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|Sun, 07-18-2010 - 11:32pm|
... and we weep.
"In the 19th century the role of the foreskin in erotic sensation was well understood by physicians who wanted to cut it off precisely because they considered it the major factor leading boys to masturbation.
"The Victorian physician and venereologist William Acton (1814â€“1875) damned it as "a source of serious mischief", and most of his contemporaries concurred. Both opponents and supporters of circumcision agreed that the significant role the foreskin played in sexual response was the main reason why it should be either left in place or removed. William Hammond, a Professor of Mind in New York in the late 19th century, commented that "circumcision, when performed in early life, generally lessens the voluptuous sensations of sexual intercourse", and both he and Acton considered the foreskin necessary for optimal sexual function, especially in old age. Jonathan Hutchinson, English surgeon and pathologist (1828â€“1913), and many others, thought this was the main reason why it should be excised."
I have over 300 'favorites' (sic) saved on the subject of male circumcision. Some I have already used on our board. This one I haven't until now... and it's more 'informative' than debatable.
But it serves to illustrate 19th century British and American shared beliefs in the efficacy of removing the foreskin. It "lessens the voluptuous sensations of sexual intercourse." Then and now - a hundred+ years later, a penis is a penis is a penis.
Peel a foreskin... and how many weep?
I - and others like me - live to tell the tale.
CL - Circumcision Debate
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