Sexy Time: Demystifying Foreskin


Foreskin may be the only uncharted territory Americans have no desire to conquer. In our country, circumcision is common enough that a foreskin-free penis is the expectation, but elsewhere, that’s hardly the case. Though it remains the most common elective operation globally, the majority of men in the world don’t undergo it. Surprised? Dismayed? Completely alarmed that you can no longer take a European lover?

Don’t be.

The ever-proper Charlotte York may have once compared an uncut penis to a shar pei, but there’s no reason why you should be repulsed by foreskin.

Countless girlfriends of mine cringe at the thought of penises au natural, but my own varied sexual experiences have familiarized me with the lesser known peen and I’m on a mission to demystify it. Here’s some good news to start: uncut penises are pretty much the same as their counterparts. And yet, Americans and those with less colorful sexual pasts continue to treat foreskin as something of an anomaly and even a defect. I’ve isolated foreskinphobia into a few easily identifiable (and refutable) myths:

Foreskin is dirty. Female anatomy doesn’t exactly have the best reputation as far as smell is concerned, but it’d be ludicrous if a guy refused to sleep with me because he questioned my ability to clean myself. Since one would hope most men have mastered basic hygiene by the time they’re sexually active, concerns over cleanliness (or lack thereof) are mostly overblown or based on myths. An uncut penis is no dirtier than the alternative. If anything, guys with foreskin learn more about hygiene at an earlier age and are taught to be conscientious about cleaning themselves. And if hygiene really is an issue? Blame the man, not the foreskin. It’s not like his penis is actively opposing a shower.

Foreskin is ugly. This is a completely subjective opinion, so I can’t exactly debunk it, but attractiveness of genitalia is really in the eye/mouth/hand of the beholder. I’m personally indifferent to how penises look. An erect penis is far more aesthetically pleasing than a thumb, for example, but I’d still rather look into my boyfriend’s eyes than in his pants.   Ultimately, though, we shouldn’t subject our partners’ genitalia to our visual preferences. After all, as much as I like my own vagina, I don’t expect anyone else to be enthralled by it, nor do I think I should be judged on the basis of its appearance. If the presence of some extra skin is enough to dissuade you from ever pursuing a sexual relationship with a guy, then god forbid he actually have a physical defect, like an entire extra toe.

Foreskin puts you at risk for STIs. Some studies have shown a significant reduction in HIV transmission rates among circumcised men. So why isn’t the global medical community suggesting that men get snipped en masse?  For starters, these studies were done in extremely high-risk areas in Africa. Research in developed countries, such as Australia, has shown no difference in HIV transmission rates. Further, though the men in these studies were less likely to get HIV, their partners weren’t. Circumcision only improves the odds for the penetrative partners while those being penetrated (whether they were male or female) experienced the same rates of infection as partners of uncircumcised men. But more importantly, just because a guy has been circumcised doesn’t mean that you should forgo a condom. Ultimately, prevention of STIs depends on personal responsibility, not a decades’ old decision made by your partner’s parents.

All of the above seems pretty obvious, yet an American cultural bias against foreskin persists. The most feasible explanation, in my opinion,  is probably the following:

Foreskin is foreign. I mean that literally and figuratively. In the rest of the world, uncut is the norm. The great majority of European boys get to keep their foreskin. In the U.K., only 4 percent are circumcised every year. Even our northern neighbor, Canada, frowns upon the practice. (The Canadian Pediatric Society has stated officially that it doesn’t recommend routine circumcision unrelated to religious or cultural practices). The story’s quite different in the States, where 83 percent of American male infants born in the 1980s  — the majority of my sexual history — were circumcised. (That rate has declined to 55 percent in recent years.)

These seemingly meaningless numbers are actually quite significant. They mean that uncut penises remain foreign entities for many Americans. So perhaps what really bothers us is not hygiene, disease, or aesthetic underappreciation but rather, a lack of familiarity. Given how intimidated some of my friends are when face-to-face with a penis, it’s no surprise that they’re aghast upon encountering one that looks unlike all others before it.

Just remember: a penis is still a penis and friction is still your ally. Sure, your handjob or blowjob technique may have to undergo slight adjustments, but the end goal (and the way to reach it) remains the same. A couple inches of skin shouldn’t stand in the way of anyone’s pleasure, including your own.

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  1. Hugo says:

    83%? Are you serious? In Britain it is basically just odd to be circumcised (unless you're jewish). How can it possibly effect anyones view of a possible partner? The only difference i have ever heard mooted is that it in fact enhances the experience because it keeps female … lubricants where they're meant to be (a little like a plug i suppose).

    My chances with american women seem much slimmer in light of this!

  2. Lauren - University says:

    I know I shouldn't hate on the stuff, but it totally freaks me out. I don't deal well with surprises, so when I undress a man and find he's wearing a turtle neck, I dont really know how to deal.

  3. Vivid Hallucinations says:

    I am not circumcised, and I am glad it is so. I was born in Europe, so as you mentioned it is not common place unless it is a medical emergency or religious.

    That being said, that extra bit of skin provides so many more sensations for me than if I had lost that skin, it allows easier penetration because instead of being forced the skin moves with the rest of the body, and blow jobs and hand jobs are much nicer since the extra skin allows the hand to move along the shaft without causing extreme friction that would require lubrication.

    From my three ex's, two of them were American and I was the first uncut male they slept with. One of my ex's and I were recently discussing circumcision because of a new study stating it may be traumatising to babies, and she mentioned that the feeling during sex for her was entirely different, a more pleasant feeling.

    Now I'll be the first to mention that I am not big, 6 inches, but I can still provide more pleasure over more well endowed men when they are circumcised.

  4. Ace says:

    I have recently encountered my first au naturale peen. Trust me, I was surprised, a bit thrown off and intrigued. I thought perhaps they were a myth. My experience up until now has been largely jewish so I suppose I've been sheltered. My current man is European and clearly doesn't even think twice about it. I can't say whether or not there is a noticeable difference, there certainly is less uncomfortable friction as it seems to move well with my body. But other than that, peen is peen and I'm a fan.

  5. Hugo — Think of it this way: if a girl really does nip a hookup in the bud because of your foreskin, she's probably not worth sleeping with anyway.

  6. Zoe says:

    So glad you wrote this. I think circumcised men who react with disgust to the idea of an uncircumcised penis are just exhibiting cognitive dissonance – no one wants to hear that the painful procedure they went through to have a body part removed was essentially pointless.

    Also, they don't even look that different when the penis is erect! And they make handjobs so much easier!

  7. Liam says:

    I'm circumcised and I think it's just better this way. It looks better, chicks dig it. I'm going to take this time to praise myself and say that my penis is special! It's that good ole All-American muscle, nice and sleek and ready to ride! found distinctely in America!

    Not to diss the foreigners, but I think the fact that circumcision is only common in America, says something. It says "We're awesome!"

  8. Erin says:

    I Think that if you get use to having foreskin on your partner you will come to realize that either way it's okay. Liam you sound a little ignorant I hope you were kidding about America being awesome. America is good but someone mutilating their child's penis for no good reason does not make a country great. I personally think that unless it's an adult prone to smegma then circumcision is okay. Or if its part of your religious views then obviously thats your belief and thusly it's your right.

  9. jai says:

    Living in Canada, I can say that I actually haven't encountered that many uncut men. Mostly I think parents tend to go with whatever the father has (or doesnt have in some cases)

  10. Tim says:

    Circumcised guys usually have to reach for lube when they masturbate; uncircumcised men don't. Why some societies feel they need to mutilate the male human body is beyond me.

    In my experience, women are the ones who are hell-bent on hacking off foreskins… maybe it's a castration/control thing? A lot of circumcised men don't even think about it, and haven't encountered that many, so they just shrug. (Once, I convinced a couple NOT to circumcise their kid, and they followed my advice for all three boys, something they have thanked me for many times …)

    Seriously, just leave your kids alone. Teach them hygiene. Tell them to use condoms when they eventually have sex. Put the scalpel away.

  11. "Put the scalpel away" hahaha! Love it.

  12. Casey says:

    I don't really care either way. A penis is a penis, it's gonna do the same thing no matter what it looks like. (and let's be honest, no ones genitalia is actually ATTRACTIVE, does it turn us on? Yes. Is it visually appealing? Not so much.)

    But think about this. European men are prided on their gentlemanly behavior, that has always been the general appeal of dating a European. American men are known to be slobs and douchebags. Perhaps there is a connection? Uncircumcised men are taught more about how to carry themselves (hygienically and otherwise) and circumcised men don't get those same lessons? Just a theory/ thought. But it makes sense.

    Another thing that's funny, American women are looked at as having better hygiene than European women, while it's the other way around for the men.

    But back to the peen, one isn't really any better than the other (I think), they both have their perks. Just be happy with what you have.

  13. Andrea says:

    I have never understood why girls get so freaked out about an uncircumsised man. How much more easy can it get to give handjobs/blowjobs, then with an intact penis whose extra skin makes it so much easier? Furthermore, an intact penis doesn't require a guy to literally bang and jackhammer the girl he is having sex with like a maniac due to not being able to feel any sensation in his penis because he was circumsised. That is why guys who are circumsised have to literally bang and jackhammer through sex because of the thousands of nerve endings they lose during the procedure which make them feel nothing during sex. Why do girls rely on a fictional tv show to base their opinion on this? Are American girls really this stupid????

    That would be like if girls had their clitoris cut off. How much would that diminish sex for them? And, how many girls would be able to orgasm that didn't include clitoral stimulation?

  14. gnarlyhotep says:

    Andrea sez:

    "…an intact penis doesn’t require a guy to literally bang and jackhammer the girl he is having sex with like a maniac due to not being able to feel any sensation in his penis because he was circumsised."

    "That would be like if girls had their clitoris cut off."

    "…how many girls would be able to orgasm that didn’t include clitoral stimulation?"

    Your understanding of genitalia (both male and female) is obviously retarded, and taken mostly from bad porn. Maybe after you've reached 20 years old and had some real sex you'll understand that it's not that simple.

  15. fifi says:

    female circumcision is considered a crime against humanity, it removes countless nerve endings, scars the genitalia, may cause complications and is practised for reasons of cleanliness, ethics , as its considered an improvement on the original design. circumcised mothers do it to their daughters, because that's the way it is…

    why don't Americans stop being so two faced and realised that genital mutilation is equally horrible on both females and males?

  16. Andrea says:

    gnarleyhotep: "Andrea sez." Maybe when you actually learn how to spell the preschool level word, "said" your opinion might be relevant and taken seriously. It sounds like you are just a disgruntled circumcised guy who is mad at having his dick cut. I think the reason you were so hostile and defensive in your reply is because you know that what I described is totally right. LMFAO!!!! Boo hoo hoo. Loser.

    Reading through the comments, a lot of other people have said similar comments to what I described, so I didn't pull my comments out of thin air jackass. It is YOU that needs to learn a thing or two about sex moron. Obviously it is YOU that is probably a 500 hundred pound 40 year old virgin living in your mothers basement jacking off to porn all day. What a joke!!!! HAHAHA.

  17. Andrea says:

    Also 40 year old virgin, the most clear way that it is obvious that it is YOU that knows jack shit about having sex is your belief that most girls orgasm from just having intercourse. LMFAO!!! Most girls need direct clitroal stimulation to orgasm and many can't orgasm with intercourse alone. Don't they teach Sex Ed in middle school anymore? I am sure you pumping away with your sock while watching porn on your computer makes you think you are an expert in sex, but seriously, you are a joke.

  18. Jack says:

    It is quite strange that in the 21st century in the so called “most advanced” nation in the world parents still subject their children to medically unnecessary genital mutilation.
    Circumcision takes away a mans right to both give and recieve sexual plasure to his fullest natural potential. Circumcision removes thousands of nerve endings and leaves the shaft of the penis tight and desensitised. Cut guys have to use repetitious hard thrusts to create friction as the only way to recieve pleasure…. Like Andrea said, it’s like fucking a jackhammer.
    One ex of mine likened it to having sex with a broom stick – dry, forceful and uncomfortable.
    Cut guys are also generally less in touch with a girls needs when it comes to sex. Most of my cut friends have never brought a girl to orgasm and always need lube as circumcised penises draw out and dry the womans natural lubrication.

    I have never needed lubrication for sex or masturbation and have always been able to bring my partners to orgasm. An intact penis doesn’t draw out a womans natural lubrication and it moves with her to stimulate both the vagina and the clitoris – giving a MUCH more pleasurable experience for both.

    I’m not bragging just pointing out the natural benefits of an intact penis that every man should have the right to experience.

    It’s a shame that most American girls develop such bias and disgust for something that most of them have never tried. And it’s a greater shame that american men have to put on the facade that being circumcised makes them more manly and macho. It’s bullshit.

    Circumcision should be a choice that a man can make once he is an informed adult – not forced upon defenceless babies. The American public needs to be much better informed on this subject and face up to one of the many wrongs being comitted in this country.

    We have evolved over 100,000s of years to have sex organs that work in perfect harmony to bring amazing pleasure to both men and women.
    Circumcision diminishes it for both parties.

    Sex with an intact man is like watching a movie with vivid colour. Sex with a circumcised man is like viewing the same film in black & White.

  19. Hugo says:

    Also, while we're on the subject of chopping off useful bits of skin which protect areas, how about the eyelids … anyone up for it?

  20. Dom says:

    I def dig the uncut guys. I’ve never had a “dirty” uncut penis. Yeah, after sex, there was no roll over and immediatly cuddle. My guys always cleaned up right away and then gave me a chance to clean up a little and we came together again to snuggle a few minutes later. I think it’s nicer that way. Not even taking a shower. Just wiping up and rinsing with a damp wash cloth makes cuddling so much better when no one is still sticky from sex.

    Hand jobs and blow jobs are also much easier to give. On my cut boyfriends, they’d have to be really wet and sloppy lest I give him chaffing. Uncut guys can be much dryer and they enjoy it more. They also seem to come faster with bjs and handjobs than the cut boys.

    And when they’re hard, they look nearly the same, as the foreskin usually retracts behind the head when a guy is fully erect, but the foreskin can still slide back and forth some, making entry without a condom totally easy, since it sort of eases in.

    Not scary at all. If you find “dirty” penis, well… you found a dirty dude.

  21. Jess says:

    The interesting thing is: many have said they don't mind it, but still, if you have a son, are you going to get him circumcised?

  22. Dude who like giving says:

    I was circumcised at 26 years of age, and there is no major difference. I still orgazam with the same intensity, I have not magically lost the ability to satisfy a girl. Actually I am better at getting her to the finish line, as I last a bit longer. Now its 9 times out of 10 she gets the big o, where it used to be 7 out of 10.

    I dont need to do it like a jack hammer (inexperienced guys do this, as they believe they are supposed to do her hard)

    I had to do it for medical reasons, my skin was always tight then one day it went POP and I felt sharp pain. When I took it out of her vagaina there was blood everywhere!! very scary!! my banjo string just snapped!! that being said, the actual circumsision was very painfull but im glad it happened. I like it cut

  23. Ron Low says:

    I don't doubt a 26 year-old guy with a problem foreskin can still have a good experience after elective circumcision, but I have bad news; it was unneccessary.

    You didn't have to give up 20,000 nerve endings and 15 square inches of sexual interface. There are procedures that non-American doctors are familiar like preputial-plasty that eliminate tightness without taking away pleasure-receptive tissue.

    A Korean survey of adults cut for medical reasons found that three times as many men said sex got worse as said it got better. This is odd, since they were all suffering from something that the circumcision was supposed to alleviate.

    Only 2 in 1000 adult males choose to get circumcised. Over 200,000 men are enduring a tedious multi-year process of non-surgical foreskin restoration to get back some of the pleasure-receptive capability.

    Most people are still missing the point. Foreskin FEELS REALLY GOOD. It's HIS body and HIS decision.

  24. Dude who like giving says:

    I will agree that foreskin felt really good, sometimes i miss it. However I have to say that I have received the most intense orgasam after i was cut.

  25. jeff says:

    I would like o thank you for this article form all us unaltered males out there

  26. bcooper says:

    love to chew me some 4skin

  27. Didn't expect for so many guys to chime in! Circumcision is definitely becoming less common nowadays so perhaps these comments are indicative of an even bigger downward trend to come.

  28. Steve says:

    Circumcised males are missing about 15 square inches of penile skin, and they are missing the most innervated parts of the foreskin. I was circumcised when I was a baby, and I resent it very much that all of that was cut off me. Many males don't mind being circumcised, but many males do mind. So I don't think the decision of circumcision should be up to parents, that choice should be up to males when they grow up. Males should have the freedom and right to decide for themselves if they are going to be circumcised or not.

  29. Joel says:

    Its probably my favorite body part, so I can definitely say for certain that I am incredibly thankful that I did not have it forcefully amputated from my body before I was old enough to object.

    If so many intact men place so much value on the foreskin, how can many people still conclude that it should not be the INDIVIDUAL'S RIGHT to choose whether they should be able to keep it or not?

    We should not allow unnecessary genital cutting on infants of any gender.

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  31. Norm says:

    Brain locations for the foreskin are just never activated anymore. Circumcision is a serious mutilation.

  32. Brad Wellen says:

    Foreskin or not, make sure you look your best up top:

  33. Casey says:

    After reading this article I talked to my boyfriend about if we had a son whether or not we would have him circumcised. I was all for not having him circumcised, but my boyfriend was adamantly opposed to leaving a potential son intact. He thinks it is weird and creepy, and wouldn't want a s potential son to get made fun of, or to get turned down by girls once they see his uncut penis. I tried telling him all the benefits of leaving the foreskin intact and that it wasn't all that uncommon anymore, yet still he opposes. Maybe I'll just tell him our son is circumcised and change all the diapers myself (which, knowing my boyfriend, would probably be the case anyway) by the time he found out it would be too late. :)

  34. Dirk Diggler says:

    Wow, lot of dudes lurking on CC. Leave it to an article on circumcision to peak their interest.

  35. Ricky Rafael says:

    When will all you dumbass fucking girls stop relying on some fictional tv show with middle age whores with crows feet and wrinkles all over their faces to tell you what is "normal." Are the majority of girls really this fucking stupid?

  36. Rachel says:

    @ casey: If you do end up having kids with this guy, I seriously doubt that he won't notice his son isn't circumcised. regardless of whether or not he changes the kid's diapers. Sneaking around and lying to him about something he's so adamant about is definitely not a smart idea. Period.

    Thought I can see why some people may think the tradition is archaic and outdated, if I have children, I would get my son circumcised because of my religion. It's a right of passage.

  37. ken in sc says:

    No one here has mentioned the fact that circumcision reduces the rate of cervical in female partners.

  38. ken in sc says:

    cervical cancer I meant.

  39. Joe the Drunk says:

    I circumcised mine own penis. Then I took the strips of skin and laid them out to dry in the sun. Then I salted them and chewed on them like beef jerky.

  40. Al says:

    "Foreskin puts you at risk for STIs. Some studies have shown a significant reduction in HIV transmission rates among circumcised men. So why isn’t the global medical community suggesting that men get snipped en masse? For starters, these studies were done in extremely high-risk areas in Africa. Research in developed countries, such as Australia, has shown no difference in HIV transmission rates."

    Lena, for starters, I thought that over the duration of your stay at Harvard would've taught you that Africa was not a country, but a continent. I can only assume you're contrasting the two, given the progression of the paragraph. And two, this sweeping statement ignorantly negates studies from Africa, as a whole, because you claim they are less developed. Just a thought, I guess I'm the only one offended.

    Any who, someone earlier brought up the fact that if women were being mutilated en masse then riots would break out in the streets. Our bodies, our decisions… let the big boys decide, before we decide to hack parts of their pee pees. Also, I've never heard any of my American girlfriends complain about a man's intact parts. I mean, it's like your favorite candy, just in a different flavor- no biggie. A woman who chooses to react with disgust, sounds a little immature. But then again, shock is usually the response to the unexpected. I don't think it's a game killer however.

    *P.S. Lena, I'm still a huge fan of your nitty-gritty blog! Keep up the excellent work?

  41. Darla says:

    yuck yuck yuck …foreskin is soo nasty looking , it smells and doesnt feel good ! .. i had the worst experience and left a guy becuz of this .. so sad but i had too. i just told him i moved to dominican republican again and it will never work out ..BIG TURN OFF

  42. Rarack says:

    Men who are circumcised are disgusting. Why the hell would any girl ever have sex with a guy with half his dick chopped off. It is fucking sick.

  43. lindscapergirl says:

    I just think that a guy's penis looks like an alien of some kind when he's not snipped off….sorry guys but its extra skin that just terrifies me!!! I have had sex with only one man who wasn't snipped off and it felt weird as hell,,,i could feel the skin moving in and out of me like a extra piece of something, i cant describe along with his penis and it just felt GROSS!! My current bf is thanfully circumsised and i love it,,,no more weird alien looking penis and no more yucky feelings when we have sex.

  44. Al: I'm well aware that Africa is a continent and for the most part, the countries with in it ARE less developed than most of the Western world. That's not ignorant; it's simply an accurate — and widely accepted — description of its economy, which has an impact on things like healthcare. I'm not "negating" studies done in Africa simply because they were done in Africa; rather, I'm pointing out that the benefits of circumcision in an unindustrialised country don't hold in extremely wealthy countries like the U.S.

  45. Peter says:

    The limbic system is a very ancient part of the brain. I think it a crime to partially disconnect the end of the penis to the limbic system.

    Below are the countries where the majority of male children are surgically altered, because the miscreants think that they can do a better job than 'God'.

    Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Benin, Cameroon, Chad, Comoros, Djibouti, Egypt, Eritrea, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Madagascar, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Mauritania, Nigeria, Niger, Pakistan, Philippines, Qatar, Republic of the Congo, Samoa. Tonga, Saudi Arabia, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, South Korea, Sudan, Syria, Tajikistan, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, United States of America, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu and Yemen


  46. Amanda says:

    My boyfriend is from the UK and he's uncut, and I love it :D The friction is so much better, and there's this warm pleasant feeling in addition to all the other ones. I'll admit I have a thing for Scottish guys as a whole, but especially now, I'll never go back ;)

  47. Alice says:

    I wonder if Liam is aware that he sounds like an utter d*ckwad.

  48. Alice says:

    Wow. I was surprised to see all these "Foreskin is GROOOOOSSE" comments. Grow up, please, ladies. Its supposed to be like that.

  49. Amanda: There's no historical evidence that there's a Jewish conspiracy behind circumcision. In the U.S., the prevalence of this practice stems from misconceptions perpetuated in the medical community about hygiene and sexually transmitted infections. By the time circumcision became a routine procedure, television had barely been invented, so your insinuation that we should blame Jews is pretty ludicrous and smacks of antisemitism, even if you claim it doesn't.

  50. Becky says:

    My new boyfriend is uncircumcised and at first it seemed kind of strange looking but now I really enjoy it. After messing around with his penis I got to really understand the purpose of the foreskin and why guys were born with one. I feel bad for boys that didn't have choice because that will never know the type of pleasure they may had with a uncircumcised penis.

  51. James Loewen says:

    Foreskin is a normal, highly sexual and sensual part of the body. Every normal male and female is born with it. It contains Meissner's corpuscles unique to certain areas of the body to provide exquisite sensitivity to light touch. Cutting these off a baby whether for religious or social excuses has the same result; a human being has been permanently denied full physical ability to feel.

    Please note that all the squeamish Charlotte York ninnies here wriggling their noses up against foreskin grew up in a culture that vilified it, taught them to be disgusted by a fully functioning and complete penis. Ninnies (of both sexes) you need to get out more.

    As another commenter pointed out, cognitive dissonance has many cut men reacting in horror and disgust at a body part that if they still it would be the most sexually sensate part of their penises. Gentlemen: get informed before the perpetrate the genital abuse you received on your precious child.

    Anyone who thinks that circumcision of a child is harmless needs to watch a video of a circumcision.

    The issue of circumcision and genital integrity is one of human rights. It is simple to understand. All infants and children have an inherent human right to all the body parts they are born with. Any body altering surgery is for a fully informed and consenting adult to decide for themselves as an adult. All children, male female and intersexed need to be protected by law.

    People are now speaking openly and honestly about circumcision:

  52. Marilyn Fayre Milos, RN says:

    Thanks, Lena, for posting your important article!

    To Casey, whose boyfriend is pro circumcision, if you have a son, he’s going to depend upon YOU, his mother, to protect and defend him, even if it’s from a wounded father! There is no need to pass the wounding along. If your boyfriend had a missing finger, ear, foot, or tooth, he would never suggest removing those body parts from his won. Why is it that, when we get to the genitals, we lose our capacity to be reasonable?

    Circumcision interferes with the maternal/infant bond, disrupts breastfeeding and normal sleep patterns, and undermines the boy’s first developmental task of establishing trust. American women wonder why their men are so defensive, controlling, reactive, and not trusting. By comparing them to men in non-circumcising countries, it becomes obvious.

    European women ask, “How can American women have foreplay without a foreskin to play with?” As many posters here have said, the foreskin houses the most sensitive nerve endings in the male body, they provide the feedback to the brain a male needs to learn to ride the wave to orgasm. Circumcised men ejaculate, the never ride the wave to orgasm. How could they, without the necessary nerve endings? As C.J. Falliers wrote in 1970 in the British Medical Journal, “…the fundamental biological sexual act becomes, for the circumcised male, simply the satisfaction of an urge and not the refined sensory experience that it was meant to be.” What have we done to our babies and the men they become?

    If you think an intact penis is gross, it shows your anatomical and cultural ignorance. Most of the males on the planet have an intact penis. If you’re turned off by it, go to the library and take a look at the work of classical artists, such as Michelangelo and Rembrandt. You never see a circumcised penis, with its scars and deformation, instead you see normal male anatomy. Anyone want to suggest that the statue of David doesn’t depict the perfect male body? You only see the glans of a penis in erotic art or American art, where we’ve amputated foreskins for the past one hundred years, much to our discredit and shame.

    Circumcision is a billion-dollar-a-year industry and the hype of those who are profiting from it is working. Look at some of the ignorant posts here!

    Non-therapeutic neonatal circumcision is the amputation of normal tissue from the body of a nonconsenting minor, denying the person a right to his own body. Circumcision is not a medical issue, it is a human rights issue.

    Circumcision continues only because it has been practiced for millennia and ignorance prevails among those cultures where it is performed. Once we look at the practice through the legal, ethical, and human rights lens of the 21st century, we see there is no place for this anachronistic blood ritual in a civilized society.

  53. Amanda says:

    Lena Chink: You are full of shit. Who the fuck is in charge of the Sex and the City old hags? The fucking Jews.

  54. Sirius says:

    Circumcision is essential and should be mandatory. Removal of the useless clitoral hood and redundant labia prevents vulvar cancer, improves hygiene, looks better, men like it, and there's no medical study proving that uncircumcised women have more sexual sensation. Labiaplasty – read female circumcision – is now the third most common cosmetic surgery chosen by women in the U.S. Shouldn't it be done in the neonatal period when the pain won't be remembered? I'm tired of the anti-circ nuts telling us what to do. Circumcision – of boys or girls – is a parental right. All women who approve of male circumcision should be circumcised too. Preferably with a dull knife.

  55. Becky says:

    I think most guys are done high and tight where the head is always exposed and the scar line is halfway down the shaft. But it can causes erections to be painful.

  56. Angela says:

    After reading some of the comments here, I couldn't help but wonder about how out of tune most of us are with nature.

    Some women and men think that a male being circumcised is natural and a male who has a foreskin is not natural.

    The simple fact is – is that male circumcision is common, but it's not natural. A male having the foreskin he was born with is Natural and it's as 'Nature Intended.'

  57. Casey says:

    Rachel, I was definitely kidding about that last part, my boyfriend and I have a very good relationship with open communication. I would not lie about our child's circumcision, especially since there is no way I could convince him that he was at a circumcision that never took place.

  58. Rachel says:

    Amanda- Jews are in charge of the major media outlets and movie studios because back in the early 1900s, Jews were the only ones who would sponsor non-white musicians, actors and artists. (I say non-white because Jews were and are still considered not "white" but not "colored"). It is not the Jewish commuity's fault that the majority of US Citizens circumcise their boys. Your logic makes as much sense as the "belief" that the Holocaust never happened. Please stop your anti-Semitic smack. It's very insulting.

  59. Amanda says:

    Seems like I hit a nerve with my correct analysis on why it is the fault of the Jews for promoting circumcision. If penises were intended to naturally have the head exposed, why aren't little boys born that way? It makes no logical sense. Whether you believe in God or not, it is clear that whether through God's intention for boys to be born intact, or through the evolutionary process, chopping off a part of a guy's penis, isn't how a penis is supposed to be. The Jews are directly responsible for this bullshit because they are the only religion that requires their babies to be circumcised because of their religious beliefs. If you go to any other country in the world besides the US, guys as well as girls will think you are insane for thinking that guys are supposed to be circumcised.

    With the "MTV Generation" and Dr. Drew, being yet another Jew, who seems to think boys should be circumcised, you have stupid girls who think that a freakin Jews's biased opinion is correct. What a bunch of shit. Jews should keep their big noses where they don't belong and keep their stupid opinions to themselves.

    I know the Holocaust happened you idiot. Just because I am correct in my opinion that it is the fault of the Jews for using the media to make girls think that guys are supposed to be circumcised, doesn't mean I deny the Holocaust. How stupid can you get?

  60. Casey says:

    Amanda, it the fault of medicine for thinking that without the foreskin a penis would stay cleaner and spread less diseases, only just recently has that been proven to be wrong. I am not Jewish (I'm Catholic) so I am not biased on the matter, but it is certainly NOT the Jews fault. The Jews get circumcised because it is the mark of the chosen ones, when God comes to collect them that is how he is to tell the chosen ones from the rest of the world. So I'm thinking the Jews probably don't want anyone else to be circumcised, but that's just a guess.

    So blame medicine, since it is 100% their fault and keep your anti-Semitic views to yourself, because you're really showing your ignorance right now.

  61. Ted says:

    Please read the reason why Jews started circumcising their males.

    Maimonides, Moses

    The Guide of the Perplexed

    Translated by Shlomo Pines

    The University of Chicago Press, 1963

    (Many scholars consider this to be

    the most authoritative translation to date.)

    Similarly with regard to circumcision, one of the reasons for it is, in my opinion, the wish to bring about a decrease in sexual intercourse and a weakening of the organ in question, so that this activity be diminished and the organ be in as quiet a state as possible. It has been thought that circumcision perfects what is defective congenitally. This gave the possibility to everyone to raise an objection and to say: How can natural things be defective so that they need to be perfected from outside, all the more because we know how useful the foreskin is for that member? In fact this commandment has not been prescribed with a view to perfecting what is defective congenitally, but to perfecting what is defective morally. The bodily pain caused to that member is the real purpose of circumcision. None of the activities necessary for the preservation of the individual is harmed thereby, nor is procreation rendered impossible, but violent concupiscence and lust that goes beyond what is needed are diminished. The fact that circumcision weakens the faculty of sexual excitement and sometimes perhaps diminishes the pleasure is indubitable. For if at birth this member has been made to bleed and has had its covering taken away from it, it must indubitably be weakened. The Sages, may their memory be blessed, have explicitly stated: It is hard for a woman with whom an uncircumcised man has had sexual intercourse to separate from him. In my opinion this is the strongest of the reasons for circumcision.

  62. Amanda says:


    What the hell is your point? You cited a source from 1963? Why don't you just cite the Dead Sea Scrolls?

    The Jews are the reason why people think circumcision is normal when it is not. Travel anywhere else in the world. Girls and guys think it is insane that guys are circumcised. Keep your circumcision in your illegal settlements on the West Bank. Thank you.

  63. Ted says:

    (Amanda says:

    Sun, 9th Aug 20095:33 am


    What the hell is your point? You cited a source from 1963? Why don’t you just cite the Dead Sea Scrolls?

    The Jews are the reason why people think circumcision is normal when it is not. Travel anywhere else in the world. Girls and guys think it is insane that guys are circumcised. Keep your circumcision in your illegal settlements on the West Bank. Thank you.)


    In order to come back to reality, I suggest you take a deep breath and then count to ten. Your anger is misdirected, because when it comes to male circumcision, I agree with you.

    The book was translated and published in English in 1963. Maimonides made these comments more than seven hundred years ago – He agrees with you. Obviously, he was ahead of his time and his beliefs upset many of his own people. If there was something in the Dead Sea scrolls that pertained to the 'unnecessary procedure' known as male circumcision, I would cite it.

    Once again, we both agree that circumcision is useless mutilation of the penis.

    I live in Los Angeles and I have 'no settlements' in the West Bank.

    One final note, my parents left me as 'Mother Nature Intended', INTACT.


  64. Amanda says:

    Thank God!!!! The Jews…. Wow. Is there anything that they don't ruin in society? Only the Jews would think that chopping off part of a guy's penis is normal. It would be ok if they kept their dumbass point of view to themselves. But, to spread their vile message of mutilation to the massses and then say that circumcision is normal is asinine.

  65. Ruth says:

    The following study makes you wonder, how many men may have had their brain/nervous system altered by having this unnecessary surgery.

    Brain Visualization Research during Male Infant Circumcision
    by Dr. Paul D. Tinari Ph.D.

    Two of my physics professors at Queen’s University (Dr. Stewart & Dr. McKee) were the original developers of Positron Emission Tomography (PET) for medical applications. They and a number of other Queen’s physicists also worked on improving the accuracy of fMRI for observing metabolic activity within the human body.

    As a graduate student working in the Dept. of Epidemiology, I was approached by a group of nurses who were attempting to organize a protest against male infant circumcision in Kinston General Hospital. They said that their observations indicated that babies undergoing the procedure were subjected to significant and inhumane levels of pain that subsequently adversely affected their behaviours. They said that they needed some scientific support for their position. It was my idea to use fMRI and/or PET scanning to directly observe the effects of circumcision on the infant brain.

    The operator of the MRI machine in the hospital was a friend of mine and he agreed to allow us to use the machine for research after normal operational hours. We also found a nurse who was under intense pressure by her husband to have her newborn son circumcised and she was willing to have her son to be the subject of the study. Her goal was to provide scientific information that would eventually be used to ban male infant circumcision. Since no permission of the ethics committee was required to perform any routine male infant circumcision, we did not feel it was necessary to seek any permission to carry out this study.

    We tightly strapped an infant to a traditional plastic “circumrestraint” using Velcro restraints. We also completely immobilized the infant’s head using standard surgical tape. The entire apparatus was then introduced into the MRI chamber. Since no metal objects could be used because of the high magnetic fields, the doctor who performed the surgery used a plastic bell with a sterilized obsidian bade to cut the foreskin. No anaesthetic was used.

    The baby was kept in the machine for several minutes to generate baseline data of the normal metabolic activity in the brain. This was used to compare to the data gathered during and after the surgery. Analysis of the MRI data indicated that the surgery subjected the infant to significant trauma. The greatest changes occurred in the limbic system concentrating in the amygdala and in the frontal and temporal lobes.

    A neurologist who saw the results to postulated that the data indicated that circumcision affected most intensely the portions of the victim’s brain associated with reasoning, perception and emotions. Follow up tests on the infant one day, one week and one month after the surgery indicated that the child’s brain never returned to its baseline configuration. In other words, the evidence generated by this research indicated that the brain of the circumcised infant was permanently changed by the surgery.

    Our problems began when we attempted to publish our findings in the open medical literature. All of the participants in the research including myself were called before the hospital discipline committee and were severely reprimanded. We were told that while male circumcision was legal under all circumstances in Canada, any attempt to study the adverse effects of circumcision was strictly prohibited by the ethical regulations. Not only could we not publish the results of our research, but we also had to destroy all of our results. If we refused to comply, we were all threatened with immediate dismissal and legal action.

    I would encourage anyone with access to fMRI and /or PET scanning machines to repeat our research as described above, confirm our results, and then publish the results in the open literature.

    Dr. Paul D. Tinari Ph.D.,
    Pacific Institute for Advanced Study

  66. Ruth says:


    What Is Lost?

    “To make an informed choice, parents of all male infants
    should be given accurate and unbiased information.”

    Circumcision Policy Statement
    American Academy of Pediatrics
    March 1, 1999

    When a baby boy’s normal intact penis is circumcised, this is what is lost — forever:
    *1. The foreskin, which comprises up to 50% (sometimes more) of the mobile skin system of the penis. If unfolded and spread out flat, the average adult foreskin would measure about 15 square inches (the size of a 3 x 5-inch index card). This highly specialized tissue normally covers the glans and protects it from abrasion, drying, callusing (keratinization), and contaminants of all kinds. The effect of glans keratinization on human sexuality has never been studied.

    *2. The frenar band of soft ridges — the primary erogenous zone of the male body. Loss of this delicate belt of densely innervated, sexually responsive tissue reduces the fullness and intensity of sexual response.

    *3. The foreskin’s “gliding action” — the hallmark mechanical feature of the normal, natural, intact penis. This non-abrasive gliding of the penis in and out of itself within the vagina facilitates smooth, comfortable, pleasurable intercourse for both partners. Without this gliding action, the corona of the circumcised penis can function as a one-way valve, scraping vaginal lubricants out into the drying air and making artificial lubricants essential for comfortable intercourse.

    *4. Thousands of coiled fine-touch receptors called the Meissner’s corpuscles — the most important sensory component of the foreskin. Also lost are branches of the dorsal nerve and between 10,000 and 20,000 specialized erotogenic nerve endings of several types, which can feel slight motion and stretch, subtle changes in temperature, and fine gradations in texture.

    *5. The frenulum, the highly erogenous V-shaped web-like tethering structure on the underside of the glans; frequently amputated along with the foreskin, or severed, either of which destroys its function and potential for pleasure.

    6. Approximately half of the temperature-sensitive smooth muscle sheath called the dartos fascia.

    7. The immunological defense system of the soft mucosa, which produces plasma cells, which secrete immunoglobulin antibodies, and antibacterial and antiviral proteins such as the pathogen-killing enzyme lysozyme.

    8. Lymphatic vessels, the loss of which reduces the lymph flow within that part of the body’s immune system.

    9. Estrogen receptors — the purpose of which is not yet fully understood and needs further study.

    *10. The apocrine glands of the inner foreskin, which produce pheromones — nature’s powerful, silent, invisible behavioral signals to potential sexual partners. The effect of their absence on human sexuality has never been studied.

    *11. Sebaceous glands, which lubricate and moisturize the foreskin and glans, normally a protected internal organ — like the tongue or vagina.

    12. Specialized epithelial Langerhans cells, a component of the immune system in a whole penis.

    13. The pink to red to dark purple natural coloration of the glans. The connective tissue which protectively fuses the foreskin and glans together while the penis develops is ripped apart during circumcision, wounding the glans and the foreskin remnant, leaving them raw and subject to infection, scarring, pitting, shrinkage, and eventual discoloration.

    *14. Some of the penis length and penis circumference because its double-layered wrapping of loose and usually overhanging foreskin is now missing, making the circumcised penis truncated and thinner than a full-sized intact penis.

    *15. Several feet of blood vessels, including the frenular artery and branches of the dorsal artery. The loss of this rich vascularization interrupts normal blood flow to the shaft and glans of the penis, damaging the natural function of the penis and altering its development.

    16. Every year boys lose their entire penises from circumcision accidents and infections. They are then “sexually reassigned” by castration and “transgender surgery,” and expected to live their lives as “females.”

    17. Every year many boys lose their lives from the complications of circumcision, a fact the profiteering billion-dollar-a-year circumcision industry in the U.S. obscures and ignores.

    18. Delayed and diminished bonding with the mother and loss of innate sense of trust in human contact.

    (*19. Although not yet proven scientifically, anecdotal evidence suggests that a penis without its foreskin lacks the capacity for the subtle “cross communication” that occurs only during contact between mucous membranes and that contributes to the experience of sexual pleasure. In other words, amputating a male’s multi-functional foreskin is a neurological castration, which diminishes the intensity of the entire sexual experience for both the victimized male and his partner.)

    * Loss of each of these items reduces sexual pleasure, gratification, and fulfillment.

  67. Susan says:

    Please checkout 'The Prepuce' video at the following website.

  68. Brad says:

    "For thousands of years, Billions of men kept their foreskin without a problem. And now, in the last 100 years, it suddenly poses a risk?"

  69. Dana says:

    LOL at the girl who lied about moving to the Dominican Republic to break up with her uncut BF.

    I don't ever suggest actually moving there if you don't like foreskin…

  70. Sojourner says:

    The ancient Greeks, who had quite a fetish for the "body beautiful" thought a circumcised penis to be "most uncomely".

  71. Becky says:

    I heard the Greeks or was it the Romans that envied guys that had really long foreskins.

  72. Ross in LA says:

    1. Antisemitism is morally wrong like racism and other bigotry.

    2. Each person has the right to alter their own body. NO ONE has the right to mutilate the healthy tissue of another persons' body without their consent.

    3. I was raised Jewish but I do not believe that the Bible and Jewish rituals are the word of God.

    4. The right of parents to practice their religion stops at the child's body. If you do not believe this argument, see also laws about female circumcision, religious denial of medical care for children, child protection, etc.

    5. Infant circumcision is genital mutilation. PERIOD. Societies that practice female circumcision use many of the same arguments that we use to justify male circumcision.

    6. Circumcision does NOT prevent HIV. No one would dare suggest that anyone use circumcision instead of condoms in any developed country. The US has high rates of circumcision and HIV; the majority of HIV positive men in the US are circumcised.

    7. Ken in SC: Medical studies from the 1950's drew the wrong conclusions about cervical cancer and Jewish women of that era. Cervical cancer correlates with number of sexual partners, NOT circumcision. The Gardasil vaccine, not circumcision, attacks the fundamental mechanism of HPV.

    8. Why does no one suggest routine amputation of girl's breasts to prevent the epidemic of breast cancer?

    8. Many Americans may find foreskin repulsive; I have received the same reactions about circumcision from Europeans and South Americans.

  73. Ross in LA says:

    Sojourner, please check your history. Ancient Greek and Roman almost universally deplore male circumcision as an outrage greater than our view of female genital mutilation. Circumcised men were banned from public activities such as athletic contests or communal baths. Both Greek and Roman rulers of Palestine banned circumcision. The Maccabean revolt was a direct result of this ban. The Maccabees forcibly circumcised captured Greek soldiers — before anesthetic or antibiotics, some died. A little fact left out of the traditional Jewish account of Hannukah. The real miracle of Hannukah is that the victorious Hellenic rulers of Palestine did not murder the remaining Jews for war crimes.

  74. Luke says:

    I'm uncut and have never encountered any real problems. If a person did have an issue they kept it to themself anyway.

  75. stopthecut says:

    Please take my survey: circumcised vs. uncircumcised.

    men's survey

    link is here:

    Doc Savage

  76. edouard says:

    Lena, your article is a good one, especially given how short it had to be. You speak well to the rich psychosexual issues. If Mom and Dad did not see foreskins while they were growing up, to see a foreskin every time they change a diaper or give a bath can be very unsettling. Dad remembers what his reaction would have been had he seen an uncut boy in the men's room or in a locker room while growing up: "his dick is weird!" She remembers what her reaction would have been had she discovered that her high school or college date was uncut: "his dick is weird!" Can't deal with that effeminate little rosebud between his legs, it's like a woman with big long inner lips! And the creepy crawly things that must live under the foreskin. It's just sooooo gross!

    Many European women find the circumcised to be sexually weird. Especially Scandinavian women.

    The truth is that the bits circumcision discards, the foreskin and frenulum, may be the most erogenous tissues on the entire male body. They are very rich in nerve endings. They facilitate HJ and vaginal and intercourse between the thighs. They do not interfere with BJ if he cleans himself beforehand. There are women who find vaginal with an intact a good deal more pleasant. The foreskin collects precum and gets it to the right places. My SO believes the foreskin is an essential part of the mammalian heterosexual lubrication system Mother Nature has worked out over tens of millions of years. The full story here has yet to be written.

  77. Larry says:

    Circumcision is a sick invention of early religious authorities designed to subjugate men and let them know who's boss. No progressive society should allow any child to be mutilated. I don't care what the excuse or what religion the parents believe. Brainwash the boy about what your god wants or what some irrelevant study in sub-Saharan Africa concluded. Just keep your hands off your boy's penis until he is of age. Wait till the boy is 18. Then try asking him "May I cut off your foreskin?"

  78. The Truth says:

    do u know how much extra money those doctors make for circumcising after a child birth ?

    The AAP quotes an estimated total cost of $US150-270 million for the US annually. At 1.3 million circumcisions, that's only $125 – $225 each.That can only be a small fraction of the real cost.

    AMERICAN IS AWESOME. awesome at stealing there own peoples money.

  79. Hank says:

    I am NOT uncut or uncircumcised, just like I am not undead.

    I am intact, natural. If I am un-anything, I am unmutilated. I am not a prepuce amputee.

    Let's get the nomenclature right.

  80. brobot says:

    jackin off is so easy with foreskin

  81. Lovereaction says:

    Foreskin are sexy.

  82. vlad says:

    Trust me or not, I REALLY had a "Holiness Christian" telling me that being intact is "foreign culture" and "un-American". And this guy even said "If you are not circumcised then you are not a real Christian"

  83. Shelby says:

    Before I say anything…I'd like to pose a question would u allow your daughter or your gf or yourself if you are female to be circumcised? Do you think that's more virginal or cleanly? Cutting the foreskin is a visual and religious that a lot of cultures do not only jewish or american in eastern asia and africa as ritualism. It is outdated and cruel just like female circumcision is(although not as damaging). It poses trauma for those who get it removed and possibly trauma of the penis because although unlikely it happens.
    For those parents who think you have the right to choose for your child… please think about this did your parent have the right to pick you significant other or pick whether you were circumsised male or female? In some societies the believe a women should be too …do you still believe circumcision is your choice? If your still convinced let me tell you that erectile dysfunction in males is most prevalent in males who are circumsised because the foreskin helps aid sexual funtionalism .. so you put your chikd at risk for that , for a surgery that could go hurt him emotional and even rarely physically, you also but him at a higher risk for premature ejaculation and even impotence yes foreskin helps to aid against these things …that's the "natural" part of it and why so many more americans rather than in places when the circumcision count is lower not to say that your not at risk if you are uncircumcised that is, just you are at greater risk. And from a religious stand point if God made you in his image and his image is perfect why would you try to change that because of your own want for you child "cleanliness" isn't that dirtying gods idea of what perfection is … aren't you doing something against his will? Yes, you are because you body is a temple … you don't deface god's temple because you think that's best do you? and last but not least there is no valid reason to remove the foreskin other then for a medical emergency to remove it … and although it prevent the spread of disease and cleaner that can be fixed with a simple …showing your son how to cclean his foreskin and penis effectively before and after sex and on a regular basis ..point blank uncut is more "human" more "religious" then removing it

  84. Oceana says:

    Excuse me for arousing a rather flaccid discussion. I couldn’t help but feel obliged to take the head of the matter into my couth (couth, not mouth) understanding of it and give it a flick of my tongue, so to speak.

    When people say that they are all for genital mutilation they commonly excuse it on the basis that it will potentially help their child get laid or by religion. The only proper response to this argument is to underline it. Only the religious or the very stupid (they’re not mutually exclusive) would look at a perfect, bundle of purity and think that he or she is not perfect enough. Afterall you can’t expect much from the people who admire the barbaric Abraham for proving his devotion by expressing his willingness to sacrfifice his child.

    As for the parents that excuse it so that it may not interfere with his or her sex life, it really shows how little you must think your child will have going for him or her as an adult. So much so that it all comes down to the genitals! Which, admittedly, aren’t necessarily appealing and appear to be designed by committe. However these parents should allow their child to decide once he or she is old enough.

    If they do not it’s a fucking massive premature ejaculation on their part.

    So I think I say something uncontroversial when I say that the origins of genital mutilation date back to religion’s nasty idea that we are created sick and commanded to be well and this gag-inducing act is only around so that we could feel ashamed from pleasure derived from sexual intercourse and another particular, sometimes gag-inducing act.

  85. DavidJohns says:

    Foreskin is natural. The real question (if you believe in routine infant circumcision) is "Do you think the foreskin is a mistake that God/nature made, one that we humans have to correct?" I don't think so!

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