Ok, this is going to seem like rather an odd topic to be blogging about but here goes. What is it with the American assumption that males have to be circumcised. Yes, I’ve done it, I’ve brought up circumcision on the blog, the tone is going right down the drain. So much for trying to be “family-friendly”.
Having decimated our PG-13 rating, I might as well carry on with this discussion. Why do American girls find it so strange that not all men are circumcised? They do realise we’re not born that way, right? Where I come from circumcision except for those for whom it’s prescribed by religion, namely Jews and Muslims, is rather odd.
Of course the Americans also have some strange idea that the English are just an unhygienic heathen lot so that in itself might seem like we’re the weird ones. However from what I can gather European culture likewise suggests that if a European man who is neither Muslim or Jewish is circumcised he would be considered a bit of a freak.
None of my non-Jewish non-Muslim friends is circumcised. At least, so they say, I haven’t exactly asked to look. On this side of the Atlantic to get a circumcision for health or cleanliness reasons would be considered incredibly strange and yet on the other side, it’s completely the opposite. Several of my American female friends have said they’ve never slept with an uncircumcised man, and probably never would.
From what I can gather the medical evidence is somewhat ambiguous. Although for a long time it was believed that circumcision is healthier, more recent studies have suggested it can cause problems in later life. For me, given that background, it makes far more sense not to circumcise children. Although it is more painful, it is possible to be circumcised as an adult, whereas you can’t grow a foreskin back.
It would suck for all those circumcised folk if later it was conclusively shown that not only is circumcision not healthier, but it’s actually less healthy in later life. I once saw the strangest documentary about this topic where some men were actually trying to force a foreskin to grow by putting weights down there to pull on the leftover bits of skin.
Which not only sounds incredibly gross but sounds far more painful than adult circumcision could possibly be! I just don’t understand the American obsession with it.