picking up where we left off… The Science around Circumcision, continued Penile Cancer This is considered one of the major bonuses by some religious sites[1] who reported that in one study, none of the individuals with penile cancer had been circumcised in childhood.  A review of all the research does find many studies showing that infant or … [Read more...]

Circumcision, Science, and Religion: Part 1

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By Tracy G. Cassels One of the touchier subjects in natural parenting circles is the issue of male circumcision.  It can cause two individuals who agree on every other aspect of parenting to cease speaking or supporting one another.  It raises ire amongst those adamant that it’s akin to abuse and defensiveness amongst those who practice the rite for religious purposes.  In … [Read more...]