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Male Circumcision

One of the things that baffle me is why are there parents who still want their baby boys to be circumcized?

I am not sure it is a necessary procedure. I think it is done in the name of tradition in the U.S., being a Jewish tradition that caught on. In Brazil boys are not circumsized, as in many parts of Europe. Pro-circumcision advocates say that it eliminates the chances of infection/diseases. I think that anyone with poor hygiene can have that problem. What about the fact that circumcized men are less sensitive in the area? I know men who are not circumcized and never had any problems at all with their foreskin. I am thinking of the pain a baby boy has to go through, and the added cost of the procedure in hospitals (and profit…).

I recently saw statistics that only half of babies are now circumcized. That’s good. I just wish that the babies had a say in that, and not the parents, sometimes motivated by religion and ancient traditions.  I sure do not know the medical aspects very well, but I see it as barbaric, almost as bad as the female circumcision.  Thoughts?

Look at this blogger from www.benettontalk/2007/10/ comments on the subject:

Over the last century, circumcision has become very popular worldwide (actually that is not true, only in the Anglo and Muslim worlds). According to a National Opinion Research Center survey, in 1965 about 85 percent of all American baby boys were circumcised, not only amongst Jewish people. Many felt, and continue to think, that circumcision has many hygienic and health advantages for the patient. Then things began to change. First, there is an increased awareness of the risks (blood loss, infection etc.) involved. By 2004, the rate had fallen to about 57 percent in the US, while the Canadian Paediatric Society did “not recommend circumcision for newborn boys.”

“I don’t believe it’s medically necessary,” Ayal says. “If we’ve done it, it’s just for cultural reasons.” Male circumcision in Judaism is a positive and obligatory commandment, attesting to a special relationship with God. Ignoring it is often seen in active Jewish communities as a rejection of Jewish religious and cultural tradition. “Never mind what we actually decided to do, just us having doubts about it was a challenge to our community”.

“I think circumcision rates will generally decrease when performed just for medical reasons,” Ayal continues. “They will stay the same where they’re connected with cultural practices”. Meanwhile in the US an increasing number of Jewish people are becoming “Intactivists”, refusing to circumcise their sons, as some Jewish writers and doctors make statements against it.

“At the end, we’re still not sure,” Ayal admits. “I don’t really know what we would do if we had a second son.”

This is an old Jewish tradition that is based in religion. It is not as bad as the female circumcision, but there is also a reduced sensitivity in a man’s future sex life.

A baby boy cannot make a choice. Others are making it for him. The chances of having infection with the existence of the prepuce are fo those who have no hygiene. Why submit a baby to such pain, why engage hospital workers and resources to waste time with that? 

Only the Anglo countries and Islamic countries still carry this barbaric procedure. South America and Europe do not inflict that in their newborns.

I know men who are circumcized and those who are not, and the uncircumcized ones have never had any problems with their extra “skin”.  And some men who are complain about less sensation in the area. By the way, the foreskin is very similar to the clitoris skin, full of nerves.

Follow this person on Twitter for more articles about how male circumcision is a barbaric and unnecessary pratice: http://twitter.com/Mindofown

Anyways, maybe it should be optional, when someone reaches adulthood?

Update 7/10/09: watch this video with Christopher Hitchens: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U93ZiR692l4

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January 17, 2008 - Posted by | Difference between cultures, Health, Society

52 Comments »

  1. I agree with your post overall, but this sentence cracks me up: “And the ones who are feel less sensation in the area.” Less sensation as compared to what? And how did you measure it?

    Comment by notlikely | June 16, 2008 | Reply

    • The frenulum has an artery inside and its so sensitive, cutted men doesnt have this feeling , I have my frenulum and i can cum only by rubbbing things on it, its like a women rubiing her foresking against her clit u dumbfuck

      Comment by Foreigner | April 4, 2017 | Reply

  2. I’d venture to say most women in the US wouldn’t want to touch an uncircumsized penis. Of all the girlfriends I’ve had, none would go near a man without circumsizion.

    Comment by Pete | September 22, 2008 | Reply

    • What a coincidence! I wouldn’t go near a vagina!

      Comment by James | February 4, 2011 | Reply

    • So you would cut your skin because you think women would prefer your penis circumcised? What a slave little toy, just in the US…By the way, the skin moves back when one penis is ready to go, you probably didn´t know that cause you´re cut. I´d definitely bet the cream industry supports you since you ARE hand caped and is dependable of baby oil for life…

      Comment by Tomas Bottel | April 13, 2011 | Reply

  3. Pete, that’s ignorant of them. That’s misinformation. A man who is healthy and clean and has his foreskin is no different from an uncirmcumsized man. I did not have male kids, but would not cut them.

    Comment by Grace Farrell | September 22, 2008 | Reply

  4. I too am wondering where this “fact” that circumcised men are less sensitive comes from. Studies have yet to show any significant difference either in microscopic tissue appearance or in overall sexual function or satisfaction from circumcision; most studies, in fact, show the opposite.

    Comment by Johnny | December 22, 2008 | Reply

  5. What the hell is wrong with people?
    The foreskin is there to PROTECT the head of the penis.
    It’s a natural part of the body, why should it be just chopped off? If you wiki this topic, you’ll see that according to word-wide statistics, men with the procedure are LESS prevalent that men with it. It’s mostly practiced in Muslim countries and the US. Men in Latin America and Europe are almost 100% uncircumcised. I married a woman from Latin America, and once asked if any of her brothers/cousins, ales in the family had it done, she said it was barbaric and would had never even heard of such a thing done on a perfectly healthy male. I’m tired of watching Seinfeld (reruns), Caroline in the City(very old reruns), Friends, and other made in Hollywood crap with gives the perception that ALL men have had it done.
    I can barely recall an episode where Jerry asks one of his friends if they had ever “seen one” (w/o the procedure).
    I have my full intact foreskin, and most of the guys that I’ve talk to around here do so too. What the hell is so wrong with this culture when we think of the natural state of the penis as dirty and defective?
    For all of you idiots wanting to do this on your child for the cleanliness issue, I have a tip for you:
    1) SHOWER
    2) GET HAND SOAPY
    3) PULL FORESKIN BACK
    4) WASH

    Now… can we stop this NONSENSE??

    Comment by Mike | February 6, 2009 | Reply

    • Very very good post, Mike!!! You are right:WASH it!!!!!that is all.

      Comment by Valaci | November 20, 2009 | Reply

  6. Mike, you said it all. Great post!

    Comment by Grace Farrell | February 7, 2009 | Reply

  7. hey!!!!
    i think it should be done despite using a radox wash,hahahah,circumsising prevents infections and one is less likely to get a sexually transmitted disease.YOU made me laugh im sure parents do think in the best of intrest for the child,if something helps why not ,i think it should go ahead.Also its a fulfillment yo the major world religions too for those who believe.Everyones opinions huh.Anyhow good topic!!

    Comment by semkem | May 18, 2009 | Reply

    • Oh right. So let’s give teenage girls mastectomies to prevent breast cancer. Fanny

      Comment by James | February 4, 2011 | Reply

    • “circumsising prevents infections and one is less likely to get a sexually transmitted disease.”
      Several studies in developped countries have shown that cut and uncut men have just about the same STD rates.
      btw, STD rates in USA are pretty bad. Maybe you should stop relying on magic from tribal rites to protect you 😉

      Comment by Intruder | March 10, 2011 | Reply

  8. There are some interesting studies claiming that circumcised men are less likely to give their women uterine cancer and STDs. (Sorry I couldn’t find any article in English. You probably can find more on this searching in Google)

    http://www.aidsportugal.com/article.php?sid=1616

    http://ultimosegundo.ig.com.br/bbc/2009/03/26/circuncisao+previne+herpes+e+hpv+diz+estudo+5087961.html

    These aren’t conclusive though. Anyway, it should be up for the man to decide what to do.

    Comment by Rita | September 25, 2009 | Reply

  9. Having never been circumcised, I have never had a hygiene problem, however, if you sleep with a woman who has a yeast infection you are more likely to experience irritation, itching, etc than a man who is cut. A little neosporin on the inside of the foreskin will eliminate whatever is causing the irritation fairly quickly. Hygiene aside, I have been seriously considering circumcision for some time. It has basically come down to whether I will go to a urologist or a mohel, as my motivations are both religious and sexual. I find that my erections are harder and longer lasting when i pull the skin back tightly as it would be if cut.

    Comment by PrettySure | January 19, 2010 | Reply

  10. A short aside on the STD issue, ‘they’ have been seriously promoting/funding medical circumcision in Africa as a way to reduce the spread of HIV. this sounds preposterous to me, but i’ve heard this talk from several sources…

    Comment by PrettySure | January 19, 2010 | Reply

  11. Circumcision is good for men but not for Women because top penis skin is pulled back and removed, It’s also more hygenic than uncircumcised Penis(AKA trapped odour)

    However for women they are actually cutting off large parts of the female genitalia, i.e Labia and certain part of the Clitoris !. This is cruel and totally wrong, Some females have been deprived of the enjoying their sensuality/sexual intercourse

    Comment by Raymond | February 10, 2010 | Reply

  12. i did not get circumcision and iam fine iam 116 and my dick is 14 cm

    Comment by landon | February 26, 2010 | Reply

  13. I am circumcised and I will tell you you article is complete BS. They have performed many scientific studies showing the increase rates of infections and various genital cancers in uncircumcised men. Of course hygiene and sanitation are very important if you are not circumcised.

    As for as having less sensitivity or ruining sex life!!! NOOOOO WWAAYY!!! Other way around.. The foreskin gets in th way and the extra amount of skin actually reduces the sensation in the genital area.

    I wish I wasn’t as dang sensitive as I was, I tell you I am overly sensitive in this area. Perhaps the circumcised guy you slept with had some type of erectile dysfunciton, very common these days. Nothing to do with circumcision! LOL..

    Comment by Jon | April 6, 2010 | Reply

    • You mention studies. Point them out. Show them so we can all read about these “studies”. Who ever created us was pretty damn smart. Im sure if it was mean to be, we would all be cut. Unfortunately, that is not the case. The body is amazing.

      and the skin does not get in the way.

      If you are a Jew and it’s your tradition I understand that. If you not, dude you got wronged!

      Comment by Carlos | January 19, 2011 | Reply

      • Well said, Carlos.

        Comment by James | February 4, 2011

  14. I have two boys and we did get the first one circumcised and they put it back on the wrong way and it could not be corrected for 6 months and then a lot of scare tissue came up and then the third it was corrected well it is very upsetting he has a lot of scare tissue and there is not a lot left and now he is 4…..so with the second one no circumcision…..i say now just please dont do it……

    Comment by Michelle | April 16, 2010 | Reply

    • It’s a shame all the pro infant circumcisers cant read your post, Michelle. Thanks for putting it there.

      Comment by James | February 4, 2011 | Reply

  15. was peculiarly, though not exclusively, a Jewish rite. It was enjoined upon Abraham, the father of the nation, by God, at the institution and as the token of the covenant, which assured to him and his descendants the promise of the Messiah. Gen. 17. It was thus made a necessary condition of Jewish nationality. Every male child was to be circumcised when eight days old, (Leviticus 12:3) on pain of death. The biblical notice of the rite describes it as distinctively Jewish; so that in the New Testament “the circumcision” and “the uncircumcision” are frequently used as synonyms for the Jews and the Gentiles. The rite has been found to prevail extensively in both ancient and modern times. Though Mohammed did not enjoin circumcision in the Koran, he was circumcised himself, according to the custom of his country; and circumcision is now as common among the Mohammedans as among the Jews. The process of restoring a circumcised person to his natural condition by a surgical operation was sometimes undergone. Some of the Jews in the time of Antiochus Epiphanes, wishing to assimilate themselves to the heathen around them, “made themselves uncircumcised.” Against having recourse to this practice, from an excessive anti-Judaistic tendency, St. Paul cautions the Corinthians. (1 Corinthians 7:18)

    Anyway, I am, never had any problems, dont have anything against it, but if dont have it done on your kids, teach them to always stay clean.

    Comment by verlow | May 31, 2010 | Reply

  16. Allow me to add, yet another perspective on all of this. I have been through the procedure. I can also say, with 100% confidence that you probably wouldn’t have to worry about your kids being hurt, seeing as they’re too young to remember. I have no problems with staying clean, infections, or anything else. Since I’m still underage, i haven’t experienced, the… erm, “pleasure”, but even if there was a decrease i’m sure that wouldn’t ruin my life.
    Besides, evolution only put that skin there as a natural “sheath” so it would be protected, now that we are more civilized and have grown out of our caves, we guys no longer need the extra protection. Don’t get me wrong. I’m not saying that circumcision is better than not, but i’m not saying it isn’t bad.

    Just thought i’d add a teenagers perspective on all of this xD

    Comment by James | June 13, 2010 | Reply

    • Of course, you are entitled to believe that your parents may have your body mutilated for no reason. That is your right.

      Comment by James | February 4, 2011 | Reply

  17. I’m cut and I don’t remember me being circumsized or the pain involved. That said, neither will any other baby boy. If we have a boy he is getting cut. I don’t want his unit looking like an ant eater.

    Comment by matt | July 17, 2010 | Reply

    • Ah, far better to have one of those hard skinned dull grey, dead looking slugs that cut ones come to resemble.

      Comment by James | February 4, 2011 | Reply

  18. If circumcision reduces pleasure in men, then I’ll say go right ahead! I think they need all the help they can get to help their female partners achieve the same sensation.

    Comment by flanagan | July 21, 2010 | Reply

    • Oh fuck you. If a man wants to reduce his pleasure, fine. But it is wrong to make that choice for a baby boy who someday may want to experience all the pleasure his DNA coded for him.

      Comment by EJ | October 17, 2014 | Reply

  19. Here comes I putting my nose. Well. Circumcision , barbaric??? Well, in Brazil we pierce the ears of our baby-girls without giving them the chance to chose if they want it or not. Here in Norway to pierce baby-girls’ ears is barbaric. In Norway circumcision is considered very primitive. And some doctors refuse to do it. There has been many dramatic fights between Moslems and doctors In hospitals because they (doctors) didn’t want to circumcise. As a nurse I see quite often old Norwegian men who are not circumcised with mild infections because it’s impossible to wash them properly because the foreskin is too tight. My son has a foreskin that is not only to tight, but too much skin. He is only 9 years old. When he was little I asked our Norwegian family doctor for a circumcision, and she said no. She had this opinion that it would be normal later. But its not true. He can not wash the penis properly. So I’m very irritated by this Norwegian ignorance and arrogance. Another thing , I don’t understand why they say that the foreskin is important because the foreskin works like a kind of clitoris. I think it is strange. When the penis is erected, the foreskin is pulled back (automatically) , and the head of the penis is completely exposed. As I understand, the pleasure is centered in the head of penis ( and also in the brain, everything happens in the brain) , and not in the foreskin.
    Sorry to say. But I think this discussion (not in the blog) in the world is not because we are talking about boys. “Oh, poor boy, they can not suffer”. We women suffer a lot. I was irritated when I found out that now there is a blood-test for men for testing of the prostate cancer. Because before doctors had to test men by putting a finger into the men’s anus. Something that made many men afraid to go to the doctor to get a check up. But, then I started to wonder why they don’t develop a blood test for women to test for cervical cancer, for example?! I know why. Because we are women and we are suppose to suffer. Men are men. Sometimes they are clean, sometimes not. And everybody knows, for example, that European men are not the cleanest on the face of Earth. In Norway many persons still have a bath once a week. I don’t trust very much ,men ‘s hygienic skills . Not because I think men are stupid by nature. But because they are men (by nature) and their brains don’t think like women’s brains. How many men have we seen are so clean with their clothes? When they live alone, their house look like a pig sty. We ,mothers ,have always to remember ours sons (the little ones, like my son) that they have to wash every thing right. As a British comedian said once “When we see a man who is so neat with themselves or the house, he is gay. I think they do that only to annoy us”
    I know many men will hate me now. But I don’t care.

    Comment by Egle Ske | December 3, 2010 | Reply

    • What an utter load of crap. If you think women suffer, ask yourself this. Why is it that every country in the world apart from Israel which has conscription only has it for males? Why is it that a male and a female in Singapore can commit identical crimes, and both will be imprisoned but the male can and often is viciously caned? Why do you make comments about male hygiene when your sexual equipment smells so unclean? Why don’t you listen to your doctor who knows far more than you, as your son’s penis will probably improve? There a billions of nerve endings in the foreskin, and it is a big part of sexual experience for the male. I truly pity your young son.

      Comment by James | February 4, 2011 | Reply

    • You bash men about hygiene, but circumcision in only about GENITAL hygiene. And being bisexual, I can tell you that in that specific area women are FAR smellier and dirtier. So keep your offensive comments for yourself, and go clean your vaginal discharges.
      It’s even more preposterous that your talk about sexual discrimination, when girls are protected from any harm on their genitals (including symbolic pinpricks), whereas boys can have piece of their penis lopped off just because their parents want it. Is clitoral hood more important than foreskin? Should parents be allowed to cut their daughter’s because it collects smegma?
      “So I’m very irritated by this Norwegian ignorance and arrogance.”
      You don’t have a foreskin, yet you are so sure it’s useless that you were ready to cut off your son’s. Isn’t that VERY arrogant of you??? And you sure are ignorant.
      “I know many men will hate me now”
      And rightfully so.

      Comment by Intruder | March 10, 2011 | Reply

  20. Hey there,

    I’m Brazilian and found your blog very interesting.
    By the way, as any other Brazilian kid I wasn’t circumcised in my young ages but when I reached my 15 I asked my dad to bring me to the doctor and do it.
    From my point of view, it’s the best thing I’ve ever done and the only difference I felt about sensibility is that regular comdons (thick) aren’t a good choice. Using thinner ones or no-condoms are still amazing 🙂

    And you’re right… babies should have the option to choose!

    Comment by Bro | December 24, 2010 | Reply

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  22. this articule is complete BS…! I wont even bother to say anything….

    Comment by em | January 2, 2011 | Reply

  23. never seen an uncircumcised but from the picture it looks disgusting!!! i would never go near one.

    Comment by Bri | January 23, 2011 | Reply

    • Bri, it’s not. Believe me. Very similar.

      Comment by Brasilmagic | January 23, 2011 | Reply

      • Some vj’s are very attractive, there are some that are attractive, but not able to get into the details of why in this format….smiles

        Comment by Dee | February 22, 2011

    • And the vagina looks like an oyster which has stabbed itself to death. How pretty is that?

      Comment by James | February 4, 2011 | Reply

  24. Sadly, I disagree. I’m very grateful that my parents had me circumcised; better to have it done early than have to deal with it later in life.

    Comment by Josh | February 7, 2011 | Reply

    • Josh, I never met a uncircumcised man (all South American and non-Jewish European men) who complaiined about about having foreskin. This includes boyfriends, relativas & friends. Never.

      Comment by Brasilmagic | February 7, 2011 | Reply

    • Not ONCE in my life did i have to “deal” with my foreskin. The only place it makes a little difference is in the bedroom, and for oral sex it’s a bonus.

      Comment by Intruder | March 10, 2011 | Reply

  25. Very interesting topic….here are some opinions…

    1. I am a male, but input I get from 99 of 100 female partners is that an uncircumsized penis looks much more attractive than one that is not….and most woman say of the penis itself, its the glans or head that is the most attractive…

    2. The head of the penis is much like the clitoris and the underside area beteen the head and the shaft is also very sensitive, not quite like the clitoris, but close…the statement that the forskin is like that of a clitoris is just not true, yes, it may have sensitive nerves much like the skin on the shaft of the penis, however, not like a clitoris….

    3. Finally, men in general are not clean like woman and I have heard that from woman that many men just dont clean the privates as much as they should and makes it worse to have fuzz, smegma and other things not too appealing caught up inside the forskin….

    Comment by Dee | February 22, 2011 | Reply

    • “Finally, men in general are not clean like woman”
      I’m bisexual, and in the genital area, men are much cleaner, trust me.

      Comment by Intruder | March 10, 2011 | Reply

  26. If you would have done a little more research you would have found out that when doing a circumcision on a newborn it might indeed be painful but their brains very quickly forget the pain due to the immaturity of the brain. In fact the pain is gone before the doctor is finished with the procedure. Ever notice that when the doctor gives a child (any age) an immunization shot that they scream & cry? 2 maybe 3 reasons: 1. Babies cry only when the needle goes in..instant pain but stops when picked up. 2. Older children usually have to be held down so as not to move, they freak, then get the shot, freak a little more but a some minutes later have already forgotten about it. 3. Teens/Adults (here’s where the memory is important) We stub a toe, ouch that hurts so we remember next time no move around the couch. We get a flu shot…ouch that needle really stung going in I hate needles. So it’s time to get another flu shot. We know it’s going to hurt because our fully functioning brains REMEMBER that pain so we are nervous but we still get the shot because we REMEMBER the pain goes away rather quickly. So basically after all my rambling what I’m trying to say is this…circumcizing a newborn baby is a hell of alot easier on them than say an 11 year old boy who will not only feel the pain but WILL remember the pain & will be in pain for alot longer than a newborn. That to me is more barbaric. And on a personal note I am one of those women who find an uncircumcized penis unappealing. There is no easy way to say it but just the thought of what is underneath that flap makes my stomach turn. But that is just me.

    Comment by Just Me | April 13, 2011 | Reply

    • Just me, I wouldn’t call a circumcised penis appealing either…I’ve seen both, and there really is very little difference. It makes you think: why make boys go through it? Even if they can’t remember the pain? If we are so horrified by female circumcision, why can’t we question the male version?

      Comment by Brasilmagic | April 14, 2011 | Reply

  27. Do you really want to know the real difference of circumcised and uncircumcised men? The difference is that an uncircumcised man can choose what he wants to be and a circumcised man can´t.

    Comment by Tomas Bottel | April 13, 2011 | Reply

  28. I get pleasure from, lead to I discovered exactly what I used to be looking for. You have ended my 4 day long hunt! God Bless you man. Have a great day. Bye

    Comment by facial treatment singapore | July 21, 2012 | Reply

  29. no matter how frequent you wash your uncut dick, the skunky odor remains.. believe me, i was circumcised at 13 and i could tell you the difference of cut and uncut dick..

    Comment by meeko | January 22, 2013 | Reply

  30. I think it is discussing to have foreskin, (especially now and days) how many men out there have sex with a woman and afterwords all that fluid from that woman stays trapped inside his for skin, then later that night he has sex again and let’s off a little of that infection juice, std juice, yeast infection juice into another woman. Or how about a regular working day for a man do you know how much sweat, filth and urine can stay trapped in their. It is unsanitary. I am Circumsized and I have amazing sensitivity

    Comment by Joe | December 12, 2013 | Reply

  31. You Must get circumcised or you are still a boy. Ask any African

    Comment by Nairobi Singles | May 7, 2014 | Reply


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