Why is circumcision so popular in the U.S.?
It seems silly to me considering it's completely UNcommon in Europe and the countries around the US, but it's generally seen in Middle Eastern countries like those that practice Islam.
But how did the U.S. become one of the only, if not the only, developed nation with circumcision rates being so high?
- bulldoostLv 77 years agoFavorite Answer
did you hear about this novelty invention? it is called money... in usa, 90% of male population is circumcised, there is no religious or medical reason for that at all.
usa paediatrians in 2006 paper rejected this "treatment" as unnecessary, hastily retract these statements in they 2008 article, confirmed it in 2011 article that it is necessary... by the way "hygienic" reason is a furfy, it is adopted ideology to sanctify totally unnecessary surgical procedure.
historically, circumcision in usa started as a punishment for young boys masturbation... this was towards the end on 19th century and in beginning of 20th century - shroud of "scientific" validation for the "immoral" foreskin was then developed and usa medical fraternity endorsed it with whole open pocket... money is a king!
statistically by country - usa is a king of circumcision, with 90% of males circumcised at birth...
israel have 72%
muslim countries together scrap 60% and same number is in canada, regarding islam - it is against the religion to circumcise in islam... ultraorthodox sudan have less than 20% circumcised, where saudi arabia have 70%...
australia (58% to be exact...) and england (16%)are below percentages of usa of a... as is rest of teh world,
in my over 40 years of practise, many years of that in middle east, i never performed circumcision for non-medical reason, i am opposing this barbaric practise in strongest terms, if we heed argument about penile or indeed urinary tract cancer in men, it is rather rarity than norm, it is virtually unknown in men below 40, it is most "popular" in men above 65/70, it is extremely slow growing cancer and most men survive up to 20 years after diagnosis without or with very minimal treatment... now, as a curiosity, primary penile cancer usually form in scar tissue... which form AFTER removal of the foreskin...
now, phimosis - it is cited that 1 in 100 men (uncircumcised) will "suffer" from affliction, actually wrong statistic... about 5percent of males at age of 5 suffer from it, but nearly 2% at age 14... it is rare at age of 20... while boys masturbate, they tend to stretch foreskin and solve the non-existing problem... only religious nuts which never touch themselves "down there" have problem, but if you give them correct advise, do the stretch during shower or bath, when skin is hot and pliable and within a month problem dissapear... cancer indicators are rather better be addressed by increase in personal hygiene than to circumcision...
but "holly dollar" rules, and to the hell with logic...Source(s): experience, many years trauma and counseling experience, many years lecturing experience, medical diploma over 40 years ago help as well... as well as being once upon a time boy, man, husband, father and grandfather and uncle to about zillion nephew and nieces... being confidante to countless boys and young man, both, straight and gays, civilian and soldiers, jews, muslim and xtians... and any other creed, religion, race...
- Anonymous4 years ago
It was first pushed to reduce male sexual urges and make it more difficult to masturbate. Next, there was the idea that a natural penis is dirty. However, it is now known it is not cleaner to be missing parts of your genitals. The hygiene bacteria ideas are primitive, not understanding good bacteria and the harm of exposure to foreign bacteria. It was kept going because no one talked about it much and it became the norm. Doctors acted as though babies could not feel the pain and the sexual and protective loss were ignored. Circumcision is a very creepy thing to do to a baby. The long term harm is huge with nerve damage and harm to the sensory system. A whole range of sensation and sexual and protective function are lost. The lips and fingertips have similar touch sense. To take this away from another person without their consent is heinous. Get ready America, boys are finding out that they have been harmed. Some are really upset, because some percentage of men that have been cut have premature ejaculation issues caused by the scar -- the most sensitive part of the penis after cut. Some have a curved penis and many a tight painful erection. Most will get ED at a much younger age than natural men (circumcised men consume most of the VIAGRA). The many many problems are only now being discussed, because of the internet. All get the news that they have lost significant pleasure because of what their parents did. Some want to sue. If you are about to have a baby boy -- there is no decision to make. He wants his natural penis. Do not let some one amputate parts of his body.
- JackieNoLv 77 years ago
MISINFORMATION and primitive ideas about sexuality and hygiene.
First it was to reduce male sexual pleasure. This was a Victorian age thing that continued until about the 1950s. The ideas was to lower male sexual urges and sexual pleasure.
Then it was the primitive ideas of hygiene and not understanding good and foreign (invasive) bacteria). This actually continues with people (including doctors and nurses) still saying this. They miss the idea that there is bacteria all over us and we all NEED it. It is actually not cleaner to have a cut up penis. It has now also been observed that natural boys have the same bacteria as natural girls and that cut boys have different (invasive) bacteria (such as Staph A). A partial penis (cut up penis) is just missing parts, but as such it is invaded by not natural bacteria.
Those that want to keep the practice going have contrived reasons. They say cutting off penis parts lowers STD risk. However, in the US and other advanced countries the data clearly shows that cut and natural men have about the same STDs. Some studies show that circumcised men pass HIV to partners at a higher rate and acquire STDs at a higher rate. In other words natural will save STD costs:from Puerto Rico "Circumcised men have accumulated larger numbers of STI in their lifetime, have higher rates of previous diagnosis of warts, and were more likely to have HIV infection."
- 7 years ago
Circumcision in America began when new Christian groups during the Victorian Era decided to discourage young boys from masturbating in what is called, "the war on masturbation." Doctors were cutting male boys and girls (yes, American girls) in an effort to stop them from being sexual and to be "more productive" in life.
Then, by the 1950's, girls stopped being circumcised in high amounts and the boys were being circumcised at a very high rate.
By the 1990's, female circumcision became illegal in America.
Now, the circumcision rate is falling in America for newborn babies, but the total circumcision rate is still at about 80% for males.
Circumcision is just a body modification just like piercings, tattoos, lip plates, and neck rings in Thailand. Circumcision damages the penis and the circumcised can not experience a true orgasm. The circumcised man doesn't feel very much except during ejaculation. This creates a situation where the woman is clearly moaning and whining during sex, while the circumcised man looks like he's doing work, going fast and rough.
The female is truly superior to most males in America when it comes to being able to feel sexual pleasures.
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- Anonymous7 years ago
I've watched documentaries about why people do it or ask to have it done to their babies, and as far as I can tell, it's a combination of brainwashing and the fact that people think it's just what you do if you have a boy. Like there are people out there who either don't know about any reasons why, they don't really see any point but they get their son done just because other people are getting their babies cut! I kid you not! Now that there's more info about circumcision out there people know there's no health, medical or cosmetic reason for it to be done, but they assume the majority of boys are cut and so they get their son cut just because of that!
I've watched youtube videos about why Americans had their children cut, often the first baby is cut out of ignorance and was done because the doctors asked, and they had no reason to question anything doctors or nurses said to them, and figured because the doctors and nurses brought it up then maybe they should, they'd never seen one being done and didn't know what it is (although I've seen some mothers telling other mothers to get it done *but don't watch it because it's traumatic*) and often choose not to get future sons cut, because they lost the fights with their husbands/families, or they just assumed that it's what you should do for no reason other than it's a "normal" thing to do. a lot of videos were done by mothers discussing why they chose to have it done to their sons, and what baffled me was that while in many cases the mothers had no idea what they or their sons were in for or what was being amputated, many were educated, but claimed that facts that would have changed their mind were things they didn't know about. For some they said they didn't realize it could kill their son (yeah, really - how that could be true I'll never know; common sense says any surgery can kill), they didn't realize the majority of boys born now are intact, they didn't realize there was no point as far as hygiene goes but they did know about the sensitivity loss and the reduction in sexual function (yet still decided to go ahead with it!). But the most common reason seems to be that a circumcised penis "looks better" of all things.
But I actually don't really know why people actually go through with it. Sure, being able to say you have a belief that something might be better is very different to me to actually going through with such a heinous procedure. I'm still wracking my brains working out why someone I know not only had it done to her children (didn't stop after seeing the horror show after first) but wanted it done to my child! At least where I live (Australia) it's not the done thing, it's very rare to have it done to a child, and hospitals flat out refuse to do them. I shudder to think what someone in a similar situation in the US could do to protect her child.
The worst thing about a society where genital mutilation has been so common is that society as a whole loses understanding about the genital parts which are often removed - people don't see them in real life, they don't understand what they do, a lot of people don't talk about what it's like to have it, and when it comes to foreskins they've been demonized to a huge extent. A lot of people talk about how "gross" or how much smegma stinks, and they really have no idea what they're talking about - obviously if you'd seen/smelt it you wouldn't think that let alone say it. People don't know how sex is supposed to be. all the negative effects of circumcision are considered "normal" and people half the time don't even know these issues are caused by circumcision or even think they could be.
- StevenLv 47 years ago
Because of ignorance and religious nonsense. Circumcision should be a personal choice when the person is old enough to decide for themselves. I was circumcised as a infant and wish I wasn't. Just let it be your son's decision.
- 7 years ago
Surveys show that even in countries who don't practice circumcision on newborn boys, girls and women prefer the looks of a permanent exposed glans.
- Anonymous7 years ago
Ignorance mainly, followed by religious stupidity and then vanity
- MikeLv 57 years ago
You forgot South Korea.
Why is it silly that those countries haven't caught up yet? As they increasingly head in a third world direction they'll fall off the radar soon.
The US originally got a high rate in war time to prevent infection when washing is impossible. It became cultural like the Phillipines. Now that the health benefits are clearly established and we know that it makes sex better it would be crazy to stop.
If you want to know more about it here is some information from reputable sources. There is a lot of fiction online. Indeed the American Academy of Pediatrics warned people about believing the unsubstantiated online information.
- Anonymous7 years ago
It's supposed to be more sanitary!