Once again, the topic of
circumcision rears its ugly hood - I mean, HEAD...
cut, or not to cut. That is the question.
The other 'Big-C'
by some to be 'the most unkind cut of all.' I'm not sure what your
opinion is on the topic, and I'm going to keep mine to myself. But I
think there is one thing we can all agree on. Many men who
this (maybe some women, too!) are going to be crossing their legs and
grimacing, much like we do when we watch a baseball game and see
someone taking a line drive to their own personal 'foul zone.'
was recently had a link to this article waiting for me in my own
'virtual daily'. Some of you may think that I actively search some of
this stuff out, but in many cases it just finds me. The article
was titled '5 Things You Didn't Know About Circumcision.' I didn't see 'But Were Afraid To Ask' after the title, but it should have been.
Read on, and be enlightened!
you made it through the article, I hope you found it as informative as
I did. My favourite point was the one that explained how 'the
foreskin is more complicated than you think'. See? Of all the
accusations us guys have of 'letting the little head doing the
thinking for the big head', maybe this lets off the hook some, as this
area of our anatomy isn't as simplistic as others have been led to
believe. Worth a try, anyway.
now we have men divided into two basic camps: cut - or uncut. Pretty
clear distinction here, not much of a gray area to be had. Are you
'cut'? I'll deal with you later in the article. For you 'uncut'
fellows, here's some food for thought. Should
you be considering this procedure for yourself or a loved one, you
basically have two major options - shop it out to a professional, or
'do-it-yourself'. Should you decide to go the professional (or,
'hands-off) route, you may find that doctors might be increasingly
reluctant to perform the procedure. Concerns exist that the patient may
sue them later in life, if they want to make the case that the surgery
was done against their (such as when an infant), or if, got forbid,
something went terribly wrong. Several insurance
companies consider circumcision elective surgery
not cover it. Check your policy or contact the BA at your
if unsure I haven't priced one out lately, but I'm sure it's
going to be a bit pricier than neutering a puppy.
are Jewish, you will likely be familiar with the services of a
I don't know of any myself, but I did find this one on the internet Seems like a
nice enough fellow. I imagine you can also contact you local
synagogue. I'd rule out the yellow pages, as I did not find any listed
in mine, and I live in a pretty large city. I did check both
'mohel' and 'foreskin removal services. No luck in either case.
As you see, it is possible to get a quality, professional job, as long
as you're willing to do your homework, but maybe you're like me,
and want to save a few bucks by doing it yourself at home.
Having the right tool for the right job us just as important in
circumcision as it is in drywall, plumbing, or carpentry.
Unfortunately, you just cant go down to your favourite hardware store
and expect the same service that you expect for caulk or
faucet repair. I tried, and just the store guy (didn't feel comfortable
asking a woman, but that's my problem) just looked at me strangely and
quietly walked away in order to talk to someone wearing a security
uniform (looking for a new tool belt, perhaps). I took this as my cue
to look elsewhere for information.
I did find a couple of DIY options, and they are as follows:
at this bad boy on the left, here.
Mohel-Master 3000, which I
found for US$69.95 at Kalman's Kosher Korner. It's a 3-piece set (how
ironic!), and it includes two different cutting instruments,
easily suited for the size, shape and roughness of the
is to 'shape and contour' the finished
properly (instructional DVD included!), you'll never
know that it's been 'in the shop'!
maybe you're looking for something with a more rustic, 'back
basics' feel to it.
While this beauty on the right is no longer in
production, you should be able to find one in antique stores,
supply houses, or Amish curio shops.
Abrams is said to have demonstrated one of these on an unruly intern in
an episode of The
New Yank-Me Workshop. You'll have to check the DVD
releases for that one, as PBS refused to air it.
They took enough pipe
over running Infant
Skull Surgery way too frequently during pledge drives in
let's say you've had this body modification already (with or without
consent), but you now wish you were as you came into this world.
For at least the first seven days, anyway. Don't despair - there is
reason to hope. A non-surgical solution, called the TLC Tugger, has
been around for quite some time now, and I actually had reported
in the original version of these stories back in 2006. Rather than
repeat the whole story here, here is a link to the Original Article or, just go directly to their Home Page.
having said all of this, I think I've earned a snack. The cucumbers
from our garden have started to become ready, and they're pretty
good. Kind of feel guilty about peeling them...