My penis is better than yours.
Or is it?
Born into a religion that reveres male circumcision, my penis’ fate was sealed.
Which means… my penis was no longer to be.
I’d spare you the gory details, but where’s the fun in that? Clamp expunging the foreskin, bawling, blood spatters…
Actually, I have no recollection of being circumcised – and no, it’s not post-traumatic memory loss – I was only a newborn. But can you imagine?!
Besides, self-diagnosis with Traumatophobia of the penis means I would’ve probably never agreed to having my foreskin snipped as an adult.
To the guys who got circumcised later in life, kudos to you – balls of steel!
Life without foreskin? Nothing much I can say about it, but, boo-ya… less cleaning for me.
Then again, no one ever asked my permission to remove a piece of my flesh. Do I feel violated?
Not in the slightest. Grateful, in fact. Best thing anyone has ever done for me without my permission.
To cut or not to cut – that is the question
Some opponents to circumcision believe it’s unnatural while others feel it’s unethical to snip away at a penis without its owner’s consent.
But then you get some of those very people who baptise their kids without their consent.
Then there are, of course, those who believe it’s obligatory.
In some South African cultures, male circumcision is a rites of passage from boy to man. But botched male circumcisions have led to the death of many young South African men, so if you’re considering the snip, make sure you consult professionals such as Marie Stopes.
Christianity has a neutral view on circumcision, while Jewish men or male converts to Judaism are traditionally required to undergo circumcision in order for a boy or man to enter the covenant of Israel.
Islamic male circumcision has no symbolic meaning, but is rather a way of improving cleanliness.
Now let’s look at the research: while there could be insignificant downsides to circumcision, the benefits by far outweigh the perils.
Now, now… this is not a cue to go head to head: turtleneck’s versus kosher penises. No.
Studies have shown that circumcision changes the bacteria ecosystem of the penis, and notably, the foreskin contains immune cells targeted by HIV infection, which could explain why it lowers the risk of HIV infection.
Circumcision has also been associated with a lower risk of human papillomavirus (HPV) infection and some strains of genital herpes, according to studies.
In a more recent study at the University of Montreal and the INRS-Institut-Armand-Frappier, researchers have shown that men circumcised after the age of 35 were 45% less at risk of later developing prostate cancer than uncircumcised men.
Circumcision can also eliminate the risk of Phimosis (tight foreskin) which can make cleaning and passing urine difficult and painful.
A study in the British Journal of Urology suggests that circumcision can reduce sexual pleasure. According to the study, men with uncircumcised penises enjoy more sexual sensitivity.
But hold up: several experts say the study is flawed based on its biased sample population, so study findings couldn’t be confirmed.
Circumcision is safe with a very low complication risk, but know that all surgical procedures involves some risk.
BALLS OF WISDOM
Get Cut For The Right Reasons
Now that you’re circumcised, you don’t have to wear a condom, right? Wrong. Reality check: circumcision doesn’t prevent HIV, but it can reduce your risk. Man, just because studies have shown that circumcision can reduce HIV infections, doesn’t mean you should go bare. Cover up, mate!
Wuss The Man?
If you’re going to base your manhood on foreskin, then you might as well snip off your penis. Think it through carefully. Speak to a mate who has had it done. Whatever you do, know what you’re getting yourself into.
Consult Your Doctor
Even if your doc doesn’t do circumcision, he’d probably be able to refer you to a registered professional. ‘Tis never been wise to leave your penis in just anyone’s hands.
Time Heals All Wounds
Don’t let a snip scare you. Circumcision can be done under local anaesthesia with minimal pain and wounds, in adult men, can take up to six weeks to heal.
But whatever anyone says, remember: experience is the best teacher.