What's Wrong with Circumcision?
Last updated on 30th May 2007
We Didn't Want It
NORM-UK is a charity originally formed by men who didn't want to be circumcised. We feel that our adult bodies are for us to make our own choices and decisions about, and that any intervention against our will, or when we were too young to understand the implications, was a profound violation of our rights.
We Didn't Need It
At least 5 studies have shown that two thirds of therapeutic circumcisions conducted by the NHS are unnecessary. The BMA's Michael Wilks has admitted on the BBC that the majority of 'medical' circumcisions are 'unnecessary and premature'. If you're a man circumcised in the UK to resolve a medical issue, we estimate there is a 90% chance that you could have kept your foreskin by using some cream or doing some stretching exercises for a few weeks.
We Don't Like It
Studies have shown that the five most sensitive parts of the penis are removed during circumcision and that 27% to 38% of men circumcised as adults have reported harm to sexual function. Most of these men sought circumcision due to a penile problem and so this may underestimate the risk of sexual dysfunction to men circumcised as healthy babies. Aside from physical losses, there are psychological effects and intact men are often only too ready to tell us how much they enjoy their skin.
It Should Have Been Our Choice
People make dozens of intellectual justifications for the circumcision of young boys, from claims that it prevents various diseases and improves sexual intercourse to insistence that it is a religous right or that parents must be allowed to whatever they like to their children.