Circumcision Should be Stopped
July 2, 2012
Circumcision is a needless operation
that maims and traumatizes male babies.
(Editor's Note: I do not endorse the information or conclusions presented here, but post for discussion purposes. I think anything that decreases male sex drive is a positive.)
by David Richards
(David Richards is a 24-yr-old Brit who teaches English in Mongolia.)
The World Health
Organization estimates that 30% of men across the world have been
snipped. Circumcision is part of the religious tradition of Muslims and
In the West, most commonly in America, many Christians and secularists circumcise for health reasons. However, the American Association of Pediatrics says there is no evidence that circumcision improves penile hygiene. (Urine is sterile and the foreskin can be easily retracted and cleaned.)
Cir Traumatizes Baby Boys
A University of Michigan Study found that circumcision causes excruciating pain that lasts days (the operation is performed without anesthetic!). Some boys cry so much that they cannot breathe and turn blue due to lack of oxygen. One baby cried so much he ruptured his stomach.
After the operation, the boys nurse poorly and do not bond normally with their mothers. Some psychologists speculate that the trauma of circumcision may stay with a man into adulthood, existing as 'a feeling of anger he cannot place.'
Circumcision causes a true loss of sensation. Canadian pathologist Dr John Taylor and his team found that the foreskin contains specialized nerve endings comparable to those in fingertips and lips.
'Whereas the foreskin is loaded with nerves, the head of the denuded penis is a blunt instrument, insensitive to light, touch, heat, cold, and, as far as the authors are aware, to pinprick"
Medical researcher Tina Kimmel found that the penile sensitivity of intact males is 25 percent to 30 percent greater than that of circumcised males.
The foreskin also acts as a mechanical lubricant during sex. The penis is not designed to slide in and out of a woman, but in and out of its own skin during sex. Without a foreskin, a man has to build friction to feel pleasure.
Many circumcised men have voiced their struggle to achieve sexual satisfaction.
Here are some comments I found online. A man who got circumcised 'out of curiosity':
"Getting circumcised was the most foolish thing I've done in my life... I was quite sexually active before marriage, and had a pretty normal sex life after marriage for two years before my reduction. Now I am essentially only interested in oral sex, as vaginal sex does not provide the detailed sensations that it did when I had a foreskin. The analogy of "seeing without color" is perfectly apt to describe sex without a foreskin. Rather than being a touch-sensitive organ, it becomes merely a pressure-sensitive tool. Big difference!"
A promiscuous gay man:
"I have a lot of insight about this subject... Over the years I have noticed that uncircumcised men plainly have more intense pleasure (I see it as uncontrollable and very intense), erections and last much longer and with much less stimulation. Circumcised men always need to be stimulated or they lose the feeling of pleasure."
I have often wondered why all male porn stars are circumcised. Are they snipped purposely to reduce sensitivity? Does it help them have sex for hours without ejaculating?
The Effect on Women
Circumcision can also hinder a woman's sex life. Firstly, the friction a circumcised man needs to build can cause her pain.
Secondly, circumcised men get less satisfaction form typical sex and require 'compensatory sex', such as oral sex and the use of lotions. Many women may resent giving these services and feel demoralized that their partner cannot reach satisfaction through normal sex. As the saying goes 'sex is between the ears'; if a woman feels the man isn't enjoying it, neither will she.
Here are some comments I found online by women. A 44-year-old woman who experienced her first uncircumcised penis later in life:
"I discovered that since the penis goes in and out of its own skin, the vagina does not get sore from frequent sex. It is a much smoother process. I have had times when I was having frequent sex and got so sore and raw from the common circumcised penis I had to sit in a hot bathtub, and then smear cortisone cream on my vulva. With a 'ragtop' that does not happen.
I never performed oral sex on an uncut guy and they never seemed to want it. I assume they were getting enough stimulation from regular vaginal sex."
Another 'experienced' woman:
"Circumcision can harm sexual relations. If you've ever had sex with both a circed and an uncirced man, you'd know. Some women say that it doesn't make a difference, but I know that it definitely did for me. (Think "ribbed for her pleasure".)
When you rub the (uncircumcised) penis with your hand, the foreskin makes it "glide" up and down easier. Sex is better, too, for the same reason - the foreskin helps it slide in and out better."
It has been known for centuries that circumcision damages healthy sexual behavior.
Circumcision was introduced into Western culture by puritanical Victorian elites hell-bent on reducing sexual activity.
In her 1978 paper The Ritual of Circumcision Karen Paige wrote:
"The original reason for the surgical removal of the foreskin was to control 'masturbatory insanity' - the range of mental disorders that people believed were caused by the 'polluting' practice of 'self-abuse.'"
Writing in the Australian medical Journal, Robert Darby provides some background:
"In the 19th century the role of the foreskin in erotic sensation was well understood by physicians who wanted to cut it off precisely because they considered it the major factor leading boys to masturbation.
The Victorian physician and venereologist William Acton (1814-1875) damned it as "a source of serious mischief", and most of his contemporaries concurred.
William Hammond, a Professor of Mind in New York in the late 19th century, commented that "circumcision, when performed in early life, generally lessens the voluptuous sensations of sexual intercourse", and both he and Acton considered the foreskin necessary for optimal sexual function, especially in old age.
Jonathan Hutchinson, English surgeon and pathologist (1828-1913), and many others, thought this was the main reason why it should be excised."
At the same time, female circumcision (removal of the clitoris) was also practiced on women to 'treat' female masturbators.
Can the foreskin be replaced?
It is possible to restore the foreskin. This involves steady extension of the shaft skin, allowing the man to recover some of the functions of the foreskin.
Restoration involves tugging or stretching the skin using elastics or weights.
One man who is 2 years into an on-off restoration attempt reports:
"I can definitely report differences! During sex, the dominant sensation is no longer friction, but the tension of the skin being pulled in and out... an additional pleasurable and very different sensation entirely absent before restoration. It's hard to describe, but I must say it was well worth the time and effort put into restoration!"
The foreskin is an essential part of a functioning penis.
The removal of the foreskin causes great trauma to a newborn baby and may cause him serious sexual problems in the future.
Given the negative effects of circumcision, what justification is there to continue the practice?
Cir trauma babies - http://www.circumcision.org/
Info on the loss of sensation - http://www.babyhealth.co.za/
The personal accounts http://www.mothersagainstcirc.
Karen Paige 'The Ritual of Circumcision' http://www.noharmm.org/paige.
Historical background on 'circumcision as a
way to stop masturbation' -http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/
First Comment from Lulu
As followers of Abrahamic faiths (Judaism, Christianity and Islam), we
emulate the actions of our prophets, since they are the ones who have
set the examples for the rest of us to follow when it came to worshiping
God and following His commands. To speculate otherwise will lead us
away from the true way we are meant to live and thrive as God's
Aside from being practiced by God's true believers, circumcision is a tradition that has been passed down by our forefathers and that has many benefits that continue to reinforce its validity, most notably where health and hygiene is concerned.
The foreskin is a warm and moist incubator under which infections can easily develop, and removing it not minimizes the accumulation of smegma, which is a trap for bacterium buildup, but circumcised penises are known to help prevent the transmission of sexually transmitted diseases, and significantly reduces the risk of acquiring and transmitting the HIV virus.
Cancer of the cervix in women is due to the Human Papilloma Virus. It thrives under and on the foreskin from where it can be transmitted during intercourse. An article in the British Medical Journal in April 2002 suggested that at least 20% of cancer of the cervix would be avoided if all men were circumcised. Surely that alone makes it worth doing!
There is some evidence that circumcision has health benefits, including:
- A decreased risk of urinary tract infections.
- A reduced risk of sexually transmitted diseases in men (and women).
- Protection against penile cancer and a reduced risk of cervical cancer in female sex partners.
- Prevention of balanitis (inflammation of the glans) and balanoposthitis (inflammation of the glans and foreskin).
- Prevention of phimosis (the inability to retract the foreskin) and paraphimosis (the inability to return the foreskin to its original location).
As for sexual pleasure, my husband, who is circumcised, has had no problems in that area and is definitely NOT "maimed". Also, let me tell you men a little secret: most of us women prefer the way a circumcised penis looks.
Some communist-minded residents of San Francisco tried to ban circumcision last year, claiming it is traumatic for the baby and an infringement on its rights (same arguments the Germans are making now, with their recent circumcision ban). This is merely yet another attempt to pry a wedge between parents and their children. NO ONE will love and care for a child more than its own parents, and parents have the responsibility to make decisions on behalf of their child - like the big decisions about vaccinations, knowing that for long term benefit to the child and others, the pain of the injection and often the fever which follows are worthwhile.
As one who follows the traditions all our prophets have left for us, I plan on having my husband arrange the circumcision of our sons. I will not let atheistic humans try to convince me that their ways are better than what God and His prophets have laid out for us. Humans have been circumcising and procreating and enjoying sex for millennia with no issue at all... why is it just a problem now?!! Something to think about!
John Replies to Lulu:
As to the idea the BMJ suggests circumscision to prevent HPV
transmission, where do I start? The BMJ has a long history of producing
and promoting fraudulent research in abundance like all organs of
Allopathy Inc. just the tip of the iceberg regarding that Pharma
peddler of junk http://whale.to/a/british_medi
The HPV vaccine is a classic in this regard http://whale.to/vaccines/garda
To Mutilate in the Name of Jehovah http://www.cirp.org/library/cu
Doesn't it strike you as illogical that Creator would create a body that needs surgery to make it perfect? Absurd at best, and also destroys all credibility Jehovah ever had/has even assuming you can extract any biblical text that promotes circumscision.
It just highlights the way religion was designed to get in the way of direct contact with god, to destroy spirituality, and it does this mostly by suppressing sexuality, circumcision being a major tool in that regard http://whale.to/b/suppressing_
Is it just a coincidence the most violent and misogynist races on the planet use circumscision the most?
As to the idea man's sexuality need suppressing in any way, that is a symptom of not dealing with the root cause of excess badly directed sex drive which all comes down to religion and the sex industry, such as porn, along with great support from Allopathy Inc. Not forgetting their attacks on mother child bonding http://whale.to/a/bonding_h.ht
A typical western medical circumcision results in the loss of ....between 50 and 80% or more of its erogenous sexual nerves.'--- Rich Winkel
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