The Tip of the Iceberg

Men who resent being circumcised


We often hear "I've never heard of a man complaining about being circumcised!" Send them here and they won't be able to say that again.




What some men have said:


In its original context, with comments



In its original context, with comments



  1. I think I could have accepted a deformity that was an accident of nature, but I canít accept that someone did that to me.
  2. The fact that other boys were circumcised too never made me feel any better.
  3. I used to think there were 2 kinds of boys: circumcised boys like me and real boys.
  4. I was circumcised when I was a year old. I remember my foreskin. I want my foreskin back.
  5. My feelings about the doctor who circumcised me are too violent to describe.
  6. What circumcision did to my body is bad enough, but what it did to my mind is worse.
  7. I was just a baby - I couldnít stop them.
  8. There's a story by Harlan Ellison with a title that exactly conveys my feelings about having been circumcised. It's: ĎI Have No Mouth And I Must Screamí
  9. I feel like half a man.
  10. I have revenge fantasies about circumcision.
  11. I have resented my circumcision ever since I saw my first intact friend when I was 5 or 6.
  12. It cast a pall over my entire life.
  13. It's a life sentence at birth.
  14. I want to kill the doctor who circumcised me.
  15. I have never been able to accept the fact that someone cut part of my penis off when I was a baby. The sheer monstrousness of it haunts every waking moment of my life. Sometimes I think I'm beginning to make some sort of adjustment to it, but then I see an unmutilated man in a magazine or shower and I become overwhelmed by uncontrollable feelings of outrage and disbelief that I was made the victim for life of something so sick. Sometimes I feel I'm at the edge of madness and just can't handle it.
  16. I think of myself and other circumcised men as amputees.
  17. I feel as if part of me had been murdered.
  18. Fear, pain, crippling, disfigurement and humiliation are the classic ways to break the human spirit. Circumcision includes them all.

    - from Circumcision, what it does by Billy Ray Boyd



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i was cut right after my 13th birthday before then i was proud of my uncut dic but was told by my Mom and Doctor how much better it would be to be cutwhat a LIE!  Now it is so ugly that i am ashamed to let anyone see it and there is almost not feelings in it anymore most times i cant even jack off for the skin is so tight and doesnt move at all and i go soft from the lack of feelings.  And the pain i suffered while it heal was almost embarable for weeks it hurt the head was so tender and hurt for so long from rubbing my briefs then the head peeled so bad as it dried out that it left sores it was horrible i hate my Doctor and Mom and always will for ever for what they did to me!


US News
December 19, 2007


Posted by Benjamin in Addiction

I am against circumcision because I was not circumcised until I was 45. They said I needed it for medical reasons. If I had it to do over Iíd tell them to go to hell. I lost so much sensitivity itís almost unbelievable. No one should do this to anyone unless there is no other way to fix the problem. An if there is no problem it should never be done. To me it is child abuse to circumcise a child for no real reason.


breastimus onYoutube, May 24, 2009

100% DONT CUT IT! I am polish/European and was born uncut. I moved to USA when I was 2 and felt different from other boys. I didn't like having foreskin so when I was 18 I got cut because I couldn't [bear] the insecurity. I'm no[w] 26 and TOTALLY regret doing it. I lost SOO much sensitivity. There is NO need to cut your foreskin. It's not JUST a piece of skin. It PROTECTS the penis. My girl and I are NOW expecting a baby boy and we are DEFINITELY NOT CIRCUMCISING!


Posted by gunner777 on Dallas Morning Views blog @ 8:56 PM Tue, Aug 18, 2009

At the age of 21 I allowed the US military to talk me into getting circumcised. It would prevent disease, they said, and I would be cleaner, which the girls would enjoy (not much clearer than that) and such.

What they didn't tell me was that intercourse would never be quite as enjoyable, that the reduction in sensation while excited would make the area feel almost numb compared to before, and that the increase in sensation when flaccid would lead to make the rest of life uncomfortable.

I still wish I had my foreskin back.


cirecire90 Wrote 6 months ago [February 2009]

i m jealous...i m cut n really m mad at my parents 4 having me circumsized...

Comment on an X-tube video of a man masturbating using only his foreskin (NSFW, of course)


My penis was butchered at birth and I resent it. Wait until men are 18 and let them make their own decision. Otherwise this constitutes forced genital mutilation. How did this barbaric religious practice spread to the general population?

Dave D. Wisconsin in the New York Times, August 24th, 2009 9:19 am


These gay men ...

queerty "If circumcision halves the risk..."

No. 17 ∑ Jesse
... I myself was originally not circumcised but when I was 12 I slowly began experiencing Phimosis, the closing of the foreskin, my parents ignored it even though I kept telling them I wanted to see a doctor about ti and it wasn't until I was 14 when it began to become difficult to urinate that I finally got to see a urologist, who told me before even looking at the problem that the ONLY way to fix it was circumcision, so I got circumcised and it was a terrible experience, especially since I was going through puberty, imagine having to avoid getting an erection because it would cause the stitches to dig into your penis, AND YOU'RE 14! The age when anything will cause an erection.

It was only after I finally recovered that I learned there actually WERE other ways to stop Phimosis and that my urologist had LIED to me! In order to push a surgery I didn't need.

And being one of the few people that can remember having foreskin and now doesn't have it, I REALLY miss my foreskin, it is terrible not having it, I lost 2 inches!

Posted: Aug 24, 2009 at 2:57 pm

No. 29 ∑ unimac
I wish my parents never had me circumcised. I didn't care about it until a few years after I started becoming sexually active, and then it hit me like a brick wallÖthe fact that I had something removed from me, surgically, and that it has happened to millions of other men without their consent. I thought about it a lot and became upset about it. It is a serious problem and indicative, i think, of an obscene medical system.

Posted: Aug 24, 2009 at 4:10 pm

No. 49 ∑ Jeff K.

If being cut reduced sensation all that much we'd have all these cut men screaming "I can't cum."

I can't. At least not during normal sex. Only while masturbating. I was hoping to leave that detail out, but oh well. :/

Posted: Aug 24, 2009 at 6:32 pm

[#30.] No. 51 ∑ Nobody
F*** no. It's my body and I'm still annoyed that my parents had the audacity to cut off part of my dick.

Posted: Aug 24, 2009 at 6:47 pm

No. 52 ∑ Shawn
@Nobody: I agree, but I more mad at the doctor than my parents

Posted: Aug 24, 2009 at 6:58 pm

No. 66 ∑ Mark
My boyfriend is cut. No, he (unlike the other, uncut ones) cannot come unless with his own deathgrip, and yes, it was a very traumatic procedure for him.

Nobody in their right mind should be advocating circumcision especially in the industrialised world.

Posted: Aug 25, 2009 at 1:40 am

queerty "Even if circumcision helps..."

No. 23 ∑ David

Circumcision whether male or female is a fucking disgrace..
The fact this bronze age bullshit still occurs is utterly disgusting..
I'm furious with my parents for doing it to me as a child..

Posted: Jul 28, 2010 at 1:56 pm

No. 24 ∑ Whoddafunk?

I agree with you David, circumcision is genital mutilation and I wish more people would talk openly about this. When I asked my parents why they circumcised me they didn't want to talk about it and they said it was just what is done. I couldn't believe they would just do something for that reason without thinking about it more deeply, and I couldn't believe how nervous they got when it was brought up. That they would do something to their child that they can't even talk about or justify without getting really nervous is crazy....

Posted: Jul 28, 2010 at 2:10 pm


I certainly have enjoyed my share of foreskins, don't like the look of scars on cocks and regret the fact that I have to wrap the head of my un[?]cut penis in silk or some other supersoft material to protect it during sweaty physical activity. Despite the callouses developed on the glans of an uncut [sic a cut?] penis, my head gets irritated very easily, on into pain, making it difficult to ride a bike or run. So yeah, I have been a bit annoyed at my parents.

- ps on homosuperiorís posterous August 29, 2009


If Iím going to bare any scarred or partially-amputated body part in the gym shower, it should be because it had to be done for medical reasons or because it was my choice. My penis is no different in this regard. I donít want my cockhead permanently exposed to strangers because some religion told my parents how much of my penis I could keep or because I was unlucky enough to be born in some country where boys go through surgery to lose half their penis skin ďto fit inĒ. Thatís beyond crazy. Males who get penis plastic surgery at birth will never know what itís like to be a whole man in control of his own body. For me, that control was ceded by proxy during my first week of life. From then on, Iím just a slave; Iím living someone elseís idea of how I should explore my body, develop and enjoy sex.

Worse than that, itís taboo to complain that my (unnecessary) penis scar is crooked, or that I lost so much skin that my erections hurt, or that my penis bends because my circumcision is lopsided. Skin bridges? "Live with it." Hardened lymph fluid, fistula, cold glans? "Live with it." Meatal stenosis? "Everyoneís got it, itís normal. Shut up."

Listen up: Itís my penis and Iíll decide how much of it Iíll keep. Iíll decide whatís ďbeautifulĒ. Iíll decide whatís clean. Iíll decide how safe to keep it from disease and especially from anyoneís scalpel. Yeah, Iím angry that doctors and my parents are too brainwashed to understand all this, but Iím really pissed off that the law doesnít spare them from having an ethical dilemma. It sure stopped anyone from even wondering whether to cut my sister.

...I donít feel Iím cleaner, or more attractive, or more normal for having been put through this surgery. All I really feel is that Iím permanently branded, like a steer.

- John, from Washington, DC


I was circumcised as an infant, and as an adult I feel both violated and mutilated. Not a day passes in which I fail to contemplate the fact that my genitals were modified in a way that I did not consent to nor could control - when I did not suffer from any medical issues whatsoever.

Neil Dustan, Canada on the Petition to the CDC, November 22, 2009


My penis was mutilated without my consent when I was a baby. Like many thoushands of men, I suffer pain as an adult from this horrific act...

Trevor on Student Life (Washington University), December 2, 2009


I have had nothing but grief from being circumcised at 14 days of age for no medical issue whatsoever. ... Due to the constant discomfort and irritation of having an exposed glans I am forced to pull the shaft skin forward over the glans and taping up with medical tape every day just to get relief and feel normal. ... To this day I find it difficult not to boil over with anger over the injustice of this inhumane, cruel and barbaric procedure.

Jack Mister on GlobalPost, December 2, 2009


Having been so tortured in 1950, I am only lately coming to grips with the induced PTSD. My sexual feeling has so blunted that sex is a chore now rather than a joy.

Michael Laakso, Washington on petition to the AAP (#914) December 6, 2009


I was not given a choice. Nobody asked if it was alright to disfigure me.

Joseph Rissetto, California on petition to the AAP (# 2,158) December 21, 2009


I had phimosis, and was circumcised at the age of 11. ... I never got a choice as far as how I wanted it to look. Years later, when I read about the condition online, and realized that removal of the entire foreskin was not necessaryÖ wellÖ needless to say, I got very bitter.

- Al on Butt magazine January 6, 2010


I really don't understand how doctors can do this and sleep at night. First do no harm! Then again the ... doctor that amputated my glands did not even apologize. He also did not have parental consent. He was sent here in the early 60's to civilize the Hillbillys by Uncle Sam. I am sure he is in Hell now. Being that he died before I reached 18 and brought suit against the bastard.

coalbear_1 on MSNBC Newsvine, January 16, 2010


No evidence of psychological trauma?? That is only because they weren't looking.

If they knew the rage that I have for my mutilator runs so deep that I would willingly "return the favor to him" in the way he did me they might change their mind.

lochinvar00465 on YouTube September 2010


I had a medical circumcision when I was 18, and I can report that there IS a difference. Afterwards I was really pissed off because at the time they offered me a new procedure where they just make a cut in the skin rather than hacking it all off.? Being totally ignorant I turned it down thinking it would be good to have shot of it. If I'd known that I'd be left with scar tissue and the end of my knob less sensitive, I would have taken it. But they never told me anything about that.

Dangerman5 on YouTube February 1, 2010


My mother was advised to circumcise. The procedure was botched according to a distressed nurse in attendance. I am over 60 and have virtually no sensation in my penis. I have no sensation during masturbation and sexual penetration and have never ejaculated while conscious. I still have occasional wet dreams. I am married to an understanding wife, we find other ways for affection.

Would some circumcision advocates please reply and explain why my circumcision was the right thing to do.

Bill on Marketing by Permission blog, February 6, 2010


I do have a circumcision. I hate whoever did this to me. It's spilled milk, though, I realize. You say that I'll never know unless I have a circumcision. Well because I do, I can attest to bleeding and complete destruction of sensitive nerve endings in the glans. Yes, even a chunk of my glans was taken along with the foreskin. I can't feel nearly as much as my husband. What else am I missing? I can only imagine.

Just so you know... I was circumcised and then abandoned to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. How is that for child abuse? How is that for "cut and run", huh?

What do you say for people like me? What sort of rationalization do you have for children who had body parts sacrificed to god or the gods of the medical establishment?

Where was my consent form? Where are my rights for bodily integrity? I will say this again:

At birth in the United States, I had less rights than dogs in Switzerland. At birth in the United States, I had less rights than dead bodies here. At birth in the United States, I had less rights than girls at birth.

The allowance of circumcision in the United States for parents' whim is sexist, ageist and places the rights of dead bodies higher than my rights at birth. Where is the outrage? My body, my rights!

nhguy78 of Hudson, NH, on Rant/Rave February 21, 2010


to be honest the whole circumcision thing has gotten me paranoid and scared, I would never put my childern through something like that. my parents were very nieve for having me circumcised because they thought it was better for me but in the long run it left me with a skinbridge and im still goin through hell because of it!

jjtiojohn12 on YouTube, March 2010


Okay, circumcision is bad i was circumcised at birth and after reading this article and many others i feel like a lost arm at birth. i have never felt the foreskin i am starting the restoration process but you lose so many advantages being circumcised. I now hate my parents for removing part of my body a very important part may i say. When i have kids if the woman wants to circumcise the kids i will say fuck her and ask for a divorce.

in teenage years (hitting puberty) i felt lots of discomfort in becoming erect and i ask some of my friends if they had the same problem i found out that only the ones with a circumcised penis had them and they reported occasional bleeding as well.

and so i think F@#$ MY PARENTS FOR CIRCUMCISING ME!!!!!

joe on Mark's Daily Apple March 31, 2010


i am extremely pissed off that my mom forced me to get a circumcision. ignoring the obvious pain that i had to endure as a goddamn infant (seriously. i dare you to watch a video of a circumcision all the way through), and all the sexual pleasure i'm going to miss out on, i can't believe she'd put me through a barbaric ritual that is purely religious.

- poptart2nd on HealthKicker, April 13, 2010


Since my brainwashed parents were obedient, and my jackass doctor didn't start the cut where he ended it, I have a weird "red storm of jupiter" where he tried to change course on my penis. Thank you doc. I will never know what it's like to have the normal, natural penis I was born with. Idiots.

hotblack on Scientific American, April 24, 2010


After I received this torture, I apparently rejected my mother and my parents had a difficult time finding a replacement for her milk. Then I was so stressed out that it took extra years before I stopped bed-wetting. The result was to make me a more inward-looking, less emotional kind of person than I would have liked to be.

I am sure that I would have been a different person if I had not been circumsized.

Trowbridge H. Ford on The Local (Sweden), April 29, 2010


I am a circumcised male and I have suffered for years as a result of a decision my parents made.

This video is very significant and deserves more publicity.

lilwing89 on YouTube, April 2010


Be allowed? - no
If I had a son... no!!
I've done enough reading that this whole thing with circumcision is barbaric. I am jealous of guys that are still fully intact.

jayessence on Vorpal's Live Journal May 4, 2010


I donít buy that line that male circumcision is harmless, because my Bris resulted in some pretty severe damage. I have a large irregular band of scar tissue, and when I was a teenager erections were painful and sometimes resulted in ripped, bleeding, skin, making the scars even worse. Ever since I was a little boy I knew something was wrong. I was told that circumcision was a good thing, without even knowing what it was Ė as it turns out, amputation of about half the skin of my penis. I did not ask for part of my penis to be destroyed, and Iím furious when I read clueless articles like this one that dismiss the harm with clueless chuckling. ...

Circumcised Jew on the Big Think May 8, 2010


Iím a man who had his foreskin removed without his consent. If this was done to me as an adult, how much money would I be entitled to and how much prison time would the perpetrator receive?

I didnít want to be mutilated. Fuck you if you have come to terms with it and want to tell me to get over it. Fuck you. Really. Thatís about all I have to say about that. Comment #145: on 05/10 at 09:30 AM

3letterjon on Pandragon May 10, 2010


I was born a muslim and was circumsised. I feel that I had something taken away from me, which is not natural. Nobody had the right to take something away from me.

Why don't we force kids with big noses to have plastic surgery? Humans deserve the right to choose what happens to their bodies once they are adults.

Johnny on Dutch News May 30, 2010


I was mutilated at birth and i deeply resent this terrible decision. Most people donít know or even care to look but 4 out of the 5 most sensitive parts of the penis are amputated by ďcircumcisionĒ, and if that wasnít terrible enough the last remaining sensitive part ďthe glansĒ becomes ďkeritanizedĒ which means that due to abrasion a substance called keratin, the same substance that forms your nails, builds up in the glans to help protect itself, further reducing pleasure. it is a crime beyond comprehension to mutilate children male or female. Lets stop this wave of mutilation. NO EXCEPTIONS.

Equa on Jersey City Independent June 11, 2010


By MeBrandonB on 06/16/2010 at 12:59pm

As a male-bodied individual, I am really upset that my parents made the decision to have me snipped when I was fresh out of the oven without me even having a say in the matter. I am against controlling other peoples bodies in any way. If the statistics on the health benefits of being circumcised were accurate, which I deeply doubt they are, it should still be a decision left for an adult-male to make about his own body when he is of age to safely undergo the procedure of his own free will.

mebrandonb on New York Magazine June 16, 2010


Its just my luck that i was born into a jewish family. i cant even prove to them that circumcision is bad because their so brainwashed! I hate them for it. If they come out with a way to genetically regenera[t]e foreskins so its like you never even lost it ill be first in line

theb3rn7 on Medical Magazine - (Foreskin Restoration) July 12, 2010


fuck my parents. they said they did it to me to fit in. fuck that, likes its such a big deal to be a tiny bit different. yea i agree it might be a little more attractive to females but that is by far not a good enough reason to go through with it. not only that but as a baby it is out of your control weather it happens to you or not. thats the fucked up part. is your body and its not even your choice. its honesty fucked and i can not put into words how pissed i am

tylenator552 on Medical Magazine - (Foreskin Restoration) July 12, 2010


Just turned 70 Ė had a badly botched infant circ excessive skin removed with significant scarring and irreperable nerve damage Ė result left me unable to enjoy any kind of mutual sex activity Ė not only is it non-productive, but it is just plain painful. There has been considerable emotional damage over the years as well, plus eventually the complete estrangement from my entire family Ė I feel mutilated and raped Ė at this point, I hope I will live long enough to see the end of this monstrous practice, and the best would be to see it made totally illegal as FGM is now -

Jon on About.com - Sexuality August 25, 2010


I was cut as a baby and have suffered because of itÖ. and Iím very angry with my parents because of that decision. Sure thereís a lot of risk in life. But circumcision is NEEDLESS amputation and mutilation of a normal, healthy, functioning body part.

Chad J. Rivera on Naked Nith Socks On, August 30, 2010


Circumcisers are child rapists, most just donít realize it. My motherís OB/GYN inflicted circumcision on me, and Iím beyond PISSED about it. How does anyone except ME have the right to cut off important parts of MY penis? If you get the urge to cut up your baby, cut yourself instead.

Integrity on Naked Nith Socks On, August 30, 2010


Another reason why religion should be keep away from EVERYTHING! Any docter who thinks this should be done should have their profession denied by law.

Anyone who performs this should got to jail on MULTIPLE felony charges. The doctor who did this to meÖI wan[t] to behead with his own damn scape[l] knife.

lonercs on Medical EMR Software September 10, 2010

Man, I wish I wasnít circumcised. I was circumcised at birth, so I never had a choice. Now I have all these embarrassing scars. I canít forgive my parents for doing this to me.

ignatei on Medical EMR Software September 10, 2010

I was circumcised, It has many problems, the most severe being the desensitization on the glans (penis head). Over time, after rubbing on rough fabrics in the underwear, it keratinizes, meaning a thick layer of dead cells form over it, eliminating a lot of sensitivity, and on top of that the millions of nerve endings are damaged or even destroyed.

This makes it take very difficult to do things normal men can do like masturbating and having an orgasm.

Is there any way to get my foreskin back?

CowHoofOnAHotPlate on Medical EMR Software September 10, 2010


I was circumcised at birth and I AM mentally scarred and resent it deeply. You only have to work out how a foreskin acts like lube during masturbation and sex to know us cut guys are missing out on a lot of pleasure for no good reason at all.

Geoff on 7 news September 20, 2010


One of my best friends killed himself because he was so disturbed by being circumcise.

strivealivebrian on Moms Health September 30, 2010


I have got cut when i was 10 years old & i still have sleepless nights. I choose to do it as my dad said everyone has it. But my mom said if i leave pakistan then i don`t have to have it done & people die Also i will miss my dick ( i regret it ) she was right.

na163113 on Moms Health September 30, 2010


My mother was not in the room when I had my bris. I confronted her about it when 27 yrs old, she said she would still have done it to me even if she knew I would kvetch about it to her when I was 27. If I could have been self aware & able, I would have put the moyls head through the wall and used his instruments to cut off his genitals and ram half down his throat and the other half up his tokhus.

lyutsin21 on YouTube, September 2010


It would be a giant leap in the right direction if they ban infant circumcision. I had no choice, my body was cut and altered. That is mutilation by the very definition of the word. Men are getting information on what circumcision really is and more importantly, what it removes. Ill tell you that I deeply resent the fact that forced genital cutting was imposed on me, and millions upon millions of others (most of them infants: unaware of sex, diseases, pain).... And if you argue about hygiene issues, take a walk to your local pharmacy and look at all the products to help maintain and aid in female hygiene, try to find a product that men need other than soap. None, and they cut me so that i would be cleaner? WHAT THE F...!!! All I can say is i hope future generations will be spared from this genital cutting so they can enjoy the pleasures of an intact body.

Equal on Eco Child's Play October 2, 2010


"My grandfather was circumcised with a reed, and my father and I were circumcised by a Gillette blade. I still remember it. When the man came to circumcise the boys they were taken to a separate place and kept behind a kind of screen. I was five years old and very curious to see what was happening. I went to see, and they saw me and grabbed me too. I am still angry about that."

A Ugandan businessman quoted in "The Masque of Africa" by V. S. Naipaul, October 2010


80jasey on YouTube 25 October, 2010

I am a victim of infant circumcision. The "ancient" Greek and Roman civilizations did not practice circumcision, so I am uncertain why we did so in the twentieth century, when modern sanitation and medicine precluded the need for this unnecessary and barbaric practice. I cannot forgive my parents for subjecting me to Judaic religious practices when we are not Jews. STOP INFANT CIRCUMCISION NOW! The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child bans it in most developed countries. [It doesn't explicitly, but that's a logical interpretation of it.] Why not the USA?


I am also "a victim of infant circumcision". My nominally Christian mother had it done because she was told the lie by her doctor that doing so would eliminate the chances of me giving my future sexual partners vaginal cancer. :-(

jimmymastiff (26 October 2010)

circumcision is disgusting....let the child choose if he wants his own penis mutilated when he grows up...I HATE that I am....it really is barbaric and unnecessary....


I wish I were no circumcised. I feel cheated out of that extra sensitivity it gives a man down there... the glans were meant to be covered up and protected... it's false to say that the extra skin will spread disease. If a Father did his job right and TAUGHT his son how to clean himself properly there would be no argument or discussion about that. ....

Richard McCormick on Care2 Nov 13, 2010


Circumcision infringes on the rights of the powerless. I had NO say in the mutilation that was performed on my body. Is that right?

marco01 on the Huffington Post November 13, 2010


I don't forgive my parents, and I was 2 days old. the reason most boys don't get mad at their parents? because they don't UNDERSTAND what happened to them.

...trust me, if I could have I would have killed the people who did it to me...

Derium on CNNNovember 20, 2010


I am SO GLAD someone is doing this [the San Francisco ballot]. I strongly resent having been cut. Circumcision is medically unjustifiable genital mutilation of uninformed, non-consenting minors.

Religious reasons for doing it are not acceptable, for you can create a religion to sanctify anything (e.g. Mormons with polygamy, Rastafarians with marijuana). Mutilating babies' genitals is nothing short of barbaric.

Chris on Paging Dr Gupta November 20, 2010


"If you don't want to have it done to your kids then fine"

I didn't want to have it done to ME.

Charlie on Mother Jones November 17, 2010

I am very dissatisfied with the results of my unauthorized genital alteration - what would you say to me? What you say to many men who are offended by our culture's lack of respect for bodily integrity?

GregH on Mother Jones November 18, 2010


I wish my parents and the doctors hadnít shoved THEIR beliefs down MY throat when I was helpless to speak up about it. They cut away more than my flesh, they took away my freedom of choice over MY OWN body. I agree, NO ONE has the right to force their beliefs on anyone else. That includes my parents. My body, MY choice.

Garrett Wolfe on Peachy Keen's blog, November 22, 2010


I was circumcised as a baby, and no I am not happy about it. Did it prevent me from getting HIV? NO! I know a many who are HIV+, all but 2, my boyfriend and one other guy I know are circumcised. If the study were performed among gay men in the US most likely the majority of men infected with HIV would be circumcised, simply because this barbaric practice still rules in the US not because there are really any meaningful differences among the risk of infection between circumcised and those left intact.

Circumcision is a barbaric practice whether preformed on males or females, and male circumcision has been used as a means to prevent or cure every malady imaginable, now HIV. It is simply ridiculous to treat a natural part of the male body as a defect and a cause of disease.

To prevent HIV nothing beats a latex condom!

Mike Arnold on Change.org Jun 4, 2009


I was circumcised at birth.  Now, as an educated, sexually active, 27-year-old adult, I wish it had not happened.  I won't say anything about the pain and suffering of the physical event, because it's true that I don't remember it (though anyone who has witnessed one can tell you the baby is in horrific pain throughout the process).  What I am going to talk about is how I feel now.  I feel a sense of loss for the fact that a physical part of me is permanently missing without my ever having known it.  More painful than that is a sense of violation.  Something was unnecessarily done to me as a baby that I would not have chosen to have had done if I had been given the choice as an informed, consenting adult.  (And yes, I do know it to have been unnecessary because I have been able to discuss the issue with my father.  He confirms that he and my mother were undecided about it and asked the doctor for advice.  The doctor said that everything appeared healthy, but that he recommended it anyway for the cosmetic and societal reasons.  It was this preferential, non-medical recommendation that led to my mutilation at birth, and many other baby boys in the 1980's and other decades.)

The only thing I can do about it is to undergo foreskin restoration, either a surgical or mechanical process.  I am choosing to do that, but I also know from my research on the subject that it is not a reversal of my circumcision, but only a physical simulation which may or may not be successful in fully amending the altered appearance and function of my penis.

I have heard it said that many women prefer circumcised men.  I have been with many women and found through my own sexual experience that I prefer women with natural pubic hairstyles and small nipples on medium-large breasts of a certain shape.  I have respect for my sexual partners and feel that I can either accept a woman's body or find someone else who better fits my preferences.  I would never ask a woman to change the way she grooms her pubic hair or expect her to surgically amend her breast shape or nipple-to-breast ratio.  And I hope a woman would have more respect for herself than to change her body to please a man who felt his preferences outweighed her body's natural form.  I was appalled to see a woman's contribution on Circlist where she proudly recounted consistently nagging her boyfriend to be circumcised, and his subsequent compliance despite initial strong refusal to do so.  I wish I had been his friend so I could influence him to see that he deserved better than a woman who would criticize his body, and I wonder whether she would have been willing to change herself if he had imposed a preference on her that didn't match who she was physically.  So I don't think the old "women prefer circumcised men" argument holds up.  Every individual in the world is different and has different preferences about the appearance of sexual partners.  Imagine how we would look if, when we were infants, our parents had surgically altered everything about us that they suspected our future sexual partners might not "prefer."

Another concern I've heard is that circumcised fathers want their sons to look like them.  My father is uncircumcised, and when I occasionally saw him undressed as a child, I didn't think anything of the fact that his penis looked different from mine.  And I imagine that if I had thought anything of it, the presence of a foreskin wouldn't have even made the Top 10 list of differences between a 34-year-old's penis and a pre-schooler's.  Now that we are both fully-grown men, we have not seen much, if any, of one another's penises in many, many years.  As someone whose penis did not (and still probably doesn't) look much like his dad's, I have the experience to say with full knowledge and authority that that particular question is a complete non-issue.

Then there's the hygiene argument.  I just ran my theory by my uncircumcised roommate, and he confirmed that an uncircumcised penis does not develop odors, accumlated smegma, or an inability to be retracted healthily if its owner invests a few seconds a day in quickly cleaning it in the shower.  Unless I'm the only circumcised guy in the world who washes his penis in the shower, that doesn't sound like an added burden in any way.

This is the perspective of one circumcised man who wishes he were not.  I know that a lot of guys who have been circumcised don't mind that they are (some report a sense that they "got it over with" without having to remember it, but of course circumcision isn't an inevitable event that you must submit to sooner or later, so I don't know where that frame of mind comes from).  Anyway, I'm glad that many them don't mind, because I know from my own experience that it's a very painful thing if you do mind.  I'm glad they don't have to face those feelings.  But the fact that many men are fortunate in that respect doesn't mean that it should continue - what if the next baby boy who undergoes routine infant circumcision grows up to feel the way I do instead?  I would rather not take the risk of letting that happen.  If a man reaches adulthood with his foreskin intact and decides he doesn't want it, let him choose to have it removed.  Options are far more limited for men who reach adulthood without it and wish it hadn't been taken away.  (Question:  are there any health insurance plans that treat infant circumcision, or even adult voluntary circumcision, and adult foreskin restoration the same way?)  If I'm fortunate enough to become a father, no son of mine will be circumcised.  That's for him to decide, and I will not rob him forever of the opportunity to make that choice for himself as an informed adult capable of making it.

Kevin, by email on December 19, 2010


I too am a victim of circumcision. My quality of life because of the botched penis "fix" makes me a very depressed person.

FraggedMind on YouTube, December 20, 2010


Every time I look down at my penis, I get angry that I had absolutely no choice in the matter of something that should only involve my say so.

ZombieBite1991 on YouTube, January 18, 2011


I have no problem saying I am mutilated, I don't see why I shouldn't see the truth of what was done to me.

I'm more pissed about this topic than most people. And my parents laugh at me for it. :/ It was my fathers idea, after all. That asshole.

DesmondMcMillian on YouTube, January 18, 2011


I was circumsised as a baby and ended up with a super tight circumcision which has literally scarred me for life and is uncomfortable. I blame my parents for what they did to me and this has affected our relationship no doubt. I cannot understand how any intelligent free-thinking individual can agree to have their son mutilated for no medical reason whatsoever. If it was my choice I would never have done it (and my 1 month old son won't be mutilated either).

Why take the risk?!

fbnaude on Parent24.com on January 26, 2011


I am a 20 something male that deeply wishes his mother hadn't circumcised him. I feel that this North American society seriously ripped me off. This is individual liberty 101 folks. It is my body, it should have been my choice to remove a perfectly healthy body part- not my parents, not anyone, me, the person whose genitals these are.


BrandonCheshire in the Chicago Tribune, February 16, 2011


I was circumcised, so I know quite a bit about its damaging effects. Circumcision does cause many men severe psychological problems. It has caused me feelings of being raped, sadness, depression, betrayal, and deprivation. I am constantly reminded and it causes me pain and sadness everyday that i was mutilated and my body was scarred. I first learned of circumcision when i was 12. I feel like i have been stabbed in the heart and am depressed that people would do such an inhumane and asinine thing to children. ...

david on MedCity News, April 1, 2011


I'm 29 years old, and was mutilated-oh sorry, let's use the politically correct phrase-circumcised shortly after birth. It has severely affected both my body and psychological well being. I have no sympathy for my parents who allowed it to be done, the doctor who performed the barbaric act, or my community that did not protect me from this form of physical and sexual abuse. But I do have plenty of anger for them, with enough extra for people like you.

How dare you spread your filthy propaganda trying to persuade people to have HEALTHY, FUNCTIONAL tissue amputated from those who cannot consent. You probably have no idea what the functions-yes plural, there are multiple-of the foreskin are and yet you have the audacity to write that disgusting, baseless pro-circ drivel. People like you are shameful and if you ever have a circumcised son don't be shocked if you find out some day that he resents you for it once he learns all that was lost.


The bottom line: It is WRONG to amputate healthy tissue from those who cannot consent. All people should have a right to genital integrity.

Jonathon on MedCity News, April 2, 2011


... I hate being circumcised. It should have been MY choice because it was MY body. ...

Why cant I have my natural foreskin? It was mine, so why isnít my right? I want MY foreskin back!

Mcorrison on KXLY News April 30, 2011


I am a man that was non-consensually circumcised as a neonate and I really wish I wasn't. I wanted to have the choice to keep my complete genitals and find out for myself if my foreskin was significant.

Dave S. on Parkville Patch, April 23, 2011


My muslim parents had me circumcised as a 3 or 4 year old in a Glasgow hospital by a jewish doctor. I am now 40 and have always resented the procedure done to me without my informed consent. I still cringe at the humiliation and shame.

mwrkhan on the Independent, May 8, 2011


I was circumcised after birth and wish I'd been left intact. My body healed poorly from the procedure and I was left with a skin bridge that made me very self conscious after puberty. Many years later I had surgical correction but I have vowed that I would never put my son through the same ordeal

David on Queerty, May 18, 2011


I'm for it [the San Francisco ban]. There's not a good enough reason for it [circumcision]. Mine was botched. I still resent my parents for doing it based merely on aesthetics and tenuous claims of hygiene.

Atagahi on CNN.com, May 20, 2011


Although I'm not Jewish, I was circumcised at 5 months of age, and now I'm older I am really suffering the consequences. A numb penis is no pleasure, intercourse is unproductive, even masturbation is often a failure.

Keith Rutter on Shea's Blog, 23 May, 2011


Iíve endured a lifetime of discomfort, pain (physical and emotional), recurrent infections requiring massive and lengthy doses of antibiotics to cure, which have now caused life-long digestion issues ALL because of a (botched) "perfectly routine circumcision." Do NOT try to tell me itís not a big deal. My penis should have been left alone so that *I* could decide what to do with it, not some quack doctor looking to pocket an extra fee at my expense.

-eJohn on The Edge, 31 May, 2011


... I consider circumcision rape, I am circumcised, I consider circumcision rape and mutilation. It was against my will, and ultimately I Speak that now. I wish it were legal for me to execute people.

- Brian Brandt on Comic Book Resources, June 4, 2011


My DH was cut at birth, has a yuckie scar and Wishes every day that HE had been given the CHOICE to destroy his man hood or not!

- Kathlyn Schofield on The Stir, June 15, 2011


...you could also count me as one who realizes that his own infant circumcision was an infringement of his physical rights.  A significant one.  And the realization has been an emotional burden to me.  I cried every day for a while back when I first realized, ten years ago or so.  I haven't cried about it for a while and usually it's forgotten but sometimes I read something or someone says something that flares it up again..  The San Francisco thing flared it up again.

- Aaron to this site, June 17, 2011


As a male in my early 40's I was the victim of circumcision for no more reason than it was the fad of the 60's and 70's and explained away as hygienic. I blame my parents for this and their decision to go along with prevailing fashions rather than make their own investigation and moral decision. I feel robbed as a man both of my foreskin and more importantly my choice to make decisions about my own body.

- Malcolm_01 on CBC.ca, June 7, 2011


When I read about the functions of the foreskin, how much more sensitive intact men were, and how much more pleasurable sex was for intact men, I had a mixture of feelings come over me: anger, depression, resentment, hatred, among a number of other things. Long story short, it drove me into a deep depression.

- StatelessPilot at Healthkicker.com, June 28, 2011


I'm a man who is circumcise≠d and nobody asked me. It's a permanent choice inflicted on me.

It also has damage they don't speak of. I'm numb there. Obtaining orgasm is incredibly difficult for me and always has been. Either by myself or with a partner.

Gee thanks.

Plain and simple this is genital mutilation≠. You are cutting off part of a person's body. Not YOUR body. Someone else.

That is physically inflicting your beliefs on another person who can't defend themselves≠.

I'm all for making this barbaric practice illegal to be performed on children.

It is cosmetic and non necessary and those criteria alone should prevent it from ever occurring again.

-John Smith in Orlando on the Huffington Post, July 5, 2011


... Personally I do consider circumcision mutalation and lament my Catholic parents having been talked into allowing our family doctor into taking away a large number of my nerve endings. To cut or not to cut should have been my choice.

- Dabeef on KQED, June 22, 2011


I was circumcised - and I am NOT happy with the results. We need a worldwide end to this torture and genital mutilation of children. Adults can cut, pierce or tattoo their own bodies if they wish. 4 months ago

- Chadolution on YouTube, August, 2011


I am a Latin American man who has been circumcised. I did not have a choice in the matter being an infant at the time. I can wholeheartedly state that I wish I had my foreskin. ... The real issue here is choice and the fact that there is no, NO scientific proof that circumcision is beneficial in any way and all it does is desensitize the penis. Males lose about 35 to 40% of sensitivity when circumcised, all based on religious mumbo jumbo and a perpetuated lie that circumcision makes the penis more hygienic and safer.

- Robert on Dutch News, September 15, 2011


I feel as if something that by all means should have been my birthright has been taken from me - the right to even have a say over what is and isn't done to my own body. ...

I feel that if someone like me would finally step forward, someone who has been so badly damaged both physically and emotionally by what supposedly is a preventative health measure, [then] so would others. I think that it could be the very thing necessary to start the cascade that could derail routine infant circumcision everywhere.

- Dan in Minnesota, by email, September 23, 2011



My father converted to Islam in 1990. I was early in my third year. I remember being circumcised. It's my earliest memory. It's too vivid. I can't shake the pain every time I think about it. I've been mutilated. Between 10000 and 20000 erotogenic nerve endings taken from me and I had no say in the matter. I'm? mutilated.

I want to kill the doctor who did it to me. And I'll never forgive my parents for letting it happen.

- StraightOuttaDC on YouTube, October 2011


From my own personal experience, circumcision did not make it feel better. The doctor cut too much skin off. It is a very imprecise procedure and it really depends on how much the doctor cuts off. It is hard to estimate how much to cut.

The doctor cut too much skin off. It was way too tight and it is extremely painful when stretched. I absolutely hate it. I regret having it done. After circumcision, the skin on the organ becomes extremely dry and is prone to severe irritation. Also, they supposedly say circumcision makes you last longer in sexual relations. This is not correct. In fact, after circumcision, there is so much irritation of the skin from the missing foreskin that you go off sooner.


I hate the effect of circumcision. If you were circumcised as a baby, you donít know what you are missing. I donít believe people should live in ignorance. I donít believe we should go on being a society that says sexual pleasure does not need to be as good as it can get. I donít support, ďAs long as it is kind of good feeling, it is enough. Settle for ho-hum pleasure. Who cares about full sensation and feeling.Ē


- Anonymous on Claycord.com, October 3, 2011


My husband is very upset that he was circumcise≠d. He has scar[r]ing, nerve damage and a fistula that won't heal. All from routine infant circumcisi≠on.

Kirsten Veronica William on the Huffington Post, October 4, 2011


Two teenaged sons are now asking WHY did I allow doctors to DO THAT TO THEM??? Wish I hadnítÖ Parents now have much more information available to them to help with the decision. If I knew then what I know now Ė I would have left them intact, just the way God made them, practically perfect in every way!

- smc626 on , October 4, 2011


I've lived with it 50 years and I fucking hate it.
I should have been given the choice at least.

-Hal Renfield on the Raw Story, October 4, 2011


As a man I feel robbed by this act based on nothing more than mumbo jumbo.

-MaxBunko on the Raw Story, October 4, 2011


I had no choice when I was cut. I had a friend who decided to have circumcision done when he was twenty so he would "look like everyone else". Many months later I asked what was the difference. He said " my sex world went from full color to black and white and I can't go back". I feel I was abused and robbed of a important experience.

- JamesLoughran on the LA Times, October 4, 2011


I hate being circumcised and I hate the monsters that forced their creepy religious sacrifice on me. It has done major damage to my sexual function. Anyone but a parent would go to prison for this sexual mayhem.

- EddieMoon on the LA TImes, October 5, 2011


I was circumcised at birthóand it wasnít to prevent HPV or HIV. The reasons to do it change each year.


The harm circumcision has caused me physically and psychologically is immeasurable.


It started for the wrong reasons. It causes harm. And they will keep finding more reasons. But none of them hold a candle to the fact that I was born with a foreskin and it was part of my body and I did not want it removed and it was taken without my consent. I have a right to my body.

- Marcus Andersson on ABC News, October 6, 2011


Dr Meg Ė ... As a male circumcised at birth, I am angry and feel that I have been cheated of a vital part of my sexual anatomy. Given that millions of men worldwide are left intact, it seems the American medical community would do better to investigate methods of caring for the intact male instead of cutting off a part of the body because it is inconvenient.


The issue is a matter of PERSONAL choice Ė not the choice of the parent or doctor but of the individual whose rights are being taken against his will.

- Tommy G on Meg Meeker M.D., October 8, 2011


Hi, I was just a baby - I couldnít stop them. My mom said they had to tie me down and also hold me down so they would not screw up. But they did anyway. They cut off too much skin and when I was younger I looked like a peeled banana. I feel like only part of a guy. I have never been able to accept the fact that someone cut part of my penis off when I was a baby. ... I have never been able to accept the fact that someone cut part of my penis off when I was a baby. The sheer stupidity of it used to haunt every waking moment of my life. I was jealous of the guys I knew that had been able to retain their 4skins. My brother had his first son circumcised and then he had to take him in for "corrective surgery" to fix something that should have not been done in the first place. He said "NO!!" to his other 2 sons and I said "NO!!" to [having] my son circumcised. He has no problems with his penis or his 4skin. I saw a lot of screwed-up penises in school and the YMCA when I was younger. It really freaks me out when I hear people say that they are going to have their son cut.

- Bill Bristol, CA on the Petition Site, October 31, 2011


When I was about 5, I observed most boys in my class werenít like me, as circumcision almost exclusively religious in my country (My family arenít Jewish or Muslim) plus my second brother was born around this time, and he was left intact. I only learned this year that my two youngest brothers were allowed to keep their penises in their proper state because of money issues, and that my mother was dead against circumcision, but eventually gave in to my fatherís demands.


As for complications, Iím all too familiar with them. In the past Iíve been asked by partners what was wrong with my penis. Iíve recently come to learn that the abnormalities are called ďskin bridgesĒ, previously, I didnít even know there was a name for them. Smegma gathers beneath them, but instead of simply retracting, then washing, which is what Iíd do were IÖunmodified, I have to poke out the smegma with a paperclip, a most annoying task. And here I thought circumcision was meant to be cleaner. ... If i could make my penis normal again, Iíd do so in a heartbeat, but short of a scientific leap in tissue regeneration or time travel, or finding a magic lamp, I donít see that happening. Itís easier to destroy than create, and sadly this is especially true where infant circumcision is concerned.

- Jason on Academic Ob/Gyn, November 22, 2011


I was circumsized and it was botched. I am 42 and never had a satisfactory sex life or long term relationship. The scarring is horrible and I have no sensitivity in my penis. Think on this. My life, while not ruined, is very unhappy. I also hate my parents for letting this happen to me. Parents let your children make up their minds as adults PLEASE. Do not let their lives become mine.

- Peter in the Sydney Morning Herald, November 21, 2011


I had "the op" at birth and wish I hadn't. ... - so it is all about "grossness"? Ever thought about the **complete loss of sensation** "down there" for those of us who have "been done"? No, of course you haven't. I now have no more sensation down there than the back of my hand. ...

- Z on Stuff.com, November 21, 2011


It angers me that I'm circumcised. I had no choice in the damned matter. Looking at my dick makes me hate my country.

- PeeWizzle on N4G, November 29, 2011


I wish I was never circumcised after doing research, and I hate the fact I can never reverse it. I wish parents were more informed, my folks just thought it was what they had to do. So please, do the research, understand, and perhaps youíll leave your kids intact.

- Neil on Birth Without Fear, November 29, 2011


i was circumcised as an infant because of my parents being jewish. because of my circumcision, i am now 19 and i cant have sex. my penis has severe keloidal scarring and lacks the skin i need to have an erection without pain. the only hope i have is undergo more surgeries to remove the scar tissue, which has a 50/50 chance of growing back, and undergo foreskin restoratin to try and regain skin. because of my circumcision, i am not on a speaking terms with my family because their ignorance and lack of compassion for me as their child has cost me the chances of having sex, a relationship, and children. ive also become an atheist so the irony is that circumcision doesnt profit me anything in eyes of a god either so it was truly all for nothing. ill probably never get an std though. you have to be able to have intercourse to get one.

- Cameron Christopher Cross on Facebook, December 2, 2011


My own mother was, I imagine, very easily talked into to sexually mutillating me when I was first born and I have NEVER forgiven her (I never will, either), in spite of her and many other of her defendersí excuses...

- DruidV on A Voice for Men, December 10, 2011


As a man circumcise≠d at 5 months of age, who is no longer able to orgasm when having intercours≠e, and being able to masturbate only with great difficulty≠, I am filled with loathing of the man who did this to me... Bear in mind that he was paid to do this...

I have consulted a urologist, and though he said that the cutting was neat, he said the loss of sensitivit≠y was inevitable sooner or later. This is why infant circumcisi≠on is very rare here, except among Jewish and Muslim parents, and whilst adult circumcisi≠on is possible, very few do it, and for very good reasons.

- Supermog on Huffington Post, December 12, 2011


... I feel violated that my foreskin was removed at infancy. For me it's an issue of consent.? An infant cannot consent to circumcision. If an adult male wants to hack away at his own penis, let him have at it but I think ANYONE seeking to mutilate the genitals of a child, male or female, should be criminally prosecuted.

- Textra1 on YouTube, December 16, 2011


I am circumcised, and I hate it. I hate the way it looks and it feels very tight and painful when I masturbate. It may not have caused any of you pro-circumcision activists any problems, but it has definitely caused me problems. Just because something works for you, it does not mean it works for everyone. I am living evidence that circumcision can cause people problems.

- sabby123456789 on YouTube, December 16, 2011


... I was circumcised as an infant. I discovered this at about the age of seven, and I still remember my anger, my childish outrage. Who gave them the right to do this to me? For much of my life I had no idea what I was missing. Now I do. Now I understand that my penis was mutilated and desensitized because of anti-sexual values that originated with perverted religious loonies and then were adopted by the medical profession.

... If itís cultural pressure that is causing the practice to continue, it will only end when the counter pressure builds to a scream.

Iíve started screaming. I hope you all will join me.

- Darwin Harmless on Butterflies and Wheels, December 18, 2011


At 63 I have perhaps 5% of penile sensation left due to neuropathies. Being intact would left me with an intact nervous system and probably a signitficantly increased amount of penile sensation. I can tell you with the redundency of our nervous systems, losing the first 80% of sensation is much less noticable than losing those next few percent which starts leaving big holes in what we feel. I have been genuinely pissed off at those who damaged me in this way for at least 40+ years. ...

- Alchemistfd on the Atlantic, December 20, 2011


I did some research on a random whim when I saw a picture of an uncircumcized penis, and after learning all the fact, I wish I still had my foreskin. I honestly feel victimized that I was not involved in the decision. It's incredibly unfair to make a decision for somebody else when it is his body and he has to live with the effects the rest of his life....

- Noxendi on YouTube December 20, 2011


I'm circumcised, I'm also desensitized leading to the near inability to ejaculate. My parents aren't even religious, my mother just thought they look better circumcised, which I think was absurd because the moment I start dressing myself regularly she would never see it again.

However, I generally don't engage in this debate because I hate arguments from personal experience. I recognize that my experience is the statistical rarity. But my personal opinion is that it should have been my choice.

- BusinessIDBAI on YouTube, January 7, 2012


It was done to me at birth and not a day passes when I don't regret this unnecessary and unwanted mutilation. Loss of sensitivity, sexual disfunction and discomfort in walking (it is there to protect a very delicate part of the body). Those who seem to think they are better off without will soon find out how necessary it is as their skin ages. this process should be outlawed in any civilised society (as it is for women), whether practiced for assumed medical (phimosis) or fundamentalist reasons. Barbarism...

- DavePage, London on the Daily Mail, January 26, 2012


I am cut and i wish that i could go back and make the decision for myself because there is no way that i would have that crazy as quack of a doctor cut my sh!t off! uncut lover here!

- shebermibin on Youtube, January 30, 2012


I'm circumcised and I hate it. It's just plain mutilation, and it's stupid. Yeah, I've heard all the health related arguments, and they're bogus - they don't practice it in Europe - it's a stupid American thing. It's humbug. And the fact of the matter is, it does reduce sexual pleasure.

- tp1986_1 on the Denver Post, February 5, 2012


I was circumcised as an infant. I'm not sure of the exact reasoning for me being circumcised, but I was born right at the peak of circumcision rates in the United States, and in the region where it was most common. I am unhappy with the decision to have me circumcised. If I have a son, I will not have him circumcised, because it takes away his right to bodily integrity.


The bottom line though is that once he is circumcised, it cannot be undone. It is a permanent alteration to his body. If he chooses later in life, when he is able to understand what circumcision is, to get circumcised he will still have that choice if you leave him intact.

- matchrestore on February 15, 2012 and on Bayside Patch, June 2, 2012


I do take circumcision very personal. I hate that it wasn't my choice to decide weather to get rid of the foreskin or not. Sex is one of the greatest things in life. Why mess with your sons penis? Are you sick? I hate my mom for circumcising me. Im 5ft 8in. My penis is 6 Inches. When i get a good erection sometimes my penis hurts like its trying to jump out of its skin. I'm a handsome guy believe me i had nice women but i'm insecure. Men like me wants the big booby girls who wants the 8inch dicks. It sucks how men can't enlarge the penis because they are circumcised. Why cross out the best in life?

- Anonymous on EmpowHer, February15, 2012


- i was circumcised and thanks to that i lack sexual function and my parents regret forcing it on me at infancy, name ONE benefit i received from being mutilated

- DonutTheTrap on YoutTube, February 22, 2012


I am circumsized and have always had problems with achieving orgasm my ENTIRE LIFE I am 47 now. ... are you people stupid........keep your hands off babies penises let them decide ...

- Scott Vincent on the Purdue Exponent, February 24, 2012


Hetrosexual men usually only have intimate experience of one penis, their own. They are not very well qualified to make a choice that will effect their child for life.

I have been circumcised and have always been angry with my parents for doing this to me. At least they have the excuse it was not a topic widley discussed in the 1950s.

In my experience as a gay man i can say without doubt sex is more enjoyable if you have not been circumcised.

If you want to chop off a functioning part of your childs body and deny them sexual fulfillment go ahead chop it off.

- Balthazar on Sydney Morning Herald, March 2, 2012


... Im cut and not happy about it at all. I hate the way it looks and it has led to some inferiority complexes with myself. There are numorous psycological issues that spring from this mutilation and all cut men do have them...we are less likly to trust easialy. Theres also a physical issue that takes place... Its called desensitation, so sex is not as enjoyable as it should be. I wish my parents had me in a time that was educated but in 1990 information on this issue was not a computer or phone away. ...

- GDenico1 on 2KOP blogspot, March 4, 2012

(#144 - gross!)

... I'm a circumcised American. To this day, it greatly bothers me that I was violated so early in life.

- Matt Williams on Unicorn Booty, March 7, 2012


If you're a man like me, who is very unhappy with circumcision, thumbs up!

[5 thumbs on April 1, 2012]

- Chadolution on YouTube March 25, 2012


... Intact penis are more attractive erect or flacid and are certainly instantly recognizable. Circumcized penises are more likely to be bowed, crooked, or hairy. The glans is will be dry and pock-marked and of course there is the scar. Circumcised men like to make people think that intact penises are laughable because they are insecure. I was circumcized at birth, but I am trying my best at non-surgical "foreskin restoration". I will continue to be indescribably furious about my circumcision until the day I die.

- someguy123 on the Huffington Post, March 31, 2012


I'm 14 and a freshman in highschool. When I found out what circumcision was, it literally struck me. I was circumcised at birth and have been very angry about it ever since. I then decided to order a restoration device, but my dad made me return it. I did some research and read that uncut men have 3 times better sex due to "nerve endings". I wanna know if that's true or if its just made to stop infant circumcision. Believe me I'm 100% against it. But I need to know. My dad told me all this bullshit that its healthier and that I shouldn't make a big deal about it, but to that I say "piss off"

- Superdog on Yahoo answers, April 7, 2012


... I am circumcised and hate it! I wish I had been given the chance to choose for myself. Intact men can choose to get cut at any time in their life, though most have no desire to do so. Many men resent being circumcised.

- Ditiro Mogomotsi Sesinyi on the Botswana Gazette, April 11, 2012


im a married man in my 20s. i was circumcised as an infant. my circumcision has left me unable to make love to my wife without pain for both of us. if i am able to get an erection - and more often than not, i cant - orgasm can take hours. and at least half the time, i dont orgasm at all. my penis is virtually numb and its ridden with scarring. ive had to undergo surgery to correct meatal stenosis and to correct skin bridges, both of which were caused by circumcision. im currently undergoing manual foreskin restoration in hopes that it will help some of my issues. in addition to my personal experience with circumcision, im also a nurse. and the first time i saw a circumcision take place in person, i cried. no one should perform surgery on another person's genitals just because their mom and/or dad says "eh. that looks weird. cut it off."

- Tyler Jacob Bagley on Winnepeg Free Press, April 19, 2012


As a clinical psychologist I have counselled men who were very distressed that they had been circumcised as infants. They have felt depression and anxiety, with feelings of powerlessness and anger.

What is rarely talked about in the great circumcision debate is that infant circumcision takes the choice away from the man the child will become.

This is the moral and ethical problem with infant circumcision. Let the man decide when he is 18.

- Joseph Presti, Wannanup (WA) in the Sydney Morning Herald, May 9, 2012


... put yourself in the place of the male infant. Imagine you are restrained, against your will, and a healthy organ is amputated from your healthy body. Would you still be so call[o]us toward the feelings and rights [of] male infants? If the same cutting were to be the fashion for little girl infants would you still feel so indifferent? I AM A VICTIM OF MALE GENITAL MUTILATION. I will live out my ent[ire] life having been deprived of an important and functional part of MY body. I am a human being, just like you. Would you let some one alter your body forever, without your consent? ...It is a known psychological fact, the abused become the abusers. Where will it all end... ?

- Michael Dulin on the League of Ordinary Gentlemen,
May 26, 2012


I will not allow you to silence my voice by deleting my comment. If you REALLY enjoy a good debate as you claim from your profile, you would have the courage and tenacity to address this comment, and not abridge it.

I am a 21 year old male rendered impotent by circumcision.

There are tight skin bridges that go all around my penis that healed there after the trauma of circumcision, terminating at distal points along the glans, covering roughly 33% of the head of my penis. As my penis began to grow, my bridges did not, resulting in painful erections that started at age 14. I have been technically impotent from the age of 16 because the pain renders me completely incapable of total penile erection without pain.

Nighttime is the worse. I can usually control it during the day, but at night I awaken every few hours or so to the painful sensation of an erection, gripping the sheets and holding back my choked sobs. I have not had more than three hours of consecutive sleep since I turned 17.

I have consulted my doctor on surgeries. A predilection toward keloid scars runs in my family, and operating would leave me looking worse down below, and remove what little erogenous, sensation-receiving flesh I have left in my penis. I had the surgery, and now have something that looks like cauliflower on the end of a gouged bratwurst.

I am at a no win situation. I will never be able to experience physical intimacy with a woman because of the pain or the shame of the sorry mess between my legs that I call my penis.

I am not an isolated case. I am not a single voice. I know that there are others like me, permanently damaged and scarred both physically and psychologically, ranging from various states of function left.


This gallery proves that there are others out there like myself. Recent estimates of prevalence of conditions like mine, that is to say, adhesions of all levels of severity, are anywhere between 10 and 30%, the last I read.

The whole problem starts with prematurely separating the congenital penile adhesions between the foreskin and the glans. This process is very much like using a blunt piece of wood to remove your own fingernail. After the flesh was cut on me, unevenly, the prematurely separated congenital adhesions healed back together permanently. On other men, these newly formed trauma adhesions may break very painfully on their own, but mine never did.

Every time people like yourself think that YOU have any right to discuss circumcision, there are two voices missing, and they belong to the people like me who are damaged but so normally afraid to speak out of shame that they never do, and most importantly the infant who cannot even speak for himself.

I feel as if my very right as a human being to be born with an intact body has been abridged.

I hate you. I hate this website. I hate my parents for ruining me. I HATE THAT YOU DELETED MY LAST COMMENT LIKE THIS.

I say to you out of nothing but spite that your logic, your life, and the very fiber of your being are the only thing that I can think of that are uglier than my penis.

I will fight until the day I die to prevent this damned preventative measure.

- Anonymous on MandatoryUniversal Circumcision, September 24, 2011
(reposted May 29, 2012 in case it's removed from there)


I'm circumcised and not happy about it. I don't blame my parents but I do see it as unnecessary mutilation and the worst part is I got no say in the decision.

I think the health benefits were more important before we had the healthcare and hygiene of today (I'm thinking like a couple hundred years ago). Nowadays you should just wait and let the boy decide.

There are tons of nerve endings there that cannot be replaced. Women-- imagine not having labias. Totally sucks.

- AbrahamLinksys on Ask Dr Johnson, June 7, 2012


To help save many boys from the phycological and physical effects of circumcision that I have suffered since I was unnessercerily circumcised at the age of 4. My earliest memory was asking a docotor not to give me the operation.

- Sam Winder on why he signed a petition against unnecessary circumcision, June 7, 2012


I am someone who is extremely unhappy with the decision my parents made to circumcise me. Without going into details, there were complications which haunt me to this day and cause me distress. ... It's too late for me, but not too late to save others from this procedure.

- zBriGuy on YouTube, June 7, 2012


Iím not a fan of government intervention on almost anything. But Iím torn on this because what is being done to kids is disgusting. I have never said anything to my parents, but there is a huge amount of anger in me now that I realize what has been taken away from me.

All I can say is if you circumcise your child before they are old enough to know what is happening, you had better be prepared for the backlash later. My dad is already gone, but this affects how I feel about my mom.

- dan on The Freethinker, June 17, 2012



I was circumcised as a baby, as are most American baby boys to this day. I know for a fact that this non-consensual sexual surgery as an infant affects my sexuality as an adult significantly and negatively. (The otherwise-protected glans is continually brushing against clothing, which results in a semi-callused surface and a dramatically reduced sensitivity.)

I remain angry about it as a 48 year old man, but women here just donít get it. Both of my sisters circumcised all of their sons. Even though I have heard both of them lament the plight of African women who are subject to FGM (which is now illegal everywhere), nonetheless they are completely deaf to what they themselves have inflicted upon their own boys for no reason.

I have only one theory as to why this practice continues in secular America. Just as when a man buys a truck or a motorcycle he wants to customize it with accessories, so also must new mothers want to take their babies in to the clinic and have them customized as well. I have no other explanation.

- Reggie on The Freethinker, June 18, 2012


Thank the gods [for the German legal decision] ! Common sense at last. I had it done to me and it p*sses me off that someone was allowed to do something to my body without my permission.

- Richard1958 on the Globe & Mail (Toronto), June 26, 2012


... I can honestly say that my parents well-intended decision to have me circumcised has in some ways ruined my life. My sexual formation was dysfunctional from the get go. For example, overly sensitive to sensation, I was really unable to endure intercourse until I was in my thirties. That ruined my first marriage. Overly sensitive to sensation, I became fixated at an early age on my genitals. ...

- goffredo29 on CBS News, June 27, 2012


I have had similar issues and can undestand how this affects your relationships and self image. I am a german- canadian and was circumcised at age 4. Have recently gone through 8 years of non-surgical forskin restoration and am about to have my second minor surgery for tightening of my new foreskin. (Yes, this is possible and has a good final result, ask my wife). Alot of work and time to repair damage done, for a surgery that was recommended to enhance my health when it has caused me nothing but personal problems and more surgery. ... I now am a dad myself and want my kids to be protected from this unnecessary cosmetic work. I wish you other guys luck with this as well.

- restoredcanadian on CBS News, June 27, 2012


my mom and dad are jewish but I'm not. can i have my foreskin back please?

- waldo8 on CNN, 27 June, 2012


Just for future mothers (and their sons, for that matter) thinking about this barbaric anachronism. I resent my mother for so arrogantly having made such a highly personal and irreversible decision for me. I would prefer to have been asked as a consenting adult. If your not happy with it as an adult there is nothing stopping you from making the medical decision for yourself, just like any other.

- Matt on the Sydney Morning Herlad, June 28, 2012


I had a circumcision done when I was 13 due to a tight foreskin. It was unable to retract and I ended up with paraphimosis, where the foreskin gets stuck behind the glans. I went to hospital and got that fixed, and the doctor got my parent's consent to perform a circumcision. No other options were given, and I have since found out that circumcision was definitely not necessary. Stretching and special creams can solve the problem. In fact, many boys are unable to retract their foreskins until they are in their late teens/early twenties.

Circumcision has RUINED my life. The foreskin contains 80% of all the sensitive nerve endings that make sex so pleasurable. The glans contains the other 20% but because it is now exposed to the air it becomes keratinised and so loses all sensitivity also. I have problems getting erections, I find no pleasure in having oral sex performed on me, and the only way to reach climax when having sex is by having very vigorous sex in the doggy position. This has caused intimacy problems, where partners think I am insensitive, and so has ruined the relationships. I simply get no pleasure from other positions; in fact, it's a complete chore that I have no interest in.

I wanted to sue the NHS but apparently, because my parents gave consent, I don't have a leg to stand on. I feel depressed, suicidal and I've realised recently that this is probably the main reason for my failed life in terms of career/job and relationships.

The fact is rarely, if ever, medically necessary, and if done for religious reasons, IS child abuse. It is equivalent to raping your child.

- Lawrence11 on New Statesman, June 29, 2012


... I am a circumcised male born of Christian parents and I regret the fact I had no decision in it. As an adult knowing what I know about the purely religious ceremonial reasons for it I would not opt for the senseless cosmetic procedure. I once knew someone while serving in the military that had the procedure done because of his frequent problems with venereal disease. Years later after meeting him by chance he told me it was the worst decision of his life. He told me after the protective skin had been removed his penis gradually became more and more desensitized to the point of lessoning his desire for sex. He said if he could do it over he would have just used better hygienic and safe sex practices. It makes me wonder what Iíve been missing by not being a whole male. Once it has been done there is no going back. It should be left to the individual when they reach the age of reason.

- mflmarlton on the Huffington Post, June 30, 2012


Here's one male who's enraged over being mutilated, aka circumcised without consent. Circumcison is literally disfiguring child rape, and sexual torture when done without anesthesia, which is often.

- Brad on Practical Ethics, June 29, 2012


... I was circumcised as a child because my parents were/are Muslims, a faith I rejected in my early teen years. I was subjected to a barbaric religious ritual I not only didnít consent to but also could not have consented to given my age.

- ishmael on Practical Ethics, June 30, 2012


... I too am a circumcised male who feels heís been mutilated. The saddest thing is that the most vehement proponents of the practice seem to be circumcised males. After the ďit combats diseaseĒ and ďitís more hygienicĒ claims have been discredited, they invariably fall back on ďwell it never bothered me so it wonít bother my son when I do it to him.Ē It makes me so angry and sad that in order to protect their own feelings, they are willing to sacrifice the bodily integrity of their child.

- Todd on Practical Ethics, June 30, 2012


I was circumcised just after I was born, and I am horribly unhappy with it. Not because the circumcision was botched or anything like that. But because over the years I have come to recognize that the human body is a fascinating and wonderful piece of technology. There are neurons in my brain that correspond to the nerves on every square centimeter of my skin. Evolution has fine-tuned nearly every aspect of my body, so that I can enjoy sensory input to the fullest degree. I take care to wear earplugs at loud concerts, and wear sunglasses on bright days.

But a piece of me was taken without my consent. Not just any piece. One of the most sensitive, personal pieces on my entire body. It's on a part of my body I use to express my love for others. Unless there's a fantastic medical breakthrough in the future, I'll probably never know what it would've been like to enjoy having it. Do you know how utterly cruel it is, to do this to a person? Maybe I'm just being a crybaby and I should instead focus my attention to starving children in Africa. But that doesn't change the fact that what was done to me was wrong. Stop cutting children. Just stop it.

- Throwahoymatie on the Daily Beast, July 5, 2012


"Iím not asking secular Jews to circumcise their kids....... they shouldnít try to push their choices on me."

Someone DID force a choice on me when I was circumcised without my consent. And it wasn't a choice that belonged to them, it belonged to me. Yet everytime I use the bathroom, change clothes, shower, or even make love, I am reminded that I can never be whole again. No one had any right to do this to me, and they should be punished for it. ...

- Charlie w on the Daily Beast, July 5, 2012


I'm male and I hate that I was circed against my will as an infant! It makes me feel like a partial eunuch.

- Evan Soringler on , July 2, 2012


... I am a Jewish male and I wish I could have this procedure reversed. And besides, how would somebody who had been circumcised be able to tell if they had lost sensitivity due to this practice? what would they be comparing it to exactly? The only way to do so would be actual scientific research.. and guess what? The evidence shows that the foreskin contains thousands of nerve endings that are cut off, which decreases sexual pleasure....

- Getriddathat T on JPost, July 5, 2012


I ... was born and raised Catholic but have pretty much kicked religion out of my life. I think religion is bunk. I am circumcised too, and wish I weren't. And I see no reason why such a thing should continue. I believe it serves no useful purpose other than to line the pockets of the doctors who do it, it is barbaric as all genital mutilation is, and it does not deserve any more tolerance than the practise of cutting off earlobes. Circumcision should be abolished completely except then there's an immediate medical need for it, which is extremely rare.

- pjs1965 on the Washington Post, July 7, 2012


The recent German circumcision ruling is not an attack on religion ó it is a defence of a boyís right to say ĎNo.í As the judge said, Ď[parentsí religious rights] would not be put in unnecessary danger if parents had to wait until the child could give consent to the circumcision.í I am a victim of a Muslim circumcision I did not want. I was never given the chance to say ĎNo.í It is time we finally recognize the rights of boys to refuse this procedure.Ē

- Deniz Calisal in the National Post (Canada), July 7, 2012


... there is no procedure which truly fixes the loss of the foreskin. and if there were, we have laws to make people who harm others pay for the harm they've inflicted. My parents had absolutely NO right to take the end of my penis from me. it's MY body, ALONE. they did not have to make this decision. Just like with a tattoo or genital piercing, they could have easily left me alone, enabling me to make such a choice later in life in the unlikely event that I would want to do this to myself. yet they had me mutilated for life instead, and now I can never be whole again. do you know what it's like when every day of your life, every time you shower, chang clothes, use the bathroom, or even make love, you are reminded that you can never be whole again? do you know what it's like to be reminded of that during your most personal moments, discovering sexuality as a young man? Yeah, it's a bit harmful. I've been severely depressed for years due to this, at times suicidal. No one had any right to do this to me.

- Jack Raiden on the Huffington Post, July 7, 2012


... I did not ever want to be circumcised. I'm missing part of my genitalia due to my parents' faith in a religious ideology that I want no part of. If given the ability to make an informed decision about my own body I wouldn't ever have chosen to be circumcised. I do not care that my ancestor's cut off their foreskins for nearly 6,000 years. I'm sure they trepanned each other too, but I would not want to do that either even if it is relatively harmless. Circumcision is not at all the same as electing to receive a rhinoplasty or tattoo.

- Max Smouha on the NY TImes, July 12, 2012


When an adult brings a knife to a baby's penis and cuts a part of it off it is an assault which results in a permanent bodily damage, and so it violates the child's right to bodily integrity. ...

I was circumcised and I resent the fact that I don't and will never know how the intact penis I was born with feels like. Freedom of religion does not give parents permission to bring a knife to their children's genitals and permanently alter it to their liking.

- Eran Sadeh on the Huffington Post, July 13, 2012


Oh give me a break. Really? You're going to compare letting men decide for themselves if they want to be circumcised or not... to the holocaust? Do you know how immature that is? I'm 26 years old, and I wasn't born in a camp in Germany. But I was born in a hospital in the US, and as a result, I was circumcised. And I strongly resent it. Children have human rights, too.

- Jay Schmidt on the Wall Street Journal, July 13, 2012


As a mutilated without consent person, I fully agree with the court. When the infants are of legal age to consent, they can choose to undergo that horrible ritual. The uproar from the different religious groups is just an attempt to maintain their stranglehold on the masses.

- loosi4 on the Huffinton Post, June 30, 2012


I've ... been very much aware of my own circumcision from a young age. The unsightly scar around the shaft of my penis, halfway along its length. The discolored flesh above the scar which used to be the inside of my foreskin. The scar tissue where my frenulum used to attach to my glans.

When I reached puberty, my erections were tight and painful. When I started masturbating, I didn't understand that I needed to use lubrication, and as a consequence I seriously damaged my penis. The skin was bleeding, chaffed and flaking off. I was in pain. At this point I realized that the skin should be gliding back and forth over the shaft, but this was very difficult to do because my circumcision was so tight. I could only move the skin up towards my glans, pulling more hair-baring skin from my groin up onto my shaft. I couldn't move my shaft skin downward at all. When I became sexually active, I realized I had virtually no touch-sensitivity. I felt devastated. Not much has changed since.

I also frequently experience lymphedema, where the top of my penis above my circumcision scar fills up with fluid and swells. This happens spontaneously and during arousal. Recently I experienced a lymphedema episode where my penis didn't return to its normal size for over twelve hours. Due to all my issues with pain and swelling, I can only masturbate once or twice per month. Even with copious lubrication, my shaft skin becomes chaffed and bleeds. If I had the choice, I would not be circumcised.

- Jonathan Friedman on Beyond the Bris, June 14, 2011


I am a victim of circumcision as discussed by Giles Fraser and have resented this mutilation all my life. If I shared his primitive superstition, I would marvel at his arrogant rejection of his god's anatomical design work.

- Roger Nall on the Guardian, July 19, 2012


... I was cut as a baby against my will, and I too went through a phase of trying to justify having a mutilated penis that only religious fanatics and a dwindling number of Americans have. But I knew I was trying to fool people the whole time, and you know it too.

Break the cycle and quit living out a lie. If I have a son I would never mutilate him as a substitute for hygiene and safe sex, EVER. But then I'm no longer trying to overcompensate for my own sexual disfigurement.

- barrowMarth on Youtube, July 20, 2012


"It clearly doesn't matter a jot if a baby boy is circumcised or not"
Say that to me, someone who can't feel sex at all. I feel numb. It's a dead stick, because some ignoramus thought it would be a good idea to cut a highly sensitive piece of erogenous tissue essential for full sexual pleasure off my person.


- kensmith on the Telegraph, July 22, 2012


As someone who was circumcised as an infant without may consent, I will tell you to take you child-cutting apologism and shove it. By way of analogy: you donít really use your earlobes for anything, right? Letís just chop Ďem off, whether you like it or not, because I think thereís a good reason: it will prove a point.

Itís a matter of bodily integrity/autonomy. If someone capable of consent WANTS to have bits cut off of or added to hir own body, power to hir. Other people donít get to make that call.

- John Horstman on Freethought Blog, July 27, 2012


  Circumcision does not cause harm, is hygienic and increases sexual pleasure.

... , I assume from your name that you are a woman. I am a man who was circumcised as an infant. I deeply resent it. I deeply resent any woman telling me that it had no affect on my sexual pleasure or, even worse, that it increases sexual pleasure. ...

- Darwin Harmless on Freethought Blog, July 27, 2012


Just observed my first circumcision- kind of intense, even for a doc. Kinda pissed my parents let a moyel do that to me. #jews #oncall

- Daniel Mohrer @danmohrer on Twitter, July 28, 2012


... Male circumcisions are not all created equal, just as all female circumcisions are not created equal.

It seems that some men who are unfortunate enough to get circumcised 'get lucky' in that some or all of their frenulum (the G-spot) is left intact. So although they are still missing a lot of sensitivity, they still have some. I was unlucky enough to have had the NHS, when I was 13, circumcise me unnecessarily. It was done for 'phimosis'. ...

I was unfortunate enough to have had my frenulum removed. I cannot feel sex now and it has cost me relationships, caused me to be anxious and depressed, it has lowered my self-esteem, and I also have erectile problems too due to the complete lack of sensitivity.

The circumcision I had is probably comparable to complete removal of the clitoris. If not that, then possibly the clitoral hood and the labia. Either way, it is hard to understand where some people are coming from here, turning the abhorrent act of circumcision into some sort of competition/gender war.

Male circumcision/female circumcision......they are both equally barbaric.

This is a barbaric act that needs banned. ...

- genitalgenocide on the Observer, July 29, 2012


I have permanent nerve damage that gives me a fraction of feeling that normal circumsized guys feel, and even less when compared to uncircumsized. I am physically unable to top because of my circumscision. Please, please tell me again how I persuaded myself that my cock was broken. It's nice to hear from you that all the medical tests and doctor bills were for nothing, that the years of embarrassment and all the ointment I had use from rubbing myself raw in order to masturbarte like anyone else was pointless and I was fine, that that was just me being pathetic.

- Chlorogoth on Joe. My. God., August 1, 2012


... I am only twenty one years old and have had sexual intercourse hundreds of times with ten different females, and have had other sexual experiences with countless others. Out of the hundreds of times I've had sexual intercourse, I've only been able to orgasm and ejaculate a handful of times with only one of the ten partners. I've never orgasmed or ejaculated from any type of sexual foreplay (IE: Oral). Unlike a lot of circumcised men, I was not too embarrassed to go to a medical facility to find out what the problem was. After several tests, there was no conclusive diagnosis.

Completely overwhelmed and hopeless, I decided to look for answers online. I stumbled across an Intactivist website that suggessted performing a test in which a cotton swab is used to contact various parts of the penis to test the sensitivity. My results were horrible. I could only feel the cotton swab directly on the tip of my Glans, and no where else.

In my heart, I know that being circumcised is the reason why I lack sensitivity, and because of my inability to reach climax, I've been too ashamed to be in a steady relationship. The physical and mental trauma is real.

- JcValentine on the LA Times, August12, 2012


... My penis was ruined just because an incompetent doctor thought Iíd be happy with the result. Well Iím not, and if I had been left intact, I certainly wouldnít have chosen it. It is high time that the mutilating procedure was consigned to the garbage can of history. ...

- Keith on The Punch (Australia), August 10, 2012


... I encourage all parents NOT to circumcise your baby boys. Where do you get the right to chop off part of your baby's body? They don't even use anesthetic when they do it to the baby. I'm angry that my parents did it to me.

- johnmorgan on the Huffington Post, August 20, 2012


Editors' Pick
As a circumcised American man I tell my Mother every year on my birthday that she had No right to mutilate me like that. I ask what her reasoning was and she never has a good answer. Circumcision of females is illegal in the U.S. and the same should be true for males. Mutilation of a child in any way should be criminal. PERIOD.

- Eugene on BBC, August 21, 2012


I was circumcised at birth and wish I hadn't been. To me it seems wrong to do this without consent - which can only be reasonably given when someone reaches 18 years old. ...

- roygbiv86 on BBC, August 21, 2012


I was done when I was a baby and I'm perfectly appalled that my parents, doctors and hospital staff would allow it to happen to me. How dare they. My son did not suffer this procedure.

- Roog on Daily Life, October 2, 2012


I've been circumcised and never had any choice in it. it made me feel different than everyone else [growing] up and why is it classed different than female circumcision[?] I fully resent my parents for doing this and wouldn't ever think about committing child abuse against my child such as this, let alone doing it in the name of fairy tales. Shame on any parent that does this to their child.

- Matthew Tointon on SBS, October 2, 2012


[I'm a] Canadian in my late 40s, living in [a hot, humid country], whose enjoyment of life was and still is destroyed by not having a prepuce.

... the area that should be covered is super, painfully sensitive to any kind of friction or contact ... the glans looks completely "normal" [but] it sure as hell doesn't feel normal. Any activity, all sports, cycling, walking up steps, and of course all sexual acts, soon feels like sand paper is being dragged across the glans and the area just near it where the prepuce should be. So I have not had sex in about nine years. Or ridden a bicycle. And I don't think I can get a white collar job in Canada, not a decent paying one. Even with the super lightweight cotton pants and the soft organic cotton brief underwear, which seems to be the least painful combination, normal activity even in the freezing cold, not possible.

In my case, there are just no other possible causes of the pain. I have never had an STD or even any kind of rash in that area. Never engaged in any kinky sexual practices ... My spouse [and I] had a good relationship, very compatible world views, many similar interests and tastes, no interest in having children, good sex life until this pain came along. And she was very understanding but years of living together as friends and roommates instead of a sexually active couple took its toll. And just the enjoyment of going for a cycle togther was gone. Ethically and morally, I would say she is entitled to compensation also.

- Anonymous (Canada), personal communication, January 31, 2013


I'm a Colombian who had a badly done circumcision at age 21. It was absolutely unnecessary, I was induced by an ignorant circumcised urologist. I consulted with him because of something I thought might be a problem, but it was really nothing. The urologist told me I had to get it done, that it would bring lots of benefits and just started with the typical pro-circumcision discourse, which I swallowed quietly and innocently. I went for it too fast, without doing any research, because of the way the urologist spoke about circumcision, as a panacea that could bring no negative consequence.

The result was 95% loss of sexual enjoyment. He destroyed 90% of the frenulum, practically all the inner mucosa. He didn't even said that circumcision destroyed the frenulum, all he said was that circumcision was the removal of the foreskin. Never mentioned the frenulum, which is the part i miss the most.

Eduardo Rosales, personal communication, February 5, 2013


Iím circumcised since birth and donít really even care to have sex, the only time it felt great was when I was a teenager. I suppose since I still had great sensitivity, but over time it becomes numb, the sex itself now I can barely feel anything and takes a lot just to get an erection which I lose quickly if not constantly stimulated, I just have sex for the orgasm which is about all I can really feel, but arenít really that impressive.

My doctor couldnít find any medical cause for my problem, he could only recommend Viagra but that wonít increase the sensitivity so I can actually feel sex so thatís not much of a solution for me. Now that I know itís circumcision thatís the culprit ...Iím currently looking into that and hope it will help restore sensitivity in at least the glans so I can feel sex more.

- brinxster on Reuters, February 15, 2013


I should come clean. I was circumcised at the age of four. Why ? Who knows ? I imagine because of my mother's sexual anxieties and a misplaced sense of hygiene. There was no medical or religious reason. The doctor arrived at our house one afternoon. I was not expecting him. I was invited to climb onto our dining table. Climbing down was harder. But I was done. It hurt. I remember that alright. It was not discussed, and I was not comforted. At four I suddenly felt unsafe at home.

I have hated being circumcised all my life. Hated it. As an adult, it has always felt to me like a mutilation, a diminishment, a grotesque elective deviation from nature. It has always felt like intolerable violence against my person by those who loved me. And yes, it made me wonder about that, too, though age tells me that they did so unequivocally and were simply misguided on this issue.

- Semanims on Viva Hodie, February 25, 2013


I ... have had sexual issues do to my circumcision. I have been in such pain from the lubrication running out in one spot that it created a badly bleeding abrasion on my penis. This has happened more than a few times and it causes me and my wife pain and anguish, and caused us to put off sex a number of times. This has also affected her because it creates painful abrasions in her as well.

Why my parents choose this painful sex life for me makes no sense.

- lastfreethinker on Youtube, February 28, 2013


I didn't even know what a foreskin was until I discovered the internet. I rather resent that "choice" having been made for me.

- Steven Hanson on Facebook, May 13, 2013


Im wondering if Ill ever stop being upset about being circumcised as a baby. Iv had so many problems, some of which I was punished for by my my parents, as a result of something they did. Im not even sure if Ill ever decide to talk to them again.

- BigMobe on YouTube, May 19, 2013


- Ben Selfridge on YouTube, July 13, 2013


-Evan Roman and his mother Denise on YouTube, July 20, 2013


Circumcision sucks. I wish I weren't circumcised.

Just like women who were forcefully circumcised wish they weren't.

Why the double standard?

- Alston Chapman on FacebookAugust 27, 2013


I was circumcised as an infant, and have hated it and those who did it to me since the day I knew. No one had any authority to deny me the right to choose to be whole. Do you know what it's like when every time you shower, use the restroom, change clothes, even make love, you're reminded that you can never be whole again? Do you know what it's like when you go through your youth and teen years, discovering sexuality, yet being reminded of this every single time? Yeah, it does some damage to some of us. I no longer speak to my parents, and never will again. I just wish they were punished for what they've done.

- Falkner90 on Sp!ked, October 2013


I am NOT happy that my parents circumcised me.

- Walter Dong on Facebook, Novermber 26, 2013


I am sure the boys who were the victims of this butcher would like a lot more to be done than simply not allowing him to perform any more circumcisions. My own doctor botched my circumcision. Too much skin was removed, I've had adhesions and pain throughout my adulthood, and it has severely damaged my self worth as a human being. If I ever find out his name, the doctor who cut me will also not be performing any future circumcisions... or much of anything else again, ever.

Please, flying spaghetti monster, don't ever let me learn that butcher's name.

- Kaynejack on CBC (Canada), December 12, 2013


16 reasons Aaron is angry

Facebook, January 29, 2014

A bearded man who wishes he wasn't circumcised

hdbiker2000 on BeardBoard, February 1, 2014


gwallen - painful erections

gwallen in The Daily Beast, February 2, 2014


fifi56 - always resented

fifi56 inThe Daily Beast, February 2, 2014


nzchicago - many problems

nzchicago in The Daily Beast, February 2, 2014

A mother who doesn't get it

we decided to circumcise our boy. it was a painless, easy procedure that involved a tiny plastic bell and some string. fast forward 25 years: my son went apeshit crazy on me one day as i was chopping vegetables. he revealed that he was incredibly upset that i had cut him and mutilated him without his consent and that i should apologize. when i picked my jaw up off the floor, i told him that no knives were involved and that i made the decision based on the information i had at the time. i would not ever apologize for something irrevocable and 25 years in the past. he feels that i took something important from him. i cannot fathom why he would equate what we did with actual genital mutilation since he is functional and useful. i told him to read up on infibulation, and what an actual mutilation looks like. i have tried to see his point of view, and told him about his cousin who had to have a circumcision at age 6, due to his foreskin closing up on him. that was trauma. hopefully he has come to accept what cannot be changed. i stand by my decision, i just wish my son would understand.

- Jenniefer P. (Jenniefer_Milot_Pickup) on Huffington Post, April 10, 2014



Joelis - infuriated

"The Truth About Circumcision", Youtube, January 2014


Pumapuma and Mr Rogers - pissed, robbed

"The Truth About Circumcision", Youtube, April 2014


I was circumcised as an infant, and have hated it and those who did it to me since the day I knew. No one had any authority to deny me the right to choose to be whole. Do you know what it's like when every time you shower, use the restroom, change clothes, even make love, you're reminded that you can never be whole again? Do you know what it's like when you go through your youth and teen years, discovering sexuality, yet being reminded of this every single time? Yeah, it does some damage to some of us. I no longer speak to my parents, and never will again. I just wish they were punished for what they've done.

- Chuck Weder, Saint Peters, Missouri on JTA, April 14, 2014


If someone had, I'd be extremely grateful to whoever said 'NO' to my circumcision, and it's my mother I'm most resentful towards for handing me over. Like I've said in this thread, I try really hard not to fault her for it, given the culture, but the facts on the ground (so to speak) tell me they didn't care what I, the adult man, the owner of the penis in question, might want.

- Mnevis on MMO, April 15, 2013


Ray James - numerous problems

Ray James on Facebook, April 17, 2014


... like most American men, I was circumcised at birth. Didn't have a choice. I've always known I was circumcised but never really thought about it. Recently though, after doing some research, I'm kind of pissed I'm circumcised.

It seems to me that the reasons for being circumcised, outside of religious aspects, aren't at all compelling. Health differences appear to be negligible, and the whole "uncut dicks aren't clean" narrative seems silly since you can just clean it in the shower or something. I guess the main reason I'm happy to be circumcised is that a lot of girls in America are grosses out by uncircumcised dicks-- but that speaks more toward ignorance/immaturity of some women than any actual issue with it in my eyes. They just "look weird", and I agree that they do. But is that really enough to slice off skin off a baby's penis? Like, really?

This isn't some huge issue in my life, but it's something I've been thinking about lately. Just kind of bothers me I had a part of me removed without having any say.


- Herbal Essence on GrassCity, May 17, 2014


'I hope that my mother will at some point in the future tell an expectant mother about what it feels like to hear

- Anonymous on rchon, June 28, 2014


''I... would beat the doctor...to death'''

Facebook, July 19, 2014


I was circumcised in 1948 when I was a few months old. It was by parental demand and there was no good medical reason for it. I have spent a lifetime hating this and detesting my mutilated penis. My relationship with my parents was not what it should have been and I still become anxious during consultations with doctors. I know of many other men who are in a similar position. Please, doctors and surgeons of Ireland, think very carefully before doing unnecessary and mutilating surgery on a baby or child who cannot give informed consent. Remember that all surgery carries risks. Think just how much more committed a young man would be to his chosen religion or ethnic group if he could make the choice of circumcision for himself.

- Tormod McEannroi on Medical Independent (Ireland), November 2, 2014



I was a baby
You would never have punched me
You would never have stabbed me
But you cut off part of my penis

I was a baby
I couldn't have said no
And even if I had said no
It wouldn't have made any difference

As the blood ran
From the wound that you inflicted
With the knife of your power over a baby
With the knife of your power over me

I was a baby
And for circumcision there's no anaesthetic
I probably screamed or as some babies do
Went into the silence of terrible shock

I was a baby
I didn't know
That sex as a man would lack feeling
For lack of the nerves in the tissue you stole

That sex would sometimes be painful
That I would cry and shout from my grieving heart
For my sex, for that deep deep part of me
For what was taken and can never be returned

I was a baby
You would never have punched me
You would never have stabbed me
But you cut off part of my penis

- Max Cade (pers.com.), November 20, 2014


I am circumcised from birth. Had painful erections in teen years due to overly tight skin. I would have preferred to not live that. I got circumcised twice actually because as an infant they did it wrong and left me with a cyst in what was left of my mutilated foreskin, then when they went around the second time they did it super tight. I was maybe 4-5 when they did that. I had no choice like the millions of others that have problems later in life. I've been working on restoring to take back some of what was taken from me.

-Toggi3 on The Week, November 24, 2014


... My genitals were altered unnecessarily when I was a newborn. I resent the American doctor who violated me, and I resent the American hospital that provided the venue for this violation. To advocate for the removal of normal, healthy, functional tissue from babies and children is unethical, immoral, and abusive. In America girls are protected under federal law from non-therapeutic genital alterations. ALL CHILDREN -- female, male, and intersex -- deserve EQUAL PROTECTION under law.?

- Craig Adams on Bonobo3D's Youtube channel, December 6, 2014

Jeremy Lewis: '' Perverts take knives to children's genitals''
- Facebook, January 3, 2015

Anthony Isaac: " I wish like hell I had never been circumcised!!"
- Facebook,  January 3, 2015

''I am immensely unhappy''
- Fort Polk Vents on Facebook, April 29, 2015

resent-buncy ''never forget, never forgive''

- comment on "Intactivism: Why a Florida mother took her son into hiding to avoid circumcision"
in The Washington Post: May 27, 2015

resent - deep depression from it
- comment on Youtube, June 18, 2015
resent-killen ''too much taken off ... it hurts ... I get raw''

- comment on  Confessions of Rapid City on Facebook, April 2, 2015

resent-deren ''I would have decided [to remain whole] without question''

resent-tai: " I'm extremely pissed and enraged..."

- comment on Free Your Kids, Facebook, July 23, 2015

I am circumcised, and I wish I wasn't. Most of the world isn't. I think it should be made illegal for non medical reasons.

Joaquin F. Staff on the Huffington Post, August 7, 2015

Growing up I never thought about being circumcised, I just assumed that's how it was supposed to be. As I've gotten older I've learned much more about my own anatomy and frankly...I'm pissed it was done to me. And it wasn't even done for a good reason, my parents just thought that's how it's supposed to be so it's "cleaner". To put so little thought in to mutilating your own childs anatomy is insane to me, like...that was part of my dick and you went and chopped it off like it was no big deal. Luckily I have a proper one instead of a botched one or I'd be especially angry (look up botched ones and be horrified), but circumcision does remove sensitivity and causes the skin to thicken over the years. It's like if you routinely removed women's clitorial hood, that sucker would get so much friction it wouldn't be very sensitive after years and years now would it? I mean yea, sure it still works fine but it would have worked better if people had left it alone. I just can't help but feel something was stolen. Leave your kids junk alone for Christs sake, jebus.

Terrence Hussey on the Huffington Post, August 7, 2015

I hate that I was circumcised! I've always thought uncut was preferable. Not to mention uncut guys get way more sensation!

Jonathan E Guydon on the Huffington Post, August 11, 2015

I was circumcised at birth for asthetic reasons and am not happy about it. ... please find attached and feel free to use it. ... I find this keepsake vile.
foreskin keepsake
- An anonymous Australian, September 5, 2015

9 men on Imgur who resent it
- 9 men in 24 hours on Imgur, 28 September, 2015

resent: Ryan House ''I would ... PUNCH out the doctor"

- Facebook, October 21, 2015

resent - ''inhuman screams''

resent- 8 men on Wavey Davey's YouTube 'I want my foreskin back'

- 8 men who watched Davey Wavey's video "I Want My Foreskin Back", 2014-5


- Twitter


Throughout my life Iíve experienced somewhat minimal sensation in my penis even during time of intercourse, and as I reached my mid 20s I found that I had erectile dysfunction, upon which even Viagra had no effect. The issue has always been a lack of sensitivity, and a difficulty in getting physically aroused even when I was fully aroused mentally. Even when I am able to become physically aroused, it is difficult to maintain an erection during intercourse due to a lack of physical sensitivity Ė which I must stress has nothing to do with mental arousal.

By the time I reached my mid-30s and it became time to start a family, I found that I had significant trouble getting physically aroused to the point of ejaculation, which has greatly impaired my ability to father children. While I cannot conclusively say that the lack of penile sensitivity is due to circumcision, I strongly suspect that this is the case, given the nature of the hardening and scarring.

Moreover, I was circumcised as it is part of the Jewish Covenant, and it makes me feel that my parents too were victims, and that it was their love of me that was twisted and leveraged as a means of hurting their child. 

My mother did tell me that whereas I was an incredibly attached and loving child for the first week, after I was circumcised my personality seemed to change, that I took the surgery poorly, and that I didn't seem to Ďtrustí her and my father thereafter. Her words, not mine, but I do feel there is real damage to the familial bond, as well as the physical harm to the child, and I have absolutely no intention of passing this cruel tradition to the next generation.

- Matt L of Beverly Hills, December 26, 2015, pers. comm.

3 men who wish they weren't cut

- comments on Joe.My.God, February 8, 2016

resent - Bill Barnes: ''I harbor huge resentments''

- comment on "A Foreskin Is Not Just Redundant Skin"  on Guys Like U

resent: martin: '' I hate being..'' ''I hate what it did...

- comment on FamilyShare.com on Facebook, March 17, 2016

resent [coerce] grant w ''I was ... mutilated for no reason''

- on Michael Dulin's Facebook page, March 27. 2016
(also without even parental consent)

resent-artdad "Fuck u mom..."

- on Twitter, April 26, 2016

3 men who resented being cut from Youtube

- 3 comments on "CIRCUMCISION ★ MY EXPERIENCE AT A JEWISH 'BRIS'" on Youtube, May 9, 2016

resen-todd ''I...can not begin to say how I feel''

- comment on  TheWeekInDoubt's Youtube,  March 31, 2016
resent-Oman ''absolutely barbaric"
- comment on  Joe Rogan on Circumcision on Youtube, June 3, 2016
resent-jl-'scar...itch ... microcracks...'
- comment on "The Real Reason You're Circumcised" on Youtube, October  5. 2016

(2'32") "I feel very violated and I feel it is a choice I should have been able to make for myself.
It's my body and my rights"

(In Danish) Jeremy Wilson on Go Weekend, September 17, 2016

resent-ryan ''I am very angry that someone took a very senstive and functional part of my penis''...'' ''I hate that I was circumised''

- comments on the previous video
resent-''My granpa wishes he'd been given the choice''
- Twitter, December 23, 2016

resent-cody-'openly pissed'
- Twitter, March 12, 2017
resent-Johnny 'why i have trust issues'
- Twitter,  March 21, 2017
resent-pyramid-head ''I wish I wasn't...''
- Twitter, April 1, 2017
resent-greg ''Don't do it''
- Guy Callahan's page on Facebook, April 24, 2017

resent-vangoedel ''wishes he'd had the choice"
- Twitter, April 25, 2017

resent- A B E "not straight...all fucked up''
- Courtney Act's video "Foreskin" on YouTube, April 12, 2017

resent-fletch ''Too much skin was taken...painful erection and skin rips''

resent-cannibal chat ''I HATE that I was...''
resent-flik ''Me too!!!''
- comments on Tucker Carlson interview with Fuambai Ahmadu on YouTube, May 3, 2017

resent-frank m ''It has caused problems for me...''
- on Anti-Feminism Australia on Facebook, June 10. 2017
- comments on "The Anti-Circumcision Crowd Takes a Queer Turn" in Ozy, June 20, 2017
resent ''One thing I hate my parents for.''
- Twitter, June 24, 2017
resent-jake ''Eff, I'm so down.''

resent-rikku ''very upset ''
- on 24/7 MOMS on Facebook, July 18, 2017
resent-jed ''...almost killed me...still can't forgive...''
- Twitter, July  21, 2017
resent -Albert & Jeremy rebuke a cutting nurse who loves what she does
- Leonoramarie Garcia's Facebook page, August 22, 2017
resentx2 brusashi

resent-Hunter: ''The entire way I looked at my parents changed...''
- on Twitter, September  9, 2017
resent-martin "I wish I had my foreskin"
- replying on Damian Bando's Facebook page, September 9, 2017
resent-joseph: "I despise being cut with every fibre of my being"
- replying on Joann Lewis's Facebook page, September 14, 2017

i was hacked up as a child n been mourning the loss of my butchered foreskin for 56 years ... I only recently found out that i was such a tiny baby they didn't cut me, but after 4 months my skin wudnt retract so they did it then. So I recon im so obsessed w it thru that early muscle memory?
- Rusty in New Zealand, personal communication, December 17, 2017
araclet: ''an injustice was done to me''

resent-benacio: ''Shame of you for wanting to irreversibly mutilate baby boys''
- Twitter, February 21,2018
resent-abelard: ''x''
- The Telegraph
resent-artanis 'shocked, betrayed, angry and ashamed''
- Twitter, February 27, 2018
resent-ape ''a deep-rooted resentment''
- Twitter, February 28, 2018
resent-little ''x''
- The Daily Mail (Australia), February 2015
resent-barendregt ''my penis is broken''
- Twitter, February 28 , 2018
 As children myself and my siblings suffered severe child abuse, mental and physical. Despite the abuse most of us grew up and came to terms with what we went through, moved past it and are now living good lives. One of us was not as lucky. My brother Joseph perhaps suffered the worst abuse of all. In high school he became very depressed and withdrawn where before he had been a very popular and well loved kid. I was much younger by almost 10 years, so back then I really didn't know why.

As an adult around age 25 he met a woman who he would later propose to. She seemed to love him a lot. He was dishonest, and told her that he wanted to wait until they were married before having sex. She agreed to wait even though she had been with previous partners. She thought they were waiting because of his personal beliefs, however my brother was waiting because he had a secret she knew nothing about.

Joe married Gina, and on their wedding night she took one look at him with out clothing on and walked out on him. She was in no way right for leaving, and he was in no way right for not being completely honest with her. However, this was the final downfall for my brother.

The next night joey went back to the place where his torment began. His high school track field. Took out a gun and ended his life. He left our family a note detailing the ridicule he was subjected to in high school when he was forced to shower in front of other guys. Then the rejection of his wife Gina who left him after a glance at his body.

My brother would have been an amazing police officer. He killed himself 2 weeks before he was to become one. The ridicule could have been avoided, the self loathe and torture of being deformed could have been avoided.

He was circumcised shortly after he was born. It was botched badly. His penis was cut short, the opening grew to the side and it was crooked. This is why he was teased in school and became depressed. This is why he hadn't enough confidence to show or even tell Gina about it before they were married and this is why I will never see my brother again. I miss him every day.

I am sharing this story so others know that Circumcision is unnecessary and potentially very damaging. These are the only pictures I have of Joey. I do not believe in Circumcision and I hope others will do research on this topic before making a big mistake with their own boys.

resent-joey ''...ended his life....it was botched badly''
- Michelle G on Twitter, May 9, 2018
resent-jeremy ''scar...caused bend''
- reply to Michelle G on Twitter, May 9, 2018
resent-doolan ''as I reached middle age...not...able to reach orgasm''
- Twitter, May 9, 2018

resent-hutton "This is... He's gonna have to answer for his crimes...''

- on Rosemary Romberg's Facebook page, August 13, 2018
resent ''I punched, pushed, slapped...but they tied me up''
-Twitter, August 26, 2018
resent ''
- Facebook, September 1, 2018
resent-borella ''every time I urinate...my scar...reminds me''
- The Unkindest Cut? Medpage Today, January 17, 2019
resent-trevor ''I've never once achieved climax from sex''
- on Lionel Martin's Facebook page, January 27, 2019
resent- 6 replies to Mrs Appleton
- (counting signed posts only) on Twitter,  February 6, 2019
- Twitter,February 6 and  March 2, 2019
Asia Jinsui asks if men resent being cut
24 responses to Asia Jinsui by or for men who resent being cut
- Facebook,June 21, 2019
resent-ryanc ''I wish I wasn't''
- Twitter, July 22, 2019
resent-ww ''I wish it was never force on me''
- Twitter, December 28, 2019
resent-slammo ''such a bad job holy f''

resent-togata ''wish I was never...and never practiced...this isn't normal''

- Twitter, October 16, 2021
resent-Michael V + 55 more
The thread comprises 55 tweets from other men who hate that they were cut.
- Twitter, November 19, 2021

(352  non-celebrities)


This quickfire poll of men at Burning Man 2011 is telling:


''Burning Man'' poll

Like Dislike Ratio
Intact 63 (95.4%) 3 (4.6%) 19:1
Cut 66 (50.4%) 65 (49.6%) 1:1
These intact men were 19 times as likely
to like their state
as the cut men.

A poll on Buzzfeed in 2015 has a much larger sample, still with a clear result.

Large poll shows intact men twice as happy as cut

The intact men who answered this poll were half as likely to wish they were not, 1 ľ times as likely to be glad about it, as the cut men.

This 24 hour poll on Twitter in 2018 had a similar result:

twitter poll on penile status and happiness - men are happier to be intact
25/63 or 39.7% of these cut men are unhappy about it, compared to 5/37 or 13.5% of these intact men. That is, the cut men are 2.9 times as likely to be unhappy.

poll finds cut men unhappy, intact men happy
100/176 or 57% of these cut men are unhappy about it, compared to 14/170 or 8% of these intact men. That is, the cut men are 7 times as likely to be unhappy.  This (May 11, 2018) is the first such poll to show a clear majority of cut men to be unhappy about it.

Twitter poll 'push a button'
NB: to this question, a "Yes" answer means unhappy. 417/973  or 42.9% of the cut men (nearly half!) are unhappy about it, compared to 104/764 or  13.6% of intact men. That is, the   cut men are  3.2 times as likely to be unhappy. The "push a button" option eliminates the issue of pain for the intact men, making them more likely to opt to change, but it is still presumably irreversible, unlike being magically restored.

a poll by cyn
- Twitter, April 25 2019
376/973 or  38.7% of the cut men are unhappy, compared to 13/324 or 5% of the intact men. So  the cut men are 7.74 times as likely to be unhappy as the intact men.

Other such informal polls have given similar results.

This asks about genital cutting in general, rather than personal satisfaction:

Cut men are 1.23 times more likely to agree with genital cutting than to disagree. Intact men are 9.5 times more likely to disagree with it. That is, intact men are 7.7 times as likely to agree with what happened to them (nothing) as cut men are  with what happened to them (being cut). (This poll also shows a 64:36 vote against genital cutting overall.)

A Reddit poll on July 17,2022:
reddit poll 7/22

Cut men prefer being cut in a ratio of approximately 2.1:1, while intact men prefer beiing intact in a ratio of approximately 13.1:1, approximately 6.2 times as likely. (The wayward spelling is dealt with elsewhere.)

Because the selection bias of self-selected polls is unknown, their results are considered worthless by statisticians. 

Only one scientific study of men's satisfaction has been done.  It found the same as the above polls, that intact men are much more likely to be happy to be intact than men cut as babies:.

Table 2 Participants who reported feeling ĎĎunhappyíí or ĎĎneutral/happyíí toward their circumcision status, broken down by timing of circumcision

Unhappy n (%) Neutral/happy n (%)
Neonatally circumcised 235 (64.2) 131 (35.80)
Circumcised as child 45 (42.5) 61 (57.5)
Circumcised as adult 6 (12.8) 41 (87.2)
Intact 16 (5.5) 270 (94.4)
Data were missing for 5 individuals
So the neonatally cut men were 1.78 times as likely to be unhappy as neutral or happy with their status, while the intact men were 16.9 times as likely to be happy or neutral as unhappy. That is, the cut men were thirty times as likely to be unhappy as the intact men.
But Bossio et al. blurred the issue by first merging the men cut as babies with those cut as children or adults (who might have needed it or chosen it), and then by looking at "satisfaction with one's status" as a single variable - a bogus measure. 
It is dishonest to say "The poll shows a majority of men are happy with their status, whatever it is" as this and many commentaries on polls and surveys do, because that was not the question, and it throws out the whole point of asking, telling us nothing about any connection between genital cutting and happiness. The Bossio study is an egregious case of this.
How to lie with statistics:
If a large and well- selected survey showed a 51% majority of intact men, 99% of them happy (50.49% of the total), and only  1% of the cut men happy, 0.49% of the total:

happy unhappy total
intact 50.49% 0.51% 51%
cut 0.49% 48.51% 49%
total 50.98% 49.02% 100%
You could still pool the data and say "A majority of men - 50.98% - are happy, whatever their status." but the intact men would be 99 times as likely to be happy as the cut men!


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