Grab The Popcorn: 2014’s Most Intense Circumcision Debates

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(Our Grab The Popcorn posts look back at the biggest Mommyish stories of 2014. Read them all here.) 

Nothing gets some people riled up quite like a circumcision debate. There were no new studies in 2014, but there were a plethora of stories about different people endorsing the practice that inspired our writers to weigh in. Here’s a sampling of the most popular, debated circumcision posts — in case you feel like revisiting the most active comment sections of the year.

1. Leave The Circumcision Decision To The One With The Junk



Bethany Ramos wrote, “Circumcision isn’t technically my business because I don’t have man parts to make it so. But based on my observations, I back my husband’s decision to circumcise both of our sons. There are no more kids in our future, but I fully endorse the tip snip.”

2. 10 Reasons I Will Always Be A Pro Circumcision Mom



Bethany revisited the topic citing reasons like it reduces the risks of UTI’s, penile inflammation and penile cancer and her pediatrician recommended it versus a more painful procedure later in life — along with eight other reasons that brought all of the anti-circumcision commenters out of the woodworks. 750 comments deep, Bethany certainly needed a drink after that post.

3. Oh Snap, A Big, Important Medical Study Says Circumcision Benefits Outweigh Risks 100 to 1



Circumcision advocate Brian J. Morris wrote a paper recommending mandatory circumcision for male infants — and the Mayo Clinic cited his research in backing that recommendation. Morris is not a doctor, so that once again caused quite a stir in the comment section.

4. Don’t Be Ridiculous, Not Circumcising Your Son Is Nothing Like Not Vaccinating Him



I wrote a rebuttal to the Mayo Study piece, because Brian J. Morris is not a doctor — and I have no idea why the Mayo Clinic would take his word about anything. He’s kind of a wack-job.

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