No Professional Medical Association Recommends Routine Neonatal Circumcision

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 16:25
Submitted by bila kolbe

Mention the word ‘sword’ in a symbolic context and my guess is that the majority of people would make an association with phallus. Correspondingly, most people would regard the term phallus as referring to the male sex organ.

Well, thanks to a recent exchange of emails with my Sensei Betty, I now regard the clit as a phallus. It suffices to say that cock and clit are both made of erectile tissue chock full of nerve endings(the clit beats the glans by a 2:1 ratio). Therefore, men and women both wield swords in sexually symbolic terms.

The sheath of the sword is symbolically considered the yoni or female counterpart. From an anatomical perspective, the sheath is the foreskin surrounding the glans and the hood enveloping the clit. Our sex organs contain a male-female unity just as our sex glands produce male and female sex hormones, testosterone and estrogen. Our mental, physical, and spiritual well-being derives from our inner hormonal and anatomical female-male integrity and balance.

This got me thinking about circumcision and its effect on the male psyche and behavior. Arguments for circumcision include marking a boy's entrance into adulthood, as an aid to hygiene, and as a means of discouraging masturbation or other socially proscribed sexual behaviors, etc. Of course none of these stand to reason. Circumcision is a form of castration of a normal, sensitive, functional part of the male body. No professional medical association in the United States or the rest of the world recommends routine neonatal circumcision.

Surgically removing the foreskin has an effect on penile erogenous sensitivity, is linked to alexithymia (difficulty in identifying and expressing feelings), and predisposes men to experiencing erectile dysfunction and premature ejaculation as well as other sexual difficulties.

I find the alexithymia-circumcision link intriguing and perturbing. By removing the foreskin, the yoni/female part of the penis, men can consequently become distanced from their emotional selves, the psychological territory often considered a feminine domain. Circumcision is emotion castration.

This smacks of a cruel conspiracy where men are unknowingly conscripted to eventually succumb to an array of sexual and psychological maladies remedied by a plethora of pharmaceuticals and armies of vulture clinicians enriched by draining men’s life force. The carnage must stop. ‘Bloodstained men’ are victims of sexual violence and mutilation. They are walking amputees.

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circumcision's sinister sibling- subincision

Sat, 05/21/2016 - 17:18

Circumcision’s sinister sibling-
subincision
 

I cringe. Discomfort rampages through my memory which releases horrid images of
genital mutilation such as male and female circumcision. I, like millions
before and after me, get conscripted for unwarranted and reckless surgery,
damaging our physical and mental health, all to pay homage to the false gods of
purity, modesty, and aesthetics.

 I shudder in disbelief. While reading Joseph Campbell's "The Hero with aThousand Faces", I discover an even more sinister form of genital mutilation- subincision. Penile subincision is a form of body modification consisting of an urethrotomy, in which the underside of the penis is incised and the urethra slit open lengthwise, from the urethral opening toward the base. The slit can be of varying lengths.

 Subincision is traditionally performed around the world, notably in Australia, but also in Africa, South America and the Polynesian and Melanesian cultures of the Pacific, often as a coming of age ritual. According to Campbell, this ceremony confers hero status to the victim, elevating him to a level superior to that of common man. The young man is seated on rock while his penis is split open with a stone knife along its full length on the underside. The penis once split open is pressed flat against the rock on which the young man is sitting. The Aborigines explain that this is done in order to make it lighter and more
beautiful. There also exists a ritual of penis holding which occurs when a subincised man enters a strange camp. 

 Adult Aborigine subincised men open their wounds and use the oozing blood, symbolic of menstrual blood of the vagina and semen of the male, for ceremonial paintings. This flowing shows that old men have the source of life and nourishment within themselves. A subinscized penis can be penetrated by another penis, provided the latter is sufficiently small. In some Australian cultures, one traditional practice involves the penetration of an elder's subincized penis by the unsubincized penis of a young boy who is usually under age 7. Some authors have theorized that this was the original purpose of subincision, enabling another form of sexual pederasty.

Beliefs, the architects of our experiences. Subincision appears to confer a certain androgyny to its disciples: that envied genital configuration of many deitiesruling ancient and contemporary religions. The Aborigines believe their subincised phalluses conjure a Zeus-like power that can direct lightning to
split trees for firewood or shock into submission a threatening adversary.
Needless to say, there are  documented accounts of any suchphallic 'light saber' events per the numerous observations performed by anthropologists studying the Aborigines. This may be more due to the fact that the scientific method tacitly applies 'seeing is believing' blinders to the scientists' eyes and mind. Until an event is observed, it is imprisoned in the limbo of theory, myth, and belief.

 My hunch is that the Aborigines view such phenomena with 'believing is seeing' vision. Ergo, possibility trumps causality when they transcend their mundane state and emerge as idolized heroes or revered demigods via the actualization of a supreme ordeal enacted in the silence of personal suffering.

Just like with male and female circumcision, there are serious consequences tosubincision including the risk associated with self-performed surgery and increased susceptibility to sexually transmitted and other infections. The ability to impregnate (specifically, getting sperm into the vagina) may also bedecreased. Subincisions can greatly affect urination and often require the subincised male to sit or squat while urinating. The scrotum can be pulled up against the open urethra to quasi-complete the tube and allow an approximation to normal urination, while a few subincised men carry a tube with which they
can aim.

From an Aborigine perspective, my circumcision was justified because Great Father Snake smelled my foreskin and he was calling for it. For me, Great Father Snake represents the pervasive ignorance about circumcision that slyly charms generations of parents to mutilate their offspring's genitalia. I was shocked when I read about subincision, something I had never heard of or even imagined. On one hand, the Aborigines are tuning into their sexuality as a source of divine power, but they pretend to achieve this through genital mutilation. I believe there are great powers to be
reckoned with our genitalia, not to be unleashed by the surgeon's scalpel or the tribesman's sharpened stone. Instead, I adhere to a non-invasive ordeal: a journey of mind, body, and spirit into the infinite transformative powers of our sexuality.

 

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