forced male circumcision

Male Genital Mutilation (Circumcision)

Why do so many people insist on having the right to mutilate a defenseless boy’s penis?

Most people refer to the removal of the foreskin from the penis as “circumcision”. When done to a non-consenting and defenceless child, there are so many disturbing issues involved that it’s difficult to know where to begin.

First of all, let’s get this straight. It is nothing short of mutilation – it is the destruction and removal of normal and healthy tissue. In fact, it’s more than just ’tissue’. It’s an extremely nerve-rich and erogenous part of the penis.

Therefore, mutilating or surgically altering someone else with no genuine medical reason is a violation of their most basic human right.

Genital mutilation has been recognized and made illegal by numerous countries and under international law – but only for girls.

Many people will say that genital mutilation of girls is much more damaging and will even be offended that male circumcision should be called “mutilation”.

It’s true that the majority of physical consequences of genital mutilation to girls is more severe (but not always!). Does that mean that boys don’t deserve any protection? If you do an internet search for “foreskin restoration” you will see thousands of sites offering men anything from counselling and support for their sense of loss or trauma through to actual ways to ‘restore’ their foreskins (such as through stretching or surgery). ‘Restoration’ is only cosmetic – true restoration is not possible.

Circumcision is permanent, irreversible, reduces sensitivity and will definately alter the way that person will experience sex for the rest of his life.

MaleGenitalMutilation

It’s clear that circumcision is male genital mutilation, an assault on a male’s body and dignity, and nothing has been done about it by the legal system. In fact, it seems as though the legal system has gone to great lengths to enusre that the practice can continue (on boys only).

Some people will try to excuse it as a part of family tradition or religious custom. That’s an odd argument because international law against female genital mutilation specifically excludes any justification for the practise (including religious reasons).

The arguments that male circumcision are for health reasons are ridiculous and pro-circumcision campaigners will typically use fear tactics, “what if’s” and point to theories, flawed research and so-called statistics to justify their position.

The reality is that boys who grow up in countries that do not circumcise grow up happy and healthy without the aledged health problems that pro-circumcision advocates would have you believe. For example, Sweden does not circumcise yet has less problems with AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases than the USA which does circumcise.

In fact, a common justification used for circucisicion is that it claims to reduce urinary tract infections in boys. Did you know that girls have more problems with urinary tract infections than circumcised boys? Yet, urinary tract infection in girls is never mentioned or considered a problem. Why is that?

It’s great that girls at least have legal protection against circumcision – but why are boys specifically excluded? It’s argued that this is even illegal under U.S. law by violating the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

For more details on a current legal campaign in the US against Male genital Mutilation please visit www.mgmbill.org .

Other circumcision information sites: http://www.circinfo.org/ and  http://www.cirp.org/

More good sites are listed at http://www.circinfo.org/links.html

Young boys being prepared for ritual circumcision.

Ritual male circumcision

‘Hospital style’ – strapped down spread-eagle in a ‘Circumstraint’.

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a.j March 9, 2014 at 12:19 am

Honestly I don’t think god wants any form of circumsision,why would he make us the way he did…he loves us as is,please stop wat u r doing to these children.

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Sam March 11, 2014 at 9:44 am

Agreed. If we weren’t supposed to have foreskins, we wouldn’t be born with them. They are a functional part of a man’s penis, not a defect meant to be chopped off.

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Alysandra November 29, 2013 at 12:26 am

Anyone who argues for MGM is also promoting FGM. The FGM fight (and the fight against intersex children being cut) depends on the right to bodily integrity, a right which the pro-MGM lobby disagrees with. As long as MGM exists, idiots will always assume that cutting is good for girls too.

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Roger X November 24, 2013 at 4:49 pm

I think it is a rather objective view to classify male circumcision as a surgical body modification procedure that results in a permanent change of the condition of the genital organ of a male human being. While I think that every adult(!) should have the right to let his own(!) body become modified in the way he (or she) wants (as long as he (or she) bears the full risk and potential consequences all by him/herself), I am convinced that it is completely incompatible with international human rights to perform any kind of modification of the body of an underage person.
I always wonder why people would become convicted for child abuse or bodily injury, respectively. Why am I not allowed to cut my girl’s ears so she did not have to clean them any more (not that I really would like to do this, even if I had a daughter)? What if my wife was missing a toe, and she would like to cut of the same toe of our son in order to make him look like herself (I do not have a son either)? Oh, that’s against the law, really? In this case I will at least let his foreskin become cut off so he will at least look like me (I am not circumcised, btw.).
For what objective(!) reason do international human rights become completely ignored as soon as we take the step down below the waistline?
In my mind boys all around the world would benefit if every circumcisionist had to answer this question honestly to the public.
In my mind “general medical benefit through circumcision” is not really a convincing answer, since most men world-wide (by far) are …. intact ;-) (and healthy, and happy with the condition of their penisses).

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Sam November 27, 2013 at 3:35 pm

Roger. I am not circumcised either. It wasn’t until I was grown that I learned to appreciate being intact. So many of my friends were cut so they never had the change to experience anything different.
One of the biggest proponents of continuing routine circumcision are religious organizations. They want to continue practicing this, however we have seen that some religions are changing with the times in other areas, so why not circumcision as well? I agree, if a grown man wants it done, fine, it’s his body, but it should not be done to baby boys and children who have no say in the matter.

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Lucky October 19, 2013 at 3:35 pm

What does this have to do with this site? Last I checked, it’s usually fathers who want their boys circumcised, not mothers. Whatever you want to call it, I haven’t heard anyone say it’s a form of feminism. I’ll have to look into that. But it seems oddly random.

BTW, to all you who think circumcision shouldn’t be routine for the general population, as a Jew, I agree with you completely. Yes, it’s more hygienic, but you really don’t need it in this day and age if you have soap and hot water, and clean yourself properly. Yes, it reduces the odds of you getting HIV by 50%, but condoms reduce it by 100% and no one would have unprotected sex and think they’re safe just because they’re circumcised.

Because of some studies in the ’40s and ’50s, a time when America also started feeding its children fluoride and undertaking other massive public health projects of dubious value, it became normal in the US. But the truth is, it’s for us Jews, not for you. It’s to set us apart, mark us physically and attempt to make it harder for us to sleep with your women. That’s the point of the covenant. It’s not working, and I doubt it ever has, as most women seem to prefer uncircumcised men. (At least, that’s what I learned from an informal survey of hookers).

By all means, stop circumcising your children. No one is making you do it. I personally think that the crusade to BAN circumcision is just a phony cover for Jew-hating. Just understand that if you pass a law to stop us from doing it — as we’ve done for 3000 years, before you started worshipping one of our rabbis as a false god — you can expect two things:
1. Scientists and doctors will leave your country for greener pastures, as happened to the last regime that tried it (that’d be Germany, folks).
2. If you succeed, next time your daughter won’t realize she’s screwing a Jew.

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John (admin) October 19, 2013 at 5:16 pm

You realize that ONLY GIRLS have legal protection against ANY form of genital cutting for ANY reason (including religious and cultural). Laws are explicitly written that way – girls protected, boys not. That’s why male genital mutilation is discussed on this site.

As for hygeine. Please don’t be ridiculous. A man would have to be quite neglectful of his personal hygeine for that to be an issue – probably wouldn’t be brushing his teeth either. So it’s like saying that tooth extraction would be more hygenic for such people. As for HIV reduction. Bad science, see http://www.circinfo.org/africa.html

Frankly, I don’t care what religion anyone follows, they’re free to believe and have their practices and customs but that all stops as soon as it causes injury to another person who is unable to give meaningful consent.

It sounds like you have a phobia about being a Jew. Well, that’s for you to deal with. I have often been labelled as an anti-Semite for no other reason than opposing male genital mutilation. It seems a favorite strategy for Jews to deal with dissenters. Pathetic, really. Something you yourself have been insinuating with your “crusade” hypothesis.

I would be quite happy for child-abusers to leave civilized countries. I don’t care what positions they hold or what religions they follow. They can be replaced.
(PS. You mentioned Germany WRT scientists leaving.. well, one of the most famous was Wernher von Braun, a Nazi. Currently, Germany is probably the most prosperous country in western Europe and one of the most powerful)

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Lucky October 28, 2013 at 2:51 pm

John, the only reason Germany is still a country, rather than a 3rd world wasteland, is that the US got to most of it before the Russians did and poured a ton of money into restoring it. And you know that.

America won the war on superior military technology, much of it developed by Jewish scientists who were forced to flee Germany.

The reason why Jews are an insulated, genetically different and hyper-successful small group in areas of science, medicine and obviously finance, has nothing to do with race — since we’re made up of everything from Ethiopians to Argentinians — nor religion, since half of us are agnostic or atheist. But it has a whole lot to do with circumcision. Or specifically, with being marked as different and denied / disallowed the things available to non-Jews. If you look at the rationales today for keeping kosher, for example, it has nothing to do with hygiene nor with some sense of superiority (which it’s often mistaken for). It has to do with a sense of *inferiority and difference* — a state of alienation — a forced denial of those beautiful pork chops your friends are enjoying — which is what has produced some of the greatest minds of the past millennia.

You can call it abuse, call it whatever; but in a long run it has been so successful as to survive the rise and fall of the Babylonians, Persians, Greeks, Romans, Ottomans and Nazis.

Look at it through another lens. Female circumcision is horrendous because it is specifically targeted at *removing the pleasure center from a woman* for the purpose of keeping her under the thumb of a patriarchal power structure. There is no such social or misanthropic/misogynistic reason for male circumcision among Jews. Moreover, children of various tribes in Africa, New Guinea, etc. have ears stretched, tattoos put all over them from well before the modern age of consent, which is a mark of their tribe.

You, who are so civilized as to tell people what they can or can’t do with their babies, cite as proof of German “civilization” a Nazi scientist who developed the V1 rockets that rained death on hundreds of thousands of civilians, babies, women and children during the London blitz. Seems a rather extreme way to show your humanity and civilization for the betterment of children and mankind.

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John (admin) October 28, 2013 at 7:20 pm

Gosh you sure like to go off on tangents…

Re: Wasteland : What does that have to do with anything of modern Germany’s current and ongoing prosperity? If it wasn’t for Germany the Eurozone would have likely collapsed lby now. Jewish scientists? Have you done a head-count of atheist scientists? Perhaps the majority. Of course, many other religions too.

As for Jewish survival through the ages – I do know that if it wasn’t for the ongoing massive military and political support from the USA that Israel would likely not exist today – at the very least, its illegal occupation of Palestine would have been meaningfully addressed a long time ago (it’s only because of repeated USA veto at the UN that it hasn’t happened).

Again, you’re using religious justification for circumcision… the same justification excluded by law (but only when it comes to girls.)

WRT female circumcision. As for your simplified interpretation of the motivations, in reality, you’ll find its often practiced for cultural reason and not for malicious harming or depriving of pleasure. I have listened to African women, at length, explaining this. Don’t get me wrong – I oppose all ‘circumcision’ for non-medical reasons on those unable to consent.

WRT the Nazi scientist. You missed my point entirely. Incidentally, you do realize that the allies deliberately carpet bombed civilian locations too?

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AngelXY November 8, 2013 at 5:59 pm

“There is no such social or misanthropic / misogynistic reason for male circumcision among Jews.” Really?

“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. 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.” – Rabbi Mosheh Ben Maimon (1135 – 1204)

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AngelXY November 8, 2013 at 5:46 pm

How is a ban on infant circumcision a cover for Jew-hating? Surely if these people hated Jews they would have encouraged circumcision as most believe it is harmful and dangerous. They are proposing a ban on INFANT circumcision, not a complete ban. When a boy is old enough to give personal and informed consent he can still choose it for himself for religious or other reasons. Sacrificing part of your own body to show your commitment to your own religion is perfectly acceptable with personal consent. It is when you sacrifice parts of another human being that cannot consent that makes it violates their basic rights. If Jewish boys were not protected against possible harm like other boys and girls, would it not be a case of discrimination instead?

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Andrew October 8, 2013 at 1:16 am

I was circumcised at birth by an unethical doctor. My father wanted me left intact as he was. No one ever asked my parents what their wishes were. My parents never signed any type of consent form and never consented in any way to have me circumcised. According to the hospital records, the doctor “ordered” that I be circumcised immediately in the delivery room.

Circumcision is popular in the US, because it’s an easy way for the doctors and hospitals to make extra money. When I checked with a major hospital in my city about 10 years ago, an infant circumcision cost about $650. Oddly, my company’s insurance plan still covered it even though it specifically excluded any cosmetic procedures or procedures to alter the appearance of the genitals.

When I wrote to my state legislators about the unconstitutionality of the state law protecting female minors but not male minors, they refused to even acknowlege my correspondence.

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Sam October 8, 2013 at 9:13 am

I’m sorry to hear that Andrew. I bet many boys were circumcised in the same manner, where the doctor just orders it. The double standard protecting females is wrong and eventually legislators will be forced to listen if we refuse to stay silent. There is a group that is fighting on behalf of protecting boys. It’s Intact America. Here is the link:

http://intactamerica.org/

A male has the right to have body integrity. No one has the right to circumcise him without his consent as an adult.
Sam

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Keith Rutter August 6, 2013 at 8:53 am

Circumcision IS mutilation, and as a man who suffered it at the hands of an ignorant old-fashioned doctor, I have endured the damage to my penis all my life. Sex was never as good as it should have been, and now in later life I do not orgasm in intercourse, even after an hour of thrusting (if she can tolerate it for that long). Circumcision was invented to mark and humiliate, and to diminish sexual pleasure, and it does both. High time to give boys the same legal rights as girls, and make it a thing of the past.

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Sam August 6, 2013 at 5:00 pm

Your right. I was not circumcised and as a boy felt like the odd ball, being one of only a few who were not cut. However, in comparing penis’es with a friend (As a lot of young boys do), who was also uncircumcised, we could just tell that ours were normal, not altered, whatever you want to call it. As an adult, I am glad I was not cut. I can thank my father who refused to let the doctor do it to me.

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Chris July 22, 2013 at 11:40 am

It is a travesty of human rights that in 2013 males don’t have equal rights to have the most basic of human rights to keep their own bodies.

If there is such a thing as human rights, the most important one should be that you’re allowed to keep your own body. This is a choice we can make for ourselves at the age of consent. There is no justification for the genital mutilation of millions of boys against their free will.

If a man wants to be circumcised for religious convictions, by all means he can do so by his own choice at the age of consent. But it should be his choice alone, it’s his own body, that choice should belong to no one else.

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Sam July 23, 2013 at 9:48 am

Well said. Whereas female genital mutilation is outlawed in the U.S., regardless of religious or parental decisions, it is routinely done to males. The uncircumcised penis is the normal state of male genitalia.

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Keith Rutter August 6, 2013 at 8:59 am

FGM is banned in the UK as well, but the authorities lack the guts to prosecute the criminals. Several laws appear to protect boys from MGM, but the authorities are scared of the religionists who cut.

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Gerry Santiago July 17, 2013 at 4:08 pm

True foreskin restoration not possible? There is a site here http://www.foregen.org that is actually looking to completely reverse the damage of circumcision thru regenerative medicine. Its no hoax and skin regeration has been done. They are looking to start human trails very soon.

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Mark July 8, 2013 at 2:32 pm

While I have understand most of the comments on this subject as someone who was circumcised in my 40′s for medical reasons I wish I had been circumcised in my youth.

There are very valid reasons for the procedure, not least being cleanliness and an increased resistance to infection.

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John (admin) July 8, 2013 at 6:36 pm

Hygiene is a nonsensical reason – it’s like saying tooth extraction will prevent tooth decay. As for infections; women are much more susceptible and it never seems to be problem. Again, MGM is a practice in search of justification

As for your personal reasons – hindsight is 20/20. I’m sure many women who develop breast cancer wish that they’d had a mastectomy in their earlier years.

There are no valid reasons for routine male genital mutilation.

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Keith Rutter August 6, 2013 at 9:01 am

Then you’ll have seen and felt the difference between a normal and a diminished penis!

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Sam June 12, 2013 at 5:30 pm

Everything said in this article is true. Circumcision is wrong and you can bet if it was happening to girls, in the numbers it does to boys, feminists would be all over it. But no, instead they tell the lie that “Circumcision protects women from STD’s” , advocating that women have their sons cut. With all the single mothers out there, boys don’t stand a chance. It makes me sick.

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Jacob June 5, 2013 at 6:43 am

If a parent could be in the room DURING the circumcision to see how much pain they had FORCED their NEWBORN CHILD to suffer through, I can guarantee they would change their mind about wanting to have it done.

I think its the most extremely wrong thing that the child doesn’t have a choice in what will effect them their entire life.

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Sam August 6, 2013 at 4:52 pm

Exactly. They have no choice.

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Kevin April 28, 2013 at 3:10 pm

One thing that isn’t mentioned here is that the cutting of the foreskin produces an open wound and can result in the development of bridges. For those who don’t know what a bridge is: it’s when the band left by the circumcision scar attaches to the glans (head) of the penis. In some situations, there can be many bridges left.

When I reached my 20′s I told my parents that I was upset at them that they circumcised me. When I was 11 years old, the bridge was so painful that I had to take a pair of scissors and finish the job the doctor never did. I can’t begin to tell you how much it hurt every time I got an errection, not to mention the amount of blood that I bled when I cut the bridge off.

How does an 11 year old boy go to his parents and say ‘mom, dad, it hurts when I get an erection’?

So seriously, circumcision is nothing short of mutilation. If you’re 18 years old – then you can make the decision as to whether you want to get circumcised and you alone can educate yourself and bare the responsibility of your actions.

Kevin

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