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
A circumcision fetishist, or circumfetishist
for short, is a person who gets sexual pleasure from the act
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
(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
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
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
You can talk circumcision with me by looking for me
on Yahoo Messenger (text/voice chat) and Skype (voice
chat) as "*******" - 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.)
The qrowth of social media such as Twitter allows the fetishists
to promote their interest:
The idea of "perfection" is
prevalent in the circumfetishist mindset.
This fetishist's pleasure in the
pain of infant male genital cutting is manifest. "Move
vigorously" is a euphemism for "struggle for his life to
Here, he over-generalises the
masochism of his few fellow fetishists on to "so many". Most
uncut guys would run 100 km from any clamps:
"A tough ride" is a euphemism for
Circumcision advocate Professor Brian Morris lists
"Circumsexual Pride" among the Likes on his Facebook page.
He 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
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