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Circumcised or Not?

When we were babies, most guys got circumcised. Not all of them, but most of them. It all depended on the parents' religion or personal preference. Things are changing though, and now I feel like many new parents are choosing not to circumcise their sons.

That being said, it can't change the fact that circumcision was pretty popular 20 - 30 years ago. Most of the guys I know were circumcised, but I don't really prefer one to the other. I mean, it's not like these guys had any choice in the matter, so as long as it works, I'm happy.

What about you? When it comes to guys, do you prefer them circumcised or not circumcised?


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DeepaTheCreepa DeepaTheCreepa 6 years
Oh lordy. Hopefully, men are all wearing protection, making this point moot. But. . . realistically, it is safer for men (and by extension, safer for their sexual partners) to be circumsised. Women contract STDs much more readily than men due to anatomical/physical considerations: women take bodily fluids and skin cells into themselves, and it's not like they can just hose down after sex. Men are at an advantage, precisely because they internalize less in the way of pathogens. Having a foreskin, men experience some of the purely structural risk factor that women always experience. To boot, men infrequently are even symptomatically aware of their extant herpes/hpv/etc. infections, compared to women (hormonal fluctuations and damp, warm body cavities exposing what they do). So as a woman, with no squeamishness over circumcision from an aesthetic or pleasure-based point of view, I do prefer circumcised men. I am studying medicine, and it is my simple belief that there is a hygienic and anti-incubatory advantage to circumcised penises. Sometimes, you can be exposed to a disease via direct contact and you can avoid a level of risk just by washing it away. This is more likely--not even supposing any level of poor hygiene on the man's part--without a foreskin. Plus I once saw a case of genital warts that ripped the foreskin open. That put me off casual sex for a long time, and even sitting here with the memory, I don't think I'll be eating anymore of the potato chips I'm sitting next to.
dean1987 dean1987 8 years
Well i am getting a circumcision next week and i am not happy and if i could keep it i would but when i am having sex it hurts so bad but id really like to keep it i think i will look deformed and i think if you do not need it you sould not get it because i have had a normal penis for twenty years and i like my penis but i am scared of not liking it after i have had it
DuncanM DuncanM 9 years
You might not have expected a male to comment here but fortunately after my father died (when I was 10) my mother decided that I should be cicumcised. (I had been taught to pull my skin back in evry bath and also when I urinated, but frequently did not do so!)I was quite resistant but my mother prevailed and I got done. I was quite annoyed at first because while I healed up promptly the constant chafing of my bared glans bothered me considerably - when you've had a foreskin protecting the head of your penis for 11 years, getting used to bing bare was not easy! But there were advantages! I didn't have any skin to have to pull back; I was like all my friends and I could urinate with a clean tight stream. When I met the girl who is now my wife she told me early that she was glad that I was circumcised because it was something that she preferred. When our sons were born she had them done promptly within the 1st two weeks. Thus while I didn't like the idea as a boy, I'm so very glad my mother made sure I got done.
scolaccij scolaccij 9 years
I think it's just downright cruel. There's no reason for it, except some outdated social fetish. Women ask us to respect them and then half of them want to do this to us? Double standard!
pseudoquasi pseudoquasi 9 years
I was so very pleased to read other comments on the pros and cons of circumcision as the topic can generate such strong views and opinions. It was refreshing that most comments were making a personal opinion and not advocating that everyone else be forced to fall into line with what they believed whether in favour of circumcision or in favour of uncircumcised penises. I know everyone is into foreskins at the moment - the must have fashion accessory of the year... one day it is an iPod the next it is a foreskin! As children we don't choose the schools we go to or the religion we are brought up with or our clothes or if we are vaccinated etc I have heard circumcision paralleled with vaccination. Many parents see having their son circumcised as preventative medicine. Like vaccination, an insurance policy against negative consequences that are possible should they choose not to have their son circumcised. Of course, we do not extract all our teeth with the fear that we may get a cavity so is it logical to remove a boys foreskin from his penis with the fear that he may get an infection later in life under his foreskin? Many women get thrush and other infections yet we do not advocate removing our labia to facilitate ease in cleaning. Parents have to make choices - hopefully informed decisions and choices that will be empower and make the lives of the children better? Did your parents ever discuss with you having you circumcised or your brothers circumcised or if your cousins and uncles were circumcised? It is equally important to discuss if parents made the choice not to circumcise and then reasons for this choice. I have a feeling circumcision is a discussion topic not commonly brought up and is it seen as a private issue. Unfortunately we do not learn the reasons for decisions if we do not discuss them openly and honestly. The only people who could honestly offer an opinion on whether circumcision has makes any difference to the sexual pleasure of the man attached to the penis is a man who was circumcised as an adult. The man would need to have experienced sexual intercourse before he was circumcised and after - and over a period of time after the initial change has occurred. The man would also need to be a man who had a perfectly normal functioning foreskin that was fully retractable and without medical problems such as phimosis. The circumcision would need to be complication-free and a standard style. Men who are sexually aroused by circumcision or foreskin would be excluded. Maybe men who are circumcised due to converting to Islam or Judaism and have no strong opinion either way would be ideal candidates for this research? It is so difficult to get a fact and not an opinion - we all are educated throughout life and bring with us so many filters that we view the world through and that taint the unbiased facts. Maybe every man would have different opinions and experience different outcomes? Sensitive to one man may be hyper-sensitive to another? Women have every right to hold an opinion and should not apologise for their views. We all are turned on and sexually aroused by different things. Some of us like circumcised and some uncircumcised and some don't mind either way just as some of us like redheads or blondes or brunettes or raven hair and some like bald. Some of us are sexually attracted to women or men or both. The best way to correct misinformation is to discuss our opinions and have others offer differing views. It would be of interest and value to read your opinions on whether you are circumcision supporter or foreskin fan but opinions backed-up with some of your thoughts, beliefs, ideas and reasons for thinking what you think. There are no right or wrong answers. We are who were are, we behave how we behave and we feel what we feel.
mayisay mayisay 9 years
The natural (uncirc) penis is designed by nature to maximize the sexual pleasure for both the man, and his female partner, during intercourse. Conversely, circumcised sex is known to harm women in at least 10 ways: If a woman takes a few minutes to educate herself on how the two kinds of penises differ, she'll know what to look for, and be able to make her own a clear judgment on which is better, circumcised or natural sex, and not have to rely on the opinions of others. .
askfrasco askfrasco 9 years
Foreskin or No Skin?
steff23 steff23 9 years
haha my bf is un and the sex is much better with him then it was with all of my ex's who were. and lmao turtleneck.
desertflower desertflower 9 years
All my other ex boyfriends were circumcised so that's what I was used to, but my current bf is uncircumcised and I was a little weirded out at first. Now it just seems so normal and I look at circumcised penises like they have been damaged. I think oral sex is so much more fun, plus I love pulling on his foreskin.
mrskrismendoza mrskrismendoza 9 years
Turtleneck lmao.
-Maryan- -Maryan- 9 years
I prefer circumcised because it's cleaner.
MamaD MamaD 9 years
I don't like the look of the UN. I prefer one's that are because I think it's easier to keep clean.
mominator mominator 9 years
I have been with only one uncircumsised man and he was my first. My husband is circumsised and so is my son. I think it is all about the cleanliness of it. It does tend to be harder to keep clean. Each their own though. Doesn't matter.
TLCTugger TLCTugger 9 years
Hi, I'm a guy. I've helped over 9000 men restore their foreskins because they didn't like the lack of sensation circumcision left them with. The comments here about prefering cut men are some of the exact same reasons given in Africa for prefering cut women. 80% of the world is uncut and loving it. The foreskin includes over half the sensual nerve endings, and it protects the glans and upper skin from drying and abrasion. It also provides a man and his partner an exquisite plush frictionless rolling/gliding action during intimacy. The uncut member is THICKER by 4 skin thicknesses upon a withdrawal (the skin tube going up over the glans, then back down to rejoin the shaft, on each side as you measure the diameter). If you're a clean freak, make washing each others' genitals part of foreplay (like he doesn't sometimes give you a second sniff down there). And forget all this "health reasons" nonsense. Every mammal on earth evolved a foreskin before there was surgery or even soap. No national medical association on earth (not even in Israel) recommends routine circumcision. Regarding HIV, note that most of the US men who have died of AIDS were circumcised at birth. There are pages of other facts which call the Africa studies into question, including African nations where the CUT have the most HIV, and modern nations the world over with low circ and low HIV incidence. The recent studies have no real-world predictive power. Something stinks.
candi_s candi_s 9 years
circumsised is definitely better. cuz there's not that extra skin flapping about. and it feels cleaner psychologically too
Eternity Eternity 9 years
All of my past boyfriends (Americans) were circs, and we are conditioned from birth in that country to expect and respond to that. My current boyfriend is uncirc, and apparently most guys on this side of Europe are (as he calls it) "unf*ckedwith". To clear up some myths, uncut guys know how to take care of themselves. If they don't, they are just as gross as a slobbish cut guy. They look funny when soft, and if the guy is large, they can do a really creepy trick of pulling the foreskin up almost 3 inches, but its quite funny. I have to admit though, uncut is a huge turnon, and I have considered more than once if its just the guy or really the penis, and there is definately something about sex with uncut guys that is better, but oral sex is NOT.
Zero_Cool Zero_Cool 9 years
I've been with both, and can't tell the difference. My boyfriend now is uncirc, and I couldn't care one way or the other. I showed him some comments on this page, and he was laughing at how uninformed some people are.
They say that uncircumsized has more feeling, but can also be unhealthy, and make spreading STD's easier.
bellanatella bellanatella 9 years
Never been with an uncircumsized guy.
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