Parents who circumcised their sons better hope they never find out what a normal penis looks like. Who wouldn’t want a deeply-colored, smooth, silky glans penis, especially when compared with a dried-out circumcised penis head with a scar on the shaft where protective, functional, erogenous, nerve-rich tissue once resided?
If you’re a woman, notice how similar the intact glans penis is in texture and color to your glans clitoris. Then look at the circumcised glans penis. Imagine your clitoris was stripped of its protective hood, being exposed to rub against your underwear for its entire existence. It’d eventually adopt the same leathery texture that the circumcised penis head exhibits. Do you think your parents should have had the right to do that to your clitoris?
I’ve seen the “gloss finish” (intact; very similar to the always-protected glans clitoris) vs. “matte finish” (circumcised) metaphors being used more often in message boards to describe the difference in appearance of the glans penis. The difference is truly striking and truly sad. I truly believe that if more parents were exposed, visually, to the difference, firsthand, very few would choose circumcision for their son. The difference in glans texture is striking. NO ONE–I REPEAT, NO ONE–SHOULD HAVE THE RIGHT TO CHOOSE TO MAKE THIS ALTERATION TO THEIR SON’S GLANS PENIS OR THEIR DAUGHTER’S GLANS CLITORIS* APART FROM ABSOLUTE, UNDISPUTED NECESSITY.
We need to create a collage–one side erect intact penises (foreskin retracted) showing the glossy, supple glans and larger urethra and the other side erect circumcised penises showing the dried-out, leathery glans, oftentimes restricted urethra, and the scar, and make it a mandatory part of “informed consent” for parents. Is not the alteration of the appearance and texture of your son’s glans penis 30 years from now not a major effect of what you are about to do to his penis?
*If you have a clitoris, or your partner does, note the similarity in texture between your/her foreskin-protected glans clitoris and the foreskin-covered glans penises pictured above. Now imagine if its protection was taken away so it resembles more the pictures of the circumcised glans penises. You think you/she would like that very much? Didn’t think so.
With the exceptions of the pictures of the rainforest and desert and the meme, the images above were simply found on Wikimedia Commons by typing “penis” into the search bar.