RESEARCH PROJECT: Maybe the US CDC or NSF would pay for this, which would give great visibility.
Is there a correlation between "botched" circumcisions and socio-economic levels? It's known but under-documented that circumcision negatively impacts reproductive capability, making erections not work well, difficulty climaxing properly, or even effective total impotence.
One socio-economic theory is that "deprecated" groups, e.g., the poor and ethnic minorities, would suffer more from "botched" circumcision outcomes, since socio-economic transactions, e.g., access to goods and services, including medical and child care, education, tend to disfavor the "disadvantaged" for various reasons, some obvious, some more "veiled". One controversial example is pushing poor women-of-color to get sterilized or doing it to them without their consent / knowledge -- botched circumcisions being slanted towards poor men-of-color would have the same impact, i.e., decreasing birthrate in that group as well as a possible "psychological" effect, etc.
It would be very interesting if such a bias could be demonstrated with hard data. The research itself would give enormous visibility to the long-term negative effects of circumcision, regardless of whether the bias were actually found.
If found, the bias could be explained by decreased access to high-quality medical care (competent doctors doing the genital cutting) for poor and minorities, which casts an unfavorable light on the practice itself, or that these groups are in fact being "targeted", which has the same effect.
Discuss! :) Any ideas for how to move forward? :)
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