I was in my kitchen getting my children ready for the school run when my phone pinged. The children in the case were to decide for themselves when they were old enough to do so. I felt stunned.
Wa wa WEE wa. But every so often a situation comes along that is so exceptional, so shocking, so deliciously titillating that the nonsense string of syllables made famous as the mating call of Borat Sagdiyev—not to mention Israeli comedian Dov Glickman before him—is the only possible response. Brutal and archaic, yes, but so is the hereditary principle. The British Royal Family have traditionally been Roundheads. The practice seems to have been instituted by Queen Victoria, partly out of a prevailing 19th-century gush of British Israelism the belief that the House of what-would-become Windsor is directly descended from the line of King David , as well as the widespread belief that circumcision would discourage masturbation.
Articles that met the inclusion criteria were rated for quality using the SIGN system. Database searches identified 29 publications with original data for inclusion, including 22 for aim i and 4 of these and 7 others pertaining to aim ii. In the overwhelming majority of studies, women expressed a preference for the circumcised penis. The main reasons given for this preference were better appearance, better hygiene, reduced risk of infection, and enhanced sexual activity, including vaginal intercourse, manual stimulation, and fellatio. Cultural differences in preference were evident among some of the studies examined. Nevertheless, a preference for a circumcised penis was seen in most populations regardless of the frequency of MC in the study setting. The findings add to the already well-established health benefits favoring MC and provide important sociosexual information on an issue of widespread interest.
Ibu Ratna and I entered the house. The room was full of people. It was noisy and hot. People had come for the free circumcisions. The penises of boys between the ages of nine and twelve were being cut on the creaking wooden table in the corner. On the table were old rags, open packages of needles, bloody bandages, dirt and dust. The room smelled of fish, which was what usually went under the knife on these tables. Ibu Ratna is a civil servant from the Department of Health.