English singer Alan Cumming told UK TV's Very Graham Norton (2002) that when singing in New York, he discovered that his make-up artist had never seen an intact penis, so he showed her his. Her reaction seems to have been of disappointment - she had expected that it would look more like a pedal bin.
Clearly, the expression "a flap of skin covering the end of the penis" has a lot to answer for. If the foreskin were held on only by a narrow hinge, then circumcision would indeed be "just a little snip." For the reality, read on.
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The foreskin is highly elastic, and is normally contracted and wrinkled. Under somewhat artificial conditions, it can demonstrate a remarkable size:
Here is an animation to illustrate the true size of the foreskin:
(In case your screen scales things differently)
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It has a huge number of nerves:
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