“Routine circumcision of babies in the United States did not begin until the Cold War era. Circumcision is almost unheard of in Europe, Southern America, and non-Muslim Asia. In fact, only 10 to 15 percent of men throughout the world are circumcised.”
“The natural penis requires no special care. A child’s foreskin, like his eyelids, is self-cleansing. Forcibly retracting a baby’s foreskin can lead to irritation and infection. The best way to care for a child’s intact penis is to leave it alone.”
– Paul M. Fleiss, MD
We live in a country were Normal is weird and freaky. And abnormal is what we accept. I think there is something morally wrong with this mindset. It is the mindset that leads to people forever trying to change who they are in an effort to conform to an outside standard of what is the “right” way to look. Embrace what we are, don’t alter it.
The issue of male genital mutilation, is often not framed or thought of as an issue or mutilation at all. But instead is widely held as normal and morally right in America. There are many reasons it is seen as “right” but the main one is it is culturally normal, our parents did it and so did there parents as far back as we can remember it has been done. But that is no justification for such a violation of basic human rights.
Here is an idea of what happens during circumcision:
“There’s no precise point where the foreskin ends and the skin of the penis begins. During a circumcision, the skin of the penis is peeled back like a banana to expose the mucosal tissue of the head and shaft – tissue like the inside of your mouth…They use a blunt probe to separate them. It feels about like having a fingernail ripped off… except it’s on the most sensitive part of the body. The head of the penis looks like the finger minus the fingernail too, very raw and bloody….They cut a slit in the side of it and then they usually crush it with a clamp for a few minutes. Then they cut it off. Alternately, they put a plastic bell over the head, and tie a ligature around the foreskin, then cut the foreskin off.”
Circumcision began in the United States in the late 1800’s largely because some doctors thought that it prevented masturbation, which at the time was thought to be harmful, sinful, and could lead to blindness… But once that and other myths were proven wrong, new reasons were created to perpetuate circumcision, most notably and wildly believed, that a circumcised penis is more hygienic than an intact penis, also that it makes boys look the same as their father or others in their community, and for religious reasons. Circumcision peaked in the 1970’s in the US and has been falling since then. We as a country will soon have more uncircumcision males then circumcised.
Circumcision studies have shown causes more harm then good. Circumcision removes valuable specialized erogenous tissue; 100% of circumcised men suffer reduced sensitivity and pleasure which can lead to sexual disfunction in life. When the foreskin is removed, the penis is transformed from an internal organ into an external one, initiating a desensitizing process known as keratinization.
Some studies show reduced rates of contracting HIV and other STDs but the argument is not strong enough to support and justify the behavior and act of circumcision.. There is also research that shows the same findings for FGM or female circumcision. Hell remove our teeth while your at it to prevent tooth decay, clearly this way of thinking is flawed.
I speak on behalf of the minority, for those felt different as a child, who were joked for something that happens naturally, and they had no control over. For those who were rejected by the opposite sex for something so arbitrary. We are more then the skin on or not on our penis people.
Here is a link to something interesting, a way for men to “regrow” their stolen foreskin…