CDC Must Stop Advocating Circumcision

Male procedure just as backward as reviled female version
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 29, 2009 2:54 PM CDT
CDC Must Stop Advocating Circumcision
Maha Mohammed and her daughter Rehab, left, listen to workers from a local rights group, not pictured, who explain the dangers of female circumcision during a visit to Mohammed's home, Dec. 5, 2007.   (AP Photo/Anna Johnson)

Virtually everyone in the Western world seems to agree that female circumcision is horrible. It greatly reduces sexual pleasure, violates individual autonomy, and provides no discernible health benefits. Well, all that is true of male circumcision, too, writes Ethan Epstein, yet the CDC is considering a plan to “promote routine circumcision” for infant boys. It’s “as degrading as it is illiberal.”

The push supposedly is intended to help reduce the spread of HIV. But the evidence behind that claim is incredibly dubious, and even if it did help, it “would remain an affront to human dignity,” Epstein writes for Spiked. Men deserve to control their body just as much as women. No one—not their parents, and certainly not the CDC—should involuntarily deny boys a lifetime of sexual pleasure. (More AIDS stories.)

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