I would like to extend the heartiest of thanks to Danny for writing that piece, and to MIC for bringing it to my attention. It only cemented my resolve against any sort of nonessential surgery (especially when it involves the chestnuts), and it pre-empted a potentially knotty discussion topic with my wife.
She read my first post over my shoulder and asked, "Really? You'd never get a vasectomy?"
"Never," I replied.
"Interesting. Why didn't we ever talk about this before?"
"You want me to get a vasectomy?"
"Well, no, but I at least thought we could talk about it." Then she read the post and said, "OK, never mind."
People can swear on a stack of Venerable Medical Journals that the procedure is safe and [mostly] painless and even reversible (like the opportunity to have my scrotum invaded twice is a selling point), but I won't do it. And anyone opposed to circumcision, which is just as elective and invasive, should feel the same way.