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5 Responses to Researching Circumcision, Part 3

  1. Tora Spigner RN MSN

    Excellent article! It needs to be shared worldwide!

  2. Kelly

    The “sources” in this article are out of date, and a little sketchy. With a title that includes the word “research” I would expect a lot more scientific citations. You should update it, especially now that you are linking it to a current article.

    • Dionna  

      Hi Kelly – do you have articles that are more recent that disprove the information here? I’m happy to get you more information on anything, just give me an idea of what you are looking for.

  3. Kelly

    Hi Dionna, I haven’t researched much, and I’m not trying to disprove your article. I just think that a lot of your citations are no longer current, so people might not take you seriously. I also find that many of your sources are secondary from obviously biased websites, which also doesn’t lend credibility to your arguments. It’s fine for someone who already agrees with you, but for those who don’t I think you could really beef up your info here, especially since the new article probably has a lot of people looking at this one.

    Here are just a few things I found that might have more authority and are more recent:
    http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/cncr.26653/abstract
    http://www.circumcision.org/studies.htm (obviously anti, but would lead to studies)
    http://www.healthychildren.org/English/ages-stages/prenatal/decisions-to-make/Pages/Should-the-Baby-be-Circumcised.aspx
    http://www.who.int/hiv/pub/malecircumcision/devices_conclusions/en/index.html
    http://www.aafp.org/afp/2012/0201/p269.html
    http://www.aafp.org/afp/2011/0215/p409.html
    http://jama.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=1104451

    I’m sure there are plenty more. It seems like a pretty contentious argument. What I noticed lacking in your articles though is the regligious aspect. If a person believes that God wants them to do this, it’s not really a choice. I found this while looking for the articles and thought you might find it an interesting read. http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2012/07/03/the-right-to-slice.html

    Thanks for responding and creating this site. I’ve really been enjoying it.

    • Dionna  

      Thanks for being respectful, even if you don’t agree – I appreciate it!

      I think what is more important than being current is the fact that the research is still valid. You don’t see new research that shows there are more health benefits to circumcising than to leaving boys and girls the way they are born, because there isn’t any! Even the AIDS research has some serious methodological flaws. For the record, most of the links you shared are also secondary sources without hard scientific data to back them up.

      You can find research linked to in some of the resources at the Whole Network: http://www.thewholenetwork.org/research-circumcision.html#myths

      And there is some info on circ/religion here: http://codenamemama.com/2009/10/03/our-perfect-son/

      Usually, the more people delve into researching circ, the more they find that the arguments in favor of it aren’t strong enough to justify it. What it came down to for me, regardless of the research, was that it was not my right to remove a functional part of my child’s body. If it were me, I would want the opportunity to decide for myself.