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At the start of our meeting, people brought up various news items. One was a recent controversy where doctors from the American Academy of Pediatrics had considered dealing with the problem of female genital mutilation by allowing the practice of a symbolic pinprick or ritual nicking of the genitals in the hopes that it might prevent the practice by immigrant families from cultures that still do it. The public was outraged, and the AAP group retracted its proposal quickly after many judged it to be unethical and illegal. We all of course find it ironic that male circumcision is not as commonly met with the same outrage or even critical thinking.
This topic and other concerns about the public perception of circumcision took up a good chunk of our meeting time, and then the topic turned to restoration. People talked about their progress and experiences as usual.