Interesting Information: “The Foreskin: Why Is It Such A Secret In North America?”

Interesting Information:  May 4, 2015

“The Foreskin:  Why Is It Such a Secret in North America?”

When my sons were born, no one questioned the removal of the foreskin on their penises.

Everyone just did it.

I vaguely recall that “cleanliness” and “infection” descriptors were mobilized, but no one in my life mounted any sort of argument why the removal wasn’t a good idea.

I didn’t know one single person (except maybe, now that I think about it, my father, in a confidence my mother whispered to me) who didn’t ok this procedure.

Oh my goodness.  The FIRST thing I would do now is to research any kind of medical procedure.

Well, Spoony Quine, a “science-oriented writer in Seattle,” dug a little deeper.

Her piece is absolutely fascinating, especially to someone whose field is Cultural Studies.

Here’s a quick quote:

It may come as a shock to find that in the U.S., many widespread popular beliefs about the penis today are actually based on the same Victorian Era quackery rather than medical science.  Indeed, the non-therapeutic circumcision of infant boys has continued to be medicalized in the U.S., and to a lesser extent in Canada, due to such persistent beliefs.

Apparently we’ve been depriving our men of a normal capacity of sexual stimulation–not unlike those done to women…

…and underlying it all is a belief that sex is bad…

And apparently most people, doctors included, don’t know how the foreskin is meant to work.  Apparently most textbooks don’t even have accurate pictures.


The Foreskin: Why Is It Such A Secret In North America?.

Author: louisaenright

I am passionate about whole, nutrient-dense foods, developing local markets, and strengthening communities.

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