A blogger asks why so many are so concerned about circumcising baby boys? The intactivist point of view makes sense. Many intactivists are men who are unhappy with their circumcision. Others are mothers who either have first hand experience of circumcision harm or have researched the issue enough to understand the risks and and harms of male infant circumcision. But what drives people to want to circumcise baby boys?
The controversy regarding male infant circumcision ignores human rights, which are applied to girls but not boys. A recent study that examined the cost benefit of male infant circumcision was speculative, but, worse yet, ignored the ethical and human rights issues of advocating elective surgery of healthy tissue.
The best foreskin restoration method is the one that you can stick with and do consistently every day. Time, patience, and consistency will produce results. The best way to stick with tugging is to integrate it into your lifestyle so that tugging is just something you do. The best method is the one that is not a chore, but becomes a part of your normal daily activity.
tl;dr: All foreskin methods work. Pick one and do it consistently and regularly.
Are there no limits to parental rights? Can parents do anything they wish to their children? No, except when it comes to unnecessary, elective surgery for their sons. Infant circumcision is permitted for boys, but not girls.
A post about mothers who circumcised their sons, only to learn about the harms of circumcision and regret that they allowed their sons to be cut. Mothers who learn from their mistakes make powerful advocates for leaving baby boys whole and uncut.
A neonatal intensive care nurse in New Zealand writes about male infant circumcision. New Zealand does not practice routine infant circumcision like is done in the United States. This nurse sees no problems occurring for these many intact and whole baby boys. As a neonatal intensive care (NICU) nurse, he is well aware of the fragile hold on life many of the babies in his care have. He cannot imagine any ethical doctor recommending a baby in intensive care be circumcised.
The human rights group Attorneys for the Rights of the Child (ARC) has condemned the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) for its upcoming “Circumcision Policy Statement,” due out on August 27, 2012. The new policy statement is expected to ignore and minimize the truth about the risks and harms of male circumcision and place doctors’ interests ahead of patients’ needs.
The Australian island state of Tasmania is seeking to better protect children by outlawing male infant circumcision. The current Tasmanian law is not clear on the legality of male circumcision for those under 18.
A doctor circumcised twins in the hospital. Unfortunately, the doctor botched the circumcision and the boys got gangrene. Each boy had his penis amputated because of the gangrene. They now have to urinate through a catheter.
An intact man tells of growing up with a foreskin. He is thankful that he is whole and intact. He tells of his first orgasm. He was cleaning under his foreskin in the bath. Comparing his experience with others, he discovered that the circumcised guys did not have the same impact as his did. The circumcised orgasm was much shorter and less intense. He described how his orgasms affected his whole body. After restoring my foreskin, I experienced my first whole body orgasm. I never knew what I was missing.
This may be a tmi question, and you don't have to answer. Have you noticed a change in the texture of your penis since you started restoration? Like, has the head become more sponge like and less keratinized?
There was a BIG difference in the texture of my glans and inner foreskin remnant from restoring my foreskin. Before restoring, my shaft was all the same color with a dark ring around it (the circ scar). My glans was rough and dry looking.
After restoring and keeping my glans covered 24/7, my inner foreskin remnant and glans returned to its natural mucous membrane state. It took several months of complete coverage before the change was complete. My inner foreskin remnant is pink and very sensitive. My glans is glossy and smooth with a pinkish-purple color. I resemble the uncut pic on your Dangers of Circumcision page, but before restoring I looked like the cut pic.
A review of the reasons behind the German Court’s finding that child circumcision is against the best interests of the child by adversely impacting his rights to self-determination and bodily integrity. An important factor considered by the Court was the permanency of circumcision.
The studies many use to justify the male circumcision campaign in Africa do not identify that simple hygiene has a greater impact on the HIV rate than does a man’s circumcision status. A recent study found that wiping the penis 10 minutes after sex had a large impact on the HIV rate, regardless of circumcision status.
The blog’s author was 5 years old when he was circumcised. He knew enough at that age that he did not want part of his penis cut off. Now 35 years later, he still hates that he was circumcised as a child.
Glen Callender of CAN-FAP responds to an article about his recent protest march. Glen marched naked from the waist down to show everyone what an intact man looks like and to make a statement against male infant circumcision.
He points out:
Public nudity does not harm children. Circumcision does.
Foreskin restoration is a way to become uncircumcised. Circumcised men can restore their foreskin to regain most of what they lost. It is a non-surgical process that requires only that the remaining shaft skin be tensioned by tugging. Some men use manual tugging method 2 (the primary manual tugging method). Other men wear a device.
The glans, or dick head, is one of the least sensitive part of the entire body. Many circumcised men find this unbelievable, but they do not have their foreskin to know that parts of the foreskin are many times more sensitive than the glans. If circumcised men knew what they had lost from their infant circumcision, they would be angry and male infant circumcision would cease to be practiced.
Letter responses to a pro-circumcision article in the LA Times that was disparaging towards men. The letter writers rightfully condemn the article for its misandrogist views. Every child, female and male, deserves to have an intact body, free from any genital cutting.
There are many types of sex crimes. There are also many crimes that are hidden and not reported. The Penn State sex crimes is a perfect example. It took many years for the truth to come out. Male infant circumcision is another example, but the truth is just now coming out. There is still a stigma to talk about the harm of circumcision, which is an assault on the body of a helpless baby boy.