Occasionally, we get evidence that all of Uganda isn’t sold on the idea of male circumcision. Some do question the advocates of yet another outsider-advanced intervention. That’s what you wanted [salon.com book review removed], isn’t it, Helen Epstein?
Funny how Ms Epstein is blind to her own thesis when it comes to this.
Anyway, Gawaya Tegulle has written an article that appeared in The Monitor (Uganda) and on his own website. An excerpt and links to the whole article follow.
A few days ago I found it necessary to restate my position, calmly and quietly, that my sons – two so far – should under no circumstances be circumcised. Two very simple and I am persuaded, logical reasons.
First, while I respect the standpoint of those who argue for circumcision, I personally do not believe in it. Circumcision is such a personal affair; nobody has the right to decide for anybody else whether or not they should undergo it. And since kids are too young to appreciate the merits (probably lack of them) of a matter as personal and important as losing their foreskin, I argue that it is improper for somebody else (parent though they be) to make that decision for them, unless it is a medical emergency that has implications on their immediate survival or potency. If as adults they decide to submit to the knife, that is their responsibility.
The Monitor Link: Unmasking the lie: Circumcision, sex, and HIV/Aids
Tegulle’s own website Link: Unmasking the lie: Circumcision, sex, and HIV/Aids [dead link]
A CDC backed fellow of the Makerere University School of Public Health- CDC HIV/Aids Fellowship Programme, Kakaire A. Kirunda, and colleague responded in typical fashion here.