Source: The Perfect Design
« So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. Then God saw everything that He had made, and indeed it was very good. » — Genesis 1:27, 31
« For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother’s womb. I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, And that my soul knows very well. » — Psalm 139:13-14
« But now God has set the members, each one of them, in the body just as He pleased. » — 1 Corinthians 12:18
« Natural selection will never produce in a being anything injurious to itself, for natural selection acts solely by and for the good of each. No organ will be formed, as Paley has remarked, for the purpose of causing pain or for doing an injury to its possessor. » — Charles Darwin
Having grown many plants from seed, I have observed that on seedlings, some hulls take longer to drop away than others. Trying to help the seedlings, a number of times I tried to remove the hull. The lesson learned? Some seedlings take a little longer to develop and need the hull to provide protection and perhaps further nutrients, but they are still perfectly normal. If I do not remove the hull, occasionally the seedling never advances and eventually wilts away. If I do remove the hull, even if it is still barely attached, the seedling is damaged and usually does not survive. Even if a baby boy does not die from circumcision (in the U.S., over 117 boys a year die from circumcision), when a functioning part is amputated, the body is damaged. In early life, the foreskin is fused to the glans (head of the penis) in the same way a fingernail is fused to the finger, and forcefully retracting it causes damage. This is why some natural (« uncircumcised ») males have problems and are circumcised later in life. In other cultures (the majority of the world does not circumcise), the foreskin is left alone, and problems are virtually unheard of even in old age. Like the seedling, the boy himself knows when the time is right to retract his own foreskin. (There are rare cases of phimosis, but this can only be diagnosed after puberty and can be treated without cutting.)
Walking through the yard, I noticed that hostas emerge very phallic like. As I looked closer, I realized the comparison was even more than I first observed. To protect the hosta as it pushes through the soil, it is covered in a sort of protective sheath. As the hosta grows out of the sheath, the more mature outer leaves continue to encapsulate and protect the delicate, still forming inner leaves from a late frost or a few nibbles from a hungry critter. As the outer, sometimes slightly damaged leaves unfold, the fresh inner leaves reveal their beauty. It would not make sense to remove the sheath or outer leaves early to « protect » the plant. Just like those outer leaves, the foreskin protects the penis from frostbite, zippers and even the wear and tear of daily life which causes desensitizing keratinization (NSFW)on an unprotected glans. As the foreskin is studied, even more ways in which it protects and serves are being discovered. The major difference between the foreskin and those outer leaves on the hosta is well stated in this quote, « The foreskin is not the wrapper, it’s the candy. »
One of the most often used excuses for amputating the foreskin is hygiene. While soap and running water are no doubt a benefit to humanity, there are still valuable lessons to be learned about hygiene from Nature. Animals do not use soap and water to bath as humans do, yet I have never heard of one getting an infection of the foreskin or needing to be circumcised. But then, people do not tend to tamper with animal foreskins to create those problems.
Females produce smegma, too, yet despite all the products sold to « prevent odor, » few advocate genital cutting to promote female hygiene. Though it is more difficult for a female to get to all of her folds and crevices than a male to retract his foreskin, she is entrusted to do so. People should not insult their sons by assuming they will grow up to be incompetent slobs. Of course, any part from teeth to toes are « easier to clean » if removed, but to quote Craig Ferguson, who is intact, « You can have this chopped off or you can wash it … That’s a tough choice there, doctor. » Amputation is not hygiene and everyone needs to wash, cut or not.
It is only through questioning that we can see where there is fallacy in long held beliefs and create change. When it comes to circumcision, frequently questions and change are met by mockery and anger. The person who says, « Baby boys are born perfect. Love them enough to keep them that way. » is considered crazy, penis obsessed, and even perverted while the person who says, « Baby boys are born ugly, dirty and unhealthy. You should amputate the most sensitive part of their manhood before they can refuse. » is considered normal, sane and their motives are never questioned. How backwards is that?! Our boys and men deserve better! I ask that you challenge any beliefs you may hold regarding circumcision with the following questions.
- The same « health benefits » and ridiculous excuses are given to promote both male and female circumcision. Insurance companies even covered female circumcision in the U.S. until the 1970s. Since 1997, all forms of female circumcision performed on a minor have been banned by U.S. law; this includes even a symbolic pinprick of the clitoral hood (female foreskin) for religious reasons. The 14th Amendmentgrants equal protection, so why do males not receive it?
- For what other normal, healthy body part would we think amputation was a parental right for any reason?
- What other unnecessary cosmetic surgery, trauma or abuse would we allow upon a child because he could not say « no » and « won’t remember »the event?
- Would we consider it acceptable to amputate the foreskin of an adult without his consent?
- Why does the adult that the circumcised child will grow into not deserve the same right to his foreskin?
- Why do anatomy books and charts in the U.S. show the penis sans foreskin as though that is the natural state?
- Why are U.S. doctors and nurses taught to amputate the foreskin rather than of its function and how to preserve it?
- For what other body part is amputation promoted as « cleaner, » « preventative medicine » or a « cure » rather than washing and treating as needed?
- We do not refer to other body parts as « unamputated » (e.g. unmastectomized, undecapitated), so why is a man with his whole penis referred to as « uncircumcised, » as though a surgically altered penis is natural?
- What other amputation, especially upon a helpless child, are « jokes » not only acceptable, but common about?
- What other body part would it be acceptable to ridicule or scorn a person for having?
- Why are the feelings of men who feel violated by circumcisionswept aside rather than acknowledged as they would be for any other amputation, especially if performed needlessly without the owner’s permission?
- If a society has a perverted view of a normal, healthy body part, is it not the society that needs to be changed rather than forcibly amputating the body part from the society’s most vulnerable members?
- Why so many double standards, all against the human male foreskin?
I am not judging anyone who had their son(s) circumcised because they did not know any better. Since the late 1800′s when it was promoted in the U.S. to prevent masturbation, circumcision has been a « cure » searching for a disease,and whatever the scare of the era, it was said to prevent. There is still a lot of misinformation promoting circumcision that is spread as fact, even by those who should know better. It takes a very strong person to admit they have made a mistake and a very strong man to admit he has been harmed. I have the utmost respect for those who have done just that and have chosen to protect their sons rather than continue a painful cycle.
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