To snip or not to snip, that is the question6comments
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.