A news release from U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention about a study from the journal: Sexually Transmitted Diseases.
"Most uncircumcised MSM in this London survey were unwilling to participate in research on circumcision and HIV prevention," the authors concluded. "Only a minority of uncircumcised men thought that there were benefits of circumcision. It is unlikely that circumcision would be a feasible strategy for HIV prevention among MSM in London."
Few intact men have any desire to lose part of their sex organ by being circumcised. So why do we continue to cut babies?
A 76 year old man laments his infant circumcision. He started restoring his foreskin when he was 73 years old. He is happy to have regained his lost sensitivity. He wishes he had learned about foreskin restoration 50 years ago.
A news report of the study published in The International Journal of Men’s Health that investigates the link between the early trauma of circumcision and the personality trait disorder alexithymia. Alexithymia is a disorder that results in a person being unable to process emotions and having difficulty identifying and expressing their feelings. Those with the disorder usually are not able to imagine what others are feeling, leading to an inability to respond to the needs of others.
The International Journal of Men’s Health has published the first study of its kind to look at the link between circumcision and the personality trait disorder alexithymia. The study, by Dan Bollinger and Robert S. Van Howe, M.D., M.S., FAAP, found that circumcised men are 60% more likely to suffer from alexithymia, the inability to process emotions. People suffering from alexithymia have difficulty identifying and expressing their feelings. This translates into not being able to imagine what others are feeling, leading to an inability to respond to others’ needs. If acquired at an early age, this might limit access to language and interfere with the socialization process that begins early in life. Moderate to high alexithymia can interfere with personal relationships and hinder therapy. Impulsive behavior is a key symptom of alexithymia, and impulsivity is a precursor to violence.
"I stand for human rights. I don't care if you're a day old, or a hundred years. I don't care if you wear a cross, or a hajib. I don't care if you're black, white, or purple with red polkadots. I don't care if you live near me, or if you live half a world away. If your rights are in question, I'm your girl, and I'll have your back. The world would be a better place if we stood up for each other, instead of picking the one thing that makes us different and freaking out about it."
The human body is an amazing thing and is fully equipped to function normally in our environment as long as nothing interferes with it. This includes the penis. We are not born with any extra parts. All parts of our body, including the foreskin, serve important functions. The head (glans) of the penis is mucous membrane, like the inner parts of the vulva, like the inside of your mouth, the inside of your nose, and your eyes. These parts are all designed to be protected from the outside world by a layer of skin. Labia, lips, eyelids, nose, foreskin are all protective coverings for mucous membranes that allow these parts to maintain their optimal function.
This week two petitions were started at the Whitehouse page.
The right to petition our government is guaranteed by the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Throughout our history, Americans have used petitions to organize around issues they care about from ending slavery, to guaranteeing women’s right to vote, to the civil rights movement.
The Whitehouse has set up a petition system that will bring the petition to the attention of the Whitehouse for an official response if the petition receives 5000 signatures within 30 days.
I mean, from a sexual function point of view, they are damaged. They experience less pleasure than they’re capable of, and they make masturbation/sex function differently than they’re supposed to. And of course, many people experience physical pain as a result of being circumcised.
A woman tells the story of her brother’s intact son who was teased at school for not being circumcised. She told the boy he should tell those teasing him, “My parents loved me enough not to cut my penis.” The boy said that the next time he was teased, and he was reprimanded by the school principle. Her brother ripped the school for not reprimanding the bullies and for disciplining the person being bullied.
A circumcised man give ten reasons why he believes foreskin belongs on the penis. After restoring my foreskin, I have to agree with his reasons. Foreskin is better when it remains attached to the penis.
The days, months, years and decades march on, and the macabre procedure of circumcision does not end. How absurd that in an “enlightened society,” the madness goes on, and medically trained humans cut off healthy foreskins. Where are their principles?
How they can violate the Hippocratic Oath, which essentially states that “given an existing problem, it may be better not to do something, or even to do nothing, than to risk causing more harm than good.” It reminds all in the health field that they should consider the possible harm that any intervention might do. The Hippocratic Oath comes into play when discussing use of an intervention that carries an obvious risk of harm but a less certain chance of benefit. More than 100 baby boys die annually as a result or trigged by circumcision. And it would be many more if circumcision were universal in the U.S.
Part 2 of the series debunking circumcision myths. It is not difficult to keep intact boys clean. First, as a baby, all that is needed to clean is to wipe like a finger. Retraction is not necessary. The foreskin should NEVER be retracted by anyone other than the boy. When the boy gets older, he will have no trouble cleaning under the foreskin. It is the one part of the body that the boy will want to play with. So let him play with it when bathing.
In countries where infant circumcision is not widely practiced, doctors know better than to perform unnecessary, elective surgery on baby boys. Between 10,000 and 15,000 boys are circumcised in the Netherlands every year, often on religious grounds and without anesthetics. This is against human rights. The Dutch doctors federation KNMG has again called on ministers, MPs, and human rights organizations to speak out against the practice of circumcising young boys.