This is a byway of the circumcision issue. It underlines how reasons given for circumcising may not be what they seem.
According to the Encyclopedia of Psychiatric Disorders,
Fetishism is a form of paraphilia, a disorder that is characterized by recurrent intense sexual urges and sexually arousing fantasies generally involving non-human objects, the suffering or humiliation of oneself or one's partner (not merely simulated), or children or other non-consenting persons. The essential feature of fetishism is recurrent intense sexual urges and sexually arousing fantasies involving specific objects. While any object may become a fetish, the distinguishing feature is its connection with sex or sexual gratification.
- Fetishism. Encyclopedia of Mental Disorders
A circumcision fetishist, or circumfetishist for short, is a person who gets sexual pleasure from the act of circumcision.
Circumfetishism should be distinguished from just eroticising the circumcised penis (accucullophilia), as many women and gay men may do, just from familiarity (and unfamiliarity with the intact version), and then it should be considered in the context of apotemnophilia (the wish to be an amputee) and acrotomophilia (sexual interest in amputees).
Circumfetishism may involve fantasies of power and control, which may be ritualistically acted out. Circumfetishists, like most fetishists, appear to be virtually all men - though being circumcised by a scornful woman is a common circumfetishist fantasy.
(Women may fetishize apparently non-sexual objects, such as large structures, though their attraction seems more like falling in love than a purely sexual involvement - Simpson A. Woman with objects fetish marries Eiffel Tower. The Telegraph, London, June 4, 2010)
Circumfetishist fantasies may be active (sadistic) fantasies of circumcising, or passive (masochistic) fantasies of being circumcised, and the rituals, when they occur, of course involve both.
Circumfetishists have several websites (such as Inter-circ, Roundheads U.K. Circumcision Images).
Until June 2010, the Circlist website linked to a Google discussion group that said
"Circlist has always permitted, and will continue to permit, circumcision related fetish/sexual postings/materials, straight, gay or otherwise. Individuals may use CIRCLIST to make contact with one another, including for sexual purposes. The list is not just a medical interest list, but rather all things circumcision, including circ-fetish, sexual info, medical info and a place to meet up with fellow circumcision enthusiasts and proponents."
Circumsexuals held the first International Circumsexual Symposium, in Washington, D.C. in June 2005, and another in Las Vegas in May 2010.
Circumfetishist "Ben Winkie" blogs about it. ("Interests: Being masturbated whilst circumcision is being discussed. Watching circumcisions with others. Etc.") and features a Gomco and a Mogen clamp on his avatar.
I am Ben Winkie, the owner and founder of this blog. (Ben is the name of a much-loved childhood pet and “winkie” is a childhood name for the penis.)
I first developed an interest in male circumcision aged 8, when I arrived at my English boarding school. The school was run by a Victorian circumcisionist and he was ably assisted by an army of pro-circumcision matrons. The school doctor insisted on inspecting our penises at the slightest opportunity, such as if you had a cold or chest infection. He prescribed an emergency circumcision as a treatment for every ill, culling those prepuces that parents had not already removed. I recall about 60% on my classmates were Roundheads (circumcised) on arrival, by the times we left the school, 90% of us boys were Roundheads…
I asked my mother during an early exeat (weekend furlough) why some boys’ winkies were different from mine. A quick and simple answer only made me more interested.
As I rose through the school, my fascination built, along with the feeling of abject terror that the Headmaster was looking to get me clipped, to instil discipline and obedience. My coping mechanism was frequent masturbation, never know which little foreskin-induced orgasm might be my last. My mother threatened merry hell if anything should befall my dear prepuce and he retired before the school doctor could turn the knife. I did enjoy the interest of the Roundheads in my Cavalier (uncut) cock; sadly an early beating on the evils of looking at and exploring other boys private parts left me unable to reciprocate for many years. I mourn the wasted opportunities that befell me then and at my later senior boarding school.
So started a lifelong interest in circumcision (including female, but that won’t be an issue here). My interests have taken me around the world and early opportunities to help parents and nannies get their little darlings circumcised has left me with an interest to see and discuss more…
I now consider myself a circumsexual - neither straight, bi or gay. Circumcision does it for me! I spent many years in therapy, only to discover that each unto his own, so long as no one else gets harmed. My therapist pronounced me normal! Circumsexual normal.
You can talk circumcision with me by looking for me on Yahoo Messenger (text/voice chat) and Skype (voice chat) as “benwinkie” - I am usually around on weekends and some evening, UK time.
(The various circumcising devices are often bright and glittering - the kind of thing a jackdaw would use to decorate its nest. They are also attractive to circumcision fetishists.)
Circumcision advocate Professor Brian Morris has links to several circumfetish websites from the Links page of his homesite, circinfo.net:
The extent of circumfetishism among doctors and others who perform infant circumcisions is unknown, but warrants further research.
Based on part of a presentation - 'Evolution of Circumcision Methods: Not "Just a Snip" ' - by Hugh Young at the 11th International Symposium on Genital Autonomy, Berkeley California, 2010, published in
Genital Cutting: Protecting Children from Medical, Cultural, and Religious Infringements, Spiringer 2013, pp 69-83, DOI: 10.1007/978-94-007-6407-1_5