Male circumcision is the removal of the foreskin by having it cut off [Latin: circum = around, and cædere = to cut]. It is also referred to as Male Genital Mutilation (MGM) by Genital Integrity activists and advocates, because it alters the look and function of the penis as well as denuding the penis, quite often with permanent scars. It’s impossible to know for certain why this practice originated but there is documented evidence that it was being carried out as far back as the 23rd century BCE by the ancient Egyptians. There have been numerous proposals about why this practice originated and the following quote from Wikipedia states that the possible origins could have been “as a religious sacrifice, as a rite of passage marking a boy’s entrance into adulthood, as a form of sympathetic magic to ensure virility or fertility, as a means of reducing sexual pleasure, as an aid to hygiene where regular bathing was impractical, as a means of marking those of higher social status, as a means of humiliating enemies and slaves by symbolic castration, as a means of differentiating a circumcising group from their non-circumcising neighbours, as a means of discouraging masturbation or other socially proscribed sexual behaviours, as a means of removing “excess” pleasure, as a means of increasing a man’s attractiveness to women, as a demonstration of one’s ability to endure pain, or as a male counterpart to menstruation or the breaking of the hymen, or to copy the rare natural occurrence of a missing foreskin of an important leader, a way to repel demonesses, and as a display of disgust of the smegma produced by the foreskin. It has been suggested that the custom of circumcision gave advantages to tribes that practiced it and thus led to its spread.” Every reason under the sun really…but it could be that the foreskin was known with certainty to be a source of phenomenal and unspeakable pleasure and thus was cut off to prevent certain men from experiencing it either as a punishment or for sacrificial reasons, which somehow gave rise to the multitude of reasons as stated above to amputate it.
However, now that this practice has entrenched itself deeply into many societies and cultures around the world, it seems virtually impossible to eradicate it, because so many people now cannot even consider that a male can keep his foreskin. It is estimated that one third of the worlds’ population is circumcised. Given that there are around 3.5 billion men on the planet, that makes around a billion of the world’s males have had their foreskins cut off. For whatever the reasoning behind it, those societies, cultures and people who practice circumcision have somehow needed to become ‘disconnected’ about some of the body’s natural functions and the evolutionary processes which facilitated the foreskin into existence. Thus these people live in some sort of collective denial of the body’s functioning and somehow cannot be reasoned with about why this practice should be stopped. There must have also been in the past processes of disseminating false or misleading information which then became ‘fact’ or some sort of collective ‘delusional’ ways of thinking about the foreskin to have males undergo the seeringly excruciating pain of having the most sensitive part of their body amputated without any anaesthetic. One can only assume then that this is why this practice was thus inflicted on the vulnerable babies, infants and boys who aren’t in any position to refuse and say no.
There are numerous devices and contraptions used in conjunction with a scalpel that have been invented to amputate the foreskin most often with as little skin left over as possible. Several pictures of tools used to circumcise are depicted to the right of the screen. There’s no reason to display any other circumcising devices or instruments of torture on this page, but suffice to say that these all ultimately amputate foreskins. Depending on the amount of skin cut off, circumcision robs a male of as much as 80% of his penile skin. Depending on the foreskin’s length, cutting it off makes the penis as much as 25% shorter. Circumcised men carry permanent circumcision scars often as far as halfway down their shaft (a very ‘high’ cut), the obvious tell-tale sign that a significant amount of skin was severed off.
Circumcision desensitizes the penis radically. Foreskin amputation means severing the rich nerve network and all the nerve receptors in the foreskin itself. Circumcision almost always damages or destroys the frenulum. The loss of the protective foreskin desensitizes the glans. Because the membrane covering the permanently externalized glans is now subjected to constant abrasion and irritation, it keratinizes, becoming dry and tough. The nerve endings in the glans, which in the intact penis are just beneath the surface of the mucous membrane, are now buried by successive layers of keratinisation. The denuded glans takes on a dull, greyish, sclerotic appearance. Careful anatomical investigations have shown that circumcision cuts off more than 3 feet of veins and arteries including the frenular artery and branches of the dorsal artery, interrupting normal blood flow to the shaft and glans of the penis, damaging its natural function and altering its development. The loss of 240 feet (73.2m) of nerves, and more than 20,000 nerve endings, means that the most erogenous zone of the male’s body is lost forever. The foreskin’s muscles, glands, mucous membrane, and epithelial tissue are also destroyed as well. More recent research has demonstrated that the clinically important bulbocavernosus reflex is absent in 73% of circumcised men ostensibly due to the removal of fine-touch nerve endings in the ridged band. The long-term effects and the obvious extrapolation is that the more blood flow and nerves you have on your penis, the better sex feels…funny that…who would have thought? Thus circumcision is analogous to cutting off the male’s ‘clitoris’ or cutting off the petals of a flower.
The derision and hostility towards the foreskin from a number of cultures, communities, societies and traditions would seem to be so deeply entrenched as to be beyond belief. Everyday thousands of neonate boys, pre-pubescent boys, adolescent males as well as adult men endure the torture of having their foreskins circumcised, to satisfy the absurd ‘blood lust’ demanded by these elements of our ‘civilization’. Every 2 seconds there is a male circumcision taking place somewhere in the world. Little thought it seems is given that the neonates and under aged boys cannot consent (nor would likely ever consent if given a choice) to having the most sensitive and sensual part of their bodies cut off nor that they are actually cutting off “the best part” of the male, forever altering his body. It is no doubt an attack on maleness and manhood because it is about chopping off a man’s hood and denuding and desensitising his penis, permanently destroying the protective, sensation laden foreskin. Moreover, on a deeper psychological level it is about male subjugation, disempowerment and control.
Circumcision, especially when it’s enforced, just does NOT make any ANY sense whatsoever. It is one of the most viciously inhumane and despicable CONS in the history of humanity and this practice needs to be ERADICATED for once and for all…AND it needs to be stopped NOW.
Complications from circumcision
More common than otherwise admitted to by the circumcision industry, there can be a number of problems resulting in a host of issues for a baby soon after and later on in life from circumcision, including penile adhesions, meatal stenosis (narrowing), meatal ulcer, infection, fistulas, skin bridges, skin tags, too much skin removed, scarring, clamp injuries and deformity to name but a few. More severe complications include haemorrhage, oxygen deprivation, brain damage, galloping gangrene, glans and penile amputations, which in extreme cases has led to gender re-assignment by castration and transgender surgery with the victims expected to live their lives as females. Ultimately and unfortunately in the most extreme of cases, coma and death of the child occurs. Of the 1.25 million new born American males circumcised annually, there are about 230 or so of them who do die as a result of this operation. How many others almost die? So what do you do if it’s your child whose penis is severely damaged or amputated or if it’s your child who DIES needlessly? And what do you do if you’re the man who has to live with a mutilated and damaged penis? Or if you’re the woman / man who falls in love with a man who possesses a damaged and mutilated penis, which resulted from circumcision?
Myles Power (YouTube science blogger) discusses the history and science behind circumcision.
Mark D. Reiss, M.D., Executive Vice-President of Doctors Opposing Circumcision discusses the effects of circumcision upon the developing brain and the risks and complications of infant circumcision.
Morten Frisch, MD, PhD and Doctor of Medicine, a professor of sexual health epidemiology at Statens Serum Institut in Copenhagen and at Aalborg University in Denmark discusses his 2011 study on sexual function difficulties in circumcised men and their female partners.