Male Circumcision: A Humanist Perspective on the Removal of Foreskin

Dr. Hernando Chaves #cconmale CatalystCon West - September 28, 2013


  1. Male circumcision has been practiced for thousands of years. Traditionally, it has been incorporated into spiritual, religious, and cultural aspects of numerous societies. Today, those traditions are being challenged by the Intactivist movement, those against the removal of male foreskin. With modern sex research, sexologists have begun to challenge historical assumptions of the necessity of male circumcision beyond tradition, culture, and faith. What does the research community, the medical profession, and the field of sexology have to say? How often is male circumcision practiced? Does foreskin removal affect penile sensation and/or affect sexual pleasure? Does removing the foreskin prevent or reduce the likelihood of medical issues such as penile cancer, urinary tract infections, and sexually transmitted infections including HIV? What are the ethical implications associated with removing a body part without individual consent, which is the case for the majority of foreskin removals? This pro-foreskin presentation aims to challenge attendees to look at their own views and opinions on male circumcision and provide evidence-based research that challenges the medical benefits of circumcision and highlights the pleasure and sensitivity of the foreskin.