Essay by bambinoUniversity, Master'sB+, July 2002

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As the father watches his new baby boy being born, a question arises in his mind. He starts wondering if he wants to have his new baby circumcised of not. If only he would have studied up on the subject to find the negative and positive effects. How does any family decided if they want to have their little boy circumcised or not? Well this magazine article discusses what circumcision is, the process you must go through and the later effects of having or not having it done.

Circumcision is the surgical reduction of the sexually sensitive area of the penis. This procedure is normally done on a new born. It came about in the 19th century as an attempt to prevent what was seen as child sex abuse or self abuse (masturbation). In 1895 E.J. Spratling, M.D. and sexophobic said, "To obtain the best results one must cut away enough skin and mucous membrane to rather put it on the stretch when erections come later.

There must be no play in the skin after the wound has thoroughly healed, but it must tightly fit over the penis, for should there be any play the patient will be found readily resume his practice not begrudging the time and extra energy required to produce the orgasm... We may not be sure that we have done away with the possibility of masturbation, but we may feel confident that we have limited it to within the danger lines." In today's society, these ideas have changed slightly. The sexophobics are now saying that circumcision is to relieve the parents from touching the child's genitals to clean him this is said to avoid any unnecessary stimulation. It seems as if these sexophobics would much rather cut a penis off than touch...