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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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