The hit Channel 4 series Naked Attraction gave us a brief glimpse of the current state of men’s bits and it appears, from the first series, as if the foreskin is alive and well in the young male population of Britain. More contestants seem to have them than don’t.
Clearly the presence of the foreskin is determined for some by their culture or religion. But for those who do have a choice, it seems that it is increasingly something guys (or rather their parents) choose to keep rather than get removed.
Recent statistics suggest that just under 9% of UK men are circumcised (compared to around 75% of men in the US) and it seems that this figure is the lowest for decades and is falling.
Apart from the obvious difference in terms of appearance, what are the benefits or drawbacks to a foreskin? This is a question I feel rather uniquely placed to answer as I spent the first 25 or so years of my life with one and the second 25 years without one. (For the medically inclined – I had a circumcision purely because my foreskin was uncomfortably tight when my penis was erect and I simply had enough and went to the GP who suggested the operation.) So what follows is a totally personal take on the issue.
I personally totally prefer the aesthetics of a circumcised cock. To me, and that is the important point (the ‘me’ bit), it simply looks tidy and – ironically – complete. To me it just looks – and feels – right. Having said this, I am acutely aware that others of both sexes might disagree and I would welcome their thoughts.
A circumcised penis is without doubt, far easier to keep clean. Enough said about that issue. And that is a big thumbs up for me.
In terms of sex, however, for me there has been a big pro and a big con. The downside is a definite lack of sensitivity, especially around the frenulum area. And I have to be honest, I do miss this a bit even now. The plus side is that without this sensitivity you can last a bit longer and take that much more pleasuring before you come.
The only other comment is that as a very late comer to the knife, I did suffer from visible scars which I felt looked rather unsightly for a quite a while (they are very faded now). I was also surprised at just how many stitches were needed (ask me nicely and I may even tell you the number!). And finally, boy did it hurt. I was in serious discomfort for a fair few weeks afterwards. The helmet was also really uncomfortable for the first few months as the skin hardened a touch and became less sensitive.
But was it worth it – for me yes, and I love being cut down below.
However, others probably love their foreskin every bit as much as I love its absence. Doubtless they would never think of their penis as being right or complete without its retractable hood. And that is totally cool too. We are all different and let’s delight in our differences. But, of course, the fundamental point is that what really matters is not so much what willies look like, but what their owner is like as a person and how they use this marvellous appendage – whatever it might look like or whatever its size.
My special thanks to my lead writer PJA Woode for contributing this article to the magazine.