My Health class in college mandates a research project of 10 different subjects that are health related. The sixth one was from Penn and Teller’s Bullshit on You Tube and I chose the one on Circumcision. I have three girls and no boys. I am greatly satisfied with only having girls, but when a topic arises regarding boys I do wonder how my opinion would be effected if my children were boys. Before I watched this video there was no question, my boys would be circumcised. Now, if it were my choice alone they wouldn’t be, but ultimately I feel it is my husband’s decision which leaves me undecided. Here I will post the part of my paper regarding circumcision. It is a VERY clean version of the YouTube episode. If you want the full version the link is included as well.
Warning dad! You most likely won’t want to watch the visually offensive video and pretend I haven’t watched it either.
Penn and Teller’s Bullshit: Circumcision
A circumcision is the removal of the foreskin on the penis. The baby feels the pain but is said to recover quickly and tolerates it well. The procedure is done with a Gomco Clamp. The foreskin is pulled up over the bell and cut against the bell. There is “0” chance of hurting the penis- not regarding to the pain but the actual harm of the penis. The argument is whether or not circumcision is necessary and provides benefits.
Some said significant medical advantages are: prevents severe urinary tract infection, during intercourse the skin is delicate and may get little tares. Uncircumcised is more likely to get sexually transmitted diseases, 2-7 more times likely to get HIV. However, all of these can be prevented by wearing a condom. One of the doctor notes that 90% of women prefer a circumcised penis and claims they smell better. Another doctor asks why do women turn their nose up to the way the penis was meant to be?
Linda says it is the most “brutal procedure”. Marilynn says it is a “sex crime”. A male doctor states that a “baby’s nervous system is hyper developed and they feel more pain than adults”. During the circumcision the baby’s “blood pressure goes sky-high and their steroid levels go way up” even when anesthetic is used. How much different is circumcision from female genital mutilation in Africa and the Middle East? A past idea of circumcision is, if they got rid of the foreskin little boys wouldn’t touch themselves. If they masturbated it took away their love for God. Pediatricians say, “The benefits are not sufficient…to recommend that all infant boys be circumcised.” Opposing circumcision reverses past beliefs, a male penis is supposed to have loose skin that slides back and forth, it keeps the penis as an internal organ. It protects the urinary tract and keeps it sterile and isn’t rising the HIV rates. Dr. Lister says “foreskin is similar to the appendix” and doesn’t serve a purpose. But another doctor states that there is 10-20,000 nerve ending compacted in the foreskin. The foreskin helps contribute in the ejaculation process. What happens to the foreskin after it is cut off? Most tissue gets thrown out, but another percentage which doesn’t have consent of the donor goes to researching insulin, and products for burn victims or cosmetics. American Association of Tissue Banks aren’t in shortage of skin so why are they using foreskin? Aside from unconsented research, there is a 400 million dollar industry in circumcision. Good news for circumcised males that wished they had their foreskin; the penis foreskin can be non-surgically restored by tugging your shaft skin forward repeatedly over a long period of time. There are different devices that can be used as well to help restore the foreskin.
Conformity is the only argument left as to why circumcision is needed; as Penn and Teller state at the end of their unmannerly, but informative episode.