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What was the original reason behind circumcision?

comment by k_kat in AskReddit

6 minutes ago

It was a religious ritual started thousands of years ago. The earliest groups I am aware of doing it are Jews and Muslims. The reasons for this might be up for some debate. Jews will tell you that they circumcise because of a covenant with Abraham, as explained in the old testament. In the new testament Jesus actually speaks against circumcision and Catholics and Christians have never practiced this.

Many people believe that cirucmcision reduces sexual pleasure. (I am one of those people) The foreskin itself contains 20,000 nerves and studies have shown that the foreskin is actually the most sexually sensitive part of the penis. It is entirely probable that early religions took up genital cutting as a means to help control or limit sexuality. Muslims are thought to circumcise their women for this reason. In the 12th century Maimonides, a Jewish philosopher, put forth this explanation. He wrote: "With regard to circumcision, one of the reasons for it is, in my opinion, the wish to bring about a decrease in sexual intercourse and a weakening of the organ in question, so that this activity be diminished and the organ be in as quiet a state as possible."

In the US circumcision was popularized by John Harvey Kellogg, among others, who felt that circumcision, by reducing sexual pleasure, would reduce masturbation in boys, which was seen as unhealthy at the time. Although it was a medical reason, it fit in nicely with the Puritan values of the US and the Victorian values at the time. Since then various other medical justifications have been used, including that it cures epilepsy and blindness. When hospital births became the norm doctors recommended the procedure since wealthy babies were born in hospitals it also became a bit of a status symbol. Since then we mostly do it here, because we are used to it, but rates are declining rapidly. We have however, exported the practice to S. Korea and parts of Africa.

If you could have any one small object be indestructable, what would it be and why?

comment by SaltCollector in AskReddit

31 minutes ago

the penis of the next male baby born to a family that practices circumcision

Just to fuck with them.

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comment by FelixVulgaris in AskReddit

46 minutes ago

Same here. I don't see it as mutilation any more than I see piercing baby's ears as mutilation. My penis looks / feels / functions perfectly fine; I have no scarring memories or side effects from the procedure. I understand that botched circumcisions can cause lots of pain, sexual dysfunction, body image and self esteem issues; but that's the case with lots of other procedures when they go wrong. When a circumcision is performed without complications, it doesn't have any perceivable negative effects on the person.

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comment by eggnogschmegnog in AskReddit

48 minutes ago

Valid point. I understand that circumcision supposedly reduces sensitivity, making sex less pleasurable for those males. That sucks. But I really don't last long enough as it is, so...

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comment by ckilgannon in AskReddit

48 minutes ago

Every time this gets mentioned on Reddit, I feel like pro-circumcision people destroy the conversation. There's really so much bad information out there about it and people just constantly regurgitate it. The fact is that there's no moral grounding for modifying your child's body without an urgent medical need. You don't have the right.

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comment by 004forever in AskReddit

1 hour, 40 minutes ago

Sort of. If you don't get a circumcision, you have to do a bit of extra cleaning. It's recommended in 3rd world countries as a disease prevention measure, but in places where hygiene isn't an issue, it doesn't matter that much.

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comment by __Rorschach____ in AskReddit

1 hour, 49 minutes ago

I'm pretty sure female circumcision is strictly Muslim so as long as the girls it's done on is Muslim it should be fine sure there are problems with it from our point of view but that doesn't mean we judge them negatively.

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comment by LonelyCheeto in AskReddit

2 hours, 41 minutes ago

Apparently my dad had a circumcision in his 30s. Found this out from my mom being drunk. Not going to ask him how it's different though..

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