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I’ll be honest; I had to do a lot of research before sitting down to write this article. I have only come into contact with one uncircumcised penis during my short stint as a single adult woman, and it didn’t really seem to be that big of a deal at the time.

However, when it comes to uncircumcised penises, there’s more than meets the eye . Approximately 50% of men are “uncut,” which is really how the penis is meant to be in the first place (not many men outside the United States are circumcised). Circumcision originated among ancient religious populations as a way to purify man by removing the source of his sexual pleasure. This tradition has held its ground into the 21st century, which can lead to quite a bit of confusion when a woman unexpectedly comes into contact with a penis au naturale.

It may surprise you to learn that the foreskin itself, before it is separated from its owner, is extremely sensitive to pleasure. During circumcision two very important things are removed that will never grow back: the frenulum, the band near the tip of the penis that connects the foreskin with the glans, and then of course, the foreskin and all the nerve endings that go along with it.

Not only are these sources of pleasure eliminated during circumcision, but the shaft of the penis is left unprotected and slowly loses its responsiveness through a process called keratinization. In an article published in Fathering Magazine, Rio Cruz explains that “the male glans and inner foreskin, just like the clitoris and inner labia of women, are actually internal structures covered by mucous membrane that, when exposed to the air and harsh environment through circumcision, develop a tough, dry covering to protect the delicate, sensitive tissue.”

The main difference in having sex with an uncircumcised penis is that the foreskin acts as a glider of sorts, and it stays in place while the glans and shaft continue to thrust. This leads to less friction in the vagina and thus a more pleasurable experience for the female.

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Anonymous @ 3:45 PM wrote: "This statement in the article is erroneous and only goes to show how little knowledge the author has regarding the subject of circumcision. There is such a thing as "dorsal slit or V-cut" method of circumcision wherein no foreskin is removed and the frenulum is left intact."

Dorsal slit circumcisions are never done to infants. This type of circumcision is reserved exclusively for older children or adults to treat problems and where they want to preserve the foreskin. In actuality, it is not even a circumcision as it doesn't meet the defininition of "circumscribe" or to cut around.

Typically, this procedure is used to address phimosis, a tightness of the foreskin opening. Typically, it only cuts the very tip of the foreskin at the preputial sphincter leaving the foreskin intact to cover the glans. The end results are quite unappealing when used as a substitute for a typical circumcision. The foreskin falls to the underside of the penis and just hangs there. You appear to be trying to imply you are a physician. A typical parent would be quite dissatisfied with this procedure as a substitute for a typical circumcision and most of these procedures performed on infants would be circumcised a second time resulting in a quite unhappy patient list and a detrimental effect on your business. This leads me to believe you are not a physician and are trying to dupe the readers here with a little bit of knowledge you picked up on the internet.

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February 9, 2010 - 7:14am
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

Regarding phimosis. One of my sons had phimosis of the foreskin. His foreskin would balloon when he urinated and this was not a problem, just different than anticipated. I discovered that some members of online discussion groups knew more about this condition than progressive pediatricians. One pediatrician even told me to help my young son stretch his foreskin as the tightness was a concern to this doctor, but it wasn't necessary. Knowledgeable Intactivists told me to leave it alone and that it was entirely normal in many intact men in the world to have a tight foreskin as a child and that the adhesions would disconnect as he grew. It was suggested that perhaps the glans was something a mother might never see. Frank discussion about sexuality is important for conditions such as this. My son knows that it is his goal, as his body grows, to eventually stretch the foreskin so that it will retract back normally. According to him, mission accomplished. Over the years, there have been some online stories about some men 'needing' to get circumcised because they masturbated by pulling the foreskin foreword (only) rather than down the shaft so it never stretched. How is it so difficult to stretch it to retract normally when cut men are able to stretch the remaining skin to cover their glans? It seems that problems are being addressed with a knife when information is the answer. Considering the value of the foreskin to the sexual pleasure for both partners, it's tragic. Information will help keep babies intact so they may choose as adults what they want to do.

February 9, 2010 - 4:14pm
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Anonymous

Shaina, let me know if you got my previous comment on this posting. Dr. Barry Buffman HerWriter. Lifetimewellness2000@yahoo.com

February 8, 2010 - 8:50pm
ml66uk

Dorsal slit and v-cut circumcisions are very rare, and many people wouldn't even regard them as circumcision. 99% of US circumcisions remove most of the foreskin, and most of them also remove the frenulum.

Either way, I think the owner of the penis should get to decide what, if anything, gets removed from it.

February 8, 2010 - 6:19pm
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Anonymous

"During circumcision two very important things are removed that will never grow back: the frenulum, the band near the tip of the penis that connects the foreskin with the glans, and then of course, the foreskin and all the nerve endings that go along with it."

This statement in the article is erroneous and only goes to show how little knowledge the author has regarding the subject of circumcision. There is such a thing as "dorsal slit or V-cut" method of circumcision wherein no foreskin is removed and the frenulum is left intact. Go google it... Mine is V-cut and it's the most popular and easiest method of circumcision that I do in the office(yes, no need to be in the OR because it's just an office procedure).

February 8, 2010 - 3:45pm
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Anonymous

My husband was the first uncircumcised I have come across. At first I was unsure and curious, but as our relationship grew, so did my appreciation for his penis. Hand and blow jobs are much more fun! There is so much more to play with! I would not encourage anyone to circumcise their newborn, and encourage women to accept the male form as it was designed.

February 7, 2010 - 10:24am
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

Yes, as a woman I do enjoy the inviting quality of the easily moveable skin for hand job and oral sex. Americans need more education about this subject so that the brutal practice of circumcision is more easily seen as as an invasion. Without information parents do know what they are taking from their child.

February 9, 2010 - 3:51pm
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Anonymous

"and should be against the law" from an earlier post

In much of Europe it is practically illegal to circumcise baby boys or minor males with an exception for Muslims and Jews to do religious circumcisions. Many countries in Europe, especially Sweden and Finland, want to make it illegal to circumcise all baby boys and all minor males, but they can't because of too much protesting from Muslims and Jews. If a country in Europe tried to make it illegal to circumcise all minor males, there would be huge protests and huge violent riots from Muslims and Jews. Although it won't be any time soon, I think some day circumcising minor males will be illegal in the U.S. with an exception for religious reasons and extremely rare medical need.

According to the Old Testament males are supposed to be circumcised as a religious sacrifice, which is why Muslims and Jews do circumcisions. But according to the New Testament, because Jesus died on the cross for us, males are no longer supposed to make the sacrifice of circumcision. In Galatians 5: 1-6 it says "If you receive circumcision, Christ will be of no advantage to you."

February 6, 2010 - 11:42pm
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

Religion has been given far too much respect. Eventually it will be illegal across the board hopefully. Religious freedom in the US doesn't extend to practices that harm infants and other people. It disgusts me that Jews and Muslims find it such an integral part of their faith to harm and mutilate infants. Freedom of religion? What freedoms are being expressed when a newborn infant is having his genitals cut off? Who's freedoms are the ones that are being infringed upon when a child is protected from such a monstrosity?

You can't claim freedom of religion when it involves taking someone else who is unable to consent to what is being done to them. It makes no difference who the child's parents are. It makes no difference what the intentions are. It's 100% unnecessary cutting of erogenous tissue.

What more perfect a crime is it to take something away from someone that is theirs by all the rights in the world before they even know/experience it. Then it's victims don't feel victimized. They grow up feeling as if they aren't missing anything and that they are somehow superior to those who are genitally intact. This is the most wretched crime against humanity ever devised due to how widespread and under-the-radar it has been for so long.

February 7, 2010 - 12:55am
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

"What more perfect a crime is it to take something away from someone that is theirs by all the rights in the world before they even know/experience it. Then it's victims don't feel victimized. They grow up feeling as if they aren't missing anything and that they are somehow superior to those who are genitally intact. This is the most wretched crime against humanity ever devised due to how widespread and under-the-radar it has been for so long." >>>>>>>>>>>>> YES!!! <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<

February 9, 2010 - 3:39pm
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