America... The Land of the Mutilated Penis

Submitted by SadInAmerica on Wed, 12/30/2009 - 3:09pm.

Americans need a national New Year's resolution… to end the barbaric practice of male genital mutilation, otherwise known as circumcision…

If you really think about it, it might be possible to recall the first time somebody explained to you what a male circumcision is. I don't think we ever get over the shock of that knowledge, and those of us who were put through this torturous act certainly never really heal from it, instead we pay for our parent's decision for the rest of our lives.

Strong words are required to describe the huge mistake we continue to commit in this society by having boys circumcised. It is far too large of a problem in America.

I am no different than the average person when it comes to this, but I am enlightened. Our culture conveys information to us that we accept without choice because that is the nature of people, and we can be convinced of things quite easily as children. Our brains are empty until they are filled by our culture and our immediate environment.

For parents of boys who are already circumcised, there is little point in regret or remorse. Instead, we can share our mistakes with new parents and at least help them to understand that fitting this aspect of the status quo is a large life-lasting mistake.

Dorothy Briggs wrote in Your Child's Self Esteem[1], that we are subject to the "Phenomenon of the Mirrors". As we grow and mature, we come to be a reflection of those we know and see. This accounts for so many things that we accept in our society, like circumcision, and it begins taking place in the home during a child's formative years.

We can only change our societal patterns by confronting subjects like this, however unpleasant it may be, and this year, families in America need to consider the future of their baby boys. They need to dismiss old wives' tales and they need to consider how much they hurt their children by choosing to allow a doctor to cut the end of their penis off.

Yes, that is what it is about, cutting the end of a penis off. It is a physical mutilation performed upon the most innocent of all, the defenseless, voiceless infant. One third of the tissue intended by God and nature to provide pleasure during sex, is chopped off and discarded with the hospital waste, a part of a child.

Because this naturally protective tissue that provides significant sexual feeling is removed, circumcision thus becomes the first step in a life of sexual frustration, something all too common in this nation today.

It also creates a market for products like Viagra. I don't feel good about that. Circumcision totally alters the course of a man's future life, and it renders him incomplete, quite literally. Most don't even know why - circumcision is why.

Penis Mutilation for Safety?

Statistically, each year, 100,000 Jewish and 10 million Muslim males are circumcised. In Africa, the number is 9 million. Statistics indicate that 34% of the world's men are circumcised, according to[2], a "˜pro-circumcision' group.

And when it comes to the problems tied to this ancient needless practice, it is the UN and the World Health Organization[3] that keeps repeating shaky data about the rate of HIV being lower in circumcised men. I don't have time to go totally into another subject here, but we know from our research that the sampling for their numbers is highly unfair, and that the statistics are intended to further circumcision, which in the end is another case of, "follow the money".

Companies are profiting big from the Africa/circumcision drive. Telling any man he is less likely to catch a deadly disease because the end of his penis is missing, is ludicrous. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to arrive at that conclusion.

The UN even admits, "Public health experts are warning men, however, that circumcision may reduce the risk of HIV infection but it does not provide full protection".

Just that ridiculous statement implies that a less whole penis offers some degree of "protection" and I would like someone to explain that.

Ancient Practice

Circumcision is not a historic practice in Christian culture, but it is closely associated with both Jews and Muslims. It is specifically stated in the Bible that Moses did not want to see his son circumcised[4], that it was cruel and not what God demanded from people.

The Bible states in 1 Corinthians 7:18-19:

Only let everyone lead the life which the Lord has assigned to him, and in which God has called him. This is my rule in all the churches. "Was anyone at the time of his call already circumcised? Let him not seek to remove the marks of circumcision. Was anyone at the time of his call uncircumcised? Let him not seek circumcision. For neither circumcision counts for anything nor uncircumcision, but keeping the commandments of God."

So how did this idea get a footing in our culture? A British writer suggested in the mid-1850's that boys who were circumcised, were less likely to masturbate, and that notion mixed with puritanical aspirations of English and then American values, led to the acceptance of gender-based sexual organ mutilation.

Wikipedia[5] states that, "There are several hypotheses to explain why infant circumcision was accepted in the United States about the year 1900. The germ theory of disease elicited an image of the human body as a conveyance for many dangerous germs, making the public "germophobic" and suspicious of dirt and bodily secretions. The penis became "dirty" by association with its function, and from this premise circumcision was seen as preventative medicine to be practiced universally."

They also confirm the above statement about the evolution of the practice, "In the view of many practitioners at the time, circumcision was a method of treating and preventing masturbation."

From before the turn of the Century in Oregon, all the way through the 1950's, people were "locked up" at the Fairview Home for the Feeble Minded[6] in Salem, for both masturbation and promiscuity. From there the allegations of sex abuse in this and similar institutions begin to unfold, ironically.

Somewhere along the way we stopped tying masturbation to insanity, but we have yet to make that same association with circumcision, and the barbaric mutilations performed by doctors of all people, continue.

According to Wikipedia, circumcision has also been viewed as an answer for preventing syphilis, phimosis, paraphimosis, balanitis, and "excessive venery" (which was believed to produce paralysis).

In his book, "From Ritual to Science: the Medical Transformation of Circumcision in America"[7], David Gollaher wrote in 1994 that, "physicians advocating circumcision in the late nineteenth century expected public skepticism, and refined their arguments to overcome it."

It was a hard sell then, yet today people accept it as sound medical advice, which it is not. Besides, medical doctors are not trained to comprehend what will take place in a person's life as a result of a medical procedure, apparently. They seem to pay zero attention to the mental ramifications, yet the data is there.

It must be the fact that doctors and medical organizations make money from this cruel practice. It is a relatively cheap procedure, but you can imagine how the revenue adds up. That low-cost angle is one of their selling points for families, which makes my stomach turn with regard to what I now know.

If doctors spoke out at large about how much pain this puts a baby through, and how negatively it ultimately affects their entire life, the practice would diminish, and along with it would go the profits.

A limited, brave number of physicians in the world do speak out, but not enough to make an overall difference.

Circumcision went from a ridiculous, overzealous religious practice, to a cultural habit, to a money making procedure in the age of real awareness. Don't let them do it, absolutely don't believe anything the doctors or hospitals tell you about how it will help the child. Above all don't do it because it is cheap, of course it is cheap, think about it. If they say it is better for your son, they are lying.

Our Doctor Phil Leveque confirms several of my points, especially the part about how the act is torturous and unnecessary and causes agonizing, lasting physical pain and makes that be a child's introduction to the world.

Then you have the horror cases where the doctors are not careful enough, and they cut too much, the wrong way, and place your child in harm's way. I know all too well about the truth of this, and perhaps the associated guilt with having allowed the doctors to cut all but one of my sons, truly haunts me. I can't change what I did to them, but if you are going to be a parent, you can give your child the simple gift of a complete and intact body.

Is America the land of the mutilated penis? Considering that there isn't even a lame religious excuse to fall back on, I would say the answer is yes.

Referenced sources:

[1] Dorothy Briggs- Your Child's Self Esteem

[2] Circumcision - Who In the World Gets Circumcised?

[3]  World Health Organization male circumcision

[4] "˜Thou Shall Not Circumcise' - By Michel Hervé Navoiseau-Bertaux

[5] Wikipedia page on Circumcision

[6] Reforming Sexual Menace: Early 1900's Eugenic Sterilization in Oregon by Jennette_Eccleston

[7] David Gollaher/California Health Institute

Tim King - December 26, 2009 - source SalemNews

Tim King is a former U.S. Marine with twenty years of experience on the west coast as a television news producer, photojournalist, reporter and assignment editor. In addition to his role as a war correspondent, this Los Angeles native serves as's Executive News Editor. Tim spent the winter of 2006/07 covering the war in Afghanistan, and he was in Iraq over the summer of 2008, reporting from the war while embedded with both the U.S. Army and the Marines. Tim holds numerous awards for reporting, photography, writing and editing, including the Oregon AP Award for Spot News Photographer of the Year (2004), first place Electronic Media Award in Spot News, Las Vegas, (1998), Oregon AP Cooperation Award (1991); and several others including the 2005 Red Cross Good Neighborhood Award for reporting. Serving the community in very real terms, is the nation's only truly independent high traffic news Website. You can send Tim an email at this address: Circumcision stories:

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May-13-2008: Male Circumcision Ineffective in HIV Battle According to Future HIV Therapy

Jan-15-2008: Is Circumcision Another Form of Genital Mutilation? - Tim King

Dec-07-2007: Oregon Courts Have No Right to Force Circumcision - Commentary by Van Lewis Special to

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Submitted by SadInAmerica on Wed, 12/30/2009 - 3:09pm.