Do you think that infant male circumcision is a type of child abuse?

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Male circumcision --- Although this is a very controversial topic, but then also I will put some light on this issue. According to me when done medically by a professional doctor, it is right, whereas when done religiously by some unprofessional people, it is totally wrong and comes under child abuse. In order to learn it in a better way, read below:

What is male circumcision?

Medically, circumcision is a surgical procedure to remove excess skin from the penis known as prepuce. This procedure is done to prevent phimosis. Phimosis is contraction of the foreskin (prepuce) of the penis. Withphimosis, sex can be very painful and painful sex or intercourse is termed as dyspareunia.

Problem happens when it is done by religious people with no anesthesia usually with a sharp knife and completely out of hygiene. In these cases, many times they cut along the glans penis, the 'head' of the penis, which is not safe.

Circumcision done through a proper anesthetic surgeon perhaps is safe rather than by an unprofessional who has no idea upon what he is slicing.

People who are circumcised with proper means share no sexual issues and felt much less pain during the process. In no way, it affects sexual pleasure, and some people who had their circumcision after adult age, say it increases pleasure, since there is less skin and more contact to the glans penis.

Why male circumcision was done?

There is one more concept why this procedure is done. Historically speaking, male circumcision was done in areas of water scarcity, as it was difficult to keep the penis clean with the foreskin. Without the foreskin, it would be easier to clean with just a cloth.

Male circumcision was also done in regions with water scarcity and hot weather and it was done to avoid difficulty in urination.

Female circumcision?

On the other hand, when this procedure is applied to women, known as female circumcision or clitoridectomy, then yes, it is 100% abusive. It is used to deprive women from sexual pleasure, usually accompanied by another abusive procedure called infibulation, which is the stitch of the vagina, leaving a small (read very small) opening for the passage of urine and menstrual blood.

Female circumcision is nothing but psychopathic, barbaric, and cheap, a totally degrading concept that could have only been conjured by the most evil and sick minds.

The reason behind female circumcision is to cut off the girl's sexual pleasure so that she does not go against her parents' wish to decide her husband and so that she does not fall in love during adolescence and so that she does not desire or even fantasize another man after being married because she would not know clitoral sexual pleasure in the first place.

In Africa, they even cut the labia leaving only a small hole, so there is greatly reduced sexual pleasure. It is not done by some remote communities, but it is very common in many communities in Africa.

They also do a stitching as well in outer labia to leave a permanent small hole for passage of urine and menstrual flow and it remains like that for life. There is so much inhumanity that humans inflict on other human beings.

Female circumcision is a horrifying and condemnable act, which was hardly talked in international arena even until a few years back.

Psychopathic, cheap, and barbaric act of female circumcision. How cruel these people are? A female running from undergoing circumcision, pic deleted due to publishing guidelines.

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hubber-2009 7 years ago from India

I prefer intact but it wouldn't be important in a relationship.

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soni2006 7 years ago from New Delhi, India Author

thanks for the first comment hubber-2009.

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Tom Rubenoff 7 years ago from United States

We Jews used to think that God wanted us to do all kinds of stuff - kill, dismember, and burn animals on an altar, ostracize the sick - all kinds of stuff. But, in time, most of us realized that a lot of these rules and traditions were made up by old men and really don't have much to do with God at all. I believe the same will eventually happen to Jewish male circumcision. However, since male circumcision is the first Jewish tradition (it is written that Abraham circumcised himself at age 90 with a sharp rock) perhaps it may be the last to be set aside.

Having witnessed ritual male circumcision a few times, I do not believe that circumcision, properly done, traumatizes the infant at all. I mean, I had it done, and I'm perfectly normal. Hmm....

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soni2006 7 years ago from New Delhi, India Author

That's the main point Tom which I was talking be done in a proper manner...I also agree if it is done under the guidance of a surgical doctor or an anesthetist.

Do you agree with the fact that the infants undergoing circumcision have severe pain while not doing it under the influence of anesthesia???

Do you think that it is right for the parents or religious people to force a circumcision on a severely crying infant??? It is you who have undergone the same trauma. Now, you do not remember the pain. But tell me keeping a hand on your heart that if it was your child, do you have the guts to see your child crying for help in front of people or rather you would go to a good doctor in your area to have it done under anesthesia.

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Lgali 7 years ago

not good idea

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soni2006 7 years ago from New Delhi, India Author

Thanks Lgali......

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LondonGirl 7 years ago from London

"According to me when done medically by a professional doctor, it is right, whereas when done religiously by some unprofessional people, it is totally wrong and comes under child abuse."

In the UK, it's common for a Mohel to be a doctor as well as Jewish.

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soni2006 7 years ago from New Delhi, India Author

Okay thanks for that really good information LondonGirl. At least now in UK, we know that a Mohel is mostly a doctor and same is for Jewish.

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aidenofthetower 7 years ago

One more point. As little boys grow and start to take care of themselves, they will stay cleaner when circumcised because it is easier for them to wash well without the foreskin. On the other hand, unless a parent continues to bathe their young boys they are more susceptible to infections. Most parents don't want to have to bathe their growing boys and many people would find it a form of abuse to help make sure that a boys penis is clean once he starts to get older.

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soni2006 7 years ago from New Delhi, India Author

You have added a very nice point aidenofthetower. I wonder know if someone wants to debate on this comment also.

TheStreetwise 7 years ago

I'm of mixed emotions as far as this subject goes. I like my circumcision, partly because I dont remember it happening. Ha! Seriously though, I like the way it looks, i'm not a big fan of the whole windsock thing.

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soni2006 7 years ago from New Delhi, India Author

Thestreetwise, you like it how it is now but if you would have been in your senses at the time of your circumcision, you must have felt the severe pain it had given to you. Least but not last, it is an old saying that "you have to lose something in order to gain something", so you have lost the foreskin at that time and now you are happy with the way it looks. Thanks for putting in your nice thought on this subject.

Joe G 7 years ago

Personally, I was clipped and I don't think a thing of it. My dad wasn't , nor was my older brother. I was never really concerned about why they looked different from me.

As an adult, well, the only wee wee I look at is my own. :)

If I ever have a son, I would get it done as an infant. My friends son was done when he was 9 years old. No way would I do that to a kid that old. As a baby, fine.

Crystal 7 years ago

I don't think its child abuse, my son had his done right after he was born and once the forskin was cut off, it was easlier to clean him up after a diaper change,and it was easier to clean him when it was bath time too.I didn't have to pull back the forskin wash it and put the forskin back.if the procedure is done by professionals and when the boy is a newborn its ok cause in the long run its easier to make sure everything is clean and the baby wont get infections,

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soni2006 7 years ago from New Delhi, India Author

Yes Joe G. You got my point of writing out this hub request answer. My idea is the same as yours and I also do not agree with the fact on doing a circumcision on a 9-year-old boy as it is really painful. Why not the parents, especially fathers having their kids undergo circumcision at such an age like 7, 8, 9, 20 put themselves instead of their kids into this picture. I think then it will be a better view for them on how they are torturing thier kids. Again, I would say considering the hygenic purposes, infant male circumcision is fine but circumcision at an old age is not only an abuse but also is really painful for the kid.

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soni2006 7 years ago from New Delhi, India Author

Hello Crystal. Welcome to hubpages. I read your comment but I think you have took my words wrong. Actually, it was a question asked by one of our fellow members, read my answer first. The question is Do you think that infant male circumcision is a type of child abuse?

My answer is yes it is a child abuse if done on an elder kid and not on an infant , as babies do not remember the pain and afterall it is done for hygeine purposes. Please read the hub and please do not take me wrong. I am into medical transcription myself and I agree with the idea of infant male circumcision and in this hub I have also talked about female circumcision.

Dr.Christina 7 years ago

Hi soni2006!

In my opinion it doesn 't matter if male circumcision is done by professional doctor or unprofessional person, or it is done with an infant or grown up boy/man (without his will), still it is WRONG. How could you asume what the infant doesn 't feel or remember anything even if an anasthesia has been done? How could you be sure what this act wont leave any psyhological consequences? It is proven what our psyche is influenced by our childhood. Why we should cut something which belongs to the body and doesnt disturb? It is proven what circumcision doesn 't prevent from any disease. In my opinion evry one should decide by thenselves what to do with own body, not parents. How could you be sure what your kid wont hate you, what you did with him in childhood? Every one who is reading this web page, I am suggesting to read following home page as well -

Actually, I found your home page, because I am interested in FGM(female genetal mutilation). I agree with you, it is cruel and barbaric act. I wish it would be stopped. And any woman experiences that kind pains never again, it is horrible and people who are making female circumcision should be punished by law!

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soni2006 7 years ago from New Delhi, India Author

Thank you very much Dr. Christina for opening up my eyes. I have gone through the press release link and read all the facts and amendments made in the laws over this issue. I strongly disagree now that male circumcision is not a child abuse when done by medical doctors. Your comment and the link and research I have done over it on some other sites has led me to this conclusion. I am going to edit this article on a whole in order to show the right information. I was also very skeptic about this idea but the comments following my publishing of the hub were pointing towards what I have written. Thanks for your advice.

Secondly, I am really against female genital mutilation but I am so much unhappy to see the poll of this hub which shows 17% votes in favor saying that female circumcision is not a barbaric act. I do not know who those visitors are who have clicked on the no button and do not know what is in their mind that they have not clicked on Yes button. I would be really happy if I had seen 100% VOTES against FEMALE GENITAL MUTILATION.

Please comment..

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rsmallory 7 years ago from Central Texas

My son was circumsized by a pediatrician under anesthesia at 3 months. I could not do it when he was first born because he was born in a catholic hospital and they did not perform the procedure. He is now 11 and we just recently had a discussion about what circumsizing means and what the procedure entails. He was quite shocked to realize we had done this to him. However, he does not hold it against us and he understands we did it for hygenic as well as religious reasons. We talked about it in great detail and he has no memory of the procedure or the pain or anything. He appreciates that he looks like his father and brother in that regard.

I totally agree with you on female circumsision. It is barbaric, has no medical benefit and should be against the law. For males, I believe it should be done as early as possible and only by a licensed physician with the aid of anestisizing the patient. If done in this manner, then no I do not consider it child abuse.

Sean 7 years ago

Circumcision helps prevent HIV and other STD's; nonsense. No condoms needed if your circumcised? Why not be uncircumsed and enjoy sex twice as much your entire life, not to mention how barbaric circumcision is, especailly for the female. Did god make a mistake doctors; or is there so much profit in autmatically performing this surgery all of you like to scare people who are otherwise intelligent. Leave the skin alone!

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soni2006 7 years ago from New Delhi, India Author

Thanks Sean for your comment.

Joe 7 years ago

Soni2006 some of the comments, especially regarding hygiene are not correct. Care of intact boys is very easy

"Care of the uncircumcised boy is quite easy. ``Leave it alone'' is good advice. External washing and rinsing on a daily basis is all that is required. Do not retract the foreskin in an infant, as it is almost always attached to the glans. Forcing the foreskin back may harm the penis, causing pain, bleeding, and possibly adhesions. The natural separation of the foreskin from the glans may take many years. After puberty, the adult male learns to retract the foreskin and cleanse under it on a daily basis."

In a previous comment you criticized people who might circumcise a boy of 8 or 9 or 10 .... but seem to think it's ok to do to younger boys. If it is abuse at 8 why not 7 or 6 or 5? You see where I am going with this. Do you believe rights have gender and age restrictions?

A later comment seems to indicate you may have changed your mind is that the case?

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soni2006 7 years ago from New Delhi, India Author

Hi Joe. I read your comment and agree but not fully though, I am not talking about circumcision at the age of 5 or more. I am talking about it below the age of 1 as in infants. That would be easier for them. The baby will cry to extreme tears if done at a later age. I think you understand.

Joe 7 years ago

But I know you weren't asking that. I was asking you how could one logically think it's right for someone under the age of one but not older? Do our morals and ethics have age and gender limits?

Bill 7 years ago

Do you think that infant male circumcision is a type of child abuse?

of course it is.

If it isn't then what is?

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soni2006 7 years ago from New Delhi, India Author

Thanks for adding your view Bill.

Bill 7 years ago

Some researchers on infant pain say a lack of response does not mean they do not feel any pain.

Newborn babies may be exhausted and stressed and perhaps fearful after birth. Also newborns are very small and scream their heads off and they aren't they loud. A baby a few weeks old cries louder and a few months old they are even louder. It doesn't mean the otlder babies feel more pain, they are just bigger.

My view (and its supported by research) is that newborns feel more than older children. (And research suggests premmies are even more sensitive.)

Newborns feel everything. One book on this is "Birth without violence" by Leboyer.

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soni2006 7 years ago from New Delhi, India Author

Thank you very much Bill for explaining your really useful view on this matter. I agree that newborn babies also feel pain but what other people have commented in this hub is that they do not remember the pain that is why male circumcision is not a child abuse. I was confused as to these comments and the comment you have published above has made me think again over this burning issue.

sbeakr 7 years ago

That last picture at the bottom of the hub makes me sick. I was horrified when I stumbled on this subject several years ago, but at the same time glad that it was public enough to be found and raged against. Mothers who do this to their own daughters are worse than those that used to cripple their Chinese childrens' feet.

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soni2006 7 years ago from New Delhi, India Author

Hi sbeakr. God has made humans to behave like humans but it is really insane when humans turn into animals and experiment these cruel things on each other, just like female circumcision and Chinese crippling their kid's feet.

Fadela 7 years ago

Thank you Soni for this article, I found if very interesting.

The female circumcision is not a religious act; it had been tracked to some African tribes and to Pharaohs as shown in the picture above. When Islam reached some African regions it didn't forbid it nor supported it. As a born and raised African Muslim female, I am not circumcised and none of my family members is

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soni2006 7 years ago from New Delhi, India Author

It is really good to read your post Fadela. Thanks for the update.

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Bard of Ely 7 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

This is a very good hub! I am circumcised and cannot remember being done because it was done by a doctor when I was a baby.

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soni2006 7 years ago from New Delhi, India Author

Thanks Bard of Ely for your comment.

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soni2006 7 years ago from New Delhi, India Author

I think I have found the first person in my life who has said this. This is such a horrible thing to do Misogynist. How you can do that to a woman??? This is the work of barbarians I would say.

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Anath 7 years ago

I think that circumcision (male and female) even when done properly in hospitals and clinics is a barbaric practice.

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soni2006 7 years ago from New Delhi, India Author

Thanks for your input Anath.

upset 7 years ago

did any of you get circumcised as an adult?

i was circumcised as a baby but i always feel like their is something wrong with me, and my lack of pleasure sucks

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soni2006 7 years ago from New Delhi, India Author

Yes friend, that might be one of the reason for the lack of pleasure you are experiencing.

Fletch 7 years ago

I was wondering if the author could quantify the meaning of "excess skin". Who determines when the normal, functional, sensitive, skin of the penis is "excess" for someone else? It is an absurd proposition that such a thing exists and can ethically be removed by parents without consent.

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soni2006 7 years ago from New Delhi, India Author

Thanks Fletch for expressing your concern on this.

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Christian Q 7 years ago from Chandler, Arizona

I don't see what the big deal is. I was circumcised as an infant and I'm fine today. But, I guess I can't miss what I've never had.

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soni2006 7 years ago from New Delhi, India Author

Thanks for your comment Christian Q.

DAVE123 7 years ago

Unless there is a medical problem it should not be done as an infant and after that it should be the person's desicion once they are legally classed as an adult in the place which they live. UNDER NO GROUNDS should it be done religiously - you don't know what the child will choose. FMG is wrong (period).

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soni2006 7 years ago from New Delhi, India Author

Thanks a Dave for your comments. I myself visited this hub after around 2 weeks now and I have gone through my own hub once again plus all the comments and after reading all this stuff, I think there is a mix of emotions through varying comments which is expressed over here. There are many people who are against infant male circumcision and there are many who are in favor. I predicted this thing before writing out this hub and that's why I did not included a vote box for IM Circumcision and instead created it for FC.

I think now also there are a lot of people who want to debate on this topic and I welcome each of them in order to know their opinion...... Lets see what others have to say.

dethfan 7 years ago

Circumcision is an abomination to mankind. It must be painful to be circumcised no doubt, but stop acting like this is the worst part about being circumcised..the worst part is loosing the power of choice. Unconsentual circumcision should be banned and it is quite absurd that it is not, shocking was religious pricks that brought it into the US culture now we need to grow up and let it die, circumcision will decline with the decline of the religious population--now, I know infant circumcision isn't a part of Christianity, but as a general rule religious people are stupid and much more willing to infringe a person's human rights

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soni2006 7 years ago from New Delhi, India Author

Hi dethfan, I am Rajinder Soni, the author of this article and I agree with your comment. Do you know one thing that me and many of my friends, relatives, and brothers have not been circumscribed in their whole life or as an infant but then also we have not experienced any kind of infection or problem while performing sex. We all feel good without circumcision and we are happy of course. I do not know what is the need of circumcision then. Please comment.

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chellebelly 7 years ago

Thank you for bringing up the subject of female circumsion. Very barbaric and cruel! as far as boys and circumcision, I have 2 boys that are not. I did my research and the rate of infection is very low. As infants, diaper changing is no different. You do not clean under the foreskin until it retracts on it's own. After that your son will wash himself, not a big deal. I couldn't watch the procedure, so i decided not to subject my child to it. At the time my boys were born the rates for circumcision were 60% yes and 40% no. So they will not be the only one in the locker room that "looks different". Just wanted to share the other side. Thanks again for an interesting hub.

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soni2006 7 years ago from New Delhi, India Author

Hi chellebelly, thanks a lot for your comment and expressing your views on female circumcision and infant male circumcision.

Restoring Tally 7 years ago

Performing genital cutting of a person without their informed consent is a violation of their bodily integrity rights. Females and males both deserve to keep what they were born with. Here is a good article on the ethics of infant circumcision:

I was circumcised at birth and I wish my parents had not made that choice for me. It is my body and I would have preferred to have kept all of it.

I am restoring my foreskin. I feel the difference between being circumcised and having a foreskin, even if it a restored one. I feel more comfortable because my sensitive glans is protected by my foreskin and is not rubbing against my shorts. With a foreskin, sex is much more pleasurable for me and my wife.

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soni2006 7 years ago from New Delhi, India Author

Do you know Restoring Tally that your comment has changed the whole outlook of this hub. I have been wondering for this comment for my whole life and now I know I have a reason to smile. Out of around many comments written below this hub, I found your hub outstanding and what I was looking for. My search and research on this issue is now complete and without you, it would not have been possible. Your statement " with a foreskin, sex is much more pleasurable for me and my wife." has taken this hub and my thinking to a different aspect. I agree. I have not been circumscribed and I am not the victim of that and I feel really well by not doing that.

Restoring Tally 7 years ago

Soni2006, glad I was able to offer some insight. Until I restored, I was unaware of the difference between circumcised and intact. Now, at more than 50 years of age, I found out what I had been missing. I am glad to hear that you have your whole body still.

Here is a link to a study that explains that some women have problems with sex because the man is circumcised:

Here is a link illustrating the difference in sexual function between intact and circumcised men (Warning: Graphic images - not safe for work):

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soni2006 7 years ago from New Delhi, India Author

Thanks for two useful links Restoring Tally. After going through them, I agree that some women have problems with sex because of the male partner being circumcised.

Erik 7 years ago

Soni, your comment that circumcision of an infant less than 1 year old is not abuse as the infant cannot remember the pain is so primitive that I do not think that any rational argument with you is possible. Ever heard of the unconscious mind or repressed memories? It is in the face of willing ignorance such as yours that child abuse continues.

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soni2006 7 years ago from New Delhi, India Author

But Erik, I think you must read the whole article and the comments and the things which all people have said and what I have said. Reading your comment and the very good point about unconscious mind or repressed memories has led me to think again over this matter and I am now thinking with a different point of view. Actually, as you can see on this article people are expressing their own point of views, some of them are totally different and some of them are same. My views are changing as are other people's views. I am not adamant about my views and I am considering different viewpoints here. Whatever you want to say and would like to change will be entertained just like other's point of views and this hub is open to any type of argument.

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kj8 6 years ago from Australia

I couldn't do it to my sons, didn't see the point in cutting off a part of their bodies, especially since they have no choice as babies. My husband is done, but that was what was done when he was born. In our Australian aboriginal culture it is done with a rock or blade when boys are around 13 years of age, a lot of young men hide to avoid it. I don't get the point of it. Female circumsion is just even more horrendous than I can fathom.

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soni2006 6 years ago from New Delhi, India Author

Thank you so much Kj8 for your expressing your personal experience in the form of this incredible comment. Every person has a different view.

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patrickwebb 6 years ago

Female genital mutilation, as well as male circumcision, is considered a cultural and religious custom that I consider unnecessary and ritualistic. I make and support this claim based my interpretation and faith in the Holy Bible. In spite of the various accounts that stem from the book of Genesis as well as its overall moral intent, altering one's physical anatomy does not lead to a life of purity and physical repression. True purity, according to number of biblical passages, is based upon faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. Only then can the possibility of purity become a reality. As many of you may be aware of, nothing good can ever originate from the flesh...despite the intent or number of years it has been practiced…

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soni2006 6 years ago from New Delhi, India Author

Excellent comment Mr. patrickwebb.

Arnt Roar Stegane 6 years ago

I do not understand all this talk about circumcision. I've even done it in adulthood and has been circumcised in 16 years. It looks ugly with foreskin, and it is not cool to have, either. My sex life has improved. The 3 women I've had after it gets an orgasm much faster because it knows so clearly edge of my penis head and even I have easier to control my own orgasm. Sex has become so good that it just may be in the imagination, in real life. The only thing that is not as good is the ability to masturbate, but you have to do it, so there's baby oil. So why is all this bullshit talk about circumcision? Many more should be circumcised, so they get to experience the joy and pleasure of not having that ugly skin bag over the penis head. This area has become a negative taboo issue. There are several good things at the circumcision, but no one dares to say anything about it I think. (Making circumcision without anesthesia and with inappropriate tools. I am against this.)

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soni2006 6 years ago from New Delhi, India Author

Thanks a lot friend for sharing your views and sexual experience after undergoing circumcision.

circumcised 6 years ago

I was also circumcised as a child (male), and i do not feel that it was a negative thingin any way, i am very pleased with my penis and the feelings of pleasure i get from it. i think it looks nice and i definatley wouldnt want to have a wrinkled foreskin covering my penis head. I am totally content and happy with what was done. My current partner is also very positive about it and likes it the way it is very much.

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soni2006 6 years ago from New Delhi, India Author

Thanks a lot friend for sharing your information on circumcision.

JJ 6 years ago

Yes, I think both male and female circumcision are barbaric. I'm American and moving to the UK soon so I was browsing through this forum (uk yankee) and was disheartened and disgusted that many American immigrants are bringing this barbaric practice to the UK. The UK NHS doesn't perform circumcisions unless it is a medical emergency, but apparently there are business sprouting up to cash in on ignorant parents' decision to scar and hurt their baby boys.

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soni2006 6 years ago from New Delhi, India Author

Thanks a lot JJ for showing some concerns over the issue of circumcision. I agree on many points with you.

Scotts 6 years ago

I think it is no a good idea too. For for let the child go thru this.

omes 6 years ago

I see it to be a good thing ...

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soni2006 6 years ago from New Delhi, India Author

Different people have different opinions. Thanks Scotts and Omes for sharing your opinions on this issue.

tiang 6 years ago

I just feel the need to express my feelings on the subject of fgm. I believe it to be horrible, barbaric, and I would do anything to put a stop to it. Also, thank you for writing this hub and being so attentive to all your comments.

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soni2006 6 years ago from New Delhi, India Author

Thank you so much tiang for expressing your concern over FGM. We must join together to stop this cruel thing. Even the animals don't do it. Thanks a lot also for appreciating my work.

Roxanne 6 years ago

For people who don't know why infant male circumcision is cruel.

In the adult intact male the foreskin can move back and forth over the head of the penis, it can be pushed behind the head to expose the head.

In the infant male the foreskin is attached to the head of the penis. Much like your finger and toe nails are attached to your finger.

In order to do a circumcision on an Infant the foreskin must first be forced/ripped away from the glans. Infants are are only give a local numbing agent and then their wound sits in a dirty diaper while it attempts to heal

in an adult male who become circumcised many times he is given general anastisia (spelling) or a local and then given great pain medicines, told to wear loose clothing and can generally avoid his own feces getting on his penis.

Infant circumcision is cruel!

Circumcision should be moved to a "mature" age where the male in question can give informed consent.... As with any cosmetic procedure like tatoos, piercing, and other forms of body art.

In adults this does not happen

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soni2006 6 years ago from New Delhi, India Author

Thanks for sharing your views on this issue Roxanne.

By the way, I am fed up with the non-compliance problem this article is having. I don't what type of contest this article has that is not allowed.

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dawnM 6 years ago from THOUSAND OAKS

In reality, when done by a religious person that is all they do so they know how to do it better than the doctors. The interesting part as well is that it is done about 8 days later when the blood has coagulated and the baby does not bleed as much. My own opinion is that it is a religious belief and if someone does not want it done to their son that is their right. Female circumsion is barbaric and not aright in any religion!!

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soni2006 6 years ago from New Delhi, India Author

Thanks a lot dawnM for your visit and comment plus providing some general information about male circumcision.

rhys 6 years ago

people who mutilate defenceless infants are beyond perverted, they're evil.

There is no benefit to circumcision, period. end of story! there is no argument. The mutilation of infants is a multi billion dolar industry whos proponents in the bio-med, pharmaceutical and cosmetics industries will say and do anything to make a profit. its sad to admit it to ourselves, but we've all been influenced by their lies at one point or another.

however, the main threat to infants is their ignorant circumcised fathers. thats right.

First of all, you need to understand that circumcised men are cornered on this issue. They were circumcised without their consent and have no inherent knowledge of what being intact is like. Even though they rarely will discuss the issue, they are keenly aware that they have been surgically altered in a very private way. There are several ways for a man to deal with this issue but the safest way, psychologically speaking, is to believe at all cost that the surgery performed on them was an enhancement and is preferred by women. Confirmation of this belief is essential to their sexual self-image. Do I need to tell you that sexual self-image is a major issue for men? Didn't think so.

when they have a son, if they decide to leave their sons penis intact and perfect, it as tantamount to an admission of sexual inadequacy in themselves; it is admitting to the world that they are damaged and ultimately a realisation that because of this, they will never reach their full sexual potential, their partners will never sex as nature intended.

I could talk about this forever. theres so much people have to learn. but if i could educate myself, then so can all of you. don't perpetuate this evil by your own complicit ignorance.

circumcised men; speak out against this barbarism. admitt that you have been violated. get some counseling, and also get some legal advice and sue the sick bastard who circumcised you!

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soni2006 6 years ago from New Delhi, India Author

Thank you so much rhys for addressing your concern regarding male circumcision. I believe the people you are talking via your comment are hearing.

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thesailor 5 years ago from Seven Seas

Undergoing circumcision is for health reasons, too. I have been circumcised after graduating from elementary level. I decided to go such rite because I want to. As a man, I want to be hygienic and prevent urinary tract infection.

linda massie 5 years ago

Of course Male circumcison is child abuse. "Professionals" who circumcise children have no idea what they are doing either, of they would not do it.

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soni2006 5 years ago from New Delhi, India Author

Thanks a lot for your comments thesailor and linda massie.

Sandra 5 years ago

My sister works as a nurse in an OB dept. and according to her most boys are still circed. She doesnt see it as a big deal at all. She has three boys, all have been done and she knows exactly what is done during the procedure. She regularly helps with the circs and sees it as normal procedure.

Bob 4 years ago

First of all it isn't about phimosis, or cleanliness, even historically.

Do a bit of research before you write an article. Seriously, you know nothing of the subject.

"Excess skin"? An informed person only need to read this far to know you are full of BS. Would you call the clitoral hood and the labia minora "excess skin?" The foreskin is way more than "excess skin." Baby boys aren't all born defective. There is a lot more to it than that.

You assert that people who are mutilated "properly" have no sexual issues? Well let me list a few from personal experience:

Having to wrap my glans with cloth to keep it from rubbing painfully on my pants and underwear.

Having no loose skin at all when erect causing chafing and tearing during sex.

Getting sebacious cysts along incision scar lines and scar tissue where the skin was ripped from the glans.

Not having sex for over five years, even in a relationship, because despite the pain of a permanently exposed glans, when erect there is very little sensation and a vagina doesn't provide enough stimulation to stay hard. Sex is just a chore, like sweeping the floor.

I am missing my frenulum completely. That wonderful sensitive spot that most men have on the underside of the glans has been cut away. I have zero sensation in that spot.

Scrotal skin slides up the shaft of my penis when erect.

Lack of sensation that would normally be provided by the movement of the foreskin makes condom use futile. There simply is zero feeling and this caused some risky and unsafe sexual practices in my youth. Fortunately no STDs, but now, since my partner cannot take birth control medication, condoms need to be used. Why bother, it isn't enjoyable in the slightest. Jacking off with a death grip and lots of lube is the only way my broken penis works.

In case you are wondering, I have a standard, medically provided, textbook successful circumcision.

Not sexual, but how about the fact that I hate my otherwise loving parents, I distrust doctors, my thoughts are filled with rage when I go out and see females enjoying their lives mutilation free, as whole people. My penis is a source of shame and embarrassment and I would never go skinny dipping or let anyone other than my partner see it. It is a mark of humiliation, a brand like that applied to livestock. I am not a whole man and can never be.

Part of my penis was taken from me without my consent for no justifiable medical reason, against my human rights. Non-consensual, unnecessary penis reduction surgery was performed on me, and thousands of others, leaving us permanently disfigured and asshats like you run around saying "it's just a little excess skin, there are no side affects."

Do more research and less blabbing about subjects you know nothing about.

4 years ago

All the guys I know who are circumcised are childless.

Its not a coincidence. Fertility is a lucrative business, and not to be sneezed at if your a doctor. But if you are poor little baby getting the snip at birth to create this iatrogenic disaster, it might not be quite as pretty, but thats ok because you won't remember it, and who really cares about your opinion since you can't talk. And who cares if you don't ever enjoy sex, there is more for the Profit recipients and you won't mind that will you?

And the circumcised guys are so slow they won't ever know it from the trauma, but laid back enough to talk to, and they do talk pretty good.

Men traumatized by this snip are dear sweet souls, even if they are truamatized for life and have no fertiliy.

And what sweet and selfless mothers to sacrifice her son, even when she understands what a life threatening,life changing and destructive penis reducing procedure this is . Women marry and relate with intact males (otherwise, most of the world would be circumcised at birth) and when one marries a cut guy, she divorces him soon after learning of his damage and she can't take that 2 hour pounding due to lack of feeling. And the states pay for this elective cosmetic surgery even in an economic downturn. Aren't they selfless with your newborn? If a girl got a surgery to look like her mom, or keep herself cleaner down there she would really be a feather in the "no sex hat" of the people who want to stop sex, and shunned for marriage by males all over the world. Sometimes however, a woman will desperately marry a circumcised male and get the shit beat out of her and turn into an alcoholic. but not most of the time. Most of the time she will just get a cat. Is this per chance a feminist movement (those selfless women) ? I just can't get over how selfless mothers are to sacrifice their baby boys to circufetish people since they don't need their boys sneaking off an making afamily. And of course stopping a male from sex enjoyement will stop the spread of hiv to women. What selfless society to sacrifice their healthiest males to this snip. We can severely cut and truamatize girls with routine infant removal of areas hard to clean. and get even more results, so girls can can look like their mothers, and certainly wont pass along viruses. Genius!!! And, If we cut most boys tongue skin off (taste buds)it might not kill them, but they would be healthier and never be a glutton (save on obesity in males) because they had no taste buds. Wow the cutting idea is endless the things it can prevent and the trauma to the child is no big deal and if it kills them, its ok, they won't remember it, and what is a few thousand babies where profits concerned? That snipping deal sure is lucrative. No wonder there are going to be more doctors than patients.

mr. mumples 3 years ago

its disturbing i think yet i was circumcised by a doctor but damn i would never havde my son go through that pain, and extremist muslim circumcision their daughters labia with a sharp rock so the woman will never have a chance to even equate the idea of a orgasm allah "says u must circumcision ur sons and daughters for that duty which is upon u" wtf daughters well if gods happy i'm happy lol just kidding , women barely feel pleasure as it is so why do it whats the cause? one word religion

.. 2 years ago

Sorry to be Mr. Cold Hard Logic, but in cases where circumcision is not medically necessary nobody's status of parenthood gives them a right to mutilate their infants genitals.

The foreskin is just that. The foreskin. A layer of skin, genetically programmed to grow over the penis and keep the head moist and protected from irritants, while serving the sexual function with the equivalent amount of pleasure-giving nerves as the amount of regular "feely" nerves in all 10 fingertips. I've also seen the words "estrogen receptors" thrown around on some forums, BUT I haven't looked into that so I won't presume to know about that with certainty. However in my opinion, if that is a real thing biologically inherent to the foreskin, it sounds more important than "excess skin".

Now, I do realize that when you say excess skin, you probably genuinely believe that. And so I make a point of not assaulting anyone's character, I merely mean to present facts, just in case anyone by now felt like I'm calling them like a baby torturer or something.

Next point: some people spread a misconception that circumcision prevents HIV and strangely enough, cervical cancer (you can't make this stuff up (or, I guess you can..)). This is wholly untrue. This comes from a misleading study taken in Africa, where circumcision and HIV are both high (hmm, wonder how that is if what people are saying is true?) I think a better focus group would be, well, all of Europe (I know that sounds contradictory, but hold on). In Europe, next to nobody gets circumcised, and their HIV rates are and always have been much better than the US, where people (for the better 75% of the last century) have always gotten circumcised. Like, standard.

Seriously not only does circumcision provide no benefit (and I mean none, smegma, that stuff we feel the need to be so "hygienic" about, accumulates after a WHILE of not simply pulling back the skin while they shower, or in this context if they shower), it robs a man of skin grown to have the sexual sensitivity of all 10 fingertips, moisture for the head to prevent "dekeratinization" ((akin to "estrogen receptors" as far as my looking into it goes) or pretty much the drying of the head), and therefore the right to have a healthy penis, on top of the right to keep your body intact unless you choose to do otherwise when older, and his religious freedom considering this is a Jewish covenant which was originally just a pharoah's method of keeping his Jewish slaves from mating. And I'll also make the point that it's not the parent's religious freedom being infringed upon if it is denied, it's the child's religious freedom being infringed upon if he is religiously circumcised at birth, considering his right to grow up to make his own ideological choices.

I want to stress that my blame is not on the characters of the parents paying for someone to commit an act of infant genital mutilation. And while I do not find the parents involved in this atrocity disgusting, I do however find the act disgusting, hypocritical (girls get smegma if they don't wash too but you can't touch their infant genitals, as it should be), and a serious WTF HUMANITY moment. It is a moral imperative that infant genital mutilation be stamped out worldwide.

It's ok though, :) we're getting there.

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