Who should be circumcised - boys or men?

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Who should be circumcised - boys or men?
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Thu, 09-13-2012 - 7:46pm

As we all know, the AAP has now recommended that parents should consider circumcision for their boys - based on the erroneous African studies a few years ago.

In Tanzania male circumcision usually costs the equivalent of $10-17 in a country where 36% of the 44m population lives on less than $2 a day. But free adult circumcision is being supported by a $40m fund from the American government. Under the programme the aim is to circumcise 2.8 million men by 2015 - using female nurses who's training is being fast-tracked for lack of enough male doctors.

Thankfully, this does not include boys who are are not yet sexually active - which is significant when compared with the AAP's predilection for infant circumcision. Where is the reasoning behind the AAP's statement?

Men or boys... or none at all? If the foreskin harbours STDs why are British and European populations so sexually healthy, by and large?

Christopher

P.S. This is a repeat of my post on the Intact Foreskin Support section.

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Fri, 10-05-2012 - 10:11pm

Interesting concept, Misstrygg. But I think it would depend upon how much pubic hair there is??

Christopher

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Fri, 10-05-2012 - 10:01pm

Xxxs, thank you!

Unfortunately, I use a saved bookmark to the 'Circumcision' topic which takes me straight here. I'd rather not have to navigate through iVillage from its start page. But maybe I will try it once!

Christopher

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Fri, 10-05-2012 - 4:22am

The hair acts like an air cushion, aids the flow of air around the private bits.

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Thu, 10-04-2012 - 9:51pm

Misstrygg,

I'd have thought the removal of pubic hair at least, would aid genital cleanliness.

But you're right about male (and female) underwear made with synthetic material causing potential problems. Pure cotton is much the best. It 'breathes'.

However, the cleaning properties of a normal penis are served by the secretion of fresh smegma in a cyclical action which rids the penis of dead skin cells and fatty deposits - which are often mistaken as 'smegma'. True smegma is translucent and odourless; and contains antibacterial enzymes which fight infection.

Of course, inappropriate clothing won't help. In which case, retracting the foreskin enough to expose the glans and simply rinse with clean water - no aggressive washing - is acceptable.

Christopher

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Thu, 10-04-2012 - 8:52pm
markh85 wrote:
That sucks dude, I hate when that happens. That's why I try to stay in the habit of copying long posts before I submit it.

Interestingly, Mark, so do I usually - for the same reasons as you! But sometimes when iVillage seems to be behaving properly I take the risk and just post. We learn by our mistakes!

Christopher

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Wed, 10-03-2012 - 12:51pm

Hi if you are doing a post inside Ivillage then there is an auto save feature that has your post saved.  But to get to it you must go thru the start page!

Goldfish

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Wed, 10-03-2012 - 7:32am

Not even my Scottish husband owned a kilt  until he got to Sweden.

But it is just that the removal  of body hair,  too tight underwear, tight clothing and too much non natural fiber in clothing leads to the self cleaning mechanism not working as it should and then you need a rinse, just plain water not soap.

It is when you mix in soap everything goes wrong and it smells more.

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Wed, 10-03-2012 - 12:45am
That sucks dude, I hate when that happens. That's why I try to stay in the habit of copying long posts before I submit it.
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Tue, 10-02-2012 - 10:45pm

"not everyone runs around in a kilt. :smileywink:"

LOL... I'm not Scottish! However, to be fair to those who are, there may be some who wear a kilt and nothing else to cover their 'nether' region, but it's generally very chilly up North in the UK!

But seriously, there may be some advantage to exposing our genitals - male and female - to the air from time to time, but males are no more 'cheesy' than females in that respect - less so, in fact. The smegma self-cleaning attribute in males works more effectively than in females, for reasons only nature understands.

Like the Swedish, we should all learn to accept nudity and human biology with an open mind, I agree.

Christopher

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Tue, 10-02-2012 - 9:59pm

Mark, I replied to your message, hit 'Post' - and was greeted with this:

Exception ID: 3A062D0F

iVillage is in the throes of awaiting  a major change. It may be this that csused the errror. Regardless, I don't have the time to re-post now. I may try again soon. I'm sorry.

Christopher

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