I was in my kitchen getting my children ready for the school run when my phone pinged. The children in the case were to decide for themselves when they were old enough to do so. I felt stunned. Like the father, my ex-partner is Muslim and wished to have our sons circumcised according to his cultural and religious beliefs. The boys in the High Court case were a similar age to our sons, too — mine are now seven and five. I took the children to school.
Traditional male circumcision
Adult Circumcision: Not Required | My Jewish Learning
Circumcision is a common procedure in which the skin covering the tip of the penis is surgically removed. It's usually performed on a newborn boy before he leaves the hospital, and often within the first 2 days of life. In the Jewish faith, it is performed in a special ceremony when a baby is 8 days old. Boys are born with a hood of skin, called the foreskin, covering the head glans of the penis. In circumcision , the foreskin is removed to expose the head of the penis. It's a quick procedure that causes very little bleeding and stitches aren't needed.
Surgeries and Procedures: Circumcision
Such procedures generally take place outside of formal medical settings and are performed by providers who may have special training but who are normally not health professionals. The primary global determinant is religion, and almost all Muslim and Jewish males are circumcised. A Jewish male infant is traditionally circumcised on his eighth day. In many traditional circumcision ceremonies, boys and men are educated about their responsibilities and duties as an adult member of the community. The precise details of what is taught are not well documented and are frequently considered confidential or secret.
One of the most famous supporters of male circumcision was the cereal magnate John Harvey Kellogg. Kellogg's enthusiasm for the practice was the spurious belief that it would deter masturbation, but now the operation is being hailed as a lifesaver for millions. Last week, American scientists announced that circumcision can halve the risk of a man picking up HIV through heterosexual intercourse. The National Institutes of Health closed major trials in Kenya and Uganda early after deciding that it was unethical to continue after a review of the data showed the halving of risk. All uncircumcised participants will now be offered the operation.