Found on Facebook, the author has chosen to remain anonymous, but we post it with his permission. This was his answer to the question “Are you circumcised or intact and how do you feel about it?”
I am not going to lie. I am posting here because this subject is so sensitive to me. Friends who know me, especially those who have seen me in the buff, wonder why I care so much about keeping boys intact, when it’s “not my problem.”
Why? Let me tell you why.
Here in America, we have a culture who have been convinced that circumcision is a good idea, for whatever reason, negating reason and logic over tradition and misinformation from the medical field.
First, there’s the locker room argument… “He will be made fun of because he is different.”
Myth. And even if so, all he would have to say is “Hey, I have all of my penis. I could always change that later if I want. Can you?” Yes, I had apprehensively revealed myself in the locker room, knowing the majority around me lacked foreskin. In fact, I “trained” my foreskin to stay retracted to avoid confrontation. I did so much harm in doing that. I had such a moist glans beforehand, it started to callous up and desensitize from abrasion on clothing. I know exactly what circumcised men would lose in this regard alone, regarding sensitivity.
“The glans is the most sensitive part anyway.” Myth.
Of all of the parts of my penis, the glans is the least sensitive. For me, the sensitivity is largely with the ridged band. I could get myself off in just a minute, and never require lubricant or toys of any kind. Wait a minute – doesn’t that make you a premature ejaculator? No. Because of the sensation of my foreskin, I can control when to finish. Circumcised guys would never have this benefit as the neurological pathways for contiguous sensitivity are severed. Thus, premature ejaculation can be a problem with circumcised guys – if they can get off from intercourse at all.
“The penis is so dirty.” Myth.
Really? I shower at least once a day. I can’t think of a time in my life where I’ve dealt with dirt on my penis. Seriously? Scat back, rinse with water… Done.
“He will have all of these problems like UTIs”. Myth.
Yeah… You know that the foreskin is fused to the glans at birth for a reason, right? The reason is because the glans is protected from foreign body entry, including feces. It is a one-way mechanism. Forced retraction (improper intact care) causes the UTI risk to increase. But, UTIs are still seen frequently with circumcised children in diapers because there is nothing there to protect the urethra. Clean the penis like you would a finger, until retraction age (will happen on it’s own). Then, use only water on anything not normally exposed. That is mucosa. You don’t use soap on inner lips or inside female genitals, right? Think “chapping”. Improper intact care is the number one cause for foreskin “issues”.
“Women will hate it.” Myth.
I read a poll that 82% of women who have experienced both prefer intact. Why? It is sex as nature intended. All mammals have foreskin. No extra lubrication is necessary. Nobody is in pain. No “jackhammering” necessary for the guy to finish, or the girl to have an orgasm. The ridged band allows auxiliary stimulation for her. Circumcised guys generally do not have this. This is why ribbed condoms exist.
“He will have problems later if you don’t do it.” Myth.
I and countless others (over 85% globally) have had no issues. The only problem is that doctors are offering this procedure as they do any other service – mostly, because they make money off of it, which allows them to be blissfully ignorant about any possible repercussions. Besides, it’s not the doctor’s problem. The doctor is just “doing what he is told.”
Summary: My foreskin is my favorite penis part, which has over 80% of the sensitivity that I’ve come to enjoy for years. My penis isn’t a “dirty anteater”. It doesn’t have disease, and I am most definitely not considering changing a single thing about it. In fact, as an intact man the only thing I could really ask for is more foreskin – mine isn’t all that long (the “tool” is, but it’s protective cover is “sized to fit”, for lack of a more PC way to describe it.) As a good friend of mine said to me, the foreskin is not the candy wrapper – it is the candy. The tragic thing is that this largely perpetuates because circumcised guys do not know what they may be missing. It really bothers me.
I was born in 1984 Midwest United States, if it matters.