Ok, this is bound to get heated but I'm curious to hear other opinions.
I was sitting outside an obstetrician's office and overheard her conversation with the patient (ok, I was eavesdropping!). The pregnant woman was asking about circumcision (how common it is, what are the options, is it painful, etc). The middie explained that while there are some medical reasons for circumcision, it is mainly done for cosmetic reasons. Then her exact words were "it's absolutely no different to getting your daughter's ears pierced".
For the record, my son is not circumcised but I have nothing against it... I think it's a personal choice.
I just found this comment interesting. Many people argue that circumcision has no proven medical benifits and therefore it is purely cosmetic and unnecessary. If so, then it really is the same as piercing ears.