Yesha Callahan

Open Thread: Do You Care If a Guy is Circumcised or Not?

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“A little skin never hurt nobody,” is what my uncircumcised guy friend blurted out one evening at happy hour. He was proud of his intact skin and wasn’t ashamed to tell everyone. Sure, he might have been a little inebriated, but what’s a little foreskin joke among friends?

Unfortunately, not everyone wants a piece of the foreskin action. According to a survey of 1,000 women on AdamandEve.com, over 54 percent of women said they prefer a circumcised penis. Out of the remaining women, 33 percent said they had no preference and 3 percent preferred an uncircumcised guy. The rest, just refused to answer. 

In the U.S circumcision has pretty much been the norm, but it’s also on the decline. In 2010, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) released stats showing that only 58 percent of newborn boys in the U.S. were circumcised—down from a high of 65 percent in 1979. Part of the decline could be due to the fact that  the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) no longer routinely recommend the procedure. And let’s not forget the stories of botched circumcisions. 

So what if you come across a man who isn’t circumcised? Do you grimace in disgust, because you have no idea what’s cultivating under that extra skin? Or do you go for the gusto? I mean, it is a breeding ground for the ickies.  The foreskin area is highly sensitive and is susceptible to microtears and abrasions.

“The organisms that cause STIs can accumulate under the foreskin of the penis, and this may allow them to survive there longer and reproduce, potentially increasing the risk of infection in that male or his partner,” says Deborah Nucatola, MD, senior director of medical services at the Planned Parenthood Federation of America. Studies also suggest that the foreskin contains more of the cells that are targeted by the HIV virus

But if you’re having protected sex, use lube to prevent abrasions, pull it back and make sure the penis clean, you shouldn’t have to worry about those germs.

Clutchettes: Do you care if a guy is circumcised or not? Let us know in the comments. 

 

  1. February 25, 2014 - Reply

    “A little skin never hurt nobody”

    i thought they made stds easier to catch if you not circumcised. i do wonder if any grown men would ever get circumcised for their woman… just a question.

    • February 25, 2014 - Reply

      @Me

      As a matter of fact they do. I’ve had an ex-boyfriend go through with the procedure at age 21. After it healed, his penis was a sight to see and smelled so much better. Not to gross anyone out, but I was convinced the foreskin was producing a “fishy odor”. We broke up years later and I married a wonderful man who is now going under the knife as well.

      It can have serious effects on your sex life and that for us was the icing on the cake. Some women find it difficult to appreciate after they’ve experienced it without the extra skin. It’s truly a matter of personal preference and adjustment.

      • December 23, 2014 - Reply

        @Mrs. You know who

        Does your vulva have any extra skin on it?
        Neither does my penis.
        It isn’t extra if you are born with it. It is part of nature.

        • January 9, 2015 - Reply

          @Andrew Bush

          You just hate that most women hate foreskins!

          • January 12, 2015 - Reply

            @yachty

            70% of the world’s men have foreskins. Most of the world’s women have no problem with them, or humans would have died out long ago. Even if you are circumcised, the vast majority of your ancestors down through time had foreskins.

            • January 12, 2015 - Reply

              @Andrew Bush

              There’s no use arguing with fools, especially fools with such a narrow viewpoint.

              • January 12, 2015 - Reply

                @KnottyNatural

                OK Nappynatural…….

                • January 13, 2015 - Reply

                  @yachty

                  LMAO! I realize you meant that as an insult, but do you have to do better than redundant.

            • January 12, 2015 - Reply

              @Andrew Bush

              Perhaps on my fathers side…..I would bet all males on my moms side were circumcised. A vast amount of my ancestors died young……I bet I live well past 100.

              • January 13, 2015 - Reply

                @yachty

                Your mammal ancestors go back 120 million years.
                How many of those generations do you think were circumcised on either side? And uncircumcised?
                Even if 5 generations were circumcised, or 20 generations, 120 million years is a long time, and a lot of mammals.
                People have been around for what, 4.7 million years?
                If circumcision has been around for 5,000 years maybe, that is a lot of ancestors with foreskins. Most of your ancestors were uncut.

                • June 14, 2015 - Reply

                  @Andrew Bush

                  My mothers side every male for thousands of years have been circumcised. I personally believe e are not of this planet…hey, but believe what you want!My family circumcises our males….so fuck off!

      • October 13, 2015 - Reply

        @Mrs. You know who

        They should be all cut.

    • February 25, 2014 - Reply

      @Me

      Yes odor and seamen can get caught up there as well and can sometimes dry out. Some men just won’t wash it properly. I don’t mean to disgust nobody.

    • February 25, 2014 - Reply

      @Me

      Men aren’t as hygienic as women and don’t wash their bodies the same. Maybe that is why he had an odor.

      • December 23, 2014 - Reply

        @Denver

        Really?
        Come on now.
        All men aren’t as hygienic as any woman?

    • January 9, 2015 - Reply

      @Me

      I can tell you there are doctors that only do Teen and Adult circumcisions and are booked for weeks and even months! CDC says 89% of white males are or get circumcised!

    • June 14, 2015 - Reply

      @Me

      Yes…..there are docs across the USA that specialize in teen and adult circus. They have waiting lists….look up Doctor Dave in Atlanta…….

  2. February 25, 2014 - Reply

    Personally, I am not “pro” or “anti” for foreskin. As long as it is functioning properly and isn’t spreading more devastation than the Enola Gay.

  3. February 25, 2014 - Reply

    No. That isn’t even something I would be thinking about. Besides, that isn’t something that can be helped.

  4. February 25, 2014 - Reply

    I’m not going to lie, I do care. I prefer a man to be circumcised. My ex wasn’t and I didn’t like it. I didn’t like how things could get caught up in the skin. I just don’t like it and would love if I never saw it again.

  5. February 25, 2014 - Reply

    Ewww. No way.

    • February 26, 2014 - Reply

      @vintage3000

      “Ewww” is right, Vintage – a cut, scarred, dried-out penis is just gross!

      • January 9, 2015 - Reply

        @rockycz

        I think she meant a nasty, disgusting foreskin! Israel is 100% circumcised and 0% cervical cancer!

        • June 14, 2015 - Reply

          @yachty

          Impressive stats. Are you male or female?

          • June 14, 2015 - Reply

            @Robin-Frans Winkel

            Male and happy to be cut.

  6. February 25, 2014 - Reply

    Eh….I don’t think it really matters. What matters is cleanliness.

  7. February 25, 2014 - Reply

    Yeah foreskin is so amazing! Makes sex feel 10 times better for the guy and softer in the vagina too. In the comments above, the most important thing is that the men, as adults, chose to remove their foreskins themselves. It’s great that they had the choice! Don’t take foreskin from a baby. Some women don’t care and some like it, and most men also love their whole penises!!

  8. February 25, 2014 - Reply

    IMO the whole cleanliness excuse for circumcision doesn’t hold water in this day and age of indoor plumbing. If you were born with it, chances are nature (which is infinitely more wise) intended for you to have it on your body. This is why my boy isn’t circumcised just like I wouldn’t have circumcised my daughter if I had one.

    There was a time when doctors thought the tonsil was useless too and now they’ve realized that the tonsils are fist defense against germs.

  9. February 25, 2014 - Reply

    When I was married, 40 years ago, I’d only had sex with one man, who was tightly circumcised. I knew very little about it, but my husband looked very different, so I asked him if we was circumcised and he said “no”. I asked him if he’d ever had a problem from it, or been teased about it and he said “no” again. I had been pleasantly surprised to find that I did not have the pain during and after intercourse, as I had before. I also realized that the only cleaning it needed took no more than two seconds in the shower. In all the years we were married, I never saw any smegma, or smelled anything bad. I only wish that FEMALE genitals were so easy to keep clean and odor free!

    It benefits BOTH the man and woman to have all of the parts that are supposed to be there. I’m glad that many circumcised men have satisfying sex lives. But it saddens me knowing that they had their genitals cut up when they were infants, and that many of them will experience less sexual satisfaction as they age.

    So, to answer your question, yes, I would FAR prefer for any man I care enough about to have sex with to have his foreskin intact. I wouldn’t NOT have sex with someone I liked, though, because he was circumcised. The most important thing isn’t the penis, at all. It is the MAN attached to the penis!

  10. February 26, 2014 - Reply

    This is slightly humorous to me because I saw my first uncircumsized penis in 2005 and I did a double take because I didn’t know what it was…after he explained it to me and educated me on the fact that culturally (his father is hispanic), his people didn’t believe in it so his mother (african american) did not have him circumcised. It feels IMO, softer to the touch, and didn’t feel different when inserted than if it hadn’t been circumcised. Some commenter mentioned that it felt different when inside, another that things got caught in the foreskin, and someone else that it smelled funny; none of those things are a reflection of my personal experience. Could just be that the guy I was with was knew how to properly clean himself (before and after the sex).

  11. February 26, 2014 - Reply

    I prefer circumcised.

    That is just me…no deep philosophical reason, just my opinion.

  12. February 26, 2014 - Reply

    I prefer a natural, whole man. Boys are born with foreskins for a reason. The foreskin provides many protective and pleasurable functions, for the male AND the female.

    Civilized countries around the world look at us Americans, still cutting the healthy bodies of our baby boys, with the same horror and disgust with which we look upon cultures who mutilate their girls.

    Thank goodness more and more American parents are taking off their cultural blinders and giving their sons the gift of a whole body to use and enjoy as nature intended.

    Routine infant circumcision is a barbaric practice which should be banned.

  13. February 26, 2014 - Reply

    Circumcised. It looks better that way and is cleaner .

    • February 26, 2014 - Reply

      @The Other Jess

      When I was younger (and obviously less mature) and taking sex education class, I remember thinking the penis would look better w/o the scrotum. At this point, as long as the man is healthy and clean, whether or not his penis is circumcised isn’t an issue for me.

    • December 23, 2014 - Reply

      @The Other Jess

      Do you need surgery to stay clean?
      Neither do I.

      • January 9, 2015 - Reply

        @Andrew Bush

        You sure do! Most proper American girls will only have something to do with a circumcised guy! Israel is 100% circumcised and they have NO CERVICAL cancer!!!!

        • January 9, 2015 - Reply

          @yachty

          “Proper American girls”, really??? LMAO!

          • January 9, 2015 - Reply

            @KnottyNatural

            Whores always know who they are! Does your nappy head like them uncut…..

    • October 13, 2015 - Reply

      @The Other Jess

      If you wash the glans frequently, it becomes tougher, irritation the inner foreskin which will have to be removed. So yes, only cut is clean.

  14. February 26, 2014 - Reply

    Have you guys heard about the woman who took her son to be circumcised and his penis was completely cut off?

    I’m not a mother, and have no plans to be one, but if I ever marry and have a son, I probably won’t have him circumcised. I believe the penis in it’s original form CAN’T be improved upon.

  15. February 26, 2014 - Reply

    There are so many benefits to the foreskin I cannot list them all. I will provide a link with medical evidence

    “Anything not in its natural state is the worse kind of its being”

  16. February 26, 2014 - Reply

    Yeahhhh, for those who find that uncircumcised penises are unclean–that’s a testament to the guy’s hygiene. Not his parent’s medical choices.

  17. February 26, 2014 - Reply

    I care. Had experience with a man that wasn’t circumcised and it was not pleasant. My husband is circumcised and I like that very much….

  18. January 9, 2015 - Reply

    A foreskin is disgusting! Several things in life are natural and bad for you, asbestos, radiation, Radon Gas to name a few. A foreskin is unhealthy for both partners, it is unclean and it is really ugly.

  19. July 9, 2015 - Reply

    Men aren’t women. During intercourse, the penis enters the vagina, where a dirty foreskin can do a lot of damage. Dirty labia only touch the base of the penis, where they can do little damage.

  20. November 2, 2015 - Reply

    So….FGM is bad but women get a preference for the cosmetic removal of a normal part of a male babies reproductive organs? I wasn’t asked. Watch a video of one done; did you know they do not use anaesthetic? And yeah – babies feel pain. Did you know 117 deaths are attributed to this each year? Maybe when women can think of males as actual human beings we can achieve true ‘equality’. Oh -yeah – those fancy face creams (as sold by Oprah) are made with the cells from babies foreskins. If you are ever in doubt about something – switch genders as a test.

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