Three of us went on a morning walk a week ago. I won't forget this particular one for a while as it was a rather eventful morning.
We took different routes on the way up and down the hill. On our way back to the village, we had to cross a small river. The person who was in front announced to us that there was a river, then he added and a naked man. Just as I took another step forward there was indeed a naked behind in front of me. Two of us were so focused on trying to find a narrow part so we could get across but I overheard the one in front greeting the naked man.
Many things were said as we continued, but the greeter was left in shock as he analysed the mans' penis. Yes, you read right! He mentioned that it was his first time of seeing an uncircumcised man and he was in shock. As he went on with his analysis, I tried to get him to drop the subject. Too much had been said already!
A few hours later, a group of us were having lunch. They all knew that three of us went walking and asked how it was. We said fine and moved on. Somehow, it all came out eventually... He resumed his analysis still surprised. The group was quite diverse. There was me from Nigeria, someone from Australia, Germany, India, Switzerland, Korea, Ethiopia, Colombia and the US. Although he has lived in a few countries with the kind of work he does, he probably never paid much attention. We had a long conversation about this and he found out that circumcision does not happen everywhere like he imagined. He was gobsmacked and in his words felt so foolish. He apologised profusely but we all understood.
I have had reason to question this practice a few times. I know of a child who had to be circumcised twice as it was not properly done the first time. Imagine the pain and the anger that innocent child must have been feeling.
Many might argue along the lines of religious and traditional practices. But should these practices still be applicable today?
Someone at the lunch table mentioned children's private parts looking like that of their parents so that they do not have to wonder, which I can understand.
I have also heard some mention hygiene. This argument does not sound like a firm one to me, especially if the child is taught how to clean himself properly.
Somehow, I seem to have something to counter all arguments I have heard. It would be interesting to read your point of view and maybe something from a medical practitioner. So, how relevant do you think circumcision is today?