You got yourself into trouble in your thread by stating gross generalities like “The basic purpose of circumcision is to reduce the size of the penis and diminish the capacity for sexual stimulation and desire.” [Now, really, if that were true, what loving parent would wish that on a son?] In the same post you said that dessert dwellers found circumcision a way around certain issues of sanitation of their lifestyle and other religious groups had theological foundation. So much for the purposeful diminishing of capacity. Just from a vague, anthropological point of view I have a whole lot of trouble seeing why a culture would encourage a practice that would diminish sexual capacity.
To clarify, I don’t give a hoot if one is cut or uncut, so long as he’s happy.
While you say your purpose in starting this thread was to discuss the “history of circumcision” which admittedly is rife with painful and horrific examples, (so is the history of anaesthesiology to name one of thousands of physiological means of change) in the same post you brought circumcision right up into current time by suggesting that circumcision is a mutilation and (incredibly, still, to me) that it causes ED. You still haven’t backed up the ED part yet and please don’t suggest that it should be my job to do research for you on such an uncommonly held notion. You should support that statement yourself.
It is not my intention to beat up on you here. It is, though, my intention to keep you straight about what you post because we admire intellectual accuracy here at Thunders and so far you aren’t giving us much of that.
Yes, circumcision can diminish sensitivity. Yes, some really fucked up people pushed it for the wrong reasons. But in today’s modern hospital and in the hands of religious leaders as well, circumcision is neither dangerous nor dibilitating, to hear most circumcizees talk when they grow up.
It seems to come down to this for me, and maybe a lot of others:
Am I happy being circumcicized?
Am I happy being un-circumcized?
If I am unhappy (either way), how can I change my condition?
Beyond that, we are either one or the other, or on our ways in between with restoration or getting circumcized.