The Foreskin Has Value
by Mary G. Ray, ©1997 All Rights Reserved
"The 33 foreskin photos are enlightening.
They show what circumcised males are missing
....I am saddened to further realize what I've never know."

       In addition to the sexual benefits, the foreskin represents 60% to 80% of entire penile skin covering. Many people think the tonsils and the foreskin are responsible for causing infections. In reality, it’s just the opposite. Both are removed unnecessarily. Both are American rituals.

       Tonsils are not worthless pieces of tissue. They fight infection, confine it to the throat and prevent it from entering into the bloodstream. It has been determined that the foreskin is normal, healthy tissue as well. Like all other body parts, it has a purpose for being there.

       It’s first task, during infancy, is to protect the glans from infection by shielding it from bodily waste and other types of exposure. The penis is an internal organ. Throughout life, the foreskin is a protective jacket, which guards against trauma and injury. It also keeps the glans soft and moist. All mammals have a foreskin.

        “...the practice of routine circumcision rests on the absurd premise that the only mammal in creation born in the condition that requires immediate surgical correction is the human male.” Thomas Szasz, M.D.

Anatomy of the Penis, Mechanics Of Intercourse - This site removes any doubt that the foreskin plays a substantial role in sexuality.  The page also lists the 12 Functions of the Foreskin clearly eliminating the common belief that the foreskin is just a small piece of skin with no purpose.

       Circumcision completely exposes the glans. Dirt, dust, particles, chemicals and pollutants “can easily be embedded in the exposed and toughened glans of the [circumcised] penis.” [Derifield] The Intact Network, a support group, has received letters from circumcised men who have suffered from the accumulation of this type of “debris in skin tunnels and suture holes from their circumcision causing abscesses and blackheads that require constant attention, as well as sores on the scar and glans.” [Derifield]

       On occasion, a male is born without a foreskin. This abnormality, called aposthia, occurs very rarely. When it does, hospital records must report it as a birth defect. It is truly ironic to think that this unusual defect is forced upon more than half of the males born in our country.

       “In some children, the end of the penis has not completely developed, and the child is unable to produce a forceful stream of urine. One of the surgical procedures to correct this problem requires the foreskin. No foreskin should be removed in a circumcision without first checking to make sure the child does not have hypospadias.”

For those of you who do NOT know the difference between a circumcised and uncircumcised (intact) penis, CLICK HERE for information and pictures showing those differences.

Pictures of noncircumcised penises.
Full body pictures of males who are noncircumcised.
For an extremely thorough look, see the 33 foreskin photos.

Foreskin Restoration Procedure Satisfying Fix For The 'Unkindest Cut'

Contraindication to Circumcision: Hypospadias

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Last Update:  4/14/99