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Sex with an Uncircumcised Man

By Shaina Gaul
 
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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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buffydaddy (reply to Anonymous)

If the profession is such a disgrace maybe the epidemiology of disease doesn't lie.

February 27, 2010 - 10:39pm
Hugh7 (reply to buffydaddy)

You can't just talk about circumcision "reducing the rate" of this or that disease, without saying from what, to what. It turns out that the NNT (Number Needed to Treat, for all us ignorant non-doctors) is in the hundreds or thousands for most the of diseases it is done for. By the circumcisionists' own figures, 991 of every 1000 circumcisions to prevent Urinary Tract Infections are wasted, one on a boy who will get UTI anyway, 990 on boys who will never get them. (While the ~40/1000 girls who get UTI are, of course, treated without surgery.)

The (rest of the) English-speaking world tried the circumcision experiment, declared it a failure and gave it up. There has been no outbreak of any of the things circumcision was supposed to be good for. Europe, Scandinavia, South America have never adopted it and, where other demographic factors are equal, enjoy just as good health as the US.

The epidemiology of circumcision, now, that is one of the curiosities of the modern world. It's largely passed on from father to son (carried on the Y chromosome maybe, along with unwillingness to use maps or give up the remote?), but it spread from the US to South Korea in the 1950s, and is still epidemic there.

March 24, 2010 - 9:01pm
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Anonymous (reply to buffydaddy)

Oh and btw. Whatever happened to "first do no harm?"

February 28, 2010 - 10:24am
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Anonymous

Dr. Buffington, it appears that you have an interest in The Bible and what it has to say about circumcision and I'll address that.

Most people know about God's Covenant with Abraham but few Christians know about the writings in The New Testament or if they do, they have little understanding of it and it's implications for Christians.

Christ clearly spoke against circumcision at The Feast of Tabernacles at the threat of his life. When he was crucified, The Pharisees saw an opportunity to put the nacent movement of Christianity down once and for all. They approached the disciples with an offer. . . They would be accepted into Judaism but there was a requirement. They had to submit to circumcision. Circumcision was one of the 613 Mosaic Laws that Christ abolished. The offer sounded good to some of the disciples but not to others and so the Council of Jerusalem was called. The New Testament does not describe what went on there but immediately afterward. Paul journeyed to Galatia and addressed an audience there. In Galatians 5:2 he said "Mark my words! I Paul tell you that if you circumcise yourself Christ will have no value to you at all." Paul and the disciples clearly understood the motive in the Pharisee's offer. If they had submitted to circumcision and joined the Jews, they would quickly be assimilated into Judaism and the works and history of Christ would eventually be destroyed and all memory would be erased within a few generations. This means that there would be no Christianity today.

Since Jews circumcise infants, it would be a symbolic rejection of Christ by proxy when a Christian family circumcise their son(s). Few people understand the implications when they circumcise their babies.

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February 5, 2010 - 11:24am
buffydaddy (reply to Anonymous)

Is that to mean, from what you have written, that Christians that elect to circumcise their infants are in effect, rejecting Christ?? Have you ever wondered why cancer of the penis is hardly ever found in circumcised males, and more relevant to women, why cancer of the cervix is rarely found in wives of circumcised men??

February 27, 2010 - 10:37pm
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Anonymous (reply to buffydaddy)

BuffyDaddy, The New Testament makes it clear that circumcision is a rejection of the teachings of Christ. Read Galatians 5:2

Penile cancer is rarely found in any man. The incidence is 1 in 109,000. For each case of penile cancer averted (alledgedly), there will be 6 infant deaths from the "preventative" circumcision procedure. Preventative medicine is not killing with prevention.

Frank O'Hara

April 1, 2011 - 6:11pm
Hugh7 (reply to buffydaddy)

This is a classic bit of bait-and-switch arguing. What has cancer got to do with Christ? It's as though nobody ever really trusts any single reason for circumcising (and well they shouldn't!), so they always have a backup (and when that backup is debunked, another backup). It's like playing Twister on this diagram: http://www.circumstitions.com/Images/meme-c-6.jpg

Both buffydaddy's claims about cancer are quite wrong. (See http://www.circumstitions.com/Cancer.html and http://www.circumstitions.com/Cancer.html#cervical)

Seyam et al in Saudi Arabia found 18 cases of penile cancer in circumcised men, apparently associated with the circumcision scar.

The main study on which the cervical cancer claim is based, by Castellsagué et al. was a meta-analysis of seven studies in five countries, in only one of which (the Philippines) were most of the men circumcised, so it was really a comparison of countries, and any of a number of demographic differences (such as women smoking) could account for the difference. In fact even then it only found significance for HPV, and for cancer itself only in a small high-risk subsample.

March 24, 2010 - 8:46pm
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Anonymous (reply to buffydaddy)

Dr. Buffy, that is exactly what I'm saying and that is exactly what The New Testament says.

Why is penile cancer more prevalent in The US (80% circumcision rate) than in Sweden (.006% circumcision rate)? The rate of cervical cancer in women in the US is virtually the same in The US regardless of whether their husbands are circumcised. Certainly cervical cancer is not rare in The US with our 80% circumcision rate. Cancer is an old scare tactic of circumcision advocates and it just never works.

Frank O'Hara

March 20, 2010 - 10:11am
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Anonymous (reply to buffydaddy)

Youre post is completely wrong. Have you ever wondered why cancer of the penis is hardly ever found in males regardless of circumcision status? There is no correlation between circumcision status and cervical cancer. We are the only 1st world country that circumcises and our penile and cervical cancer rates are no lower than any other 1st world country. The American Cancer Society actually wrote an open letter to the AAP reprimanding them for saying that preventing cancer was a "potential" benefit of circumcision.

February 28, 2010 - 10:14am
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Anonymous

Dr. Buffington wrote: "Write me back with your sources, I'm curious where they came from, specifically about how less friction is better in the vagina and re: diminishing the man's pleasure biblically."

I don't have a link, I read it and didn't save it but the area of the vaginal sphincter is a very tender area. It is not an area designed for friction, it is designed to receive stretch stimulus. The vagina is not primarily designed for tactile stimulation but instead, pressure stimulation specifically from stimulus to the G-spot. The clitoris is designed for tactile stimulation or light friction.

When a man's foreskin is removed, the skin sleeve is shortened eliminating the ability of the skin sleeve to slip up and down the shaft. This eliminates the friction at the vaginal sphincter but not in the vagina. This friction in the vagina but not at the vaginal sphincter is better for both partners. It eliminates the uncomfortable abrasion (for many women) at the vaginal sphincter while it provides better stimulation via the stretch receptors in the male frenulum and preputial sphincter of the man. Also, the male frenulum is a primary erogoneous area and is one of the only areas that has it's own dedicated artery and nerve path directly to the brain. In infant circumsision, the nerve and artery are severed eliminating the pathway for the nerve and ample blood supply. This loss of blood supply is believed to be the primary cause of meatal stenosis in young boys as meatal stenosis is virtually absent in intact boys. It is estimated that 9% to 31% of circumcised boys suffer some degree of meatal stenosis. That loss of nerve pathways and the loss of blood supply to the area is suspected to significantly decrease sexual sensation. It is not known or estimated what the effect of adult circumcision is but circumcised men often report reduced sexual sensation.

As far as I know, there is nothing in The Bible about intentionally reducing a man's sexual pleasure but Moses Maimonides. the 12th century physician and philospher was probably espousing the belief of the time when he wrote:

"Similarly with regard to circumcision, one of the reasons for it is, in my opinion, the wish to bring about a decrease in sexual intercourse and a weakening of the organ in question, so that this activity be diminished and the organ be in as quiet a state as possible. It has been thought that circumcision perfects what is defective congenitally. This gave the possibility to everyone to raise an objection and to say: How can natural things be defective so that they need to be perfected from outside, all the more because we know how useful the foreskin is for that member? In fact this commandment has not been prescribed with a view to perfecting what is defective congenitally, but to perfecting what is defective morally. The bodily pain caused to that member is the real purpose of circumcision. None of the activities necessary for the preservation of the individual is harmed thereby, nor is procreation rendered impossible, but violent concupiscence and lust that goes beyond what is needed are diminished. The fact that circumcision weakens the faculty of sexual excitement and sometimes perhaps diminishes the pleasure is indubitable. For if at birth this member has been made to bleed and has had its covering taken away from it, it must indubitably be weakened. The Sages, may their memory be blessed, have explicitly stated: It is hard for a woman with whom an uncircumcised man has had sexual intercourse to separate from him. In my opinion this is the strongest of the reasons for circumcision."

It is clear that he thought that reducing the pleasure of men was an admirable thing. Later when male circumcision was introduced into the English speaking countries, reduction of male sexual pleasure was the point of the procedure. It was introduced with the intent to reduce masturbation among boys. The thinking at the time was that the foreskin was needed to masturbate as genitally intact men use the foreskin as an integral part of self pleasure and if there were no foreskin, masturbation would be so difficult that the boys would not do it. However, they were manifestly wrong in their hypothesis as we all know now. In fact, two studies, one in 1916 and another in 1998 found that circumcised men are much more likely to engage in "alternate" sexual activities such as masturbation, oral sex and anal sex. For masturbation, the difference was an amazing 40%!

The conclusion was that removing the foreskin also removed sexual stimulation the foreskin provides and these men are subconsciously trying to replace that stimulation with these alternative sexual practices.

If you would like to find more information, there is an on-line library dedicated to the circumcision issue. You can find it at www.cirp.org. It covers all information currently available to the public, both supporting circumcision and not. You will find that the bulk of the information does not support circumcision.

February 5, 2010 - 10:57am
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