Genital Cutting Basics
Did you know that…
most men in the world and the great majority of men in Europe, Scandinavia, Central and South America and Asia
are not circumcised?
"medical" infant circumcision was introduced to prevent
until a few decades ago,
female genital cutting
was promoted in the western world for many of the same reasons as male circumcision?
infant circumcision was fashionable in the English-speaking world 50 years ago but is now rare (except in the US)?
to be circumcised?
circumcision with a
before an infant's foreskin can be cut (or crushed) off, it must be torn away from the
50% of the skin of the penis
the most sensitive part of the penis
no national medical association anywhere in the world supports non-therapeutic neonatal circumcision (male or female) on medical grounds?
the claim that
circumcision protects against HIV
is based on 5,400 circumcisions protecting (perhaps) just 73 men?
even if the claim is true,
it would take hundreds of circumcisions to prevent one case in the US?
no protection at all to women
circumcision offers no protection at all to gay men?
A comprehensive, independent rebuttal of the HIV claims
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