Because I was a boy, it was legal for medical practitioners to restrain me, separate my foreskin from my glans and remove my foreskin. This is known medically as circumcision. It is also mutilation as it removed functional, healthy tissue and left a scar on my penis.
As an infant, I could not consent. As an adult, I have taken back control of my body and restored my foreskin.
Circumcision has a long history, with no definitive starting time or purpose. Various forms of genital cutting have been recorded in cultures from around the world: some cultures only cut boys, though all cultures that cut girls also cut boys. Genital cutting is also done on children who are born intersex, most often with the goal of ensuring the child fits into the gender binary.
Male circumcision, most commonly practiced by those of Abrahamic faiths, differs today from its origins. Named milah, this cutting involved the removal of the skin that extended beyond the glans. Today, circumcision involves the removal of the inner foreskin, the outer foreskin, the ridged band (the interface between the inner and outer foreskins) and, often, the frenulum (the band connecting the foreskin to the underside of the penis—similar to the connective tissue beneath the tongue).
Foreskin restoration—or even foreskin lengthening—also has a long history. In ancient Greece, men would sometimes tie a kynodesme (a piece of leather cord) around a short foreskin to pull it forward over the glans. In ancient Rome, a man might attach a ring to the end of his penis for the same purpose. Jewish men used both of these methods, as well as the method known as pondus judaeus: a weight that was tied to the penile shaft skin, with the goal of stretching the skin over the glans.
There is also a surgical procedure known as epispasm, in which the skin around the base of the penis is cut, the skin on the shaft of the penis is moved forward over the glans and the wound is covered until such a time as new skin forms. This procedure was also used by those who had foreskins that were shorter than they wanted them to be. This procedure is described by Aulus Cornelius Celsus in De Medicina in 47 CE.
I began restoring my foreskin over five years ago, as I was becoming increasingly dissatisfied with the way my penis looked and functioned. I have never been happy with the visible scar from the circumcision, which I could see when urinating, showering, having sex or merely being in the nude. As I grew older, my glans was becoming less sensitive due to the chafing that the foreskin would normally prevent. The majority of my sexual interactions as an adult have been with men who are intact. As a result of my sexual experiences, I knew that I was missing out on what my intact partners experienced. Having always admired the foreskins of my partners, I had investigated and knew that foreskin restoration was possible. Now that I have begun restoration, my only regret is that I wish I had started earlier.
Modern foreskin restoration can involve a number of methods: from manual and taping methods to the use of various devices, colloquially referred to as tugging devices, as well as surgical procedures. I started with manual methods, found that the taping methods irritated my skin too much and then moved onto using a number of tugging devices. Initially, I also used silicone o-rings as a retainer, so as to keep what skin I had restored in place over my glans, protecting it from chafing; now that I have enough skin that my glans is covered, I rarely use o-rings.
The first few weeks of using a tugging device were interesting: applying the device to my penis was easy—the feeling of having something attached to my penis was the more difficult part. It took time to get used to that new sensation. Now that I have been restoring for a number of years, I can apply the devices that I use without looking and I no longer feel discomfort when I have a device attached to my penis. I now use two devices other than o-rings: a dual-tension device, which applies tension to the skin so as to promote cell growth and increase the skin on my outer foreskin and an inflating device that does the same but for the inner foreskin.
Now that I have a foreskin that is long enough to protect my glans from chafing, I am certainly enjoying sex more. Now that my glans has recovered some sensitivity, receiving oral sex is better than it has ever been for me. One of my partners assures me that my movements when I’m doing the penetration have changed for the better.
There are other benefits, not related to sexual gratification, too: I cycle regularly and I now feel my glans moving around in its protective sheath as my legs move up and down instead of being chafed against my clothing; when it’s cold, my penis has a hoodie which keeps my glans warm; and, importantly for me, I no longer see the scar from circumcision on my penis when I am in the nude.
The nerves that were severed when I was circumcised as an infant cannot be replaced, though my foreskin restoration has provided me with protection for my glans and improved my appreciation of sex. I was born with a foreskin and I shall die with a foreskin.
Reply From: Engineering Physicist
Reply To: Areo Magazine Blog Forum (C.R. Strebor)
Date: March 19, 2020
Regarding: Dr. David Rasnick; PhD (Chemist): The AIDS Blunder.
AIDS is also another hoax/scam just like circumcision. AIDS is caused by hyper-toxicity from recreational drug use (excluding marijuana), and also from cancer drugs. HIV is actually normal antigen receptor(s) in the human immune system and does NOT cause AIDS. The Western Blot Test is also another scam. Dr. David Rasnick; PhD has proven that Dr. Gallo; M.D. created an AIDS-scare based on FRAUDULENT research. Also, Physicians are just Clinicians not Scientists. M.D. does not equal PhD.
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M Patel, your demonstration of lack of knowledge is outstanding! I was circumcised aged 3 due to being wet, cut of the foreskin moisture gets soaked up by underwear, problem solved. The issue is the ‘doctor’ removed far too much skin, meaning when erect as a teenager my scrotum and testes travelled up the shaft of my penis. I had 1″ of skin on the underside of my penis. The skin on the top stretched as I grew as the skin on the abdomen would not follow. I also had the entirety of my frenulum removed. I have undergone 3 separate surgeries in my 20’s to rectify the damage. I have been restoring for a number of years and I am finally in my late 40’s feeling sensations I have never enjoyed before. And before anybody comes back with the reduction in AIDS transmission, what about 80’s America, 90% of… Read more »
Reply From: Engineering Physicist Reply To: Areo Magazine Blog Forum (C.R. Strebor) Date: February 28, 2020 Regarding: Probable Origin of Male Genital Mutilation aka “Circumcision”. It is interesting to know that Historian and Researcher Dr. Sean Hross has discovered that the present-day Swiss people are actually HALF Nordic-Northern-European and HALF Egyptian-Pharaoh (Mesopotamian non-African origin). The ancient Egyptian Pharaohs (of Mesopotamian origin) were once mighty and powerful, but simply “vanished into the sea”. I don’t think so! lol By the time of the Exodus, Jews quit circumcising their children, as Jewish Kings such as David and Solomon were NOT circumcised. The so-called “Pharisees” who pushed hyper-religiosity upon ordinary post-Exodus Jews may in fact be IMPOSTER Jews actually hailing from the Pharaohs themselves! Pharisees = Pharaohs! Circumcision is the mark of slavery imposed upon the slaves of Pharaoh, as it serves no other purpose. Jews were former slaves of the Pharaohs of… Read more »
The idea that just because the penis still functions that it is not mutilated is idiotic. You are a terrible person. Kill yourself you cunt.
Reply From: Engineering Physicist Reply To: Aero Magazine Blog Forum (C.R. Strebor) Date: October 28, 2019 Regarding: My Non-Surgical Foreskin Restoration Experience All fertilized human embryos are defaulted with XX chromosomes. This means ALL human fetuses start out FEMALE. By the second trimester if those chromosomes change from XX to XY, then the fetus will MODIFY into a MALE fetus. The cells which comprise the labia minora and clitoral hood will become the penile shaft skin and foreskin, respectively. Also, the glans clitoris, clitoral shaft, labia majora and ovaries will modify into the glans penis, penile shaft, scrotum and testes, respectively. The labia minora and clitoral hood are the same exact types of tissue which makes up the penile shaft skin and foreskin. The foreskin serves the same purpose as the clitoral hood and the labia minora. Anyone who says that “foreskin is useless” is ALSO saying that the labia… Read more »
I was circumcised before I could form a memory of it happening, and as a result… I really don’t care. haven’t had any problems as a result, and haven’t dwelled on the matter enough to convince myself I have.
As an uncircumcised urologist, trained in a country where there was little circumcision and working in a country where there is a great deal of circumcision the following observations could be entertained. 1) General data suggests that circumcision has only drawbacks in areas with good access to hygiene (clean water) 2) Circumcision is protective against the spread of a number of STD’s when hygiene access is compromised (see sub Saharan Africa) 3) Based on the above if I lived between the tropics I would want a circumcision as a matter of risk reduction Having said this. A community needs an experience with managing uncircumcised males. There are pockets in the US where the circumcision rates have fallen dramatically (to do with insurance – its complicated). In these areas mothers, fathers and other relatives have no knowledge how to care for preteen boys who are not circumcised. This leads to a… Read more »
[…] Modern foreskin restoration can involve a number of methods: from manual and taping methods to the use of various devices, colloquially referred to as tugging devices, as well as surgical procedures. I started with manual methods, found that the taping methods irritated my skin too much and then moved onto using a number of tugging devices. Initially, I also used silicone o-rings as a retainer, so as to keep what skin I had restored in place over my glans, protecting it from chafing; now that I have enough skin that my glans is covered, I rarely use o-rings. […]
The essay and comments are personal opinions by people who are not aware or ignore medical science which if one were to take the time to read sources other than cultural and personal opinion essays will better educate on the pros and cons of circumcision. It’s clear if you’re uncircumcised there’s more need for cleanliness because the accumulation of smegma can cause two kinds of infections only associated with being uncircumcised. Many cultures do not practice circumcision because of their ideas about a man-made-up God as well as a another culture claims their God instructed such a procedure. Medical science studies prove circumcision proves much more positive effects because keeping the foreskin intact causes much more adverse conditions. The glans penis, the tip of the penis, is where concentrated nerve endings are and is NOT associated whatsoever with extra folds of skin which cover a flaccid penis. But I’m curious… Read more »
This is both a well-informed account of the early history of circumcision (as a ritual procedure customary in certain religious/cultural groups) and a moving personal story about how injured the author felt by what had been done to him. It is significant that it is possible to buy foreskin restoration devices, reflecting the fact that literally thousands of men are sufficiently distressed by the loss of their foreskin that they are willing go to the immense and tedious trouble of laboriously trying to restore it. The author’s comments about loss of sensitivity are confirmed by scientific studies of foreskin tissues showing that it has one of the highest concentration of pleasure-detecting nerves of any part of the body, similar to the finger tips or lips; indeed, the tissue conveying its inner surface is a mucous membrane very similar to the lips. Further information: http://www.cirp.org/library/anatomy/ While the most common reason for… Read more »
It is most distressing the ignorance which continues to this day and age about male and female genitalia let alone the misunderstanding that some things about our body are not conducive for our health and longevity. Foreskin has little if no nerve tissue and is a known contributor for harboring bacterial components within its folds to escalate infections and STDs. Because we’re human and make mistakes it is likely the author of this essay is the recipient of a an unfortunate botched circumcision which took off too much tissue and is the cause of over sensitivity, tightened skin leading to chaffing. It is common for uncircumcised men to exhibit pride in being so yet they cannot fathom the enhanced pleasure circumcision allows during sexual pleasure as well as acknowledge the difference in cleanliness by the ridding of extra skin folds. Uncircumcised males face the demand of constant cleanliness of those… Read more »