Our Top Facebook posts of 2019

These were the most viewed posts on our Facebook page from the past 13 months (including December 2018). #5 On August 4 we shared screenshots of a mohel's post about a Jewish ritual circumcision that went awry. The procedure, performed by an inexperienced mohel, resulted in severe bleeding. We cautioned that circumcision should only be performed for a healthy boy by a trained professional. (We would add - in a sterile setting using proper instruments.) #4 Award-winning singer P!nk (née Alecia Moore) posted a family photo on Instagram without realizing that her 1-year-old son had removed his diaper, exposing his penis. Facing harsh criticism, the 39 year-old mother defended herself against a

Painful Cuts: Psychology Today's latest flimsy anti-circumcision article

Psychologist Noam Shpancer wrote an article that was published last week in Psychology Today. Shpancer is the latest to argue that the benefits of circumcision are overstated. A preliminary review of his analysis turned up several statements that are false or misleading. Painful Cuts: The Case for Infant Circumcision is Weakening He began by repeating the assertion that circumcision became popular as a cure-all for a variety of ailments. Melanie Lindwall Schaab recently pointed out on this blog that 19th century researchers observed differences in health between circumcised men and uncircumcised men. He also repeated the tired old masturbation assertion. Two years ago we refuted the "poison

An open letter to Brendon Marotta - UPDATE

Updated January 3, 2020 Dear Brendon, I caught the tail end of the 51-minute Facebook livestream video that you recorded on Tuesday evening. The section of interest to me runs from 42:44 to 48:22. You repeatedly said that it's very interesting that the American Academy of Pediatrics and other medical organizations and individual physicians have not issued any criticism or rebuttal of your anti-circumcision documentary. You called it a "tell". One part that piqued my interest was when you appeared to refer to Circumcision Choice - without mentioning us by name. You said, "And the other thing that's a really interesting tell os that they haven't even responded through proxies... Even the smal

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