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My final paper. I had to pick something we could both be impartial about, this seemed to work.
My final paper. I had to pick something we could both be impartial about, this seemed to work.

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Mary FarleyMelissa SingletonCollege CompositionApril 28, 2009The Short End of the StickWay back when the Dead Sea just had the sniffles, Abraham was praying to God. Duringthe course of this conversation God said, And the uncircumcised man-child, whose flesh of hisforeskinne is not circumcised, that soule shall be but off from his people; hee hath broken mycovenant (Moses). The Jews, Muslims, and any man wanting to marry into a Jewish familywere circumcised. Abraham, his son Ishmael and all the slaves were circumcised as a symbol of an everlasting covenant with God. The removal of the foreskin became a religious tradition,practiced across the world.Time passed, society progressed, and the Dead Sea has a fever. The reasoning behindand for circumcision changed. In 1888, a man named Dr. John Harvey Kellog reported that Aremedy [for masturbation] which is almost always successful in small boys is circumcision...Theoperation should be performed by a surgeon without administering an anesthetic, as the painattending the operation will have a salutary effect upon the mind, especially if it be connectedwith the idea of punishment (John Harvey Kellog). So now, instead of fulfilling a covenant withGod, circumcision is the means to control masturbation. The truth is that circumcision is genitalmutilation, justified by religion and the want for social conformity, not by medical or hygienicneeds, making it wrong.
Even though the reasoning behind circumcision has changed, the procedure hasnt. Acommon procedure for circumcising an infant is referred to as the Plastiball. First the tyke isplaced on a restrain board to immobilize them, hemostats are applied to the foreskin andlocked. Just after the tissue is crushed, a dorsal cut is made along the crush line below thehemostats. The foreskin is then peeled back to tear it away from the glands. The prepuce isthen cut off after the bell is inserted. A circumcised boy is the result. The patient isnt givenany anesthetics during the procedure and the risk of choking due to vomit his substantial. Thetopical cream administered to prevent pain has been found ineffective. A quote puts thisbarbaric procedure into prospective, "The fact that many circumcised men will ardently defendthe continued practice ...and dismiss it as a trivial matter has its parallel among circumcisedwomen in Africa." The same physician disclosed research findings and concluded that malecircumcision has no medical necessity and should be discontinued as common practice(Pantell).Today, if you went and asked people how they felt about circumcision, you wouldreceive a plethora of answers. Urinary tract infections and hygiene ranked among the toparguments for circumcision. Oddly enough, Egypt still practices circumcision of women underthe false notion that it reduces urinary tract infections. The practice of circumcising women isabhorred by most Americans due to the understanding of the negative sexual and physiologicalimplications. However, the argument that circumcision of men reduces infection has beendebunked time and again. One study states, 60% of children with UTIs have anatomicabnormalities in their urinary tracts. UTIs are significantly more common in girls and are rarelyseen in boys and young men. It also fails to mention (the study that is the focus of this rebuttal)
other links to UTIs which include malnutrition, diabetes, constipation and incomplete drainageof the urinary system. Infections have also been caused by exposure to E. Coli (Fleiss). Basichygiene practices, such as washing your hands with antibacterial soap, drastically reducechances of infection and illness.After talking to a circumcised friend of mine, as I dont have a penis and I needed somepersonal insight, a question came up. Besides, it doesnt affect sex, right? That questionstumped me. After hours of research, I found the answer. Circumcision has the potential foraffecting the male sexual function in extensive ways. Research has found that the foreskin hasmany uses, such as, to provide sufficient skin to cover an erection by unfolding, to provide anaid to masturbation and foreplay, to serve as an aid to penetration, to reduce friction andchafing during intercourse, to serve as erogenous tissue because of its rich supply of erogenousreceptors, and to contact and stimulate the G-spot of the female partner (Bigelow) . Isuppose that guys got pretty curious about this, and decided that they wanted to know whoreally had the short end of the stick. Scientist decided to study the difference in sensitivitybetween the two, circumcised and uncircumcised, and the results were definitive. The guysthat were uncircumcised were significantly more sensitive in the same areas that were removedby circumcision (Sorrells). Essentially, by removing a infant males multi-functional foreskin,youre performing a low-grade neurological castration, severely diminishing the intensity of the sexual experience not only for himself, but his partner as well (Immerman). It figures thateven women are affected negatively.

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