Listen people, there is absolutely nothing wrong with not being circumcised, and we need to stop shaming men for having an intact foreskin.
Circumcisions have little-to-no purpose according to medical professionals. It can actually put you at risk – but more about that later.
Let me tell you why we still do this today.
The practice of circumcision is based on religion. In the Jewish faith it is akin to making a covenant with God, in Islam it is a purification ritual, and in Christianity it is practiced because Jesus was Jewish and circumcised.
About 85% of men in America are circumcised, according to Men’s Health Magazine, and not for any of the aforementioned religious reasons, but because there is a myth about it being “cleaner.”
And most people still think it’s true, regardless of how little sense it makes.
Like yeah, maybe before showers existed there was a benefit to chopping off your foreskin so it wouldn’t end up infected, but now you can just hop in the shower and wash your junk.
It’s not that hard.
The sad truth is that circumcision became the craze that it is today because of a book called “Embracing the Natural History of Hygiene” becoming a part of popular culture in the 1940s. This book stated that circumcision could reduce the instances of teens masturbating and wanting to have sex at a young age.
Yep. The current standard of circumcision started with a book about mutilating your kids’ genitalia to prevent them from masturbating.
Also, J. H. Kellogg wrote it. Yeah. The cornflakes guy.
Also, there’s a thing called bodily autonomy. It’s basically the belief that an individual has a say over their own body, and infantile circumcision is nonconsensual body mutilation.
It’s not cool to make permanent choices for someone other than yourself, especially when that person can’t advocate for themselves yet. It’s like giving your newborn a Nickelback tattoo.
No one should ever have to get a Nickelback tattoo.
But aside from the obvious moral dilemma, there’s a whole slew of medical dilemmas.
Believe it or not, you aren’t just supposed to cut off parts of your body. The foreskin has a function and without it you are exposing your body to many potential hazards.
For example, the foreskin protects the glands at the head of the penis from bacteria, and being circumcised can leave you at a greater risk for STIs and other infections.
Getting the foreskin cut off your child is particularly dangerous, since they are in diapers and this means that for the first few weeks after birth your child has an open wound near in their dirty diaper, constantly exposing them to a variety of bacteria. This has caused many serious infections that can permanently scar the body, according to the UK Journal of Medicine.
The foreskin also serves another important function – pleasure and sensitivity.
Everyone who has touched a penis knows that the head is the most sensitive part, and you focus most of your time and energy on it.
The foreskin covers the head of the penis during day-to-day activities, keeping the nerves safe from friction. Without the foreskin, the head of the penis is exposed to the elements, and the rubbing on jeans and boxers causes it to become less sensitive over time.
It decreases pleasurable sensations in your penis.
The foreskin is also a pleasure center in itself, and has hundreds of nerve endings designated for pleasure.
And for the people who like putting penises in them, the foreskin makes intercourse more comfortable and helps its partner achieve orgasm by rubbing against the g-spot. Yep. Uncut penises are scientifically more pleasurable according to the Journal of American Medicine.
Kellogg, who gave you the right to shame people for masturbation and make penises less pleasurable and less sensitive?
How dare you interrupt my mission to give and receive orgasms.
Shame on you.
And shame on society for shaming men for being uncut.
[Editor’s note: Due to the unfortunate stigma surrounding women discussing sex, the author of this column has requested to use the pseudonym “Kay Ann.”]