So I was blithely searching the Internet when I came across this surprising topic: teenage circumcision.
I was surprised because I understand circumcision to be a useless operation that causes a lot of pain for absolutely no gain. No, it's nowhere near as bad as female genital mutilation. But there just doesn't seem to be much point to it. So why, I wonder, would a teenager get circumcised?
Well, there's no real comprehensive sources of information about teenage circumcision out there. I'm not too surprised about this. Most sites on infant circumcision have a strong message to send about circumcision being either good or bad. The sites with information on adolescent circumcision seemed similarly opinionated. However, most of the sites I found on a google search were message boards, with teenage boys asking questions about teenage circumcision. Mostly they seemed interested in circumcision because their girlfriends were interested in them being circumcised.
So what's important enough to teenage boys to entice them to get circumcised?
Of course. Getting laid.
I have to admit, I'm pretty horrified that teenage boys are out there getting circumcised because their girlfriends have some misconstrued idea about what a penis should or should not look like. This is every bit as outrageous as teenage boys dictating unnatural beauty in teenage girls (rail thin, gigantic breasts).
I would like to hope that we can teach teenage girls to appreciate both circumcised and natural penises. I would like to think that we can teach teenage boys to appreciate real women's body shapes.
However, both of these perspectives need to begin being taught at a younger age than teenage. Pictures of beautiful women need to include all shapes and sizes. Pictures of beautiful naked men need to include cut and uncut penises. I honestly don't understand why this seems so impossible for our society.
What are your thoughts/reactions/questions on adolescent circumcision?