Yesterday actor Alan Cumming wrote a blog post for Intact America - a group fighting for the end of infant circumcision. Cumming has written a new book on the subject hilariously named May the Foreskin Be With You. In the post he describes the reaction most Americans have upon seeing an intact penis.
The gasping was due to the fact that most people had never seen a real, unadulterated, uncircumcised penis before, and some of the people who were seeing mine had, to be frank, been round the block a few times so their reaction was all the more surprising and on reflection, upsetting.
Most of the reactions Cumming experienced were shock, confusion, curiosity, and/or disgust. But what I find more interesting are the reasons men continue the tradition with their own sons.
Occasionally the 'covenant with God' angle will rear its head, though when I say that we have stopped most of the other barbaric practices described in the Bible so why are we so keen to continue this one, nobody really wants to listen. Then, prospective fathers who are defending future circumcision on their boys will say things like 'He'll be teased in the locker rooms.' Why? For having all his body parts intact? Or, my personal favorite: 'I want him to look like me!' Is this a part of American culture I have not been enlightened about yet? Do you all go home at Thanksgiving and get your wangs out in front of your fathers and compare notes? I mean, really.
In my own experience, I never encounter an uncut cock until my junior year of college - and only two more since then. But I did not go in fearing disgust - it was more jealousy than anything, and something I was looking forward to exploring. I loved it personally. There was a certain beauty about it. But I was a little confused about how to handle it - and was worried I would do something wrong, but I learned.