Thursday, September 22, 2011


There are things in this article that I don't agree with - such as the idea that circumcision prevents HIV (NOT!) - but some interesting info nonethless.
"Men who’ve been cut were three times more likely to have problems climaxing than men with foreskins intact... The orgasm trouble is caused by the loss of nerve endings or sensitivity which happens when the foreskin is removed... Although 11 percent may seem small, it’s not when you consider that there’s an estimated 660 million men circumcised in the world. This suggests that potentially tens of millions of men frequently suffer from the inability to climax because of circumcision... Women with circumcised partners in particular seem to enjoy sex less. They were twice as likely to say their sexual needs weren’t fulfilled. Which is not surprising, since they also were three times more likely to have frequent orgasm difficulties and 8.5 times more likely to say they frequently experienced pain during sex."
Circumcised men have more orgasm trouble

"Researchers find circumcised men have higher alexithymia scores than intact men. Alexithymia is the inability to process emotions.

The International Journal of Men’s Health has published the first study of its kind to look at the link between the early trauma of circumcision and the personality trait disorder alexithymia. The study, by Dan Bollinger and Robert S. Van Howe, M.D., M.S., FAAP, found that circumcised men are 60% more likely to suffer from alexithymia, the inability to process emotions.

People suffering from alexithymia have difficulty identifying and expressing their emotions. This translates into not being able to empathize with others. Sufferers of severe alexithymia are so removed from their feelings that they view themselves as being robots. If acquired at an early age, such as from infant circumcision, it might limit access to language and impede the socialization process that begins early in life. Moderate to high alexithymia can interfere with personal relationships and hinder psychotherapy. Impulsive behavior is a key symptom of alexithymia, and impulsivity is a precursor to violence...

A common reason fathers give for deciding to circumcise their son is so they will “look alike,” but these authors speculate that perhaps a subconscious motivation is so that they will “feel alike,” in other words as equally distant and emotionally unavailable as themselves. It was beyond this study’s design to test for this, and yet the comments received from circumcised participants speak to a vast psychic wounding, which, if unresolved, might lead to an unconscious desire to repeat the trauma upon others...

If this pattern of men suffering from circumcision-related trauma holds true for the general populace, this would constitute a significant mental health problem and, considering that three-fourths of the U.S. male population is circumcised, a public health problem, too."
Study Links Circumcision to Personality Trait Disorder

Alexithymia and Circumcision Trauma: A Preliminary Investigation