Two pregnant moms are sitting together on a park bench after their birthing class. One mom turns to the other and says, “So you’re getting your son the penis reduction surgery right?”
“Penis reduction surgery?”
“Oh yes. All the men in my family had the penis reduction surgery done at birth. As a matter of fact, I can’t think of a single man who hasn’t had it done. I’ve asked them what they think and they all say it’s way better.”
“Why do they get it done? I’ve never really thought about it.”
“Well, all the other boys I know of have had it done and I wouldn’t want my son to be the odd one out. If he has the biggest penis in the locker room he’ll get made fun of by all his friends! Girls won’t want to date him once they hear about how big his penis is. I mean it would be cruel to make him go through life with a bigger penis! The smaller ones are so much more attractive.”
“But is that really for you to decide? Can’t he do it later if he wants to?”
“Well it’s a personal decision every parent makes for their son based on what’s best for their family. If we get it done when he’s a baby he won’t remember it, and he’ll thank us for it when he’s older! My husband is glad it was done to him as a baby, and we were told if daddy had the penis reduction surgery then his son should too so their penises look alike.”
By now you’re probably saying to yourself, Penis reduction surgery for infants? What a joke!
Believe it or not it’s the most frequently performed surgical procedure in the United States. If you haven’t caught on by now we’re talking about neonatal circumcision. All the commonly believed benefits about circumcision sure sound great. It’s “cleaner,” they say. He’ll have “fewer infections” and “he’ll fit in better.” Sure, when you put it that way, who wouldn’t want to be circumcised? But suppose we called circumcision what it really is- a penis reduction surgery. Does it still hold the same appeal?
It’s one of the most commonly asked questions we hear from insecure men: Does size matter? Clearly it does, in today’s society anyway. Regardless of your age or gender if you check your spam filter on your email you probably get advertisements daily for “male enhancement” drugs. So in a world obsessed with penis size, why oh WHY would we inflict a surgery upon our sons that reduces the size of the organ? Because that’s exactly what circumcision does. The tissue removed during circumcision comprises roughly 50% (and sometimes more) of the mobile skin system of the penis. If unfolded and spread out flat, the average adult foreskin would measure about 15 square inches - the size of a three-by-five index card. That’s a lot!
In 1995 Australian researchers were measuring the penis size of one hundred fifty participants to better understand condom sizing. An unexpected outcome of the research was discovering the difference in size between circumcised and intact erect penises. They found that circumcised penises were an average eight millimeters shorter than their intact counterparts. Circumcision also meant a reduction in girth of the penis by an average of two millimeters behind the coronal ridge and four millimeters at the glans. (1) Physical size is not the only thing lost in circumcision. An estimated 20,000 fine touch nerve receptors are lost, along with the ridged band, blood vessels, rolling action of the prepuce, and much more. Above all the right to a whole body and the ability to have sex as nature intended is forever gone.
Would you sign your son up for a smaller penis?
(1) Richters, J., Gerofi, J., & Donovan, B. (1995). Are condoms the right size(s)? A method for self measurement of the erect penis. Venereology, 8, 77–81.
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