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Courtney Act Asks Us to Put Circumcision on the Chopping Block

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Courtney Act, semi-finalist on Australian Idol and one of the season six RuPaul’s Drag Race queens, has just released a new video in which she talks about a very important subject: dicks. Or, more accurately, foreskin.

Courtney Act: Cut or Uncut?

I go down under on a topic close to my heart, well, a bit lower than my heart. My comprehensive guide to foreskin and circumcision

Posted by Courtney Act on Friday, March 31, 2017

In the video, she talks about the history of circumcision, starting from the covenant between God and Abraham to the modern day. She debunks many of the various myths going around. Contrary to popular belief, circumcision is proven to have no effect on gay men contracting HIV.

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Act’s most important point, however, is how the foreskin contains many, many nerves not found in the rest of the penis. Circumcision removes that, reducing sensitivity and pleasure. (Which is not to say, of course, that those with circumcised penii don’t feel pleasure from sex… just less.)

Of course, given circumcision’s modern history as a tool to curb masturbation, that was probably seen as a feature, not a bug.

Act rightfully points out that given the facts, circumcision, if not done for religious reasons, is merely plastic surgery. At least it’s slightly better now — until relatively recently, circumcisions on infants were performed without anesthesia. If you think someone hacking at your dick is bad, just imagine being able to feel it.

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In the video, Act says her “biggest regret in life was losing [her] foreskin.” There are proposed foreskin restoration therapies. Most involve “tugging,” a prolonged process of gently stretching the remaining foreskin. Eventually, your body will start to regrow the foreskin over the head of the penis. This process can be dangerous — if done correctly, it’s painless, though some people can injure themselves by being overzealous.

Courtney Act makes a good argument for ending this practice — at least when done cosmetically. (When it comes to religion, that decision is between you and your god.)

  • A_Commenter

    When it is done by a consenting adult to their own body then it is a ‘decision between you and your god’. When an infant is placed on an alter and has part of their body offered to a deity then it’s ritualistic sacrifice.

  • Jhon Murdock

    Recommending an unnecessary and unconsented surgery on anyone is not only unethical it is also illegal. Fraudulent surgeries lacking a proper medical diagnosis must be punished to the fullest extent of the law.

  • Jhon Murdock

    If you are still standing by your debunked opinion article that appeared in Mayo Clinical Procedure (but not on their website), where you assert that, “The benefits of infant male circumcision exceed the risks by over 100 to 1.”, then you should easily come up with 7,200 “benefits” to offset the following risks, harms and outrages of infant penile mutilation.

    1. Doctors make enough money doing their necessary work. They don’t need the extra income from doing circumcisions or from selling foreskins to labs.
    2. Doctors’ time and energy are limited. They should not be wasting their time and efforts doing unnecessary surgery when people who truly have illnesses or injuries need their services.
    3. Babies have feelings. They are sensitive and aware. No adequate or safe method exists for pain relief for a newborn. Even with local anesthesia, the baby is put through a great deal of trauma.
    4. Babies and small children cannot consent. It is unethical to needlessly alter another person’s body, especially amputating a normally occurring body structure without that person’s consent.
    5. Infant circumcision can interfere with mother-infant bonding because babies typically fall into a deep, non-rem sleep following the trauma.
    6. Infant circumcision can interfere with establishing breastfeeding because of this abnormal sleep pattern.
    7. Infant circumcision can create a fussier, more difficult to soothe baby – even long after the wound itself has healed.
    8. A fussier, difficult to soothe baby makes bonding more difficult. The parents may feel frustrated and detached from a continually crying, fussy baby.
    9. Infant circumcision can cause an instinctive rejection instinct in the mother because she perceives that the baby is injured, and thus damaged.
    10. Infant circumcision can cause emotional detachment from the baby in the mother who was forced to let go of her maternal protective instincts in order to allow the circumcision.
    Complications of Circumcision:
    11. Excessive bleeding – Babies cannot afford to lose very much blood.
    12. Infection of the circumcision site.
    13. Meatal ulceration – soreness and tissue erosion of the exposed glans due to urine burns.
    14. Meatal stenosis – a smaller than normal urethral opening in the exposed glans.
    15. Undetected hemophilia.
    16. Retention of Plastibell ring.
    17. Concealed penis (remaining shaft and glans disappearing into the fat pad of a circumcised infant.)
    18 .Urethral fistula
    19. Phimosis of remaining foreskin
    20. Urinary retention
    21. Glans necrosis
    22. Injury to and loss of glans
    23. Excessive skin loss
    24. Skin bridge
    25. Sewing of penile skin to the glans
    26. Laceration of penile or scrotal skin
    27. Undetected hypospadias (if foreskin could have been used to repair it.)
    28. Preputial cysts
    29. Complications of anesthesia
    30. Tuberculosis, herpes, and other diseases from mezizah
    31. Strangulation of glans by hair
    32. Recurrence of pneumothorax
    33. Pulmonary embolism
    34. Keloid formation
    35, Lymphedema or elephantiasis of skin
    36. The reaction of an older sibling (child tried to cut his own penis after his baby brother’s bris.)
    37. “Cosmetic problems” (i.e. jagged or uneven cut)
    38. Loss of penis.
    39. Less skin to work with if vaginoplasty is later desired in male-to-female sex reassignment.
    40. Death.
    41. Foreskin has a protective function the way eyelids protect the eyes.
    42. Foreskin has an erogenous function – sensory nerve endings.
    43. Women dislike sex that is abrasive and uncomfortable due to lack of foreskin.
    44. Approx. 80% of the world’s male population is intact.
    45. Rate of infant circumcision in the U.S. is steadily declining.
    46. The U.S. appears ridiculous in the eyes of most other countries for continuing to do this to their sons.
    47. Can cause poor parent-child relationships in adulthood if the man resents his parents for allowing this to be done to his body.
    48. Parental depression due to remorse once facts are learned.
    49. Companies that use newborn foreskin tissue for their product – be it face cream or skin graft material – can achieve similar results from other sources.
    50. Companies that produce sexual lubricants to compensate excessive friction and abrasion due to lack of foreskin don’t need to keep taking our money. They can make more beneficial products instead.
    51. Circumcision is expensive and many insurance companies don’t cover it. Parents’ money can be put to better use.
    52. Intact child may be happy and at peace with himself knowing his body is complete.
    53. Intact child may appreciate having parents who care about his well being and want to do things right.
    54. The intactivist community is an exciting, vibrant group of people. Parents can have the opportunity to become part of it.
    55. Parents can have the satisfaction of knowing they are defying a long-held falsehood intended to weaken and diminish sexuality
    56. Infant’s self confidence and hardiness is diminished by forcing the newborn victim into a defensive psychological state of “learned helplessness” or
    “acquired passivity” to cope with the excruciating pain which he can neither fight nor flee.
    57. Trauma of early pain lowers a circumcised boy’s pain threshold
    Anatomical Structures Lost when Foreskin is Amputated:
    58. Frenar band or Ridged Band.
    59. Mechanical gliding action.
    60. Meissner’s corpuscles
    61. Frenulum
    62. Dartos Fascia
    63. Immunological System
    64. Lymphatic Vessels.
    65. Estrogen Receptors
    66. Apocrine glands
    67. Sebaceous glands
    68. Langerhans cells
    69. Natural glans coloration
    70. Length and circumference
    71. Blood Vessels
    72. Dorsal Nerves

  • Frederick Rhodes

    Properly educated physicians and parents can raise children healthy, whole, and fully functional, never needing the benefits form the genital cutting ritual called circumcision, making no benefits from ritual infant genital cutting rituals. Misinformed, superstitious, archaic misdiagnosis, are excuses used to promote unnecessary genital cutting rituals on infants. Claiming there are benefits from Sexual assault, pain, nerve damage, shock and trauma to the undeveloped brains and exterior reproductive organs of infants and children is unethical, as well as known to cause psychosis in the adults.

  • TLCTugger

    Circumcision alters sex dramatically. Informed adults can decide for themselves. Forced genital cutting is unethical.

    Foreskin feels REALLY good.

  • M Lyndon

    Your views are way out of line with those of most actual medical doctors. National medical organizations in Germany and Sweden have called for a ban on elective infant male circumcision, the South Africans support a ban with religious exemptions, and the Danish and Dutch said they’d support a total ban if they didn’t think it would drive the practice underground.

  • Preppydad

    Who cares what a FU Drag Queen has to say…a sick individual to say the least…I knew you were some queer with a foreskin fetish!

  • ac05jn

    wow, that’s a very long-winded way to tell someone how stupld they are for quoting the circumfetishist brian morris

  • ac05jn

    What!? NO!! Don’t put circumcision on the chopping block… put the sadistic pedophiles, mercenaries, and misandrists who commit it against children without anesthesia there!

  • ac05jn

    no consent no covenant.

  • ac05jn

    unethical; criminal. child circumcision is illegal wherever child abuse is illegal. circumcision is child abuse.

  • ac05jn

    you are a satanic monster. go back to hell

  • ac05jn

    “little public health relevance in a Western context” or anywhere else. foreskin is not a birth defect.

    2007 Dr. L. de Witte finds that Langerhans cells found in the foreskin are a natural barrier to HIV infection. (Note: This and other similar studies were widely ignored throughout the American media.) [Langerin is a natural barrier to HIV-1 transmission by Langerhans cells. Nature Medicine 2007;(13):367-371]

    “””VMMC is often portrayed as a simple surgical solution to the African HIV/AIDS epidemic. Africans have found that this is not the reality. Many cite ethical and human rights issues within the campaign. Others observe that newly circumcised men and their partners appear to be infected with HIV at a *higher* rate than those who were left alone.

    Western public health agencies are endorsing VMMC to curb the spread of HIV by 50–60%. To that end, they are actively misinforming Africans that circumcision is protective against HIV (the “surgical condom” myth). This false security is a leading contributor to the HIV epidemic today. In Malawi, the national HIV rate is reported to have *doubled* from 10% to 20% in the first year VMMC was implemented. In Uganda where we conducted our investigation, Ministry of Health statistics show higher HIV rates now than before VMMC implementation.

    African HIV rates had been on a downward trend that was reversed when VMMC was implemented. For the first time since the war on AIDS began, HIV is back on the rise. “”” – The VMMC Experience Project (Voices from the African circumcision campaign)

  • Angela Erdstrom

    Is this the same professor who puts crustaceans into his swim trunks and talks to his teen daughter about his penis?

  • Maryland_Mansion

    Here we have professor Morris shilling his own circumcision fetish website and biased studies done by himself and other circumfetishests.

    If anyone want to read about how much of a sick individual professor Morris is:

  • TLCTugger

    Even when it goes as planned, circumcision alters sex dramatically. Foreskin feels REALLY good. Seriously, it’s the best part. Informed adults can decide for themselves about amputating exquisite sexual parts.

  • AuroraBird

    You’re a known circumfetishist that at one time said girls need to be circumcised too. Crawl into a hole & die already.

  • professormorris

    Your disgusting intactivist lies prove that science has triumphed over your intactivist fiction. Since intactivists have lost all they have left is ad hominem attacks directed at those who they do not agree with.

  • Rosalind Dalefield

    Yes it is! The self-identified circumfetishist.

  • Rosalind Dalefield

    Intactivism has not lost. More than 70% of men in the world are intact and circumcision is losing popularity even in the USA and Israel.

  • Rosalind Dalefield

    Just so everyone knows, Brian Morris has no medical training. He is a molecular biologist, i.e. a biochemist who specializes in nucleic acids. He has no training or experience in any branch of medicine including anatomy, physiology, sexual health, venereology, andrology, urology, paediatrics, embryology or any of the other medical fields he pretends to know about. In particular, he has no training or qualifications in medical ethics.
    He is a self-identified circumsexual, i.e. a person who gets aroused thinking and talking about circumcision. He has taken a “circumcision tourism” holiday to Africa. The papers he cites are almost invariably his own biased polemics. He outright lies on his website, where he claims, among other falsehoods, that the foreskin exists only as a scaffold for the embryological development of the penis. In fact embryologists have shown that the penis forms first and foreskin then develops on it. Several years ago I challenged Brian Morris about this point on Disqus, and he admitted that I was right, but has not changed his website because lying serves his sick fascination with mutilating the penises of little boys. His website also includes his claims about his own penile dimensions, and he once offered to show his penis to a postgraduate student at the University of Sydney.

  • Lincoln M. James

    Brian Morris is NOT a paediatrician.
    He is not even a General Practitioner, much less a urologist.
    He has literally NEVER SEEN, much less operated on, ANY PENIS BUT HIS OWN.
    Nor has he EVER actually run and research.
    All he does is report on research supposedly done by his friends, then sets up glowing praise for them as he pretends to be a peer that can review them.
    He is as qualified to have an opinion on this as I would be qualified to say I’m a Master Chef because I once saw another man read a cookbook.

  • professormorris

    What a load of rubbish. Yes I am a molecular biologist and molecular geneticists, but my appointment is in a Department of Physiology. I did my PhD in Departments of Medicine, taught medical students for decades, have won prestigious awards from major medical bodies, and have almost 400 publications in the academic literature, including over 90 on male circumcision. The latter include ones in the top medical journals Mayo Clinic Proc, J Urol, JAMA, J Sex Med, etc. Dalefield has ZERO!!! Therefore anything she says has no authority. It was because I developed and patented the first test for HPV that causes cervical cancer (now being rolled out worldwide for primary cervical screening) that I became interested in the medical benefits of male circumcision, first because it reduces risk of cervical cancer. I was invited by a medical body to give a talk on male circumcision in prevention of STIs so performed a literature review discovering all of the benefits at the time (early 90s). I was asked to write it up for the doctors’ group that invited me and then thought I would put it up as a website to help others. That’s why I discovered there were horrible anti-circs who attempt to intimidate and abuse anyone who disagrees with their dangerous propaganda. Dalefield is way off track with everything she says. I absolutely have no interest in circumcision sexually. The fiction Dalefield has dreamed up reflects her own hateful mindset. Her claim about me re a postgraduate student is pure fiction. I suspect that Dalefield is an unhappy person whose meaningless life has led to the bullying she likes to engage in. She will say anything to get under the skin of those who do not support her extreme unscientific stance opposing the health and medical benefits of male circumcision. Time Dalefield got a life!

  • professormorris

    So what?! I am a medical scientist. I have almost 400 publications in the academic literature, including over 90 on male circumcision. The latter include ones in the top medical journals Mayo Clinic Proc, J Urol, JAMA, J Sex Med, etc. If you read these you will find that what you say is false. Your dogmatic statements are utterly ridiculous.

  • professormorris

    Just to expose one fabrication by Dalefield. The photo of me in Africa was taken in 1989 before I had any interest in circumcision, let alone its medical benefits. I was on a post-conference tour after an international conference on hypertension in Nairobi. The tour guide stopped the bus when he saw some Masai boys by the road. He explained that they were dressed in their ceremonial initiation into manhood robes and feathers, and that the razor blade “pendant” on a string they wore was for their circumcision. I didn’t even know at that time that most African males get circumcised. It was only after I got back to Australia that I read a headline of a big study in Nairobi published in the Lancet that provided the first evidence that male circumcision massively reduced the risk of heterosexual HIV infection in men. It was after that finding that I took on board the message about a benefit of male circumcision. With time this expanded into my knowledge of the many other benefits. Years later I began publishing articles and studies on this theme, on top of my regular research on cervical cancer screening, and molecular biology and genetics of common complex polygenic conditions such as hypertension, obesity, diabetes coronary heart disease and longevity, as well as on various cancers.

  • As usual, Professor Morris cites his own research, which includes wild assumptions like “For countries lacking data we assumed 99.9 % of Muslims and Jews were circumcised.” In fact, for example, a statement by the President of the Dutch Association of Rabbis suggests the rate among Jews in the Netherlands may be as low as 33%, and the rest of Europe similarly. A 2007 survey found 3% of Israeli Jewish respondents had not or would not circumcise their sons, and the figure has undoubtedly risen in the last 10 years.

  • The people with a fetish are those who are so grimly determined to CUT normal, healfhy, functional foreskins OFF helpless babies and hence future me.

  • “I absolutely have no interest in circumcision sexually.”

    Then why do you Like the Facebook group “Circumsexual Pride”?

  • professormorris

    Read the article and you will better understand. In fact, if anything, our figures overall are an under-estimate as we used a very conservative figure for circs for medical reasons.

  • professormorris

    I have never heard of that Facebook group, nor would I support it. Must be some kind of mistake.

  • Hunu

    Who is this drag queen and who cares what it thinks…It needs to find some uncut Eurotrash or Mexican to screw its ass…
    Being uncircumcised is disgusting and unhealthy!

  • Hunu

    BS…you idiot anti’s and your foreskin fetishist’s…

  • Hunu

    You’re another freak…

  • Hunu

    Sell your BS stretcher and leave normal Americans alone!

  • Hunu

    Hey Spik boy…leave Americans alone!

  • Hunu

    Not in either country… Rates dropped in the west because all the damn Mexicans…l live in Coastal SoCal with 3 circumcised sons and all our friends and family circumcised their boys. My boys will never be around wetters…only white kid’s…

  • Hunu

    Uncircumcised Jewish males are cut off from their people and not considered Jewish if they do not do it when they come of age!