Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Brief Conversations With My Editors

HE: Did you see this story about the intactivist rally?

ME: The what, now?

HE: Intactivists. They were protesting on the Mall yesterday. They are apparently against circumcision.

ME: Really?

HE: Yeah. Maybe you can do something about it?

ME: Well, not if the circumcision's already happened, I'm afraid.
Happy Genital Integrity Awarness Week, everyone! Yes, yes, apparently that's a thing, now.


Mark Lyndon said...

Hard as it may seem to believe, some people are against cutting parts off baby boys penises. Genital Integrity Awareness Week is very much alive and well. Getting more popular too:

Canadian Paediatric Society
"Recommendation: Circumcision of newborns should not be routinely performed."
"Circumcision is a 'non-therapeutic' procedure, which means it is not medically necessary."
"After reviewing the scientific evidence for and against circumcision, the CPS does not recommend routine circumcision for newborn boys. Many paediatricians no longer perform circumcisions.

RACP Policy Statement on Circumcision
"After extensive review of the literature the Royal Australasian College of Physicians reaffirms that there is no medical indication for routine neonatal circumcision."
(those last nine words are in bold on their website, and almost all the men responsible for this statement will be circumcised themselves, as the male circumcision rate in Australia in 1950 was about 90%. "Routine" circumcision is now *banned* in public hospitals in Australia in all states except one.)

British Medical Association: The law and ethics of male circumcision - guidance for doctors
"to circumcise for therapeutic reasons where medical research has shown other techniques to be at least as effective and less invasive would be unethical and inappropriate."

See also:
Canadian Children's Rights Council
"It is the position of the Canadian Children's Rights Council that "circumcision" of male or female children is genital mutilation of children.

Drops in male circumcision:
USA: from 90% to 57%
Canada: from 47% to 9.2%
UK: from 35% to about 5% (less than 1% among non-Muslims)
Australia: 90% to 12.6% ("routine" circumcision has recently been *banned* in public hospitals in all states except one, so the rate will now be a lot lower)
New Zealand: 95% to below 3% (mostly Samoans and Tongans)
South America and Europe: never above 5%

It is possible to restore a circumcised foreskin btw.

TLC Tugger said...

Of course it's not entirely too late.

You can't get back the 20,000 nerve endings concentrated near the end of the foreskin, but you can make the remaining 20,000 nerve endings in your penis work much better by non-surgical foreskin restoration. Just apply tension to the shaft skin and it will expand. In time you can add about an inch of skin per year (most men need about 4 inches) using comfortable tension.

Having skin over the glans and adjacent mucosa lets it revert to the natural smooth supple shiny state (like what you see peeking out of a dog's foreskin) for dramatically improved sensation. Having slack skin for intimacy means intercourse is plushly lubricated by the gliding motion of the skin (akin to how a dog's or cat's skin can be prodded from the shoulders to the rump and back). This rolling gliding action allows new sensations; the penile shaft nerves can't bend and straighten if the shaft skin is tight. It also makes sex more comfortable and pleasurable for his partner.

Foreskin feels REALLY good. HIS body HIS decision.

TLC Tugger said...

Of course it's not too late for a cut man. He can't get back the 50% of his sexual nerves taken by circumcision, but he can expand his surviving skin to keep his glans covered and allow for the luxurious frictionless slinky gliding action.

His glans and mucosa will get more supple and sensitive and sex will be dramatically better. Google "non-surgical foreskin restoration." There are tons of online resources and videos and stuff. Over 200,000 men are doing it.

Foreskin feels REALLY good. HIS body HIS decision.