PSYCHOLOGICAL PERSPECTIVES on CIRCUMCISION
Being curious as to why such diversity of very strong opinion exists
on circumcision, I thought a while and would like to propose the following
I would like to consider the different fates of the foreskin in
five rough categories:
1. Free of problems, circumcised routinely in childhood,
2. Free of problems, uncircumcised,
3. Circumcised routinely and developed problems from the operation,
4. Uncircumcised with conscious problems,
5. Uncircumcised with problems and unaware of these.
_____1. 2. In the vast majority of cases the circumcised or uncircumcised
man, who is free of problems, is happy as he is.
It is obvious that the essential physical masculine part of an uncircumcised
and a circumcised man is different. However any difference in potential
for manhood is insignificant, anatomically and psychologically, in
comparison to a man who has any sort of anatomical restriction.
_____3. The man who was routinely circumcised in childhood, who
has experienced problems (usually from skin bridges), can often feel
quite angry about this early interference. The apparent senselessness
of this routine operation in a rational and free thinking culture,
can be felt as a breach of modern civil liberties.
In these cases it would be understandable to develop an undue feeling
of value for the lost or 'stolen' foreskin. The development and recognition
of restoration programs and operations may help in
some cases, however the alleviative which is most often called for
is to abolish routine infant circumcision.
_____4. Boys who are consciously aware of pain or difficulty develop
a strong awareness of the glans other can show and they cannot and
are often quite capable of deciding for themselves at puberty that
circumcision is needed. It is clear that during puberty, some youths
build up painful memories and even resentment about their problem foreskins.
It appears to be often such men who support ideas of routine circumcision.
If a boy wants a circumcision for any reasons, then he should most certainly be given this.
_____ 5. Those men who were not aware of their problem, with conditions
where the foreskin has often covered the glans entirely, have sometimes
only ever seen their foreskin and never knew it could retract . The
nature of such problems often leads to an excessive attachment to the
foreskin. This can lead to traumatic feelings among some adults when
confronted with circumcision.
This situation should be respected and unless specifically requested, stretching or minimal surgery should
be considered, (with the obvious possibility of removing more at a
later date if this become desirable).