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Prepuce (Foreskin) Restoration: It's good for men, good for women.
If you were cut at birth against your will, it may be something that is difficult to come to grips with. Maybe it is something that is even easier ignored. Circumcision: it is one of those areas that the more you know, the worse it is. The amputation of the prepuce robs a man of SO much -- and it also robs his partner of a normal, natural, fully functioning sexual experience.
Thanks to the initial endeavors of a few, restoration is becoming more popular now in the United States (the only nation in the world where the majority of the adult male population is without a normal, intact penis). While a circumcised man will never be able to regrow the 70,000 nerve endings, core vessels, ridged band, complete frenulum, glands and mucus membranes, smooth muscle, and various aspects of the prepuce organ that were amputated, he CAN restore some aspects of normalcy to his glans (head) of the penis and his/his partner's experience of sexuality.
A small number of men who have restored refer to themselves as being uncircumcised. This is not the same as being intact (having never endured the amputation of circumcision). Restoring men report many aspects of *life* are improved. And their sexual partners report the same.
The National Organization of Restoring Men lists the following as reasons that men today are choosing to restore:
Pleasure. The new foreskin adds pleasure to the penis during sexual activity. For most men seeking restoration, this alone is reason enough to restore.
Protection. The foreskin protects the glans from the abrasiveness of clothing. When protected, the glans will regain much of its original sensitivity.
Privacy. Like the female clitoris, the glans (head) of the penis is intended to be an internal organ, visible only when aroused.
Aesthetics. 87% of the world's men are intact and feel an intact penis is normal, natural and attractive.
Wholeness. When seeing their circumcision scar, many men sense that part of their body is missing, which is very similar to women who have had a breast removed. Seeking physical and emotional wholeness is quite natural.
Emotional pain. When feeling hopeless over their unchosen circumcised state, men can be helped to manage anger by doing something about a condition which they had always believed was irreversible.
Resentment. A 1991 survey of 301 males seeking restoration information showed that 70% of those circumcised as infants or children resent their parents for their circumcision. Regaining power over their bodies reduces resentment.
Empowerment. Victims of rape, crime and child or spousal abuse typically report a deep sense of helplessness and vulnerability. Who is more helpless and vulnerable than a restrained newborn having part of his penis amputated? Men restore to take back control of their bodies from the damage done by parents, their physicians and our culture.
Restoration isn't sought only by those circumcised at birth. Some children are unwillingly circumcised. Others were pressured "for their own good" by friends, sex partners, or military. Some immigrants circumcised themselves or their sons "to be American." Afterward, most males note a significant decrease of sensitivity, among other side-effects, which lead some to restore.
To discover more about restoration and hear from men who have or are restoring see:
Restoring Foreskin: http://www.RestoringForeskin.org
National Organization of Restoring Men: http://www.NORM.org
Restoring Tally: http://www.RestoringTally.com
TLC Tugger: http://www.TLCTugger.com
Foreskin Restoration.net: http://Foreskin-Restoration.net/forum
My Foreskin Restoration Network: http://myfrn.org
Foreskin Restore: http://www.foreskinrestore.com/main.html
"Extra Features" on the DVD "CUT: Slicing Through the Myths of Circumcision"
Book: The Joy of Uncircumcising by Jim Bigelow (download an e-book copy here).
Information on the many functions of the foreskin by Drs. Fleiss and Hodges.
Read the stories of other men, or have your story heard, by joining men across the nation who are speaking up about how the non-consenting genital cutting and amputation of their prepuce as an infant has impacted them as adults: Circumcision Class Action Lawsuit
For more information on how circumcision hurts women (and restoration, in turn, benefits women) see:
* Article: How Circumcision Hurts Women by Jocel Them
* Article: Improve Marital Sex: Keep the Foreskins by Dr. Dean Edell
* Article: How Male Circumcision Impacts Your Love Life by Dr. Christine Northrup
* Study: Effects of Male Circumcision on Female Arousal and Orgasm
* Article: A Change in How Intercourse Works by the National Org of Circ Info & Res, CO
* Video: Penis 101 (How Circumcision Changes Intercourse for Men & Women) by Marilyn Milos
* Crystallized Pathology: The Clitoris, the Penis, and Women's Sexual Health by Danelle Frisbie (drop me a note if you'd like a pdf excerpt version)
* Website: Sex As Nature Intended [graphic site]
* News Brief: Male Circumcision Increases HIV rates among Women in Africa
* Review above listed book excerpt on the Functions of the Foreskin by Dr. Fleiss & Dr. Hodges
Thank you, to all the fathers out there who were cut at birth, but are now protecting your sons (and their future partners) from the same loss! You are heroes changing the United States as we speak.
If you have a friend who is considering cutting his son so that this new little baby boy may (in some wild stretch of the imagination) 'match' his father's circumcised adult penis, check out the documentary and vlog by Penn & Teller on this very topic. We do not need to continue this abuse through generations.
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