Alert! Some sites linked to BoysToo.com have graphic pictures and
illustrations that may be offensive to some people. These possibilities
range from the beauty of the normal, intact penis to some truly
offensive, gruesome torture scenes of penile mutilation by clamps and
knives. These scenes are even more depressing when pathology subsequent
to the circumcision occurs, such as infection (the >Jacob Sweet
case-->also here) or
penile amputation ( the >David
Reimer case recently televised).
The following link is to
information on the >function
of the foreskin including the original research on the subject by John R. Taylor, MB, MRCPEd, FRCPC
published in the British Journal of Urology in 1996: >Canadian Site.
Women also suffer loss when men are circumcised: >Women's Loss.
Until recently, the losses
foreskin amputation causes, particularly the loss of sexual fulfillment
including just one's desire to be with women, was a (perhaps the) major
reason for circumcising . Misogyny and asceticism were hallmarks of the
man's man, one dedicated to God who must eschew the pleasures of the
flesh. A Medieval philosopher made note of this: Moses Maimonides
(1135-1204) in his >Guide for the
"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....The fact that circumcision weakens the faculty of sexual
excitement and sometimes perhaps diminishes the pleasure is indubitable.
For if at birth this member has been made to bleed and has had its
covering taken away from it, it must indubitably be weakened."
Some men have stretched the
shaft skin to cover the glans penis to simulate a foreskin and
protect the glans from further desensitization. >NORM, the National Organization of
What's Lost > HIV Analysis >CIRP Anatomy
(Be Forewarned) >Pain