So glad to see this finally! Note: no religious exceptions! It could only happen in a country like Iceland, nominally Christian, but few who actually practice the faith. It forbids female genital mutilation too.
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"A bill currently before the Icelandic parliament proposes a penalty of up to six years in prison for anyone carrying out a circumcision other than for medical reasons. . . . The Icelandic bill on circumcision has cross-party backing and wide public support, Gunnarsdóttir said. If it passes its first reading, the bill will go into committee stage for several months before it can become law." -- [theguardian.com]
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I've never understood why people circumcise baby boys. I have always thought of it as religious genitalia mutilation, so when I had my son I left him intact. That skin is there for a reason, why cut it off? My sister in law tried shaming me about not circumcising my son. I basically told her its my choice not to have a part of my sons dick cut off with a razor at 1 day old and if she wouldn't have her daughters genitalia cut then why just a boy? Only thing she could say was that its for cleanliness. I laughed so hard and just walked away.
I don't know how many men on here have had sex with an African woman who has been "cut".
It heals wonderfully well but I had to put a little more effort into making sure she orgasmed.
It is WRONG!
I will admit that I don't know the effects of circumcision. And I don't want to know.
Good on you Iceland.
As someone without a penis and no real reason to go on a huge studying session about the medical benefits vs the cons I fully believe that this is none of my business. Just like I'd prefer men to leave my womb alone I imagine cutting the tip of a penis off is something a man would understand the pros and cons for more.
Why do you all get your wisdom teeth pulled? It's not necessary, could be considered oral mutilation. Why do you all clip your nails? Again not needed, could be considered mutilation. Same thing with hair. I personally feel, yes, it does help hygienically, even if only minutely. Not to mention aesthetic purposes and traditionalism. "My father, his father, and his father's father were so and so, and so will be.." Is probably the main reason for this practice still, and although I see the problem many of you have, I am grateful to have had this done when I was a tyke or I may not have went through with it later on in life, even though (based off my current thought process) I probably would end up wanting it, if for nothing more than aesthetics.
I've been with both circumcised and uncircumcised. I like circumcised. I think the foreskin is ugly, and I hate pulling it back. Plus, with the extra (loose) foreskin, it has always been sweaty. Very gross.
Also, to get personal, the foreskin detracts from the penis itself, which is beautiful. But the extra skin...it's pretty gross when performing fellatio.
My response may not be PC, but it's how I have always felt.
Here's to the poster who thinks a circumcised penis is 'cleaner' and that it 'looks better'. How about the fact that someone removed your body part without giving a flying shit about what YOU want? What is more despicable is that some parents choose to do it for some nonsense religious reason.
Parents aren't given a deed to their kid to do with whatever they want...especially physical abuse. His foreskin belongs to HIM, and should be left intact so he can make the decision to be circumcised at a later date if he wishes.
Here is a vid to the act in its entirety. Be sure to notice how the baby is strapped down, and how he wails and thrashes about in pain for 7 minutes so you can enjoy a penis that 'looks better':
This is a difficult subject. On one hand I can see the justification of such a ban but I can also see the religious and cultural side too. I read an article by an Anglican vicar who was jewish by birth. He said how he felt guilty not circumcising his son. He talked of how in the camps they tried to eliminate their religion and how the jews fought so hard to maintain it. " For if it is lost. then we are lost ". For him it was almost like a betrayal of the suffering of his people. This might be easy for those of us not born into that culture to dismiss but not so for those who are. Prima facie law would draw no distinction between male and female on this subject. Them both being actual bodily harm to a minor, however the historical, cultural, religious and medical differences are vast. A ban in more multi-cultural countries than Iceland would create a legal firestorm which would (if it did nothing else) unite Jews and Muslims.
The First Amendment (Amendment I) to the United States Constitution prevents Congress from making any law respecting an establishment of religion, PROHIBITING THE FREE EXORCISE OF RELIGION, or abridging the freedom of speech, the freedom of the press, the right to peaceably assemble, or to petition for a governmental .
Why do you need legislation to do what you want to your penis? This makes no sense to me. If I were a guy and it was my penis, I would research why I should or should not circumcise. I mean it is not anyones' decision but the person with the penis!