Firstly I apologise if this one has too much information.   A friend sent me an email today containing the following –

For all of you in education, with sons, grandsons, or who just love the things little kids say ~ a reminder that adult words are often taken literally…..

A teacher noticed that a little boy at the back of the class was squirming around, scratching his crotch, and not paying attention.  She went back to find out what was going on. He was quite embarrassed and whispered that he had just recently been circumcised and he was quite itchy.

The teacher told him to go down to the principal’s office where he was told to telephone his mother and ask her what he should do about it.  He did and returned to his class. Suddenly, there was a commotion at the back of the room. So the teacher went back to investigate only to find him sitting at his desk with his ‘private part’ hanging out.

‘I thought I told you to call your mum!’ she said.

‘I did,’ he said, ‘And she told me that if I could stick it out until lunchtime, she’d come and pick me up from school.’

In the light of that I will admit here and now that I have in fact been circumcised but my ex-wife and I decided that we would not get either of our sons done, unless there was some good medical reason to do it as they got older.  Now, both well into their twenties that seems unlikely.

A poll on showed what I thought was a surprising result, because I am sure if the same question was asked in Australia that the “no” proportion would be much higher.

 About Poll
Did you circumcise your baby boy?

yes  (10765)


no  (15980)


Total Votes: 26745

This ezine article though states that a poll conducted said that 80% of parents thought their sons should be circumcised.

One thing to keep in mind is an article in the British Journal of Urology which reported –

Circumcision Removes the Most Sensitive Parts of the Penis

A sensitivity study of the adult penis in circumcised and uncircumcised men shows that the uncircumcised penis is significantly more sensitive. The most sensitive location on the circumcised penis is the circumcision scar on the ventral surface. Five locations on the uncircumcised penis that are routinely removed at circumcision are significantly more sensitive than the most sensitive location on the circumcised penis.

In addition, the glans (head) of the circumcised penis is less sensitive to fine touch than the glans of the uncircumcised penis. The tip of the foreskin is the most sensitive region of the uncircumcised penis, and it is significantly more sensitive than the most sensitive area of the circumcised penis. Circumcision removes the most sensitive parts of the penis.

This study presents the first extensive testing of fine touch pressure thresholds of the adult penis. The monofiliment testing instruments are calibrated and have been used to test female genital sensitivity.

Now that’s enough to make me wonder what I’ve been missing out on all these years as well as making me glad that my sons weren’t done.

As a final aside I should point out that the decline in circumcisions, and subsequent shortage of foreskins, has had an impact on the correction of another birth defect for kids born without eyelids where they were particularly useful as eyelid transplants.   However they had the drawback of making the recipients a little bit cockeyed.

Here’s a request folks be honest and tell me how you feel and let’s remember that most of us in the western world remain abhorred by the practice of female circumcision.  If you’re a bloke have you been done?  If you’re a parent have you or would you have your son done and if so why?  I know there’s been a prevailing thought that sons should look like their fathers but let me tell you by the time my sons probably even noticed there might have been a difference they were well past bathing or showering with me.


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