Circumcision, Social Control and the Loss of Family Stability

The fact that circumcision weakens the faculty of sexual excitement and sometimes perhaps diminishes the pleasure is indubitable. For if at birth this member has been made to bleed and has had its covering taken away from it, it must indubitably be weakened. The Sages, may their memory be blessed, have explicitly stated: It is hard for a woman with whom an uncircumcised man has had sexual intercourse to separate from him. In my opinion this is the strongest of the reasons for circumcision.

— Moses Maimonides (Rambam) medieval Jewish rabbi, physician and philosopher

The phenomenon of circumcision […] serves a practical function of lowering excitability and distractibility quotients-sexual arousal-of pubescent males, i.e. biasing young males toward increased tractability which would enhance group efforts and less toward individual goals of amorous exchanges. Neurological data suggest that early lesions of the prepuce/foreskin tissues would generate a reorganization/atrophy of the brain circuitry. This re-organization/atrophy, in turn, is suggested to lower sexual excitability. […] Inferential data support the hypothesis that a practical consequence of circumcision, complementary to any religious-symbolic function, is to make a circumcised male less excitable and distractible, and, hence, more amenable to his group’s authority figures.

A Biocultural Analysis of Circumcision.
Ronald Immerman, Department of Psychiatry,
MetroHealth Medical Centre, Case Western Reserve University, and W.C Mackey.  Social Biology 1998,
Volume 44, Pages 265-275.

CIA Mind Control Project Financed Circumcision Psychological Research

… The results obtained for the different psychological tests indicate that circumcision is perceived by the child as an aggressive attack on his body, which damaged, mutilated and in some cases totally destroyed him. The feeling of ‘I am now castrated’ seems to prevail in the psychic world of the child. As a result, he feels inadequate, helpless, and functions less efficiently….

The 12th century physician and rabbi Moses Maimonides advocated male circumcision for its ability to curb a man’s sexual appetite [17]. Further, he implied that it could also affect a woman’s sexuality, indicating that once a woman had taken a lover who was not circumcised, it was very hard for her to give him up. The impact of male circumcision on the sexual pleasure experienced by both males and females is largely unstudied. While the brain is often cited as the primary ‘sexual’ organ, what impact does surgical alteration of the male genitalia have for both partners? Based on anecdotal reports, a survey was developed to determine the effect of male circumcision on a woman’s ability to achieve vaginal orgasm (both single and multiple), to maintain adequate vaginal secretions, to develop vaginal discomfort, to enjoy coitus and to develop an intimate relationship with her partner. This review presents the findings of a survey of women who have had sexual partners both with and without foreskins, and reports their experiences. …

The effect of male circumcision on the sexual enjoyment of the female partner, BJU INTERNATIONAL, Volume 83, Supplement 1, Pages 79-84, January 1, 1999.

The transitional region from the external to the internal prepuce is the most sensitive region of the uncircumcised penis and more sensitive than the most sensitive region of the circumcised penis. Circumcision ablates the most sensitive parts of the penis.

 Even from a strictly Darwinian perspective, empathy is humanity’s ace in the hole.  It is the foundation of social organization, without which we would not have language, science, technology or the desire to pass these gifts on to future generations.  Without empathy, we would not have family and community.  We would be isolated, defenseless, naked apes, easy prey for any carnivore of even moderate size, or, in a modern day context, for any social grouping of sufficient cohesion  among themselves. Thus, in a very real sense, empathy is power. …

The War on Empathy, Love and Family

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