The six eye-watering reasons why you should NEVER allow your son to be circumcised (NSFW)

  • Last month, Dr Paul Turek espoused the benefits of circumcision
  • He claimed it reduces the risk of HIV and STD infection, but Peter Lloyd, author of Stand by Your Manhood, slams the advice as preposterous 
  • Like an eyelid, he says the foreskin has many functions – and its removal causes the head of the penis to harden and desensitise, like a callus
  • He also calls out feminist double-standards on the issue, claiming the frequent violation of boys is ‘systematically ignored’
  • But health experts argue the procedure reduces the prevents the spread of viral STDs, including HIV, Herpes and HPV – and also penile cancer 

Most people would consider the bodies of men and women equally valuable.

But, when it comes to circumcision, that clearly isn’t true – which is odd considering the procedure removes functional tissue, causes extreme pain, permanently disfigures and forever damages sexual response, regardless of gender.

Oh, and in most cultures where female circumcision is routinely performed, the male equivalent is also done with equally dirty, blunt apparatus.

Meaning it’s less a competition of suffering and more a universal issue of genital integrity.

So, you can imagine my disdain when Dr Paul Turek, a private doctor from California, recently claimed that clamping a boy’s foreskin and cutting it off with a scalpel is meritorious (although, with a lucrative clinic that charges handsome fees, he would say that…)

Fortunately, as someone with 30 years experience of having a penis, I’m more than qualified to explain why it’s not OK to modify a person’s body without consent.

Peter Lloyd , author of Stand by Your Manhood, says infant circumcision a multi-million pound industry shrouded in misinformation, monetary gain and foreskin folklore

The first circumcision is thought to have happened in Egypt centuries ago and, since then, has been performed for religious reasons across the Middle East – but it only became popular in the West during the nineteenth century when Victorian kill-joys wanted to discourage people from masturbating.

Not to put you off your breakfast, but one of the biggest advocates was Michigan physician Dr John Harvey Kellogg – yep, the man behind your corn flakes.

A medical practitioner and businessman, he also doubled as a sex prude.

Not content with his own monastic life, he also wanted to discourage everybody else from pleasure too, so suggested young girls receive a dab of carbolic acid to the clitoris while boys have the hoods of their foreskins cut off.

Both methods were designed with one specific, leg-crossing aim: to tame lust in the young.

Fortunately, the former didn’t catch on – but the latter did…and has now become a multi-million-pound industry shrouded in misinformation, monetary gain and foreskin folklore.

So, to combat this here’s a definitive, six-point reality-check on circumcision:

1) THE BODY HAS FORESKIN FOR A REASON

IntactAmerica – a leading voice of the rising ‘intactivist’ movement – note that ‘the foreskin is a normal, sensitive, and useful body part.

In infant boys, it serves a protective function, and throughout a man’s life, it keeps the glans moist, shields it from injury, and enhances sexual pleasure.

‘By crushing and severing the foreskin, you damage the healthy penis, cause unnecessary pain and bleeding, create a risk of infection and complications, and permanently remove viable erogenous tissue.’

In fact, the foreskin has a whopping 16 functions. These include:

  • Providing bacteriostatic action around the head (inhibits bacterial growth)
  • Protecting the nerves to keep the penis sensitive during sex (where the foreskin also acts as a rolling device – otherwise thrusting would hurt more and feel a bit pinched),
  • Distributing natural lubricants
  • Storing pheromones for releases on arousal – making us more attractive to our other halves on a chemical level –
  • Acting as a sleeping bag for the shaft, keeping it safe and warm

Besides, if we didn’t need it, evolution would’ve got rid by now.

Oh, and no professional medical association in the world recommends routine circumcision, so there.

2) CIRCUMCISION CAN CAUSE PERMANENT INJURY AND INFANT DEATH

More worryingly, boys who have their foreskin removed often suffer complications – some of which are not revealed until the victim is sexually mature.

Sadly, an additional 117 babies are estimated to die from botched procedures in the US alone, each year.

In September 2012, a two-week-old infant died at a Brooklyn hospital after contracting herpes through a circumcision ritual called metzitzah b’peh, which involves the bleeding foreskin coming into contact with the mouth of the mohel, who sucks it dry.

In November 2012, Manchester Crown Court heard how a four-week-old boy bled to death after a DIY home circumcision went wrong. Nurse Grace Adeleye was paid £100 to carry out the procedure, using only scissors, forceps and olive oil, at the family home in Chadderton. Adeleye was later found guilty of manslaughter by gross negligence.

Likewise, Californian baby Brayden Tyler Frazier died in 2013. The newborn child, who was only a few days old, suffered serious complications as a result of the procedure and died from his injuries on 8 March. Ironically, his death coincided with International Women’s Day.

3) IT’S SEXIST TO DIFFERENTIATE BETWEEN FGM & MGM

One look in the comments section of Dr Turek’s article shows a huge empathy gap – and utter contempt for anyone who tries to align the issues.

Laws across the West rightly prohibit girls from undergoing FGM, but the same protection isn’t extended to boys.

Even the NSPCC, Save the Children and Barnado’s have no initiative to protect boys. Of course, gender warriors justify this by claiming one is about hygiene and the other the oppression of women, but is there actually a link between male circumcision and FGM?

‘Oh, there’s absolutely a comparison,’ says Rebecca Wald, creator of Jewish campaign group Beyond The Bris, which advocates against boy-cutting.

‘There’s a continuum of FGM [female genital mutilation] and the equivalent of male circumcision is definitely on there, whether people like it or not. Some forms of FGM are just a pin-prick, which is obviously still bad, but it’s nowhere near as terrible as complete foreskin removal. The whole thing has become political.

‘As a mother, I’m amazed that there are people dedicated to saving girls’ genital integrity who couldn’t care less about boys’. It’s definitely a men’s rights issue. One hundred per cent.’

Interestingly, she also sees it as a woman’s issue.

‘Most of my audience are women,’ she adds. ‘Which is interesting, because it’s a son’s mother who hands him over to be operated on in the first place. Her boy is taken with her full consent, when – like a lioness – she should be opposing it. But where are the feminists?’

Jonathon Conte, a Californian campaigner who’s also part of a radical new generation of anti-cutting activists across the USA, agrees.

‘Regardless of the sex of the victim, a healthy individual being restrained without their consent and having their genitals removed is a violation.

In its purest form the removal of the prepuce, which is the same structure anatomically in men and women, it’s entirely an analogous procedure.

Besides, we shouldn’t be arguing about what’s better or worse. It shouldn’t be a competition of suffering, everybody has the right to grow up with their whole body.

‘As an adult if you want to have a body modification – a tattoo, a piercing, cosmetic surgery or circumcision – great, go for it, but children aren’t property.’

4) UNCIRCUMCISED MEN ARE NOT DIRTY 

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Perhaps one reason for the on-going tolerance of male circumcision is the hygiene excuse.

The World Health Organization says circumcised boys help reduce the risk of heterosexually-acquired HIV infection by 60 per cent. But, last time I checked, baby boys weren’t having sex.

And, anyway, when that time eventually does come there’s always a condom.

Besides, if circumcision prevented HIV so much, why is America still a nation with high transmission rates? In 2011, 49,273 people were diagnosed with HIV in the United States. In that same year, more than 32,000 people had full-blown AIDS.

More importantly, let me reiterate what any sane person already knows: rolling a foreskin back in the shower is not rocket science. Mother Nature is smart and knows exactly what she’s doing.

And while Dr Turak asserts that circumcision can help prevent penile cancer, a simpler solution is surely to offer all young men the HPV vaccine – something that’s currently only given to women.

Job done.

5) BOY-CUTTING OFTEN CAUSES PSYCHOLOGICAL DAMAGE 

The appropriately named Catherine Hood, a counsellor from the Institute of Psychosexual Medicine, knows about the mental scarring, too.

She sees many men who are angry about having been circumcised as a boy – and explains that they experience feelings of invasion, self-loathing and shame.

‘The issues that men are angry about are very individual,’ she says from her clinic in LA.

‘But often they are angry with the fact they’ve had the procedure and this can lead to a sense of loss or of being different to the other men.

‘This can cause a drop in sexual confidence, avoidance of relationships, or I have seen one man who felt he had reduced sensation and so didn’t enjoy sex as much as a result.

‘Obviously, parents make the decision to get their children circumcised, and the child doesn’t have a say. If the child then grows up with any grievance against their parent, then this is an obvious focus.’

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6) THE CIRCUMCISION INDUSTRY THRIVES BECAUSE IT GENERATES MILLIONS

In addition to the fee for private procedures (of which there are more than a million US cases each year), there are the people who make money off the tools used – the clamps, the boards used to strap down the children, the cutting utensils and the anaesthetic.

On top of that, there’s the tissue-harvesting industry, where a number of companies make a profit on neonatal foreskin. The tissue, after amputation, is sold to biotech companies and it’s used for skin grafts, burn victims, diabetic patients, scientific research and anti-wrinkle cream.

‘It’s a huge multi-million-dollar industry, so there’s a lot of financial incentive to keep the circumcision train rolling,’ adds Jonathan Conte.

‘There are many people who are making a lot of money when it happens, who would make no money if it didn’t. Forget human rights, it’s all about the mighty dollar.’

Which begs the question: is there a hidden financial reason why we’re encouraged to cut our sons? Is this just a cash-generator – straight from his pants? The answer, with the exception of medically-correcting phimosis in consenting adults, is always yes.

Meaning practitioners and parents should cut it out, not off.

Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-3471852/Six-reasons-NEVER-allow-son-circumcised.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490

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