Amazon Slammed for Selling DIY Circumcision Training Kits & We Have So Many Questions

Amazon has recently come under fire in the United States and United Kingdom for selling lifelike infant circumcision training kits. One of the products -- which came with a practice dummy of a baby boy's genitals, multiple foreskin replacements, a scalpel, and instructions -- has since been removed. It was pulled after complaints that the kits were irresponsible and encouraging unqualified people to attempt this controversial procedure, according to the Independent.

  • Amazon confirmed that it is no longer selling some "irresponsible" circumcision kits.

    These "lifelike" kits were intended for medical students, but many don't think it's responsible for Amazon to be selling these pricy and realistic products to the general public.

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  • However, it is still selling a similar version.

    This less expensive option is still available for purchase and is listed at $196 with free shipping. The Nasco kits include a dummy form, six prosthetic foreskins, a scalpel, probes, and scissors, and is advertised as "an excellent" addition to nursing and therapy classrooms. 

    "These trainers are made with our soft, lifelike material, which is pliable, delicate, and realistic to the touch. Medical students, physicians, and other practitioners can learn, practice, and improve realistic, hands-on skills for this delicate procedure without the worry of learning on a live patient," the company's website says. "These trainers may also be used to demonstrate the procedure and practice aftercare skills to family members."

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  • The National Secular Society sent a letter to Amazon calling for the removal of these products permanently. "Male circumcision in the UK is wholly unregulated and we fear that the sale of this product may encourage unqualified practitioners to carry out unnecessary surgery on infants in non-clinical conditions, resulting in serious harm," wrote Dr. Antony Lempert, the chair of the NSS’s secular medical forum, according to the Guardian. "Non-therapeutic circumcision is unethical and unnecessary and is putting infant boys at risk of death and serious injury. This practice could be encouraged by the morally negligent sale of infant circumcision training kits to the public.”

    Although some families opt to have their babies circumcised for religious reasons, others do it for preventative care and personal hygiene. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, the benefits from circumcision outweigh the risks and can decrease the risk of urinary tract infections, sexually transmitted diseases, and other "penile problems."

  • Some don't care about the reason and are disgusted that Amazon sells these kits.

  • They think that circumcision is unethical.

  • Others worry that it could get into the wrong hands and not the intended medical professionals.

  • Many commenters hate the practice that they believe these kits promote: the "genital mutilation" of babies.

  • Then there were the ones who couldn't keep the sarcasm about this to themselves.

  • Some of these commenters showed their disgust through humor.

  • And they can't help but poke fun at the entire thing.

  • While others are quick to remind people to calm down and remember the point of this.