IMO Male circumcision is purely cosmetic. There's really no need for it, any more than there is a need for babies to get their ears pierced. I'm relieved to finally have this issue of morality resolved in my mind. My unborn male son is now safe from me! (I'm not having any more babies so it's really irrelevant now but maybe I can protect my grandbabies's foreskin in the way out distant future!)
I apologize, but it is not cosmetic. There are a lot of sexual nerves within the skin, which is a protector to the head of the penis itself. When you remove the skin, you not only remove the sexual nerves, but also since the penis lost it’s lubricant/protector, the sensitive part of the penis, being constantly exposed/rubbed on, calluses to a point where it becomes very hard for the male to feel pleasure from sex without heavy lubrication.
Really? I have to say, I haven't experienced this at all. I masturbate almost daily (sex less often now that I'm married...), and I don't even need lube... Could this issue be based on some other factors? Like the individual's body chemistry? (Also, my penis isn't callused...though it should be...)
I think the only argument on here that I like is that it's the same as circumcising females. That idea makes me cringe. I love vaginas...leave those things alone.
Also, for the record, we did not circumcise our third son because we no longer have a religious belief that "requests" it. But our two older sons are perfectly happy with their "modified" penises. So I don't have any bad feelings about it. Like I said, none of us have been mutilated to a point that the things are ugly to look at or non-functional...so... No harm, no foul on this end. But I won't circumcise again, that's for sure.
EDIT: Also, toward the argument that the child can decide for circumcision later in life, many people may not realize this, but circumcision is cheapest when the child is less than about 9 months old. Once they get older than that, they have to see a specialist, and that means big $$$. So a child (like my youngest son) may grow up hating his uncut penis but never having the money to "fix" it to his liking. A weak argument, but definitely something that is on the minds of the parents making the decision. At some point they have to say, "What do we think his decision would be?" And they have to make their best guess based on that. On the list of mistakes I've made regarding my children, I think circumcision is probably at the bottom of the list, and will be for the rest of their life.