How Necessary Is It Today?
In the Philippine provinces, the summer months of March and April every year bring anxiety and apprehension to the hearts of young boys as this is the time when they get circumcised. Locally termed "tuli," Filipino boys (age 9 and above) are encouraged by their parents to get circumcised under the supervision of the town's foremost "albularyo" or "magtutule" who is usually an old man who uses a sharp bladed object to cut the penile foreskin. The boys are advised to chew on "bayabas" (guava) leaves which they will eventually spit on their male organs once the foreskin has been cut. This is the old-fashioned way of doing it. Those boys living in urban and suburban locations are circumcised by a doctor either in a clinic or a hospital setup.
These days, however, there is a voice of dissent heard against this practice. And it comes not from young Filipino boys but from a noted Filipino surgeon by the name of Dr. Reynaldo Joson, former head of the Department of Surgery of the Ospital ng Maynila Medical Center.
Check out his website against male circumcision and tell me what you think about it.