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To snip or not to snip, that is the question

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It is considered pretty much general knowledge that when it comes to the penis, size does matter. That being said, I know very few ‘Samtha’ types who’d actually break up with a guy if his penis didn’t measure up to her expectations. When it comes to first contact, most women hope for the best and then work with what they get.

Size is not the only consideration when it comes to penile aesthetics. Some are straighter, some are veinier, and, of course, some are circumcised and some aren’t. There’s a lot of talk in our culture about penis size, but less so about foreskin.

There was a time when circumcision was only performed as a religious ritual, and up through the 19th century most Christians considered it to be an act of barbarism. Of course that was ancient history, and increasingly, because of a belief that it was more hygienic and also would discourage masturbation, it gradually became the norm in America. By the 1970’s the only Americans not having their boys snipped were hippies and people without ready access to medical care. At the same time, things were very different in Europe. In the 1950’s, doctors in the UK started advising against neonatal circumcision as a standard procedure, so now most boys in the EU remain uncut.

As an American girl, I’d never even seen a picture of an uncircumcised penis until I was in my early/mid twenties. And to this day, I’ve only seen two in the… um, flesh. Though it is probably just a product of cultural bias, I have to admit, when it comes to pure aesthetics, I prefer the circumcised look. But when it comes to functionality, it really doesn’t matter to me. As far as I can tell, they work the same. Of course, men might feel differently. From what I understand, uncircumcised men may have more sensation in their penis and there are a lot of circumcised men in America who feel they got the shaft.

Circumcision isn’t something I’ve given much thought to over the years, and honestly, it isn’t something I ever thought I’d give much energy to contemplating. But recently, the issue was brought to the fore(skin)front. A good friend of mine who’s pregnant with her first child just found out she’s having a boy. Now she has to think of all of this in a very real and specific way, as she and her husband will have to make the decision to snip or not to snip. Neither she nor her husband is religious, so there’s no guidance there. The American medical community is no longer recommending it as an automatic procedure, as with our modern hygienic practices it isn’t considered medically necessary. Increasingly parents are choosing not to circumcise. And yet, in the US it is still very much the norm. My friend’s husband feels like a boy should look like his father, but my friend isn’t sure that’s a good enough reason to put your child through an unnecessary operation. It’s all very complicated. I don’t envy them having to make this decision, but I’m super curious about what you all think about the whole thing.

And so, for the first time in the history of The Zeros Before The One, we’re having a gender specific quiz.

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6 Responses to “To snip or not to snip, that is the question”

  1. September 26, 2011 at 11:34 am

    I’m 100% with the husband — a boy should look like his father. As a new father of a son in the past year, that was my deciding factor. And while I wouldn’t recommend being there for the procedure, once it’s done (and even if you are there), it’s really not that big of a deal.

  2. September 26, 2011 at 1:38 pm

    A boy should look like his father seems like a really strange reason to put an infant through a painful operation. I mean, why? Do fathers and sons spend a lot of time hanging out comparing their dicks?

  3. September 26, 2011 at 2:13 pm

    This same subject came up recently when I was in Vegas for a bachelor party with 10 Mexican dudes. So I found out even though Mexicans are super religious (Catholics) they are not snipped.

    Why I bring this up is that two of the guys in our group had to get snipped in their 20s because of medical reasons. And they both said they hated it. Having had foreskin and then having to go without it was not ideal for them. Just like going blind after seeing for most of your life, it sucks!!! (and don’t ask why this subject came up, boys will be boys).

    So my stance is you should stay the way you came into the world, there’s gotta be a reason we come into the world with this thing! It’s not like the appendix, it doesn’t rupture.

  4. September 26, 2011 at 2:53 pm

    I’m circumcised, and am glad that I am. I don’t remember the procedure, and the feedback I’ve received from penis-enjoying friends and partners is they prefer circumcised over not.

    I have two boys, who both were snipped. Every time this convo comes up, I start to relive the struggle that I had to go through when deciding, and despite how I feel about my own junk, feel 50% guilty that I had it done to my kids.

    I’m an atheist and, at the time, thought the whole “boys should look like their father and/or like most of the rest of the boys they will undoubtedly encounter in locker rooms, et al.” I think the guilt may always stick with me somewhat. I don’t envy anyone having to make that decision, and am glad that I don’t have to make it again.

  5. September 26, 2011 at 7:09 pm

    I saw my nephew getting circumcised and he had problems with it and it was messed up. He will need to be it re-done when he is older. Since then I’ve been with an uncircumcised guy and at first thought it was weird and gross, but really like it now. It feels more natural and his penis seems way more sensitive. I’ve changed my views and now think boys should be able to make the decision for themselves when they get older.

  6. October 1, 2011 at 8:12 pm

    I was circumcised at birth. I am restoring my foreskin and the difference has amazing. Before restoring, my circumcised penis was dry and losing sensitivity as I got older. By the time I hit my 50s there was little feeling down there. After restoring my foreskin and having the foreskin protect my glans, my glans regained its lost sensitivity. I also gained the gliding action, something I never knew existed before restoring. I have more sexual pleasure now in my mid-50s than I ever remember having as a younger man. It is a shame my parents had me circumcised and I lost out on what I should have had for most of my life.

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