To cut, that is the question – if I may play with the Bard’s head ;). For sure, it is a question I have long wondered about, and I am hardly alone here. So, why has the practice of cutting off that luscious inch been so pervasive? When Jason in response to my posting, Skin, suggested I write something about foreskin, I thought why not? When I think of foreskin, what jumps to mind now is this question of to cut or not to cut. Well Jason, this one’s for you! Thanks for the suggestion.
One of the things I find to be really weird about male circumcision is how readily such a large number of people accept it – no doubt most of whom would recoil at the thought of female genital mutilation. Just why do so many people not feel the same sense of outrage when it comes to male mutilation? I am sure the age old cultural and religious conditioning around circumcision plays a major role here because the trimming of the male member is a widespread practice that cuts (excuse the pun) across racial, ethnic, and geographic lines. Outside of religious mythology, the main argument seems to have been about cleanliness, but that is easily solved with regular and thorough washing. Of course there are the cases of tight fits, but these can be dealt with surgically or at worst with a full cut – sorry guys, I even feel my hand making a self-protective grab for the crotch on that one!!
When I think of the pleasures of skin, they burst into bloom when I think of that luscious inch. You would think we would do everything possible to protect that little stretch of ecstasy. Everything, that is, if religions and societies were not threatened by sexuality. As with the practice of female circumcision, I think that the lopping off of men’s sweet bits was seen as a way of decreasing sexual pleasure, which certainly fits with a lot of cultural and religious prejudices against partaking too fully of earthly delights. All I can say is bollux to those who feel we are here to suffer. Life comes with enough pain as it is, and for that very reason we should be enjoying as much pleasure as possible.
It’s time to end this barbaric practice and to debunk all the religious hocus-pocus that has ennobled the culture of cutting – it’s pure poppycock. We should not be afraid of experiencing pleasure for pleasure’s sake. Here’s to foreskins and the joys they bring. They are fun to play with, they help to keep the glans nice and sensitive, they deliver on lubrication, and they taste great! The foreskin is but the tip of the iceberg, so to speak, but it tells us a lot about our attitudes towards sexuality. Whether or not you still have yours intact, the important thing is to ennoble all of our fleshly delights by opening ourselves up to the juicy physical pleasures of life with as many people as we want to share these with.