Circumcision or Uncircumcision?

My Health class in college mandates a research project of 10 different subjects that are health related. The sixth one was from Penn and Teller’s Bullshit on You Tube and I chose the one on Circumcision. I have three girls and no boys. I am greatly satisfied with only having girls, but when a topic arises regarding boys I do wonder how my opinion would be effected if my children were boys. Before I watched this video there was no question, my boys would be circumcised. Now, if it were my choice alone they wouldn’t be, but ultimately I feel it is my husband’s decision which leaves me undecided. Here I will post  the part of my paper regarding circumcision. It is a VERY clean version of the YouTube episode. If you want the full version the link is included as well.

Warning dad! You most likely won’t want to watch the visually offensive video and pretend I haven’t watched it either.

Penn and Teller’s Bullshit: Circumcision

A circumcision is the removal of the foreskin on the penis. The baby feels the pain but is said to recover quickly and tolerates it well. The procedure is done with a Gomco Clamp. The foreskin is pulled up over the bell and cut against the bell. There is “0” chance of hurting the penis- not regarding to the pain but the actual harm of the penis. The argument is whether or not circumcision is necessary and provides benefits.

Some said significant medical advantages are: prevents severe urinary tract infection, during intercourse the skin is delicate and may get little tares. Uncircumcised is more likely to get sexually transmitted diseases, 2-7 more times likely to get HIV. However, all of these can be prevented by wearing a condom. One of the doctor notes that 90% of women prefer a circumcised penis and claims they smell better. Another doctor asks why do women turn their nose up to the way the penis was meant to be?

Linda says it is the most “brutal procedure”. Marilynn says it is a “sex crime”. A male doctor states that a “baby’s nervous system is hyper developed and they feel more pain than adults”. During the circumcision the baby’s “blood pressure goes sky-high and their steroid levels go way up” even when anesthetic is used. How much different is circumcision from female genital mutilation in Africa and the Middle East? A past idea of circumcision is, if they got rid of the foreskin little boys wouldn’t touch themselves. If they masturbated it took away their love for God. Pediatricians say, “The benefits are not sufficient…to recommend that all infant boys be circumcised.” Opposing circumcision reverses past beliefs, a male penis is supposed to have loose skin that slides back and forth, it keeps the penis as an internal organ. It protects the urinary tract and keeps it sterile and isn’t rising the HIV rates. Dr. Lister says “foreskin is similar to the appendix” and doesn’t serve a purpose. But another doctor states that there is 10-20,000 nerve ending compacted in the foreskin. The foreskin helps contribute in the ejaculation process. What happens to the foreskin after it is cut off? Most tissue gets thrown out, but another percentage which doesn’t have consent of the donor goes to researching insulin, and products for burn victims or cosmetics. American Association of Tissue Banks aren’t in shortage of skin so why are they using foreskin? Aside from unconsented research, there is a 400 million dollar industry in circumcision. Good news for circumcised males that wished they had their foreskin; the penis foreskin can be non-surgically restored by tugging your shaft skin forward repeatedly over a long period of time. There are different devices that can be used as well to help restore the foreskin.

Conformity is the only argument left as to why circumcision is needed; as Penn and Teller state at the end of their unmannerly, but informative episode.

Ghost Writer Needs A Home

Ghost Writer has been a caring and nurturing brother to our cat who has had some health issues. He done really well in helping our cat acclimate to his new home.  As renters we are only allowed one cat and hope Ghost Writer will soon find his forever home with suitable owners. Ghost is playful and likes to cuddle. He does well with our girls who are ages 7yrs, 6yrs, and 9 months old. Our dog is a 'scaredy-cat' of cats so Ghost's interaction with her is minimal. However, I'm confident Ghost will do well with a kind dog and will have the confidence to stick up for himself if needed. He is healthy and thriving and would be a great companion.

Ghost Writer is a caring and nurturing brother to our cat whom we’ve recently adopted. He did really well in helping our cat acclimate to his new home. As renters we are allowed one cat and were sad to say goodbye, but we hope Ghost Writer will soon find his forever home. Ghost is playful and likes to cuddle. He is social and likes to be where the action is, but also likes to nap in quiet, warm places. He does well with our girls who are ages 7yrs, 6yrs, and 9 months old. Ghost Writer had little interaction with our dog, however it would be best if he was in a home without a dog. He will make a great companion for humans and other cats.

 

 

If you are interested in adopting him here is the contact information:

http://www.adoptapet.com/adoption_rescue/86488.html#featured

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More information on Siamese cats (Ghost Writer fits the appearance of the ‘Classic’ breed):
http://http://www.tresorsiamesecats.com/siamesecathistory.html

Ivy At 9 Months Old

She would much rather walk then crawl. She is unable to do either one. Some antidotes have been, putting toys in front of her during her belly time and helping her walk around the room

She would much rather walk then crawl. She is unable to do either one. Some antidotes have been, putting toys in front of her during her belly time and helping her walk around the room

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She wants to drink from a regular cup and feed herself. Since she can't do either of these, it's a trick to find a happy compromise. Usually it ends with her happy and very messy!

She wants to drink from a regular cup and feed herself. Since she can’t do either of these, it’s a trick to find a happy compromise. Usually it ends with her happy and very messy!

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She has learned how to click her tongue, make motor sounds with lips, and kiss without the pucker.

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Along with her baby toys, she also enjoys her older sister’s Barbies

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Do You Got the Jam?

This morning as I searched for the strawberry jam in the refrigerator to make the girls lunch this little sport chant was created:

Who’s got the jam?
Michael Jordan’s got the jam.
Do you got the Jam?

Who’s got the Jam?
The traffic’s got the Jam.
Do you got the Jam?

Who’s got the Jam?
The toe’s got the Jam.
Do you got the jam?

Who’s got the Jam?
The strawberry’s got the Jam.
Do you got the Jam?

Who’s got the jam?
The keyboard’s got the jam.
Do you got the jam?
(Jake added the ending with this one as he sat at the computer doing his work.)

It’s not grammatically correct, but it alleviated a frustration from the morning.