The Rape of the Cock

(or, The Nerve-rending Story)

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A hundred million years ago, when sex was being invented,
The mammals, looking for a way to keep themselves contented,
Evolved more copious penile skin, till every male was wearing
A gliding sheath, a loose prepuce, a kind of rolling bearing.
It kept their glanses moist and warm and sensitive and soft,
And made their sex so easy, if they could've they'd have laughed.
But best of all, that folded tube was full of nerves for pleasure
And shot them into ecstasies that none of them could measure.
And all was well for eons, till the human head grew large,
And some were slaves beside the Nile, and others were in charge.
Perhaps some jealous Pharaoh who'd been born with not much tassel
Said: "Cut them off!" They cut, 'cause that was safer than to hassle,
And kept on cutting, even when that king was pyramided.
The custom spread, though they had long forgotten why they did it.
And still throughout the Middle East, though no-one understands it -
They say, but now with tongue in cheek, their jealous God demands it.
And, strange to tell, this craze befell the English-speaking nations,
While Europe and the Eastern world disdain modifications,
And even Jews - a few - refuse to to keep up the tradition:
"No god demanding cuts to putzes merits that position."
[From 2015: But in the days of Honest Abe and Queen Victoria
Cutting boys was thought to curb self-induced-euphoria.
So John H Kellogg, cornflakes king in manner calm and placid.
said “Cutting's good for naughty boys; for girls - carbolic acid.”

And only when those boys were men, their solo joys forgotten,
Did cutting
newborn sons begin, parental wish or not -
And so the cutting custom changed to medicine from ritual
But one thing's constant – cutting boys has had to stay habitual.

The total in the whole world's less than 25 per cent,
And some are cut in surgeries, and some cut in a tent,
And some are cut for ritual, and some are cut for shame,
But when you cut the bullshit, domination is the game.
Of course, no-one would cut a child professing naked power.
Instead, [a] five hundred different silly reasons on us shower;
Excuses to reduce the male sex's pride and joy,
As cut ones take what they have lost, and never ask the boy:
"To make him look the same as me," or "different from the others,"
"To make it bigger," "make it smaller," "make him like his brothers,"
"To make him sexy," "make him chaste" or "tell the twins apart,"
And when you shoot one reason down, a dozen others start:
"To save him from diseases, from the scourge of leprosy,
From STD and UTI and also HIV,
From prostatitis, hernia and hydrocephaly
From rupture, and - of course! - from homosexuality."
And cutting them as babies makes sure none of them remember
The pleasure without measure given by an intact member,
Though men who lost their prepuces in adulthood would find
That having sex without one was like going colour-blind.
Well, now the custom's faded out in England and Australia,
And Kiwis and Canucks say postheëctomy's a failure,
But still one country where the foreskin's very seldom dangled
Is the homeland of the brave and free, whose banner is star-spangled.
For in the States at market rates, the scalpel's still a-flashin',
A boy is born, his foreskin's shorn, the doctor rakes the cash in -
And meanwhile by the back door, there's a lab-assistant waiting
To take the skin and grow it, hefty fees anticipating.
And never mind that one boy's blind, and others end up dead,
And many lose their frenulum, and some will lose their head,
And all of them are scarred for life, and all lose some sensation:
"We've made them men, we've made them clean, discouraged masturbation!"
And always it's presented as the parents' free decision,
But let a Mom's or Dad's opinion come into collision
With Matron's, doc's or in-laws', then they'll find they have no voice,
As a none-too-subtle pressure makes a travesty of choice.
"They'll mock him in the locker room!" the hapless parents hear.
In fact, these days it's boys who're cut who'll have to face that fear.
"He must look like his father," says his grandad, old and wise -
Yet when Junior peeks at Daddy's, what he'll notice is its size.
And strange to tell, as through the boys the scalpels slice and whirl,
Those self-same people think that to incise a little girl
Is horrible and cruel and a breach of human dignity,
And anyone who cuts them must be driven by malignity.
[From half way round the world, of little girls they hear the screams,
And rush to pluck out distant motes, ignoring their own beams,]

But cutting boys is trivial, a snippy-snip, a circy, 
a normal thing that all boys get from Maine to Blaine to Albuquerque. 

While near at hand there grows a growl, a rising tide of anger,
From men who've found out what they've lost, and want back all their whanger.

All is not lost. At [some small] no great cost, [and] but trouble worth a mention,]
You can produce a new prepuce by gentle, constant tension,
Which lacks the nerves, but still deserves careful consideration;
A gentler way than surgery, more use than litigation.
The doctors fear the lawsuits - just a few would make them poor.
They fear the judgement summonses, and bailiffs at the door
(Those gentlemen who ask them so politely: "May I trouble you?
I've come to seize your golf-clubs, and your yacht, and BMW").
[So they attack, distract, fight back, with arguments ad hominem:
"They'll break into our surgeries, and then they'll put a bomb in 'em!
Don't listen! They're extremists, on a flap of skin fixating!
We know what's best!" but you'll have guessed, it's writs they're contemplating.
So here's an operation, done as often as one blinks,
That had its strange beginnings in the shadow of the Sphinx,
And carries on for reasons neither sound, humane, nor valid.
That story's told. I'll now unfold the moral of this ballad:
To cut a cock's a load of crock, no matter how they cut it.
These words beware: "Just sign down there." They'll try to scare you but it
Would do your son a wondrous boon to treat them with derision:
"You'd dock his dick? My God, that's sick!" To hell with circumcision!


© Hugh Young, 1998, 2015

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The Rape of the Cock was first read to a party of the Sixth International Symposium on Genital Integrity in Sydney, December 9, 2000.

Its first public performance was at a record store in Dallas, Texas, on Saturday, August 31, 2002 by Alexander W.

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The name of this poem - gross to some - is a parody of Alexander Pope's "The Rape of the Lock" The idea for it came from two poems in support of circumcision written by Dr Edgar Schoen. I thought I could do better.


For example:

July 28, 2007

Fighting for Foreskin

Would you let doctors cut off part of your child's penis for no real reason at all?

In 1995, my wife and I discovered (by accident, courtesy of a sloppy ultrasound technician) that we were going to have a boy. It was our second pregnancy, and we were asked fairly early on if we wanted him circumcised.

I had long been vaguely annoyed that I had been circumcised without my consent as an infant, and had long since come to the conclusion that there is no real reason for this procedure. I am not of the opinion that males are born "defective" and need to be "fixed" before they can live their lives as males.

It took some months of convincing my wife about this; despite the fact that she was not born with a penis, she bought into all the rote arguments made in favour of the procedure. I showed her enough scientific evidence that it is unnecessary, even cruel, and she and I eventually agreed that our son would live his life intact, with all the parts his DNA instructed his growing, unborn body to have.

Convincing my wife was easy; the real arguing didn't happen until late in her pregnancy, when we were asked to come in to the doctor's office specifically to discuss the issue of circumcision.

We were taken into a quiet office and a middle-aged woman sat down...I don't remember now if she was a nurse or physician's assistant, but she asked us to tell her what we wanted to do regarding my son's foreskin.

We told the woman that we were not going to have him circumcised. Looking very discomfited and somewhat condescending, she asked us to explain our obviously ridiculous decision.

Assuming as the parents we were allowed to make this sort of decision, I somewhat flippantly told her that "I don't believe boys are born with things that need to be snipped off of them."

At that point, the brow-beating began.

The argument (and I am certain this was a standardized meeting that occurred with all parents negligent and degenerate enough to make the sort of decision Lora and I did) basically boiled down to three points:
1. "He won't 'look like you.'"
2. "He may need to have a circumcision as an adult."
3. "He'll have to learn to clean his foreskin."

My responses to those grave concerns:
1. I don't want him "looking at my penis." I frankly don't want anyone looking at my penis. Even me.
2. What are the odds? I made her look it up. 7 out of 100, she informed us. "So there's a 93 percent chance that if we don't cut off part of my son's penis, he'll grow up happy and healthy?" She had no convincing rebuttal to that argument.
3. This one really pissed me off. My response: "He'll have to learn to clean his ass, too; should we cut that off too, while we're at it?" My wife was not amused.

Call me a prick (many have), but I didn't find any of these three arguments particularly compelling. One of my main points all along had been that Americans generally find it laughable and horrifying that there are African tribes that circumcise baby girls, and yet think it is normal, in fact necessary, to do the same thing to boys.

To me it is all symptomatic of the post-intelligent, Planet of the Apes-style culture we live in. The vast majority of sheep-like Americans follow the mystical rituals laid down by our "Fore (skin) fathers" eons ago, without ever really questioning whether anything we're doing in the name of Jeezus or Cleanliness in fact is desirable, ethical or even just not laughable.

My son turns 12 later this year. His intact foreskin has never once been a problem for him, and I have successfully managed to not have him see my penis once in all those years. Snip-happy doctors aside, I think we both prefer it that way.

Posted by Alan David Doane at 12:09 PM