Isaacs D.: Circumcision

J Paediatr Child Health. 2011 Jan;47(1-2):1. doi:10.1111/j.1440-1754.2010.01960.x.

Editorial: Circumcision.

Isaacs D.


What is the name of the useless bit at the end of a penis? A man of course, but circumcision is no joke. If you crave controversy, choose a topic concerned with sex or religion. The ancient ritual of circumcision meets both criteria. In the second century BC, tribes on the Red Sea, now Egypt, practised both female and male circumcision. One possible explanation relates to the belief that gods were bisexual and humans, like gods, had both a female and a male soul. The man’s female soul which resided in the prepuce and the woman’s male soul which resided in the clitoris had to be removed for healthy gender development…

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