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Famous men who resent/ed being circumcised

 

We often hear "I've never heard of a man complaining about being circumcised!" Send them here and they won't be able to say that again.

 

Contents
Others
  • A poll at Burning Man 2011
  • Not forced, so no resentment, but regrets

In roughly chronological order:

A E Housman
A. E. Housman, poet
A Shropshire Lad
When shall I be dead and rid
of the wrong my father did?

Housman and his brothers were circumcised in 1873, when Alfred was 14, at the command of his father, who had recently remarried. His brothers "made open complaint...of the ill-treatment which had befallen them" according to his sister. Housman's own reaction is not recorded, but several facts are suggestive. His poetry is preoccupied with "lads" (who would virtually all have been intact) and their death by violence, he was fascinated by Greek and Roman antiquities, especially nude male statues, his work was the restoration of incomplete and mutilated texts, and he told an enquirer his poetry was the result of a physical condition.

Graves, Richard, "A. E. Housman: The scholar poet" 1979, London, Routledge & Kegan Paul (pp 21, 253)

 

John Maynard Keynes - TIME cover
John Maynard Keynes
Economist

Sir Geoffrey Langdon Keynes
Sir Geoffrey Langdon Keynes
Surgeon, scholar, bibliophile

Both were circumcised in childhood (Geoffrey at three; if at
the same time, Maynard was seven) to stop them from masturbating.
Geoffrey never forgave their parents.

- R. Darby, A Surgical Temptation, p 298

 

Frank Capra
Frank Capra
Film director

The FIRST CUT IS THE DEEPEST

While in his early twenties [~1920], Capra contacted a raging case of gonorrhoea after a one-night stand with a woman he met at a party in San Francisco. He sought treatment at an underground "clap-shack" and appeared to have the problem under control until - wham! - another anonymous sexual encounter left him with with a maddeningly itchy penis once more. This time, the quack doctor Capra consulted suggested a radical remedy: adult circumcision.

"This guy wants to make a Jew out of me," Capra groused to a friend, before agreeing to undergo the procedure, which was conducted in a makeshift operating room with a shot of alcohol as the anesthetic. To Capra's dismay, the make-believe mohel proved a little too aggressive with the scalpel, removing not only his foreskin but every inch of flesh around the head of his phallus. [De-gloving]

"The son of a bitch cut everything off!" Capra later wailed. The operation left Capra hunched over in agony, bleeding into a rag -- and sexually crippled for the rest of his life.

"That finished women for me," he later admitted. "It practically wrecked my life." As a consequence of the botched surgical procedure, Capra had to endure excruciating pain with every erection.

He also ejaculated prematurely. "I became a lousy lay," the director confessed. "I just go in and bang bang bang - there it goes. I can't hold back. No woman likes to be fondled and then have somebody squirt all over her."

Over the years, Capra consulted numerous doctors to try and overcome his sexual dysfunction. With some effort (and the saintlike presence of his second wife, Lucille) he was finally able to become "Master of his domain" so to speak.

"I finally learned how to do it and hold back," he said. "It took a lot of brainwork." By the time he was in his late eighties, he declared himself cured, telling interviewers that he never failed to perform in the bedroom. Better late than never.

- Robert Schnakenberg, Secret LIves of Great Filmmakers,
(Quirk Books, 2010), p51

 

Alan Turing
Alan Matheson Turing, mathematician
The Computer
Enigma

Alan told his friend [Fred Clayton] how much he resented having being circumcised, and also of his earliest memories of playing with the gardener's boy..., which he thought had perhaps decided his sexual pattern.

Source: Alan Turing: the Enigma of Intelligence
by Andrew Hodges, p. 77
Hodges maintains an extensive Turing homepage

 

W H Auden
W. H. Auden, poet
Stop all the Clocks

At the age of seven, in 1914, about the time that he went to boarding school and his father went away to war, he was circumcised. ... Auden's operation remained an unpleasant memory.

Auden by R. Davenport-Hines, p31

 

 

Rock Hudson
Rock Hudson, actor
Pillow Talk
Magnificent Obsession

Marc Christian
And his last lover,
Marc Christian

Source: second-hand personal communication

 

 

James K. Baxter
James K. Baxter, poet (New Zealand), 1926-72

Not too far from the Leith water
My mother saw the mandrake grow
And pulled it. A professor's daughter,
She told me some time after how
She had been frightened by a cow
So that the birth-sac broke too soon
And on the twenty-ninth of June
Prematurely I looked at the walls
And yelled. The Plunket nurse ran in
To scissor off my valued foreskin,
But one thing staggered that grimalkin:
Poets are born with three balls.

Letter to Robert Burns (1963)

 

JFK at Harvard
John F. Kennedy

JFK was circumcised for "tight foreskin problems" (that is, unnecessarily) at the age of 21 in the Mayo Clinic in February 1938 while he was a student at Harvard.

Although he wrote to his gay confidante and roommate K. LeMoyne ("Lem") Billings,

"... as for your rather unnatural interest in my becoming circumsized [sic], J.J. has never been in better shape or doing better service"

- JFK: Reckless Youth by Nigel Hamilton

this is put in context by a more detailed comment:

"When you're circumcised at a much later age like that, you think of it as a kind of castration, a threat to manhood, so you have to keep on proving 'IT' is o.k. by any means possible."

- The Kennedys in Hollywood by Lawrence J. Quirk

...suggesting that if JFK had had a more foreskin-friendly doctor, Marilyn Monroe might have gone on to become a distinguished old character actress like Katherine Hepburn.

 

Joseph Kallinger
Joseph Kallinger, "the Shoemaker"

At the age of six, Joseph Kallinger, an abandoned orphan later taken in by a Catholic couple in Philadelphia, had to go into hospital for a hernia operation. When he came home his father Stephen, a poor German immigrant working as a shoemaker, explained what the doctor had done.

'He fixed your hernia ... but he also fixed ... your little bird.'
In the Kallinger home, 'bird' was the euphemism for penis.
'What's wrong with my little bird?' Joe asked.
'An evil spirit ... a demon makes your bird get hard and stick out so you do bad things with it. Then your soul goes to the Devil when you die ... but you won't have no demon, because your bird will always be small, small, small!'

- Christiane Olivier
Jocasta's Children: The Imprint of the Mother
Routledge, London and NY, 1989

For the rest of his life Joseph Kallinger ... was to suffer ... violent, overwhelming anxieties about the size and performance of his penis, with recurring episodes of impotence. ... the terror, and the rage against the terror, of being a 'No-Dick' set Kallinger's feet on the trail of the series of hideous sexual murders with which 'The Shoemaker' terrorised a 1960s America drunk on dreams of peace and love.

- Rosiland Miles, The Rites of Man p 42

 

Jacques Derrida
Jacques Derrida, philosopher
1930-2004

This post-modernist writes with stupefying obscurity, but phrases in "Circumfession", his long footnote to Geoffrey Bennington's Jacques Derrida, such as -

...this per­fumed water attenuates the pain which I suppose to be nil and infinite, and I can still feel it, the phantom burning, in my belly, irradiating a diffuse zone around the sex, a threat which returns every time the other is in pain...
...the crime of my circumcision...
- strongly suggest that he resented it, as does the fact that he left his sons intact, despite being Jewish.

 

Auberon Waugh
Auberon Waugh, essayist
1939- 2001

My first memory? A first memory of violence, being circumcised at the age of three. There were good medical reasons for it, of course. [Perhaps.] Nevertheless, I remember it vividly - it was very unpleasant!

- quoted in Rosiland Miles, The Rites of Man p 37

 

Dick Gregory
Dick Gregory, comedian, commentator

 

Howard Stern
Howard Stern, "Shock jock"

"... I am circumcised, and I tell you something, I despise it. I despise it. I despise it."


"... I dread [rue] the day my parents mutilated me."


"You know, my mother is so into 'natural'. Everythi- , 'The body is beautiful,' you should hear the rap. 'The body is beautiful, we should leave things natural...' So, she wouldn't get me braces. My teeth were as crooked as a four-way intersection in Washington DC, and green, and bu-bu-bu- wouldn't get me braces, My teeth were so wrecked because 'naturally the body will heal itself.' She's like a Christian Scientist. ... but the penis? Right out the window!"


"I am completely pissed off that I'm circumcised."


"I know my penis was mutilated and I called my mother ... I said to my mother the other night, 'I'm really freaked out by this circumcision thing.' I think that I was mutilated. I think my penis would have a lot more sensitivity. ... I'm talkin' to my mother and I said, 'Why did you have me circumcised, exactly?'

"She goes 'You know, at the time I didn't even know why. They took my baby from me and they said you know, "This is something you gotta do."'... caught up in the whole tradition, cause my, y'know, my father was was like, 'Hey, he's gotta be circumcised, he's gotta look like me.'

"And my mother goes, 'I just remember being so out of it that, I knew it was the wrong thing, I knew it shouldn't be done, somewhere in the back of my mind, but how dare I buck the system?' I go 'Well Gee! You're such a loudmouth on everything else, why weren't you a loudmouth on this?'"

[While Stern's heart is in the right place, his facts are often astray, especially figures.]

Adapted from the Howard Stern fan site www.marksfriggin.com:


Genital Crab And Other STD Discussions. September 4, 2003. 7:50am

A listener called in and said he had had genital crabs at one time and they were embedded in his foreskin. He claimed that he had to be circumcised because of it. [Isn't he lucky the crabs weren't embedded in his scrotum! Crabs (pubic lice, P[h]thirus pubis) infest only hairy parts of the body, not the foreskin: the call may have been a hoax.] He was only 19 years old at the time. Since he had had sex both before and after his circumcision, Howard asked him which was better. The man told Howard that sex was better after being circumcised. Howard was surprised to hear that, because he thought it would be better with the extra skin [not actually extra - standard equipment]. Howard bailed out on that call and said he didn't want to hear any more about that stuff. He took a break shortly after that.

 

Wink Musselman
Wink Musselman, Comedian/musician

"I may have foreskin-reattachment surgery.
I’ll either come back as a woman
or with my foreskin reattached."

Interview in OCWeekly

 

A reader and the editor of "Blueboy" magazine

Dear Chuck and Chip and Gang:
   I have a circumcised cock and I could kill my parents and their parish priest at the time for cutting my foreskin without asking me....
   George G.
   New York


Dear George:
   I happen to feel the same way you do. I am Catholic and curious as to how many inches I lost in that hospital back in the 30s....
    _C[huck] E[dwards]

- Blueboy, September 1994

The Catholic Church condemns circumcision.

 

Andrew Tavani
Boston Metro columnist and bloggerAndrew Tavani

I lament the circumcision of my foreskin. A circumcision removes about 70 percent of genital nerve endings. That sounds like a party in my pants. There is no telling what lingering psychological effects I’ve suffered as a result of the pain experienced during my neonatal circumcision.

It’s vexing that the medical community allows the removal of a body part we could actually find useful. Why not circumcise my appendix at birth instead of my foreskin? My appendix could potentially kill me one day if it bursts and I don’t receive medical attention swiftly.

My foreskin posed no such diabolical threat. ... I say, save the foreskins.

Boston Metro March 1, 2006 or Alternavision, Feb 22, 2006

 

Ben Affleck
Ben Affleck
Headline about Ben Affleck's ''anti-circumcision rant''

Ben Affleck was reportedly circumcised after suffering an injury. Jon Stewart brought it up briefly on the Daily Show of September 19, 2006 (4'45" in), and Affleck said,

"I hate the circumcisions! Get enough in me, and I'll tell you how much I hate them!" (5'20")

 

Brad Roberts
Brad Roberts
former lead singer of the Crash Test Dummies

In one of his pieces, called
"Another poem, entitled 'Circumcision,' is read"
he discusses the realization that he is missing something.

 

 

I can testify to the truth of the sentiments expressed in this recording, having been circumcised, unnecessarily (if I knew then...) at the age of 16, 26 years ago, following bad advice from an ignorant doctor and surgeon. The sensations possible with a foreskin are widely varying, intensely exciting, deeply satisfying and exquisite, just as nature intended. Without a foreskin? sex is dull, uncompelling, disappointing, and frankly, hardly worth the effort. Circumcision is a damaging mutilation.

- bjpitts on the same Youtube, 2009

 

Lincoln Kirstein
Poet, dancer and impressario Lincoln Kirstein

- photo by George Platt Lynes

Louis Kirstein, deciding his first born son should be circumcised, calls in the family doctor instead of the traditional mohel, to carry out the procedure, but after botching the job, "septicemia set in, and Lincoln nearly dies.["] To save him, the sweat glands in his groin were surgically removed, leaving physical and psychological scars, locker-room concealments, and castration nightmares that would haunt Lincoln into adolescence.

- Gay City News, 17 May, 2007

 


Christopher (not "Chris") Hitchens (2'40" in)
"I still sometimes brood on the missing bits." (3'20")

 

 

Tom Leykis
Tom Leykis

 

Caller: Ok, so, I'm calling because I have a newborn ... what is your opinion on circumcision?

Tom: My opinion is ... I think that people should get to decide that stuff for themselves.

Caller: That's what I said.

Tom: It shouldn't be decided by rabbis, or the family, or anybody else... I think it's barbaric.

...

Tom: Isn't there something kinky... everybody wants to know about your baby's penis? I mean what is that?

Caller: I don't know, and they're like "Well he can get infections" and all this other stuff, but,

Tom (disdainfully): Oh come on, you can get infections...

Caller: yeah, but I heard that, um, if you get em circumcised it takes off length and like uh, ten percent of the feeling when they get older so, but they're, they're like all,

Tom: I have no idea what I'm missing, I know. I'd rather have found out for myself, you know what?

Caller: Yeah.

Tom: You know what, if I would have had a couple extra infections over the years but it felt better? Would have been worth it.

- the Tom Leykis Show, open phones, March 11, 2005

 


Jason Paige
Blood Sweat and Tears lead singer

 

Erik Rhodes

Porn actor Erik Rhodes

 

His blog:

Erik Rhodes: "A Romance with Misery"

Anonymous asked
Hi Erik have you lost sensitivity since you got circumcised ? I read that you regret it, why is that ?

...

First off, Everyone was complaining saying it looked deformed and well… it was. The first doctor that did it, really f***ed it up… he, after months of leading me along saying that i had extra swelling… finally admitted he messed it up saying he would correct it and that “he was sorry”… Really, your sorry? Who wants to hear i’m sorry from the doctor who’s performing surgery on your penis? I swear, in my eyes, its as bad as a surgeon saying sorry that he f***ed up your face…

anyways, after losing sleep about this a**hole doing surgery on my dick again, i said to myself there is no way in hell that i could let the same guy who did this to me… try it again… i mean what if he messed up worse? So after doing 3 movies with my jacked up dick… i finally had a better surgeon do the correction. Which included having to cut my nut sack open and resetting where it hung… what fun.

So to answer the question, after getting all that out… yes i do regret it. I should have just looked for other options before letting some crazy a**hole take a knife to my dick and yes i have lost sensitivity. Its just not the same. Granted… it looks so much better now… as in after the second time around. Uncut cock is hot and i wish it was still intact.

...

 


Columnist/blogger Andrew Sullivan

Andrew Sullivan: ''One of the greatest bodily regrets of my life...''

The Dish, August 6, 2014

(He seems to have no empathy for men born into Jewish or Muslim families, who, like him, may resent being circumcised. The problem with his proposal (2:33) to allow a religious exemption for infant circumcision is that any parent can define any belief they happen to have as "religious". His proposal (2:53) that religious circumcision be publicly funded is a clear breach of the First Amendment to the US Constitution.)

 

Russell Means
Russell Means (Oglala/Lakota Sioux)
Activist and actor (Last of the Mohicans)

In his autobiography Where White Men Fear to Tread,
he tells how he was circumcised against his grandparents' will
during a tonsilectomy. His attitude changed from novelty
at age 6 to resentment as an adult.

 

Daniel Tosh
Daniel Tosh
Comedian

Just for the record ... I always wished that I wasn't circumcised.

Tosh.0, March 11, 2014 (not viewable in all countries)

 


Brian O'Gorman
Standup comedian

I'm not Jewish and I'm circumcised. That's a theft. I want it back. (3:18)

 


Billy Joel
musician

"I got the, ah, 'snip', and I had nothing to say about that. And I'm still a little pissed off about that, actually. They should have asked first." (3:07)

In the song "So Long, Reverend Ike" he sings to "Rabbi Gold" (at 1:03), "My circumcision grieves me".

 


 

What some other men have said:

 

In its original context, with comments

 

 

In its original context, with comments

 

 

  • I think I could have accepted a deformity that was an accident of nature, but I can’t accept that someone did that to me.
  • The fact that other boys were circumcised too never made me feel any better.
  • I used to think there were 2 kinds of boys: circumcised boys like me and real boys.
  • I was circumcised when I was a year old. I remember my foreskin. I want my foreskin back.
  • My feelings about the doctor who circumcised me are too violent to describe.
  • What circumcision did to my body is bad enough, but what it did to my mind is worse.
  • I was just a baby - I couldn’t stop them.
  • [10.] There's a story by Harlan Ellison with a title that exactly conveys my feelings about having been circumcised. It's: ‘I Have No Mouth And I Must Scream
  • I feel like half a man.
  • I have revenge fantasies about circumcision.
  • I have resented my circumcision ever since I saw my first intact friend when I was 5 or 6.
  • It cast a pall over my entire life.
  • It's a life sentence at birth.
  • I want to kill the doctor who circumcised me.
  • I have never been able to accept the fact that someone cut part of my penis off when I was a baby. The sheer monstrousness of it haunts every waking moment of my life. Sometimes I think I'm beginning to make some sort of adjustment to it, but then I see an unmutilated man in a magazine or shower and I become overwhelmed by uncontrollable feelings of outrage and disbelief that I was made the victim for life of something so sick. Sometimes I feel I'm at the edge of madness and just can't handle it.
  • I think of myself and other circumcised men as amputees.
  • I feel as if part of me had been murdered.
  • [#20.] Fear, pain, crippling, disfigurement and humiliation are the classic ways to break the human spirit. Circumcision includes them all.

- from Circumcision, what it does by Billy Ray Boyd

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To: circumcision_pro_or_con@yahoogroups.com
From: "philip"
Date sent: Tue, 28 Oct 2003 16:22:24 -0000
Subject: [circumcision_pro_or_con] ruined
Send reply to: circumcision_pro_or_con@yahoogroups.com

i was cut right after my 13th birthday before then i was proud of my uncut dic but was told by my Mom and Doctor how much better it would be to be cutwhat a LIE!  Now it is so ugly that i am ashamed to let anyone see it and there is almost not feelings in it anymore most times i cant even jack off for the skin is so tight and doesnt move at all and i go soft from the lack of feelings.  And the pain i suffered while it heal was almost embarable for weeks it hurt the head was so tender and hurt for so long from rubbing my briefs then the head peeled so bad as it dried out that it left sores it was horrible i hate my Doctor and Mom and always will for ever for what they did to me!

 

US News
December 19, 2007

Circumcision

Posted by Benjamin in Addiction

I am against circumcision because I was not circumcised until I was 45. They said I needed it for medical reasons. If I had it to do over I’d tell them to go to hell. I lost so much sensitivity it’s almost unbelievable. No one should do this to anyone unless there is no other way to fix the problem. An if there is no problem it should never be done. To me it is child abuse to circumcise a child for no real reason.

 

breastimus onYoutube, May 24, 2009

100% DONT CUT IT! I am polish/European and was born uncut. I moved to USA when I was 2 and felt different from other boys. I didn't like having foreskin so when I was 18 I got cut because I couldn't [bear] the insecurity. I'm no[w] 26 and TOTALLY regret doing it. I lost SOO much sensitivity. There is NO need to cut your foreskin. It's not JUST a piece of skin. It PROTECTS the penis. My girl and I are NOW expecting a baby boy and we are DEFINITELY NOT CIRCUMCISING!

 

Posted by gunner777 on Dallas Morning Views blog @ 8:56 PM Tue, Aug 18, 2009

At the age of 21 I allowed the US military to talk me into getting circumcised. It would prevent disease, they said, and I would be cleaner, which the girls would enjoy (not much clearer than that) and such.

What they didn't tell me was that intercourse would never be quite as enjoyable, that the reduction in sensation while excited would make the area feel almost numb compared to before, and that the increase in sensation when flaccid would lead to make the rest of life uncomfortable.

I still wish I had my foreskin back.

 

cirecire90 Wrote 6 months ago [February 2009]

i m jealous...i m cut n really m mad at my parents 4 having me circumsized...

Comment on an X-tube video of a man masturbating using only his foreskin (NSFW, of course)

 

My penis was butchered at birth and I resent it. Wait until men are 18 and let them make their own decision. Otherwise this constitutes forced genital mutilation. How did this barbaric religious practice spread to the general population?

Dave D. Wisconsin in the New York Times, August 24th, 2009 9:19 am

 

These gay men ...

queerty "If circumcision halves the risk..."

No. 17 · Jesse
... I myself was originally not circumcised but when I was 12 I slowly began experiencing Phimosis, the closing of the foreskin, my parents ignored it even though I kept telling them I wanted to see a doctor about ti and it wasn't until I was 14 when it began to become difficult to urinate that I finally got to see a urologist, who told me before even looking at the problem that the ONLY way to fix it was circumcision, so I got circumcised and it was a terrible experience, especially since I was going through puberty, imagine having to avoid getting an erection because it would cause the stitches to dig into your penis, AND YOU'RE 14! The age when anything will cause an erection.

It was only after I finally recovered that I learned there actually WERE other ways to stop Phimosis and that my urologist had LIED to me! In order to push a surgery I didn't need.

And being one of the few people that can remember having foreskin and now doesn't have it, I REALLY miss my foreskin, it is terrible not having it, I lost 2 inches!

Posted: Aug 24, 2009 at 2:57 pm

No. 29 · unimac
I wish my parents never had me circumcised. I didn't care about it until a few years after I started becoming sexually active, and then it hit me like a brick wall…the fact that I had something removed from me, surgically, and that it has happened to millions of other men without their consent. I thought about it a lot and became upset about it. It is a serious problem and indicative, i think, of an obscene medical system.

Posted: Aug 24, 2009 at 4:10 pm

No. 49 · Jeff K.

If being cut reduced sensation all that much we'd have all these cut men screaming "I can't cum."

I can't. At least not during normal sex. Only while masturbating. I was hoping to leave that detail out, but oh well. :/

Posted: Aug 24, 2009 at 6:32 pm

[#30.] No. 51 · Nobody
F*** no. It's my body and I'm still annoyed that my parents had the audacity to cut off part of my dick.

Posted: Aug 24, 2009 at 6:47 pm

No. 52 · Shawn
@Nobody: I agree, but I more mad at the doctor than my parents

Posted: Aug 24, 2009 at 6:58 pm

No. 66 · Mark
My boyfriend is cut. No, he (unlike the other, uncut ones) cannot come unless with his own deathgrip, and yes, it was a very traumatic procedure for him.

Nobody in their right mind should be advocating circumcision especially in the industrialised world.

Posted: Aug 25, 2009 at 1:40 am


queerty "Even if circumcision helps..."

No. 23 · David

Circumcision whether male or female is a fucking disgrace..
The fact this bronze age bullshit still occurs is utterly disgusting..
I'm furious with my parents for doing it to me as a child..

Posted: Jul 28, 2010 at 1:56 pm

No. 24 · Whoddafunk?

I agree with you David, circumcision is genital mutilation and I wish more people would talk openly about this. When I asked my parents why they circumcised me they didn't want to talk about it and they said it was just what is done. I couldn't believe they would just do something for that reason without thinking about it more deeply, and I couldn't believe how nervous they got when it was brought up. That they would do something to their child that they can't even talk about or justify without getting really nervous is crazy....

Posted: Jul 28, 2010 at 2:10 pm

 

I certainly have enjoyed my share of foreskins, don't like the look of scars on cocks and regret the fact that I have to wrap the head of my un[?]cut penis in silk or some other supersoft material to protect it during sweaty physical activity. Despite the callouses developed on the glans of an uncut [sic a cut?] penis, my head gets irritated very easily, on into pain, making it difficult to ride a bike or run. So yeah, I have been a bit annoyed at my parents.

- ps on homosuperior’s posterous August 29, 2009

 

If I’m going to bare any scarred or partially-amputated body part in the gym shower, it should be because it had to be done for medical reasons or because it was my choice. My penis is no different in this regard. I don’t want my cockhead permanently exposed to strangers because some religion told my parents how much of my penis I could keep or because I was unlucky enough to be born in some country where boys go through surgery to lose half their penis skin “to fit in”. That’s beyond crazy. Males who get penis plastic surgery at birth will never know what it’s like to be a whole man in control of his own body. For me, that control was ceded by proxy during my first week of life. From then on, I’m just a slave; I’m living someone else’s idea of how I should explore my body, develop and enjoy sex.

Worse than that, it’s taboo to complain that my (unnecessary) penis scar is crooked, or that I lost so much skin that my erections hurt, or that my penis bends because my circumcision is lopsided. Skin bridges? "Live with it." Hardened lymph fluid, fistula, cold glans? "Live with it." Meatal stenosis? "Everyone’s got it, it’s normal. Shut up."

Listen up: It’s my penis and I’ll decide how much of it I’ll keep. I’ll decide what’s “beautiful”. I’ll decide what’s clean. I’ll decide how safe to keep it from disease and especially from anyone’s scalpel. Yeah, I’m angry that doctors and my parents are too brainwashed to understand all this, but I’m really pissed off that the law doesn’t spare them from having an ethical dilemma. It sure stopped anyone from even wondering whether to cut my sister.

...I don’t feel I’m cleaner, or more attractive, or more normal for having been put through this surgery. All I really feel is that I’m permanently branded, like a steer.

- John, from Washington, DC

 

I was circumcised as an infant, and as an adult I feel both violated and mutilated. Not a day passes in which I fail to contemplate the fact that my genitals were modified in a way that I did not consent to nor could control - when I did not suffer from any medical issues whatsoever.

Neil Dustan, Canada on the Petition to the CDC, November 22, 2009

 

My penis was mutilated without my consent when I was a baby. Like many thoushands of men, I suffer pain as an adult from this horrific act...

Trevor on Student Life (Washington University), December 2, 2009

 

I have had nothing but grief from being circumcised at 14 days of age for no medical issue whatsoever. ... Due to the constant discomfort and irritation of having an exposed glans I am forced to pull the shaft skin forward over the glans and taping up with medical tape every day just to get relief and feel normal. ... To this day I find it difficult not to boil over with anger over the injustice of this inhumane, cruel and barbaric procedure.

Jack Mister on GlobalPost, December 2, 2009

#40

Having been so tortured in 1950, I am only lately coming to grips with the induced PTSD. My sexual feeling has so blunted that sex is a chore now rather than a joy.

Michael Laakso, Washington on petition to the AAP (#914) December 6, 2009

 

I was not given a choice. Nobody asked if it was alright to disfigure me.

Joseph Rissetto, California on petition to the AAP (# 2,158) December 21, 2009

 

I had phimosis, and was circumcised at the age of 11. ... I never got a choice as far as how I wanted it to look. Years later, when I read about the condition online, and realized that removal of the entire foreskin was not necessary… well… needless to say, I got very bitter.

- Al on Butt magazine January 6, 2010

 

I really don't understand how doctors can do this and sleep at night. First do no harm! Then again the ... doctor that amputated my glands did not even apologize. He also did not have parental consent. He was sent here in the early 60's to civilize the Hillbillys by Uncle Sam. I am sure he is in Hell now. Being that he died before I reached 18 and brought suit against the bastard.

coalbear_1 on MSNBC Newsvine, January 16, 2010

 

No evidence of psychological trauma?? That is only because they weren't looking.

If they knew the rage that I have for my mutilator runs so deep that I would willingly "return the favor to him" in the way he did me they might change their mind.

lochinvar00465 on YouTube September 2010

 

I had a medical circumcision when I was 18, and I can report that there IS a difference. Afterwards I was really pissed off because at the time they offered me a new procedure where they just make a cut in the skin rather than hacking it all off.? Being totally ignorant I turned it down thinking it would be good to have shot of it. If I'd known that I'd be left with scar tissue and the end of my knob less sensitive, I would have taken it. But they never told me anything about that.

Dangerman5 on YouTube February 1, 2010

 

My mother was advised to circumcise. The procedure was botched according to a distressed nurse in attendance. I am over 60 and have virtually no sensation in my penis. I have no sensation during masturbation and sexual penetration and have never ejaculated while conscious. I still have occasional wet dreams. I am married to an understanding wife, we find other ways for affection.

Would some circumcision advocates please reply and explain why my circumcision was the right thing to do.

Bill on Marketing by Permission blog, February 6, 2010

 

I do have a circumcision. I hate whoever did this to me. It's spilled milk, though, I realize. You say that I'll never know unless I have a circumcision. Well because I do, I can attest to bleeding and complete destruction of sensitive nerve endings in the glans. Yes, even a chunk of my glans was taken along with the foreskin. I can't feel nearly as much as my husband. What else am I missing? I can only imagine.

Just so you know... I was circumcised and then abandoned to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. How is that for child abuse? How is that for "cut and run", huh?

What do you say for people like me? What sort of rationalization do you have for children who had body parts sacrificed to god or the gods of the medical establishment?

Where was my consent form? Where are my rights for bodily integrity? I will say this again:

At birth in the United States, I had less rights than dogs in Switzerland. At birth in the United States, I had less rights than dead bodies here. At birth in the United States, I had less rights than girls at birth.

The allowance of circumcision in the United States for parents' whim is sexist, ageist and places the rights of dead bodies higher than my rights at birth. Where is the outrage? My body, my rights!

nhguy78 of Hudson, NH, on Rant/Rave February 21, 2010

 

to be honest the whole circumcision thing has gotten me paranoid and scared, I would never put my childern through something like that. my parents were very nieve for having me circumcised because they thought it was better for me but in the long run it left me with a skinbridge and im still goin through hell because of it!

jjtiojohn12 on YouTube, March 2010

 

Okay, circumcision is bad i was circumcised at birth and after reading this article and many others i feel like a lost arm at birth. i have never felt the foreskin i am starting the restoration process but you lose so many advantages being circumcised. I now hate my parents for removing part of my body a very important part may i say. When i have kids if the woman wants to circumcise the kids i will say fuck her and ask for a divorce.

in teenage years (hitting puberty) i felt lots of discomfort in becoming erect and i ask some of my friends if they had the same problem i found out that only the ones with a circumcised penis had them and they reported occasional bleeding as well.

and so i think F@#$ MY PARENTS FOR CIRCUMCISING ME!!!!!

joe on Mark's Daily Apple March 31, 2010

#50

i am extremely pissed off that my mom forced me to get a circumcision. ignoring the obvious pain that i had to endure as a goddamn infant (seriously. i dare you to watch a video of a circumcision all the way through), and all the sexual pleasure i'm going to miss out on, i can't believe she'd put me through a barbaric ritual that is purely religious.

- poptart2nd on HealthKicker, April 13, 2010

 

Since my brainwashed parents were obedient, and my jackass doctor didn't start the cut where he ended it, I have a weird "red storm of jupiter" where he tried to change course on my penis. Thank you doc. I will never know what it's like to have the normal, natural penis I was born with. Idiots.

hotblack on Scientific American, April 24, 2010

 

After I received this torture, I apparently rejected my mother and my parents had a difficult time finding a replacement for her milk. Then I was so stressed out that it took extra years before I stopped bed-wetting. The result was to make me a more inward-looking, less emotional kind of person than I would have liked to be.

I am sure that I would have been a different person if I had not been circumsized.

Trowbridge H. Ford on The Local (Sweden), April 29, 2010

 

I am a circumcised male and I have suffered for years as a result of a decision my parents made.

This video is very significant and deserves more publicity.

lilwing89 on YouTube, April 2010

 

Be allowed? - no
If I had a son... no!!
I've done enough reading that this whole thing with circumcision is barbaric. I am jealous of guys that are still fully intact.

jayessence on Vorpal's Live Journal May 4, 2010

 

I don’t buy that line that male circumcision is harmless, because my Bris resulted in some pretty severe damage. I have a large irregular band of scar tissue, and when I was a teenager erections were painful and sometimes resulted in ripped, bleeding, skin, making the scars even worse. Ever since I was a little boy I knew something was wrong. I was told that circumcision was a good thing, without even knowing what it was – as it turns out, amputation of about half the skin of my penis. I did not ask for part of my penis to be destroyed, and I’m furious when I read clueless articles like this one that dismiss the harm with clueless chuckling. ...

Circumcised Jew on the Big Think May 8, 2010

 

I’m a man who had his foreskin removed without his consent. If this was done to me as an adult, how much money would I be entitled to and how much prison time would the perpetrator receive?

I didn’t want to be mutilated. Fuck you if you have come to terms with it and want to tell me to get over it. Fuck you. Really. That’s about all I have to say about that. Comment #145: on 05/10 at 09:30 AM

3letterjon on Pandragon May 10, 2010

 

I was born a muslim and was circumsised. I feel that I had something taken away from me, which is not natural. Nobody had the right to take something away from me.

Why don't we force kids with big noses to have plastic surgery? Humans deserve the right to choose what happens to their bodies once they are adults.

Johnny on Dutch News May 30, 2010

 

I was mutilated at birth and i deeply resent this terrible decision. Most people don’t know or even care to look but 4 out of the 5 most sensitive parts of the penis are amputated by “circumcision”, and if that wasn’t terrible enough the last remaining sensitive part “the glans” becomes “keritanized” which means that due to abrasion a substance called keratin, the same substance that forms your nails, builds up in the glans to help protect itself, further reducing pleasure. it is a crime beyond comprehension to mutilate children male or female. Lets stop this wave of mutilation. NO EXCEPTIONS.

Equa on Jersey City Independent June 11, 2010

 

By MeBrandonB on 06/16/2010 at 12:59pm

As a male-bodied individual, I am really upset that my parents made the decision to have me snipped when I was fresh out of the oven without me even having a say in the matter. I am against controlling other peoples bodies in any way. If the statistics on the health benefits of being circumcised were accurate, which I deeply doubt they are, it should still be a decision left for an adult-male to make about his own body when he is of age to safely undergo the procedure of his own free will.

mebrandonb on New York Magazine June 16, 2010

#60

Its just my luck that i was born into a jewish family. i cant even prove to them that circumcision is bad because their so brainwashed! I hate them for it. If they come out with a way to genetically regenera[t]e foreskins so its like you never even lost it ill be first in line

theb3rn7 on Medical Magazine - (Foreskin Restoration) July 12, 2010

 

fuck my parents. they said they did it to me to fit in. fuck that, likes its such a big deal to be a tiny bit different. yea i agree it might be a little more attractive to females but that is by far not a good enough reason to go through with it. not only that but as a baby it is out of your control weather it happens to you or not. thats the fucked up part. is your body and its not even your choice. its honesty fucked and i can not put into words how pissed i am

tylenator552 on Medical Magazine - (Foreskin Restoration) July 12, 2010

 

Just turned 70 – had a badly botched infant circ excessive skin removed with significant scarring and irreperable nerve damage – result left me unable to enjoy any kind of mutual sex activity – not only is it non-productive, but it is just plain painful. There has been considerable emotional damage over the years as well, plus eventually the complete estrangement from my entire family – I feel mutilated and raped – at this point, I hope I will live long enough to see the end of this monstrous practice, and the best would be to see it made totally illegal as FGM is now -

Jon on About.com - Sexuality August 25, 2010

 

I was cut as a baby and have suffered because of it…. and I’m very angry with my parents because of that decision. Sure there’s a lot of risk in life. But circumcision is NEEDLESS amputation and mutilation of a normal, healthy, functioning body part.

Chad J. Rivera on Naked Nith Socks On, August 30, 2010

 

Circumcisers are child rapists, most just don’t realize it. My mother’s OB/GYN inflicted circumcision on me, and I’m beyond PISSED about it. How does anyone except ME have the right to cut off important parts of MY penis? If you get the urge to cut up your baby, cut yourself instead.

Integrity on Naked Nith Socks On, August 30, 2010

 

Another reason why religion should be keep away from EVERYTHING! Any docter who thinks this should be done should have their profession denied by law.

Anyone who performs this should got to jail on MULTIPLE felony charges. The doctor who did this to me…I wan[t] to behead with his own damn scape[l] knife.

lonercs on Medical EMR Software September 10, 2010

Man, I wish I wasn’t circumcised. I was circumcised at birth, so I never had a choice. Now I have all these embarrassing scars. I can’t forgive my parents for doing this to me.

ignatei on Medical EMR Software September 10, 2010

I was circumcised, It has many problems, the most severe being the desensitization on the glans (penis head). Over time, after rubbing on rough fabrics in the underwear, it keratinizes, meaning a thick layer of dead cells form over it, eliminating a lot of sensitivity, and on top of that the millions of nerve endings are damaged or even destroyed.

This makes it take very difficult to do things normal men can do like masturbating and having an orgasm.

Is there any way to get my foreskin back?

CowHoofOnAHotPlate on Medical EMR Software September 10, 2010

 

I was circumcised at birth and I AM mentally scarred and resent it deeply. You only have to work out how a foreskin acts like lube during masturbation and sex to know us cut guys are missing out on a lot of pleasure for no good reason at all.

Geoff on 7 news September 20, 2010

#70

One of my best friends killed himself because he was so disturbed by being circumcise.

strivealivebrian on Moms Health September 30, 2010

 

I have got cut when i was 10 years old & i still have sleepless nights. I choose to do it as my dad said everyone has it. But my mom said if i leave pakistan then i don`t have to have it done & people die Also i will miss my dick ( i regret it ) she was right.

na163113 on Moms Health September 30, 2010

 

My mother was not in the room when I had my bris. I confronted her about it when 27 yrs old, she said she would still have done it to me even if she knew I would kvetch about it to her when I was 27. If I could have been self aware & able, I would have put the moyls head through the wall and used his instruments to cut off his genitals and ram half down his throat and the other half up his tokhus.

lyutsin21 on YouTube, September 2010

 

It would be a giant leap in the right direction if they ban infant circumcision. I had no choice, my body was cut and altered. That is mutilation by the very definition of the word. Men are getting information on what circumcision really is and more importantly, what it removes. Ill tell you that I deeply resent the fact that forced genital cutting was imposed on me, and millions upon millions of others (most of them infants: unaware of sex, diseases, pain).... And if you argue about hygiene issues, take a walk to your local pharmacy and look at all the products to help maintain and aid in female hygiene, try to find a product that men need other than soap. None, and they cut me so that i would be cleaner? WHAT THE F...!!! All I can say is i hope future generations will be spared from this genital cutting so they can enjoy the pleasures of an intact body.

Equal on Eco Child's Play October 2, 2010

 

"My grandfather was circumcised with a reed, and my father and I were circumcised by a Gillette blade. I still remember it. When the man came to circumcise the boys they were taken to a separate place and kept behind a kind of screen. I was five years old and very curious to see what was happening. I went to see, and they saw me and grabbed me too. I am still angry about that."

A Ugandan businessman quoted in "The Masque of Africa" by V. S. Naipaul, October 2010

 

80jasey on YouTube 25 October, 2010

I am a victim of infant circumcision. The "ancient" Greek and Roman civilizations did not practice circumcision, so I am uncertain why we did so in the twentieth century, when modern sanitation and medicine precluded the need for this unnecessary and barbaric practice. I cannot forgive my parents for subjecting me to Judaic religious practices when we are not Jews. STOP INFANT CIRCUMCISION NOW! The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child bans it in most developed countries. [It doesn't explicitly, but that's a logical interpretation of it.] Why not the USA?

NYCAustinNYC
@80jasey

I am also "a victim of infant circumcision". My nominally Christian mother had it done because she was told the lie by her doctor that doing so would eliminate the chances of me giving my future sexual partners vaginal cancer. :-(

jimmymastiff (26 October 2010)

circumcision is disgusting....let the child choose if he wants his own penis mutilated when he grows up...I HATE that I am....it really is barbaric and unnecessary....

 

I wish I were no circumcised. I feel cheated out of that extra sensitivity it gives a man down there... the glans were meant to be covered up and protected... it's false to say that the extra skin will spread disease. If a Father did his job right and TAUGHT his son how to clean himself properly there would be no argument or discussion about that. ....

Richard McCormick on Care2 Nov 13, 2010

 

Circumcision infringes on the rights of the powerless. I had NO say in the mutilation that was performed on my body. Is that right?

marco01 on the Huffington Post November 13, 2010

#80

I don't forgive my parents, and I was 2 days old. the reason most boys don't get mad at their parents? because they don't UNDERSTAND what happened to them.

...trust me, if I could have I would have killed the people who did it to me...

Derium on CNNNovember 20, 2010

 

I am SO GLAD someone is doing this [the San Francisco ballot]. I strongly resent having been cut. Circumcision is medically unjustifiable genital mutilation of uninformed, non-consenting minors.

Religious reasons for doing it are not acceptable, for you can create a religion to sanctify anything (e.g. Mormons with polygamy, Rastafarians with marijuana). Mutilating babies' genitals is nothing short of barbaric.

Chris on Paging Dr Gupta November 20, 2010

 

"If you don't want to have it done to your kids then fine"

I didn't want to have it done to ME.

Charlie on Mother Jones November 17, 2010

I am very dissatisfied with the results of my unauthorized genital alteration - what would you say to me? What you say to many men who are offended by our culture's lack of respect for bodily integrity?

GregH on Mother Jones November 18, 2010

 

I wish my parents and the doctors hadn’t shoved THEIR beliefs down MY throat when I was helpless to speak up about it. They cut away more than my flesh, they took away my freedom of choice over MY OWN body. I agree, NO ONE has the right to force their beliefs on anyone else. That includes my parents. My body, MY choice.

Garrett Wolfe on Peachy Keen's blog, November 22, 2010

 

I was circumcised as a baby, and no I am not happy about it. Did it prevent me from getting HIV? NO! I know a many who are HIV+, all but 2, my boyfriend and one other guy I know are circumcised. If the study were performed among gay men in the US most likely the majority of men infected with HIV would be circumcised, simply because this barbaric practice still rules in the US not because there are really any meaningful differences among the risk of infection between circumcised and those left intact.

Circumcision is a barbaric practice whether preformed on males or females, and male circumcision has been used as a means to prevent or cure every malady imaginable, now HIV. It is simply ridiculous to treat a natural part of the male body as a defect and a cause of disease.

To prevent HIV nothing beats a latex condom!

Mike Arnold on Change.org Jun 4, 2009

 

I was circumcised at birth.  Now, as an educated, sexually active, 27-year-old adult, I wish it had not happened.  I won't say anything about the pain and suffering of the physical event, because it's true that I don't remember it (though anyone who has witnessed one can tell you the baby is in horrific pain throughout the process).  What I am going to talk about is how I feel now.  I feel a sense of loss for the fact that a physical part of me is permanently missing without my ever having known it.  More painful than that is a sense of violation.  Something was unnecessarily done to me as a baby that I would not have chosen to have had done if I had been given the choice as an informed, consenting adult.  (And yes, I do know it to have been unnecessary because I have been able to discuss the issue with my father.  He confirms that he and my mother were undecided about it and asked the doctor for advice.  The doctor said that everything appeared healthy, but that he recommended it anyway for the cosmetic and societal reasons.  It was this preferential, non-medical recommendation that led to my mutilation at birth, and many other baby boys in the 1980's and other decades.)

The only thing I can do about it is to undergo foreskin restoration, either a surgical or mechanical process.  I am choosing to do that, but I also know from my research on the subject that it is not a reversal of my circumcision, but only a physical simulation which may or may not be successful in fully amending the altered appearance and function of my penis.

I have heard it said that many women prefer circumcised men.  I have been with many women and found through my own sexual experience that I prefer women with natural pubic hairstyles and small nipples on medium-large breasts of a certain shape.  I have respect for my sexual partners and feel that I can either accept a woman's body or find someone else who better fits my preferences.  I would never ask a woman to change the way she grooms her pubic hair or expect her to surgically amend her breast shape or nipple-to-breast ratio.  And I hope a woman would have more respect for herself than to change her body to please a man who felt his preferences outweighed her body's natural form.  I was appalled to see a woman's contribution on Circlist where she proudly recounted consistently nagging her boyfriend to be circumcised, and his subsequent compliance despite initial strong refusal to do so.  I wish I had been his friend so I could influence him to see that he deserved better than a woman who would criticize his body, and I wonder whether she would have been willing to change herself if he had imposed a preference on her that didn't match who she was physically.  So I don't think the old "women prefer circumcised men" argument holds up.  Every individual in the world is different and has different preferences about the appearance of sexual partners.  Imagine how we would look if, when we were infants, our parents had surgically altered everything about us that they suspected our future sexual partners might not "prefer."

Another concern I've heard is that circumcised fathers want their sons to look like them.  My father is uncircumcised, and when I occasionally saw him undressed as a child, I didn't think anything of the fact that his penis looked different from mine.  And I imagine that if I had thought anything of it, the presence of a foreskin wouldn't have even made the Top 10 list of differences between a 34-year-old's penis and a pre-schooler's.  Now that we are both fully-grown men, we have not seen much, if any, of one another's penises in many, many years.  As someone whose penis did not (and still probably doesn't) look much like his dad's, I have the experience to say with full knowledge and authority that that particular question is a complete non-issue.

Then there's the hygiene argument.  I just ran my theory by my uncircumcised roommate, and he confirmed that an uncircumcised penis does not develop odors, accumlated smegma, or an inability to be retracted healthily if its owner invests a few seconds a day in quickly cleaning it in the shower.  Unless I'm the only circumcised guy in the world who washes his penis in the shower, that doesn't sound like an added burden in any way.

This is the perspective of one circumcised man who wishes he were not.  I know that a lot of guys who have been circumcised don't mind that they are (some report a sense that they "got it over with" without having to remember it, but of course circumcision isn't an inevitable event that you must submit to sooner or later, so I don't know where that frame of mind comes from).  Anyway, I'm glad that many them don't mind, because I know from my own experience that it's a very painful thing if you do mind.  I'm glad they don't have to face those feelings.  But the fact that many men are fortunate in that respect doesn't mean that it should continue - what if the next baby boy who undergoes routine infant circumcision grows up to feel the way I do instead?  I would rather not take the risk of letting that happen.  If a man reaches adulthood with his foreskin intact and decides he doesn't want it, let him choose to have it removed.  Options are far more limited for men who reach adulthood without it and wish it hadn't been taken away.  (Question:  are there any health insurance plans that treat infant circumcision, or even adult voluntary circumcision, and adult foreskin restoration the same way?)  If I'm fortunate enough to become a father, no son of mine will be circumcised.  That's for him to decide, and I will not rob him forever of the opportunity to make that choice for himself as an informed adult capable of making it.

Kevin, by email on December 19, 2010

 

I too am a victim of circumcision. My quality of life because of the botched penis "fix" makes me a very depressed person.

FraggedMind on YouTube, December 20, 2010

 

Every time I look down at my penis, I get angry that I had absolutely no choice in the matter of something that should only involve my say so.

ZombieBite1991 on YouTube, January 18, 2011

 

I have no problem saying I am mutilated, I don't see why I shouldn't see the truth of what was done to me.

I'm more pissed about this topic than most people. And my parents laugh at me for it. :/ It was my fathers idea, after all. That asshole.

DesmondMcMillian on YouTube, January 18, 2011

 

I was circumsised as a baby and ended up with a super tight circumcision which has literally scarred me for life and is uncomfortable. I blame my parents for what they did to me and this has affected our relationship no doubt. I cannot understand how any intelligent free-thinking individual can agree to have their son mutilated for no medical reason whatsoever. If it was my choice I would never have done it (and my 1 month old son won't be mutilated either).

Why take the risk?!

fbnaude on Parent24.com on January 26, 2011

#90

I am a 20 something male that deeply wishes his mother hadn't circumcised him. I feel that this North American society seriously ripped me off. This is individual liberty 101 folks. It is my body, it should have been my choice to remove a perfectly healthy body part- not my parents, not anyone, me, the person whose genitals these are.

...

BrandonCheshire in the Chicago Tribune, February 16, 2011

 

I was circumcised, so I know quite a bit about its damaging effects. Circumcision does cause many men severe psychological problems. It has caused me feelings of being raped, sadness, depression, betrayal, and deprivation. I am constantly reminded and it causes me pain and sadness everyday that i was mutilated and my body was scarred. I first learned of circumcision when i was 12. I feel like i have been stabbed in the heart and am depressed that people would do such an inhumane and asinine thing to children. ...

david on MedCity News, April 1, 2011

 

I'm 29 years old, and was mutilated-oh sorry, let's use the politically correct phrase-circumcised shortly after birth. It has severely affected both my body and psychological well being. I have no sympathy for my parents who allowed it to be done, the doctor who performed the barbaric act, or my community that did not protect me from this form of physical and sexual abuse. But I do have plenty of anger for them, with enough extra for people like you.

How dare you spread your filthy propaganda trying to persuade people to have HEALTHY, FUNCTIONAL tissue amputated from those who cannot consent. You probably have no idea what the functions-yes plural, there are multiple-of the foreskin are and yet you have the audacity to write that disgusting, baseless pro-circ drivel. People like you are shameful and if you ever have a circumcised son don't be shocked if you find out some day that he resents you for it once he learns all that was lost.

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The bottom line: It is WRONG to amputate healthy tissue from those who cannot consent. All people should have a right to genital integrity.

Jonathon on MedCity News, April 2, 2011

 

... I hate being circumcised. It should have been MY choice because it was MY body. ...

Why cant I have my natural foreskin? It was mine, so why isn’t my right? I want MY foreskin back!

Mcorrison on KXLY News April 30, 2011

 

I am a man that was non-consensually circumcised as a neonate and I really wish I wasn't. I wanted to have the choice to keep my complete genitals and find out for myself if my foreskin was significant.

Dave S. on Parkville Patch, April 23, 2011

 

My muslim parents had me circumcised as a 3 or 4 year old in a Glasgow hospital by a jewish doctor. I am now 40 and have always resented the procedure done to me without my informed consent. I still cringe at the humiliation and shame.

mwrkhan on the Independent, May 8, 2011

 

I was circumcised after birth and wish I'd been left intact. My body healed poorly from the procedure and I was left with a skin bridge that made me very self conscious after puberty. Many years later I had surgical correction but I have vowed that I would never put my son through the same ordeal

David on Queerty, May 18, 2011

 

I'm for it [the San Francisco ban]. There's not a good enough reason for it [circumcision]. Mine was botched. I still resent my parents for doing it based merely on aesthetics and tenuous claims of hygiene.

Atagahi on CNN.com, May 20, 2011

 

Although I'm not Jewish, I was circumcised at 5 months of age, and now I'm older I am really suffering the consequences. A numb penis is no pleasure, intercourse is unproductive, even masturbation is often a failure.

Keith Rutter on Shea's Blog, 23 May, 2011

 

I’ve endured a lifetime of discomfort, pain (physical and emotional), recurrent infections requiring massive and lengthy doses of antibiotics to cure, which have now caused life-long digestion issues ALL because of a (botched) "perfectly routine circumcision." Do NOT try to tell me it’s not a big deal. My penis should have been left alone so that *I* could decide what to do with it, not some quack doctor looking to pocket an extra fee at my expense.

-eJohn on The Edge, 31 May, 2011

#100

... I consider circumcision rape, I am circumcised, I consider circumcision rape and mutilation. It was against my will, and ultimately I Speak that now. I wish it were legal for me to execute people.

- Brian Brandt on Comic Book Resources, June 4, 2011

 

My DH was cut at birth, has a yuckie scar and Wishes every day that HE had been given the CHOICE to destroy his man hood or not!

- Kathlyn Schofield on The Stir, June 15, 2011

 

...you could also count me as one who realizes that his own infant circumcision was an infringement of his physical rights.  A significant one.  And the realization has been an emotional burden to me.  I cried every day for a while back when I first realized, ten years ago or so.  I haven't cried about it for a while and usually it's forgotten but sometimes I read something or someone says something that flares it up again..  The San Francisco thing flared it up again.

- Aaron to this site, June 17, 2011

 

As a male in my early 40's I was the victim of circumcision for no more reason than it was the fad of the 60's and 70's and explained away as hygienic. I blame my parents for this and their decision to go along with prevailing fashions rather than make their own investigation and moral decision. I feel robbed as a man both of my foreskin and more importantly my choice to make decisions about my own body.

- Malcolm_01 on CBC.ca, June 7, 2011

 

When I read about the functions of the foreskin, how much more sensitive intact men were, and how much more pleasurable sex was for intact men, I had a mixture of feelings come over me: anger, depression, resentment, hatred, among a number of other things. Long story short, it drove me into a deep depression.

- StatelessPilot at Healthkicker.com, June 28, 2011

 

I'm a man who is circumcise­d and nobody asked me. It's a permanent choice inflicted on me.

It also has damage they don't speak of. I'm numb there. Obtaining orgasm is incredibly difficult for me and always has been. Either by myself or with a partner.

Gee thanks.

Plain and simple this is genital mutilation­. You are cutting off part of a person's body. Not YOUR body. Someone else.

That is physically inflicting your beliefs on another person who can't defend themselves­.

I'm all for making this barbaric practice illegal to be performed on children.

It is cosmetic and non necessary and those criteria alone should prevent it from ever occurring again.

-John Smith in Orlando on the Huffington Post, July 5, 2011

 

... Personally I do consider circumcision mutalation and lament my Catholic parents having been talked into allowing our family doctor into taking away a large number of my nerve endings. To cut or not to cut should have been my choice.

- Dabeef on KQED, June 22, 2011

 

I was circumcised - and I am NOT happy with the results. We need a worldwide end to this torture and genital mutilation of children. Adults can cut, pierce or tattoo their own bodies if they wish. 4 months ago

- Chadolution on YouTube, August, 2011

 

I am a Latin American man who has been circumcised. I did not have a choice in the matter being an infant at the time. I can wholeheartedly state that I wish I had my foreskin. ... The real issue here is choice and the fact that there is no, NO scientific proof that circumcision is beneficial in any way and all it does is desensitize the penis. Males lose about 35 to 40% of sensitivity when circumcised, all based on religious mumbo jumbo and a perpetuated lie that circumcision makes the penis more hygienic and safer.

- Robert on Dutch News, September 15, 2011

 

I feel as if something that by all means should have been my birthright has been taken from me - the right to even have a say over what is and isn't done to my own body. ...

I feel that if someone like me would finally step forward, someone who has been so badly damaged both physically and emotionally by what supposedly is a preventative health measure, [then] so would others. I think that it could be the very thing necessary to start the cascade that could derail routine infant circumcision everywhere.

- Dan in Minnesota, by email, September 23, 2011

 

#110

My father converted to Islam in 1990. I was early in my third year. I remember being circumcised. It's my earliest memory. It's too vivid. I can't shake the pain every time I think about it. I've been mutilated. Between 10000 and 20000 erotogenic nerve endings taken from me and I had no say in the matter. I'm? mutilated.

I want to kill the doctor who did it to me. And I'll never forgive my parents for letting it happen.

- StraightOuttaDC on YouTube, October 2011

 

From my own personal experience, circumcision did not make it feel better. The doctor cut too much skin off. It is a very imprecise procedure and it really depends on how much the doctor cuts off. It is hard to estimate how much to cut.

The doctor cut too much skin off. It was way too tight and it is extremely painful when stretched. I absolutely hate it. I regret having it done. After circumcision, the skin on the organ becomes extremely dry and is prone to severe irritation. Also, they supposedly say circumcision makes you last longer in sexual relations. This is not correct. In fact, after circumcision, there is so much irritation of the skin from the missing foreskin that you go off sooner.

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I hate the effect of circumcision. If you were circumcised as a baby, you don’t know what you are missing. I don’t believe people should live in ignorance. I don’t believe we should go on being a society that says sexual pleasure does not need to be as good as it can get. I don’t support, “As long as it is kind of good feeling, it is enough. Settle for ho-hum pleasure. Who cares about full sensation and feeling.”

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- Anonymous on Claycord.com, October 3, 2011

 

My husband is very upset that he was circumcise­d. He has scar[r]ing, nerve damage and a fistula that won't heal. All from routine infant circumcisi­on.

Kirsten Veronica William on the Huffington Post, October 4, 2011

 

Two teenaged sons are now asking WHY did I allow doctors to DO THAT TO THEM??? Wish I hadn’t… Parents now have much more information available to them to help with the decision. If I knew then what I know now – I would have left them intact, just the way God made them, practically perfect in every way!

- smc626 on , October 4, 2011

 

I've lived with it 50 years and I fucking hate it.
I should have been given the choice at least.

-Hal Renfield on the Raw Story, October 4, 2011

 

As a man I feel robbed by this act based on nothing more than mumbo jumbo.

-MaxBunko on the Raw Story, October 4, 2011

 

I had no choice when I was cut. I had a friend who decided to have circumcision done when he was twenty so he would "look like everyone else". Many months later I asked what was the difference. He said " my sex world went from full color to black and white and I can't go back". I feel I was abused and robbed of a important experience.

- JamesLoughran on the LA Times, October 4, 2011

 

I hate being circumcised and I hate the monsters that forced their creepy religious sacrifice on me. It has done major damage to my sexual function. Anyone but a parent would go to prison for this sexual mayhem.

- EddieMoon on the LA TImes, October 5, 2011

 

I was circumcised at birth—and it wasn’t to prevent HPV or HIV. The reasons to do it change each year.

...

The harm circumcision has caused me physically and psychologically is immeasurable.

...

It started for the wrong reasons. It causes harm. And they will keep finding more reasons. But none of them hold a candle to the fact that I was born with a foreskin and it was part of my body and I did not want it removed and it was taken without my consent. I have a right to my body.

- Marcus Andersson on ABC News, October 6, 2011

 

Dr Meg – ... As a male circumcised at birth, I am angry and feel that I have been cheated of a vital part of my sexual anatomy. Given that millions of men worldwide are left intact, it seems the American medical community would do better to investigate methods of caring for the intact male instead of cutting off a part of the body because it is inconvenient.

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The issue is a matter of PERSONAL choice – not the choice of the parent or doctor but of the individual whose rights are being taken against his will.

- Tommy G on Meg Meeker M.D., October 8, 2011

#120

Hi, I was just a baby - I couldn’t stop them. My mom said they had to tie me down and also hold me down so they would not screw up. But they did anyway. They cut off too much skin and when I was younger I looked like a peeled banana. I feel like only part of a guy. I have never been able to accept the fact that someone cut part of my penis off when I was a baby. ... I have never been able to accept the fact that someone cut part of my penis off when I was a baby. The sheer stupidity of it used to haunt every waking moment of my life. I was jealous of the guys I knew that had been able to retain their 4skins. My brother had his first son circumcised and then he had to take him in for "corrective surgery" to fix something that should have not been done in the first place. He said "NO!!" to his other 2 sons and I said "NO!!" to [having] my son circumcised. He has no problems with his penis or his 4skin. I saw a lot of screwed-up penises in school and the YMCA when I was younger. It really freaks me out when I hear people say that they are going to have their son cut.

- Bill Bristol, CA on the Petition Site, October 31, 2011

 

When I was about 5, I observed most boys in my class weren’t like me, as circumcision almost exclusively religious in my country (My family aren’t Jewish or Muslim) plus my second brother was born around this time, and he was left intact. I only learned this year that my two youngest brothers were allowed to keep their penises in their proper state because of money issues, and that my mother was dead against circumcision, but eventually gave in to my father’s demands.

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As for complications, I’m all too familiar with them. In the past I’ve been asked by partners what was wrong with my penis. I’ve recently come to learn that the abnormalities are called “skin bridges”, previously, I didn’t even know there was a name for them. Smegma gathers beneath them, but instead of simply retracting, then washing, which is what I’d do were I…unmodified, I have to poke out the smegma with a paperclip, a most annoying task. And here I thought circumcision was meant to be cleaner. ... If i could make my penis normal again, I’d do so in a heartbeat, but short of a scientific leap in tissue regeneration or time travel, or finding a magic lamp, I don’t see that happening. It’s easier to destroy than create, and sadly this is especially true where infant circumcision is concerned.

- Jason on Academic Ob/Gyn, November 22, 2011

 

I was circumsized and it was botched. I am 42 and never had a satisfactory sex life or long term relationship. The scarring is horrible and I have no sensitivity in my penis. Think on this. My life, while not ruined, is very unhappy. I also hate my parents for letting this happen to me. Parents let your children make up their minds as adults PLEASE. Do not let their lives become mine.

- Peter in the Sydney Morning Herald, November 21, 2011

 

I had "the op" at birth and wish I hadn't. ... - so it is all about "grossness"? Ever thought about the **complete loss of sensation** "down there" for those of us who have "been done"? No, of course you haven't. I now have no more sensation down there than the back of my hand. ...

- Z on Stuff.com, November 21, 2011

 

It angers me that I'm circumcised. I had no choice in the damned matter. Looking at my dick makes me hate my country.

- PeeWizzle on N4G, November 29, 2011

 

I wish I was never circumcised after doing research, and I hate the fact I can never reverse it. I wish parents were more informed, my folks just thought it was what they had to do. So please, do the research, understand, and perhaps you’ll leave your kids intact.

- Neil on Birth Without Fear, November 29, 2011

 

i was circumcised as an infant because of my parents being jewish. because of my circumcision, i am now 19 and i cant have sex. my penis has severe keloidal scarring and lacks the skin i need to have an erection without pain. the only hope i have is undergo more surgeries to remove the scar tissue, which has a 50/50 chance of growing back, and undergo foreskin restoratin to try and regain skin. because of my circumcision, i am not on a speaking terms with my family because their ignorance and lack of compassion for me as their child has cost me the chances of having sex, a relationship, and children. ive also become an atheist so the irony is that circumcision doesnt profit me anything in eyes of a god either so it was truly all for nothing. ill probably never get an std though. you have to be able to have intercourse to get one.

- Cameron Christopher Cross on Facebook, December 2, 2011

 

My own mother was, I imagine, very easily talked into to sexually mutillating me when I was first born and I have NEVER forgiven her (I never will, either), in spite of her and many other of her defenders’ excuses...

- DruidV on A Voice for Men, December 10, 2011

 

As a man circumcise­d at 5 months of age, who is no longer able to orgasm when having intercours­e, and being able to masturbate only with great difficulty­, I am filled with loathing of the man who did this to me... Bear in mind that he was paid to do this...

I have consulted a urologist, and though he said that the cutting was neat, he said the loss of sensitivit­y was inevitable sooner or later. This is why infant circumcisi­on is very rare here, except among Jewish and Muslim parents, and whilst adult circumcisi­on is possible, very few do it, and for very good reasons.

- Supermog on Huffington Post, December 12, 2011

 

... I feel violated that my foreskin was removed at infancy. For me it's an issue of consent.? An infant cannot consent to circumcision. If an adult male wants to hack away at his own penis, let him have at it but I think ANYONE seeking to mutilate the genitals of a child, male or female, should be criminally prosecuted.

- Textra1 on YouTube, December 16, 2011

#130

I am circumcised, and I hate it. I hate the way it looks and it feels very tight and painful when I masturbate. It may not have caused any of you pro-circumcision activists any problems, but it has definitely caused me problems. Just because something works for you, it does not mean it works for everyone. I am living evidence that circumcision can cause people problems.

- sabby123456789 on YouTube, December 16, 2011

 

... I was circumcised as an infant. I discovered this at about the age of seven, and I still remember my anger, my childish outrage. Who gave them the right to do this to me? For much of my life I had no idea what I was missing. Now I do. Now I understand that my penis was mutilated and desensitized because of anti-sexual values that originated with perverted religious loonies and then were adopted by the medical profession.

... If it’s cultural pressure that is causing the practice to continue, it will only end when the counter pressure builds to a scream.

I’ve started screaming. I hope you all will join me.

- Darwin Harmless on Butterflies and Wheels, December 18, 2011

 

At 63 I have perhaps 5% of penile sensation left due to neuropathies. Being intact would left me with an intact nervous system and probably a signitficantly increased amount of penile sensation. I can tell you with the redundency of our nervous systems, losing the first 80% of sensation is much less noticable than losing those next few percent which starts leaving big holes in what we feel. I have been genuinely pissed off at those who damaged me in this way for at least 40+ years. ...

- Alchemistfd on the Atlantic, December 20, 2011

 

I did some research on a random whim when I saw a picture of an uncircumcized penis, and after learning all the fact, I wish I still had my foreskin. I honestly feel victimized that I was not involved in the decision. It's incredibly unfair to make a decision for somebody else when it is his body and he has to live with the effects the rest of his life....

- Noxendi on YouTube December 20, 2011

 

I'm circumcised, I'm also desensitized leading to the near inability to ejaculate. My parents aren't even religious, my mother just thought they look better circumcised, which I think was absurd because the moment I start dressing myself regularly she would never see it again.

However, I generally don't engage in this debate because I hate arguments from personal experience. I recognize that my experience is the statistical rarity. But my personal opinion is that it should have been my choice.

- BusinessIDBAI on YouTube, January 7, 2012

 

It was done to me at birth and not a day passes when I don't regret this unnecessary and unwanted mutilation. Loss of sensitivity, sexual disfunction and discomfort in walking (it is there to protect a very delicate part of the body). Those who seem to think they are better off without will soon find out how necessary it is as their skin ages. this process should be outlawed in any civilised society (as it is for women), whether practiced for assumed medical (phimosis) or fundamentalist reasons. Barbarism...

- DavePage, London on the Daily Mail, January 26, 2012

 

I am cut and i wish that i could go back and make the decision for myself because there is no way that i would have that crazy as quack of a doctor cut my sh!t off! uncut lover here!

- shebermibin on Youtube, January 30, 2012

 

I'm circumcised and I hate it. It's just plain mutilation, and it's stupid. Yeah, I've heard all the health related arguments, and they're bogus - they don't practice it in Europe - it's a stupid American thing. It's humbug. And the fact of the matter is, it does reduce sexual pleasure.

- tp1986_1 on the Denver Post, February 5, 2012

 

I was circumcised as an infant. I'm not sure of the exact reasoning for me being circumcised, but I was born right at the peak of circumcision rates in the United States, and in the region where it was most common. I am unhappy with the decision to have me circumcised. If I have a son, I will not have him circumcised, because it takes away his right to bodily integrity.

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The bottom line though is that once he is circumcised, it cannot be undone. It is a permanent alteration to his body. If he chooses later in life, when he is able to understand what circumcision is, to get circumcised he will still have that choice if you leave him intact.

- matchrestore on February 15, 2012 and on Bayside Patch, June 2, 2012

 

I do take circumcision very personal. I hate that it wasn't my choice to decide weather to get rid of the foreskin or not. Sex is one of the greatest things in life. Why mess with your sons penis? Are you sick? I hate my mom for circumcising me. Im 5ft 8in. My penis is 6 Inches. When i get a good erection sometimes my penis hurts like its trying to jump out of its skin. I'm a handsome guy believe me i had nice women but i'm insecure. Men like me wants the big booby girls who wants the 8inch dicks. It sucks how men can't enlarge the penis because they are circumcised. Why cross out the best in life?

- Anonymous on EmpowHer, February15, 2012

#140

- i was circumcised and thanks to that i lack sexual function and my parents regret forcing it on me at infancy, name ONE benefit i received from being mutilated

- DonutTheTrap on YoutTube, February 22, 2012

 

I am circumsized and have always had problems with achieving orgasm my ENTIRE LIFE I am 47 now. ... are you people stupid........keep your hands off babies penises let them decide ...

- Scott Vincent on the Purdue Exponent, February 24, 2012

 

Hetrosexual men usually only have intimate experience of one penis, their own. They are not very well qualified to make a choice that will effect their child for life.

I have been circumcised and have always been angry with my parents for doing this to me. At least they have the excuse it was not a topic widley discussed in the 1950s.

In my experience as a gay man i can say without doubt sex is more enjoyable if you have not been circumcised.

If you want to chop off a functioning part of your childs body and deny them sexual fulfillment go ahead chop it off.

- Balthazar on Sydney Morning Herald, March 2, 2012

 

... Im cut and not happy about it at all. I hate the way it looks and it has led to some inferiority complexes with myself. There are numorous psycological issues that spring from this mutilation and all cut men do have them...we are less likly to trust easialy. Theres also a physical issue that takes place... Its called desensitation, so sex is not as enjoyable as it should be. I wish my parents had me in a time that was educated but in 1990 information on this issue was not a computer or phone away. ...

- GDenico1 on 2KOP blogspot, March 4, 2012

(#144 - gross!)

... I'm a circumcised American. To this day, it greatly bothers me that I was violated so early in life.

- Matt Williams on Unicorn Booty, March 7, 2012

 

If you're a man like me, who is very unhappy with circumcision, thumbs up!

[5 thumbs on April 1, 2012]

- Chadolution on YouTube March 25, 2012

 

... Intact penis are more attractive erect or flacid and are certainly instantly recognizable. Circumcized penises are more likely to be bowed, crooked, or hairy. The glans is will be dry and pock-marked and of course there is the scar. Circumcised men like to make people think that intact penises are laughable because they are insecure. I was circumcized at birth, but I am trying my best at non-surgical "foreskin restoration". I will continue to be indescribably furious about my circumcision until the day I die.

- someguy123 on the Huffington Post, March 31, 2012

 

I'm 14 and a freshman in highschool. When I found out what circumcision was, it literally struck me. I was circumcised at birth and have been very angry about it ever since. I then decided to order a restoration device, but my dad made me return it. I did some research and read that uncut men have 3 times better sex due to "nerve endings". I wanna know if that's true or if its just made to stop infant circumcision. Believe me I'm 100% against it. But I need to know. My dad told me all this bullshit that its healthier and that I shouldn't make a big deal about it, but to that I say "piss off"

- Superdog on Yahoo answers, April 7, 2012

 

... I am circumcised and hate it! I wish I had been given the chance to choose for myself. Intact men can choose to get cut at any time in their life, though most have no desire to do so. Many men resent being circumcised.

- Ditiro Mogomotsi Sesinyi on the Botswana Gazette, April 11, 2012

 

im a married man in my 20s. i was circumcised as an infant. my circumcision has left me unable to make love to my wife without pain for both of us. if i am able to get an erection - and more often than not, i cant - orgasm can take hours. and at least half the time, i dont orgasm at all. my penis is virtually numb and its ridden with scarring. ive had to undergo surgery to correct meatal stenosis and to correct skin bridges, both of which were caused by circumcision. im currently undergoing manual foreskin restoration in hopes that it will help some of my issues. in addition to my personal experience with circumcision, im also a nurse. and the first time i saw a circumcision take place in person, i cried. no one should perform surgery on another person's genitals just because their mom and/or dad says "eh. that looks weird. cut it off."

- Tyler Jacob Bagley on Winnepeg Free Press, April 19, 2012

#150

As a clinical psychologist I have counselled men who were very distressed that they had been circumcised as infants. They have felt depression and anxiety, with feelings of powerlessness and anger.

What is rarely talked about in the great circumcision debate is that infant circumcision takes the choice away from the man the child will become.

This is the moral and ethical problem with infant circumcision. Let the man decide when he is 18.

- Joseph Presti, Wannanup (WA) in the Sydney Morning Herald, May 9, 2012

 

... put yourself in the place of the male infant. Imagine you are restrained, against your will, and a healthy organ is amputated from your healthy body. Would you still be so call[o]us toward the feelings and rights [of] male infants? If the same cutting were to be the fashion for little girl infants would you still feel so indifferent? I AM A VICTIM OF MALE GENITAL MUTILATION. I will live out my ent[ire] life having been deprived of an important and functional part of MY body. I am a human being, just like you. Would you let some one alter your body forever, without your consent? ... It is a known psychological fact, the abused become the abusers. Where will it all end... ?

- Michael Dulin on the League of Ordinary Gentlemen,
May 26, 2012

 

I will not allow you to silence my voice by deleting my comment. If you REALLY enjoy a good debate as you claim from your profile, you would have the courage and tenacity to address this comment, and not abridge it.

I am a 21 year old male rendered impotent by circumcision.

There are tight skin bridges that go all around my penis that healed there after the trauma of circumcision, terminating at distal points along the glans, covering roughly 33% of the head of my penis. As my penis began to grow, my bridges did not, resulting in painful erections that started at age 14. I have been technically impotent from the age of 16 because the pain renders me completely incapable of total penile erection without pain.

Nighttime is the worse. I can usually control it during the day, but at night I awaken every few hours or so to the painful sensation of an erection, gripping the sheets and holding back my choked sobs. I have not had more than three hours of consecutive sleep since I turned 17.

I have consulted my doctor on surgeries. A predilection toward keloid scars runs in my family, and operating would leave me looking worse down below, and remove what little erogenous, sensation-receiving flesh I have left in my penis. I had the surgery, and now have something that looks like cauliflower on the end of a gouged bratwurst.

I am at a no win situation. I will never be able to experience physical intimacy with a woman because of the pain or the shame of the sorry mess between my legs that I call my penis.

I am not an isolated case. I am not a single voice. I know that there are others like me, permanently damaged and scarred both physically and psychologically, ranging from various states of function left.

http://www.circumstitions(dot)com/Botched1.html

This gallery proves that there are others out there like myself. Recent estimates of prevalence of conditions like mine, that is to say, adhesions of all levels of severity, are anywhere between 10 and 30%, the last I read.

The whole problem starts with prematurely separating the congenital penile adhesions between the foreskin and the glans. This process is very much like using a blunt piece of wood to remove your own fingernail. After the flesh was cut on me, unevenly, the prematurely separated congenital adhesions healed back together permanently. On other men, these newly formed trauma adhesions may break very painfully on their own, but mine never did.

Every time people like yourself think that YOU have any right to discuss circumcision, there are two voices missing, and they belong to the people like me who are damaged but so normally afraid to speak out of shame that they never do, and most importantly the infant who cannot even speak for himself.

I feel as if my very right as a human being to be born with an intact body has been abridged.

I hate you. I hate this website. I hate my parents for ruining me. I HATE THAT YOU DELETED MY LAST COMMENT LIKE THIS.

I say to you out of nothing but spite that your logic, your life, and the very fiber of your being are the only thing that I can think of that are uglier than my penis.

I will fight until the day I die to prevent this damned preventative measure.

- Anonymous on MandatoryUniversal Circumcision, September 24, 2011
(reposted May 29, 2012 in case it's removed from there)

 

I'm circumcised and not happy about it. I don't blame my parents but I do see it as unnecessary mutilation and the worst part is I got no say in the decision.

I think the health benefits were more important before we had the healthcare and hygiene of today (I'm thinking like a couple hundred years ago). Nowadays you should just wait and let the boy decide.

There are tons of nerve endings there that cannot be replaced. Women-- imagine not having labias. Totally sucks.

- AbrahamLinksys on Ask Dr Johnson, June 7, 2012

 

To help save many boys from the phycological and physical effects of circumcision that I have suffered since I was unnessercerily circumcised at the age of 4. My earliest memory was asking a docotor not to give me the operation.

- Sam Winder on why he signed a petition against unnecessary circumcision, June 7, 2012

 

I am someone who is extremely unhappy with the decision my parents made to circumcise me. Without going into details, there were complications which haunt me to this day and cause me distress. ... It's too late for me, but not too late to save others from this procedure.

- zBriGuy on YouTube, June 7, 2012

 

I’m not a fan of government intervention on almost anything. But I’m torn on this because what is being done to kids is disgusting. I have never said anything to my parents, but there is a huge amount of anger in me now that I realize what has been taken away from me.

All I can say is if you circumcise your child before they are old enough to know what is happening, you had better be prepared for the backlash later. My dad is already gone, but this affects how I feel about my mom.

- dan on The Freethinker, June 17, 2012

 

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I was circumcised as a baby, as are most American baby boys to this day. I know for a fact that this non-consensual sexual surgery as an infant affects my sexuality as an adult significantly and negatively. (The otherwise-protected glans is continually brushing against clothing, which results in a semi-callused surface and a dramatically reduced sensitivity.)

I remain angry about it as a 48 year old man, but women here just don’t get it. Both of my sisters circumcised all of their sons. Even though I have heard both of them lament the plight of African women who are subject to FGM (which is now illegal everywhere), nonetheless they are completely deaf to what they themselves have inflicted upon their own boys for no reason.

I have only one theory as to why this practice continues in secular America. Just as when a man buys a truck or a motorcycle he wants to customize it with accessories, so also must new mothers want to take their babies in to the clinic and have them customized as well. I have no other explanation.

- Reggie on The Freethinker, June 18, 2012

 

Thank the gods [for the German legal decision] ! Common sense at last. I had it done to me and it p*sses me off that someone was allowed to do something to my body without my permission.

- Richard1958 on the Globe & Mail (Toronto), June 26, 2012

 

... I can honestly say that my parents well-intended decision to have me circumcised has in some ways ruined my life. My sexual formation was dysfunctional from the get go. For example, overly sensitive to sensation, I was really unable to endure intercourse until I was in my thirties. That ruined my first marriage. Overly sensitive to sensation, I became fixated at an early age on my genitals. ...

- goffredo29 on CBS News, June 27, 2012

#160

I have had similar issues and can undestand how this affects your relationships and self image. I am a german- canadian and was circumcised at age 4. Have recently gone through 8 years of non-surgical forskin restoration and am about to have my second minor surgery for tightening of my new foreskin. (Yes, this is possible and has a good final result, ask my wife). Alot of work and time to repair damage done, for a surgery that was recommended to enhance my health when it has caused me nothing but personal problems and more surgery. ... I now am a dad myself and want my kids to be protected from this unnecessary cosmetic work. I wish you other guys luck with this as well.

- restoredcanadian on CBS News, June 27, 2012

 

my mom and dad are jewish but I'm not. can i have my foreskin back please?

- waldo8 on CNN, 27 June, 2012

 

Just for future mothers (and their sons, for that matter) thinking about this barbaric anachronism. I resent my mother for so arrogantly having made such a highly personal and irreversible decision for me. I would prefer to have been asked as a consenting adult. If your not happy with it as an adult there is nothing stopping you from making the medical decision for yourself, just like any other.

- Matt on the Sydney Morning Herlad, June 28, 2012

 

I had a circumcision done when I was 13 due to a tight foreskin. It was unable to retract and I ended up with paraphimosis, where the foreskin gets stuck behind the glans. I went to hospital and got that fixed, and the doctor got my parent's consent to perform a circumcision. No other options were given, and I have since found out that circumcision was definitely not necessary. Stretching and special creams can solve the problem. In fact, many boys are unable to retract their foreskins until they are in their late teens/early twenties.

Circumcision has RUINED my life. The foreskin contains 80% of all the sensitive nerve endings that make sex so pleasurable. The glans contains the other 20% but because it is now exposed to the air it becomes keratinised and so loses all sensitivity also. I have problems getting erections, I find no pleasure in having oral sex performed on me, and the only way to reach climax when having sex is by having very vigorous sex in the doggy position. This has caused intimacy problems, where partners think I am insensitive, and so has ruined the relationships. I simply get no pleasure from other positions; in fact, it's a complete chore that I have no interest in.

I wanted to sue the NHS but apparently, because my parents gave consent, I don't have a leg to stand on. I feel depressed, suicidal and I've realised recently that this is probably the main reason for my failed life in terms of career/job and relationships.

The fact is rarely, if ever, medically necessary, and if done for religious reasons, IS child abuse. It is equivalent to raping your child.

- Lawrence11 on New Statesman, June 29, 2012

 

... I am a circumcised male born of Christian parents and I regret the fact I had no decision in it. As an adult knowing what I know about the purely religious ceremonial reasons for it I would not opt for the senseless cosmetic procedure. I once knew someone while serving in the military that had the procedure done because of his frequent problems with venereal disease. Years later after meeting him by chance he told me it was the worst decision of his life. He told me after the protective skin had been removed his penis gradually became more and more desensitized to the point of lessoning his desire for sex. He said if he could do it over he would have just used better hygienic and safe sex practices. It makes me wonder what I’ve been missing by not being a whole male. Once it has been done there is no going back. It should be left to the individual when they reach the age of reason.

- mflmarlton on the Huffington Post, June 30, 2012

 

Here's one male who's enraged over being mutilated, aka circumcised without consent. Circumcison is literally disfiguring child rape, and sexual torture when done without anesthesia, which is often.

- Brad on Practical Ethics, June 29, 2012

 

... I was circumcised as a child because my parents were/are Muslims, a faith I rejected in my early teen years. I was subjected to a barbaric religious ritual I not only didn’t consent to but also could not have consented to given my age.

- ishmael on Practical Ethics, June 30, 2012

 

... I too am a circumcised male who feels he’s been mutilated. The saddest thing is that the most vehement proponents of the practice seem to be circumcised males. After the “it combats disease” and “it’s more hygienic” claims have been discredited, they invariably fall back on “well it never bothered me so it won’t bother my son when I do it to him.” It makes me so angry and sad that in order to protect their own feelings, they are willing to sacrifice the bodily integrity of their child.

- Todd on Practical Ethics, June 30, 2012

 

I was circumcised just after I was born, and I am horribly unhappy with it. Not because the circumcision was botched or anything like that. But because over the years I have come to recognize that the human body is a fascinating and wonderful piece of technology. There are neurons in my brain that correspond to the nerves on every square centimeter of my skin. Evolution has fine-tuned nearly every aspect of my body, so that I can enjoy sensory input to the fullest degree. I take care to wear earplugs at loud concerts, and wear sunglasses on bright days.

But a piece of me was taken without my consent. Not just any piece. One of the most sensitive, personal pieces on my entire body. It's on a part of my body I use to express my love for others. Unless there's a fantastic medical breakthrough in the future, I'll probably never know what it would've been like to enjoy having it. Do you know how utterly cruel it is, to do this to a person? Maybe I'm just being a crybaby and I should instead focus my attention to starving children in Africa. But that doesn't change the fact that what was done to me was wrong. Stop cutting children. Just stop it.

- Throwahoymatie on the Daily Beast, July 5, 2012

 

"I’m not asking secular Jews to circumcise their kids....... they shouldn’t try to push their choices on me."

Someone DID force a choice on me when I was circumcised without my consent. And it wasn't a choice that belonged to them, it belonged to me. Yet everytime I use the bathroom, change clothes, shower, or even make love, I am reminded that I can never be whole again. No one had any right to do this to me, and they should be punished for it. ...

- Charlie w on the Daily Beast, July 5, 2012

#170

I'm male and I hate that I was circed against my will as an infant! It makes me feel like a partial eunuch.

- Evan Soringler on , July 2, 2012

 

... I am a Jewish male and I wish I could have this procedure reversed. And besides, how would somebody who had been circumcised be able to tell if they had lost sensitivity due to this practice? what would they be comparing it to exactly? The only way to do so would be actual scientific research.. and guess what? The evidence shows that the foreskin contains thousands of nerve endings that are cut off, which decreases sexual pleasure....

- Getriddathat T on JPost, July 5, 2012

 

I ... was born and raised Catholic but have pretty much kicked religion out of my life. I think religion is bunk. I am circumcised too, and wish I weren't. And I see no reason why such a thing should continue. I believe it serves no useful purpose other than to line the pockets of the doctors who do it, it is barbaric as all genital mutilation is, and it does not deserve any more tolerance than the practise of cutting off earlobes. Circumcision should be abolished completely except then there's an immediate medical need for it, which is extremely rare.

- pjs1965 on the Washington Post, July 7, 2012

 

The recent German circumcision ruling is not an attack on religion — it is a defence of a boy’s right to say ‘No.’ As the judge said, ‘[parents’ religious rights] would not be put in unnecessary danger if parents had to wait until the child could give consent to the circumcision.’ I am a victim of a Muslim circumcision I did not want. I was never given the chance to say ‘No.’ It is time we finally recognize the rights of boys to refuse this procedure.”

- Deniz Calisal in the National Post (Canada), July 7, 2012

 

... there is no procedure which truly fixes the loss of the foreskin. and if there were, we have laws to make people who harm others pay for the harm they've inflicted. My parents had absolutely NO right to take the end of my penis from me. it's MY body, ALONE. they did not have to make this decision. Just like with a tattoo or genital piercing, they could have easily left me alone, enabling me to make such a choice later in life in the unlikely event that I would want to do this to myself. yet they had me mutilated for life instead, and now I can never be whole again. do you know what it's like when every day of your life, every time you shower, chang clothes, use the bathroom, or even make love, you are reminded that you can never be whole again? do you know what it's like to be reminded of that during your most personal moments, discovering sexuality as a young man? Yeah, it's a bit harmful. I've been severely depressed for years due to this, at times suicidal. No one had any right to do this to me.

- Jack Raiden on the Huffington Post, July 7, 2012

 

... I did not ever want to be circumcised. I'm missing part of my genitalia due to my parents' faith in a religious ideology that I want no part of. If given the ability to make an informed decision about my own body I wouldn't ever have chosen to be circumcised. I do not care that my ancestor's cut off their foreskins for nearly 6,000 years. I'm sure they trepanned each other too, but I would not want to do that either even if it is relatively harmless. Circumcision is not at all the same as electing to receive a rhinoplasty or tattoo.

- Max Smouha on the NY TImes, July 12, 2012

 

When an adult brings a knife to a baby's penis and cuts a part of it off it is an assault which results in a permanent bodily damage, and so it violates the child's right to bodily integrity. ...

I was circumcised and I resent the fact that I don't and will never know how the intact penis I was born with feels like. Freedom of religion does not give parents permission to bring a knife to their children's genitals and permanently alter it to their liking.

- Eran Sadeh on the Huffington Post, July 13, 2012

 

Oh give me a break. Really? You're going to compare letting men decide for themselves if they want to be circumcised or not... to the holocaust? Do you know how immature that is? I'm 26 years old, and I wasn't born in a camp in Germany. But I was born in a hospital in the US, and as a result, I was circumcised. And I strongly resent it. Children have human rights, too.

- Jay Schmidt on the Wall Street Journal, July 13, 2012

 

As a mutilated without consent person, I fully agree with the court. When the infants are of legal age to consent, they can choose to undergo that horrible ritual. The uproar from the different religious groups is just an attempt to maintain their stranglehold on the masses.

- loosi4 on the Huffinton Post, June 30, 2012

 

I've ... been very much aware of my own circumcision from a young age. The unsightly scar around the shaft of my penis, halfway along its length. The discolored flesh above the scar which used to be the inside of my foreskin. The scar tissue where my frenulum used to attach to my glans.

When I reached puberty, my erections were tight and painful. When I started masturbating, I didn't understand that I needed to use lubrication, and as a consequence I seriously damaged my penis. The skin was bleeding, chaffed and flaking off. I was in pain. At this point I realized that the skin should be gliding back and forth over the shaft, but this was very difficult to do because my circumcision was so tight. I could only move the skin up towards my glans, pulling more hair-baring skin from my groin up onto my shaft. I couldn't move my shaft skin downward at all. When I became sexually active, I realized I had virtually no touch-sensitivity. I felt devastated. Not much has changed since.

I also frequently experience lymphedema, where the top of my penis above my circumcision scar fills up with fluid and swells. This happens spontaneously and during arousal. Recently I experienced a lymphedema episode where my penis didn't return to its normal size for over twelve hours. Due to all my issues with pain and swelling, I can only masturbate once or twice per month. Even with copious lubrication, my shaft skin becomes chaffed and bleeds. If I had the choice, I would not be circumcised.

- Jonathan Friedman on Beyond the Bris, June 14, 2011

#180

I am a victim of circumcision as discussed by Giles Fraser and have resented this mutilation all my life. If I shared his primitive superstition, I would marvel at his arrogant rejection of his god's anatomical design work.

- Roger Nall on the Guardian, July 19, 2012

 

... I was cut as a baby against my will, and I too went through a phase of trying to justify having a mutilated penis that only religious fanatics and a dwindling number of Americans have. But I knew I was trying to fool people the whole time, and you know it too.

Break the cycle and quit living out a lie. If I have a son I would never mutilate him as a substitute for hygiene and safe sex, EVER. But then I'm no longer trying to overcompensate for my own sexual disfigurement.

- barrowMarth on Youtube, July 20, 2012

 

"It clearly doesn't matter a jot if a baby boy is circumcised or not"
Say that to me, someone who can't feel sex at all. I feel numb. It's a dead stick, because some ignoramus thought it would be a good idea to cut a highly sensitive piece of erogenous tissue essential for full sexual pleasure off my person.

...

- kensmith on the Telegraph, July 22, 2012

 

As someone who was circumcised as an infant without may consent, I will tell you to take you child-cutting apologism and shove it. By way of analogy: you don’t really use your earlobes for anything, right? Let’s just chop ‘em off, whether you like it or not, because I think there’s a good reason: it will prove a point.

It’s a matter of bodily integrity/autonomy. If someone capable of consent WANTS to have bits cut off of or added to hir own body, power to hir. Other people don’t get to make that call.

- John Horstman on Freethought Blog, July 27, 2012

 

  Circumcision does not cause harm, is hygienic and increases sexual pleasure.

... , I assume from your name that you are a woman. I am a man who was circumcised as an infant. I deeply resent it. I deeply resent any woman telling me that it had no affect on my sexual pleasure or, even worse, that it increases sexual pleasure. ...

- Darwin Harmless on Freethought Blog, July 27, 2012

 

Just observed my first circumcision- kind of intense, even for a doc. Kinda pissed my parents let a moyel do that to me. #jews #oncall

- Daniel Mohrer @danmohrer on Twitter, July 28, 2012

 

... Male circumcisions are not all created equal, just as all female circumcisions are not created equal.

It seems that some men who are unfortunate enough to get circumcised 'get lucky' in that some or all of their frenulum (the G-spot) is left intact. So although they are still missing a lot of sensitivity, they still have some. I was unlucky enough to have had the NHS, when I was 13, circumcise me unnecessarily. It was done for 'phimosis'. ...

I was unfortunate enough to have had my frenulum removed. I cannot feel sex now and it has cost me relationships, caused me to be anxious and depressed, it has lowered my self-esteem, and I also have erectile problems too due to the complete lack of sensitivity.

The circumcision I had is probably comparable to complete removal of the clitoris. If not that, then possibly the clitoral hood and the labia. Either way, it is hard to understand where some people are coming from here, turning the abhorrent act of circumcision into some sort of competition/gender war.

Male circumcision/female circumcision......they are both equally barbaric.

This is a barbaric act that needs banned. ...

- genitalgenocide on the Observer, July 29, 2012

 

I have permanent nerve damage that gives me a fraction of feeling that normal circumsized guys feel, and even less when compared to uncircumsized. I am physically unable to top because of my circumscision. Please, please tell me again how I persuaded myself that my cock was broken. It's nice to hear from you that all the medical tests and doctor bills were for nothing, that the years of embarrassment and all the ointment I had use from rubbing myself raw in order to masturbarte like anyone else was pointless and I was fine, that that was just me being pathetic.

- Chlorogoth on Joe. My. God., August 1, 2012

 

... I am only twenty one years old and have had sexual intercourse hundreds of times with ten different females, and have had other sexual experiences with countless others. Out of the hundreds of times I've had sexual intercourse, I've only been able to orgasm and ejaculate a handful of times with only one of the ten partners. I've never orgasmed or ejaculated from any type of sexual foreplay (IE: Oral). Unlike a lot of circumcised men, I was not too embarrassed to go to a medical facility to find out what the problem was. After several tests, there was no conclusive diagnosis.

Completely overwhelmed and hopeless, I decided to look for answers online. I stumbled across an Intactivist website that suggessted performing a test in which a cotton swab is used to contact various parts of the penis to test the sensitivity. My results were horrible. I could only feel the cotton swab directly on the tip of my Glans, and no where else.

In my heart, I know that being circumcised is the reason why I lack sensitivity, and because of my inability to reach climax, I've been too ashamed to be in a steady relationship. The physical and mental trauma is real.

- JcValentine on the LA Times, August12, 2012

 

... My penis was ruined just because an incompetent doctor thought I’d be happy with the result. Well I’m not, and if I had been left intact, I certainly wouldn’t have chosen it. It is high time that the mutilating procedure was consigned to the garbage can of history. ...

- Keith on The Punch (Australia), August 10, 2012

#190

... I encourage all parents NOT to circumcise your baby boys. Where do you get the right to chop off part of your baby's body? They don't even use anesthetic when they do it to the baby. I'm angry that my parents did it to me.

- johnmorgan on the Huffington Post, August 20, 2012

 

Editors' Pick
As a circumcised American man I tell my Mother every year on my birthday that she had No right to mutilate me like that. I ask what her reasoning was and she never has a good answer. Circumcision of females is illegal in the U.S. and the same should be true for males. Mutilation of a child in any way should be criminal. PERIOD.

- Eugene on BBC, August 21, 2012

 

I was circumcised at birth and wish I hadn't been. To me it seems wrong to do this without consent - which can only be reasonably given when someone reaches 18 years old. ...

- roygbiv86 on BBC, August 21, 2012

 

I was done when I was a baby and I'm perfectly appalled that my parents, doctors and hospital staff would allow it to happen to me. How dare they. My son did not suffer this procedure.

- Roog on Daily Life, October 2, 2012

 

I've been circumcised and never had any choice in it. it made me feel different than everyone else [growing] up and why is it classed different than female circumcision[?] I fully resent my parents for doing this and wouldn't ever think about committing child abuse against my child such as this, let alone doing it in the name of fairy tales. Shame on any parent that does this to their child.

- Matthew Tointon on SBS, October 2, 2012

 

[I'm a] Canadian in my late 40s, living in [a hot, humid country], whose enjoyment of life was and still is destroyed by not having a prepuce.

... the area that should be covered is super, painfully sensitive to any kind of friction or contact ... the glans looks completely "normal" [but] it sure as hell doesn't feel normal. Any activity, all sports, cycling, walking up steps, and of course all sexual acts, soon feels like sand paper is being dragged across the glans and the area just near it where the prepuce should be. So I have not had sex in about nine years. Or ridden a bicycle. And I don't think I can get a white collar job in Canada, not a decent paying one. Even with the super lightweight cotton pants and the soft organic cotton brief underwear, which seems to be the least painful combination, normal activity even in the freezing cold, not possible.

In my case, there are just no other possible causes of the pain. I have never had an STD or even any kind of rash in that area. Never engaged in any kinky sexual practices ... My spouse [and I] had a good relationship, very compatible world views, many similar interests and tastes, no interest in having children, good sex life until this pain came along. And she was very understanding but years of living together as friends and roommates instead of a sexually active couple took its toll. And just the enjoyment of going for a cycle togther was gone. Ethically and morally, I would say she is entitled to compensation also.

- Anonymous (Canada), personal communication, January 31, 2013

 

I'm a Colombian who had a badly done circumcision at age 21. It was absolutely unnecessary, I was induced by an ignorant circumcised urologist. I consulted with him because of something I thought might be a problem, but it was really nothing. The urologist told me I had to get it done, that it would bring lots of benefits and just started with the typical pro-circumcision discourse, which I swallowed quietly and innocently. I went for it too fast, without doing any research, because of the way the urologist spoke about circumcision, as a panacea that could bring no negative consequence.

The result was 95% loss of sexual enjoyment. He destroyed 90% of the frenulum, practically all the inner mucosa. He didn't even said that circumcision destroyed the frenulum, all he said was that circumcision was the removal of the foreskin. Never mentioned the frenulum, which is the part i miss the most.

Eduardo Rosales, personal communication, February 5, 2013

 

I’m circumcised since birth and don’t really even care to have sex, the only time it felt great was when I was a teenager. I suppose since I still had great sensitivity, but over time it becomes numb, the sex itself now I can barely feel anything and takes a lot just to get an erection which I lose quickly if not constantly stimulated, I just have sex for the orgasm which is about all I can really feel, but aren’t really that impressive.

My doctor couldn’t find any medical cause for my problem, he could only recommend Viagra but that won’t increase the sensitivity so I can actually feel sex so that’s not much of a solution for me. Now that I know it’s circumcision that’s the culprit ... I’m currently looking into that and hope it will help restore sensitivity in at least the glans so I can feel sex more.

- brinxster on Reuters, February 15, 2013

 

I should come clean. I was circumcised at the age of four. Why ? Who knows ? I imagine because of my mother's sexual anxieties and a misplaced sense of hygiene. There was no medical or religious reason. The doctor arrived at our house one afternoon. I was not expecting him. I was invited to climb onto our dining table. Climbing down was harder. But I was done. It hurt. I remember that alright. It was not discussed, and I was not comforted. At four I suddenly felt unsafe at home.

I have hated being circumcised all my life. Hated it. As an adult, it has always felt to me like a mutilation, a diminishment, a grotesque elective deviation from nature. It has always felt like intolerable violence against my person by those who loved me. And yes, it made me wonder about that, too, though age tells me that they did so unequivocally and were simply misguided on this issue.

- Semanims on Viva Hodie, February 25, 2013

 

I ... have had sexual issues do to my circumcision. I have been in such pain from the lubrication running out in one spot that it created a badly bleeding abrasion on my penis. This has happened more than a few times and it causes me and my wife pain and anguish, and caused us to put off sex a number of times. This has also affected her because it creates painful abrasions in her as well.

Why my parents choose this painful sex life for me makes no sense.

- lastfreethinker on Youtube, February 28, 2013

#200

I didn't even know what a foreskin was until I discovered the internet. I rather resent that "choice" having been made for me.

- Steven Hanson on Facebook, May 13, 2013

 

Im wondering if Ill ever stop being upset about being circumcised as a baby. Iv had so many problems, some of which I was punished for by my my parents, as a result of something they did. Im not even sure if Ill ever decide to talk to them again.

- BigMobe on YouTube, May 19, 2013

 

- Ben Selfridge on YouTube, July 13, 2013

 

-Evan Roman and his mother Denise on YouTube, July 20, 2013

 

Circumcision sucks. I wish I weren't circumcised.

Just like women who were forcefully circumcised wish they weren't.

Why the double standard?

- Alston Chapman on FacebookAugust 27, 2013

 

I was circumcised as an infant, and have hated it and those who did it to me since the day I knew. No one had any authority to deny me the right to choose to be whole. Do you know what it's like when every time you shower, use the restroom, change clothes, even make love, you're reminded that you can never be whole again? Do you know what it's like when you go through your youth and teen years, discovering sexuality, yet being reminded of this every single time? Yeah, it does some damage to some of us. I no longer speak to my parents, and never will again. I just wish they were punished for what they've done.

- Falkner90 on Sp!ked, October 2013

 

I am NOT happy that my parents circumcised me.

- Walter Dong on Facebook, Novermber 26, 2013

 

I am sure the boys who were the victims of this butcher would like a lot more to be done than simply not allowing him to perform any more circumcisions. My own doctor botched my circumcision. Too much skin was removed, I've had adhesions and pain throughout my adulthood, and it has severely damaged my self worth as a human being. If I ever find out his name, the doctor who cut me will also not be performing any future circumcisions... or much of anything else again, ever.

Please, flying spaghetti monster, don't ever let me learn that butcher's name.

- Kaynejack on CBC (Canada), December 12, 2013

 

16 reasons Aaron is angry

Facebook, January 29, 2014

A bearded man who wishes he wasn't circumcised

hdbiker2000 on BeardBoard, February 1, 2014

#210

gwallen - painful erections

gwallen in The Daily Beast, February 2, 2014

 

fifi56 - always resented

fifi56 inThe Daily Beast, February 2, 2014

 

nzchicago - many problems

nzchicago in The Daily Beast, February 2, 2014

A mother who doesn't get it

we decided to circumcise our boy. it was a painless, easy procedure that involved a tiny plastic bell and some string. fast forward 25 years: my son went apeshit crazy on me one day as i was chopping vegetables. he revealed that he was incredibly upset that i had cut him and mutilated him without his consent and that i should apologize. when i picked my jaw up off the floor, i told him that no knives were involved and that i made the decision based on the information i had at the time. i would not ever apologize for something irrevocable and 25 years in the past. he feels that i took something important from him. i cannot fathom why he would equate what we did with actual genital mutilation since he is functional and useful. i told him to read up on infibulation, and what an actual mutilation looks like. i have tried to see his point of view, and told him about his cousin who had to have a circumcision at age 6, due to his foreskin closing up on him. that was trauma. hopefully he has come to accept what cannot be changed. i stand by my decision, i just wish my son would understand.

- Jenniefer P. (Jenniefer_Milot_Pickup) on Huffington Post, April 10, 2014

 

 

Joelis - infuriated

"The Truth About Circumcision", Youtube, January 2014

 

Pumapuma and Mr Rogers - pissed, robbed

"The Truth About Circumcision", Youtube, April 2014

 

If someone had, I'd be extremely grateful to whoever said 'NO' to my circumcision, and it's my mother I'm most resentful towards for handing me over. Like I've said in this thread, I try really hard not to fault her for it, given the culture, but the facts on the ground (so to speak) tell me they didn't care what I, the adult man, the owner of the penis in question, might want.

- Mnevis on MMO, April 15, 2013

#220

Ray James - numerous problems

Ray James on Facebook, April 17, 2014

 

... like most American men, I was circumcised at birth. Didn't have a choice. I've always known I was circumcised but never really thought about it. Recently though, after doing some research, I'm kind of pissed I'm circumcised.

It seems to me that the reasons for being circumcised, outside of religious aspects, aren't at all compelling. Health differences appear to be negligible, and the whole "uncut dicks aren't clean" narrative seems silly since you can just clean it in the shower or something. I guess the main reason I'm happy to be circumcised is that a lot of girls in America are grosses out by uncircumcised dicks-- but that speaks more toward ignorance/immaturity of some women than any actual issue with it in my eyes. They just "look weird", and I agree that they do. But is that really enough to slice off skin off a baby's penis? Like, really?

This isn't some huge issue in my life, but it's something I've been thinking about lately. Just kind of bothers me I had a part of me removed without having any say.

...

- Herbal Essence on GrassCity, May 17, 2014

 

'I hope that my mother will at some point in the future tell an expectant mother about what it feels like to hear

- Anonymous on rchon, June 28, 2014

 

''I... would beat the doctor...to death'''

Facebook, July 19, 2014

(223 non-celebrities)

This quickfire poll of men at Burning Man 2011 is telling:

 

''Burning Man'' poll

LikeDislikeRatio
Intact63 (95.4%)3 (4.6%)19:1
Circumcised66 (50.4%)65 (49.6%)1:1
Suggesting intact men are 19 times as likely
to like their state as circumcised men.
Other such informal polls have given similar results.

 


Not forced, so no resentment, but regrets

 

circumcision is retarded. I am circumcised and did it when I was 18 because I felt I wasnt normal. I enjoyed it for about 6 months until I started to realize how much it SUCKS. You lose SOOO much feeling. It's funny cus guys who have been circmszd since birth don't know what it's like to have a normal penis.? They miss out on SOO much. It seriously removes 200% sensitivity to ur penis. Plz remember that I WANTED TO be circumcised.

breastimus on Youtube ~June 2009

 

As male who was circumcisied at age 29 and is now 31, I can say with 100% certainty, it was the absolute worst choice I have ever made! I did it because I wanted to fit in so to speak. The circumcision debate is identical to the vaccine/autism debate. It’s based on crap science and cultural “norms”. After living both sides, circumcision is as evil as Euginics!

Woods on Reuters January 8, 2011

 

I was circumcised at the age of 18 for medical reasons.

But i have had a taste of life before that event and i can assure everybody that capacity for enjoyment is radically different.

While before the operation, a feather could rattle me, sandpaper today can barely make me budge.

Pro advocates have no idea of the difference, otherwise they would be totally mute.

I could go into more details but i would probably be deleted by the overseers.

CIRCUMCISION SHOULD BE BANNED. period.

mellowg on the Globe and Mail January 14, 2011

 

I was circumcised as an adult so I know what's it like to be sexually active male both with and without a foreskin. I had a full foreskin until the age of 26 when, due to phimosis, my doctor recommended circumcision. I wish I'd known when I agreed to it what I know now.

With a foreskin, the glans is covered most of the time, so it's like a very sensitive (almost painfully so) mucous membrane. During sex when the foreskin retracts it provides extremely strong sensations both from the friction on the sensitive glans and the foreskin rubbing back and forth across the corona. Post-circumcision, this very sensitive skin becomes "keratinised", i.e. it toughens up like any other part of our external skin so the sensitivity is vastly reduced. A good before vs after comparison of the change in the degree of sensitivity would be the difference between touching your eyeball with your finger and touching your fingertip with your finger. Try it and see if you can judge the difference.

Re: hygiene, I washed regularly, I never experienced any hygiene problems when I had a foreskin. No smell, no smegma, nothing.

Re: pain, the surgeon insisted he do the procedure under general anaesthetic. Quite likely the adult penis is far more sensitive than a baby's, but even so, I think the fact that I needed a general anaesthetic tells you something. When I woke up it was extremely painful even with a healthy dose of painkillers.

In retrospect, I feel stupid having agreed to circumcision. I feel I have lost a huge part of myself. I feel my libido is far lower, when I have sex I feel a fraction of what I felt before.

My circumcision was very neatly and professionally done, I've suffered from none of the horror stories mentioned above. But with the experience I've had, I don't understand why anyone would feel the need to circumcise anybody, let alone a child, unless it offered a better, fuller, more enjoyable life experience than what they currently have.

Anonymous on Psychology Today, September 15, 2011

 

I wasn't cut until I was in my 20's. If I had it to do over, I never would have had it done. The sexual experiance and sensations are a lot more intense for an uncut male than a cut male because the foreskin keeps the head of the penis moist and it's a heck of a lot more sensitive to the touch. By circumcising your sons you are robbing them of ever having the maximum sexaul satisfaction possible. Teach them to wash it under the foreskin and cleanliness shouldn't be a problem. I'd never have my kids circumcised. To cut or not to cut is something for them to decide once thay get older, not me.

TheCosmicCowboy on StarPress.com, September 19, 2011

 

A medical condition meant I had to have a circumcision at 18. The experience t[a]ught me that circumcising a new born is just plain wrong. The procedure is painful and it takes weeks for the body to get used to a highly sensitive area being exposed. It should only be performed on the consenting mature individual. Any parent who has their child circumcised is in my opinion violating the rights of the child. A parent should not have the right to mutilate their child just because in the future the is a tiny chance something might go wrong.

- Ben on Sydney Morning Herald, March 2, 2011

 

I opted to be circumcised around age 20 for medical reasons[. I]f I had known what it would be like I would never have gone through with it. Doctors do not explain things properly to you in this country they're so free and easy to hand out pills and book you in for operations without you or them really knowing what the consequences will be. Being circumcised was not worth it for me, I'd rather have lived with the pain I was in than with with virtually no sensation at all. I haven't even mentioned the pain of the operation under a local anaesthetic which did not help whatsoever.

Shin Ra on NeoSeeker, March 25, 2012

 

I was intact until I was 19, and after some bad medical advice I was circumcised. There is no comparison in sensation - before I had an exquisitely sensitive sexual organ. Now the sensation is nil. I have erectile dysfunction and do not orgasm.

I have tried to restore for years but it's difficult and takes a lot of commitment. I wish every day I could go back and not make that mistake. It has totally destroyed my life.

Steve Bennett on MindOfOwn's blog, June 22, 2012

 

I was circumcised for medical reasons as a 17 year old. I had sexual experiences before with my un mutulated penis and now with the mutulated penis. I know from first hand experience what if FEEL's like with or without forskin.

I can assure you that most of the nerves that the body has for pleasure are located in the very skin that is removed during circumcision. that fact alone should make it mandatory to have the person of a legal age where it can make an informed decision.

those health claims are completely culturally biased. there seems to be no neutral factual science that will come to this conclusion of recommending this proceedure. there are probably similar reasons to permanantly remove the teeth, or fingernails or what ever needs cleaning on a regular base. .....

Kalle on KQED, September 4, 2012

 

Alan asked 15 hr ago

I had a circumcision 10 days before. After 6-7 days all the stitches are removed. I tried to masturbate yesterday, but I couldn't do it because of pain.

And the skin under my penis is uneven and looks like it can cause bleeding while having sex. Are these things normal.? Or should I consult a doctor for this.?

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I'm 25. I did this because of some infections. Now I think it was better with foreskin.

Alan on Yahoo! Answers, December 16, 2012

 

''The second biggest mistake of my life''

Parsecskin on Foreskin Restoration, June 27, 2014

(11 regretful men)

 

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Plunket nurse: nurse from the Society for Promoting the Health of Women and Children, better known as the Plunket Society.

Grimalkin: An old she-cat, contemptuously applied to to a jealous or imperious old woman.

J.J.: after J. J. Maher, a despised teacher at Choat.