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|Thu, 02-25-2010 - 1:11am|
This was the estimated number of unnecessary circumcisions performed in the UK in 1998. It pales into insignificance when compared with the millions circumcised in the US; but for the UK it's a stunning, shocking statistic.
I have mentally struggled to understand the mindset of the few UK medical practioners who encourage circumcision. Under the NHS, no boys are circumcised at birth without the rarest of medical need. These older-age circumcisions are performed as a supposed medical imperative in boyhood and manhood.... and almost always because a foreskin is 'tight'.
I have two, perhaps three questions...
1. Do a majority of doctors who advocate circumcision in the US, believe a tight foreskin is an indication for circumcision? I'm not talking of a naturally adhered foreskin in infancy.
2. Without the enduring presence of circumcised American males... and the consequent, worldwide image of a 'normal' penis as a circumcised penis , would some British doctors even contemplate circumcision? I seriously doubt it.
3. I do have a No. 3...
To any pro-circ visitor/lurker: there's an almost submissive acceptance of the circumcised penis, in imagery. Why? Why does most pornography depict a penis with no foreskin? Does it please you or puzzle you?
ETA/replace the silly hash symbols that appear after I post, with these:
"Education is the discovery of our own ignorance." Will Durant
"Almost any manmade phenomenon is explained by tradition, inertia - or both." Anon
Edited 2/25/2010 8:41 pm ET by cl-islaywhisky