First some brief comments received from teenagers, collected along with their responses to a more formal survey conducted in 1997. In view of the ages of the respondents, all are quoted anonymously. Responses to the survey were strongly biased towards North America on account of the state of development of the internet at that time.
Scroll down the page for some more extensive experiential accounts and opinions from teenagers.
I am not circumcised but I do wish that I was. I come from a non-English speaking background, am a Catholic and was born and live in Sydney, Australia. It may be fun for masturbating but overall having a foreskin certainly isn’t a "joy" as one anti-circ put it. After quite a bit of washing, it doesn’t take long for my foreskin to get that pungent, disgusting odour and occasionally, smegma (yuk!). Then there’s the itchiness, it looks awful, etc. I know several school friends that had to be circumcised for medical reasons as well as those who were done at birth. They are very pleased with the results and would not want their foreskins back!
The anti-circers claim that regular washing is all that is needed to stay clean. I once read that to get proper hygiene with the foreskin, it has to be well cleaned after every time that you take a piss! Having a foreskin is too much trouble! I can only say that those who are circumcised are a cut above the rest!
Age 15 - Sydney, Australia
I am circumcised and that is the way to be. Uncircumcised members are just so damn ugly!
Age 14 - Australia
I’m cut and love it. There are a lot more things you can do with it. It’s more sensitive and you get to see more.
Age 16 - Canada
I am circumcised and would prefer to be that way. A foreskin looks so ugly just hanging there. You’ve got to roll it back to piss, masturbate, and have sex, so why have it there?
Age 15 - Canada
Well, as a circumcised guy, I don’t know which feels better -- but certainly a circumcised one looks better, so I’ll go for circumcised. About half my friends are circumcised.
Age 19 - Mexico
I am uncircumcised, but I would rather be circumcised. It would be easier to clean up after a masturbation session and also on other days when the penis had to be washed. I’m glad I found this website. I’m looking forward to getting circumcised.
Age 15 - Singapore
I was circumcised when I was 13, as I had a tight foreskin and I’m really pleased with the result, but I just wanted to ask why people in the UK tend to discourage circumcision. Almost all of my friends were uncircumcised, but love the way my cut one looks and wish they had one like it too. I really think all boys should at least be offered circumcision in the UK.
Age 13 - UK
I am circumcised, and I think I would stay the way I am. The people I talk to who are uncircumcised tell me the foreskin gets caught on things (like their zipper), and when you pee you have to pull it back all the time.
Age 17 - Arizona
I am circumcised. Almost all the guys are. I think the few guys who weren’t may feel bad because they were "different" from everyone else. I guess it was the 7th grade gym showers when everyone found out what everyone else’s penis looked like. I was kind of embarrassed that mine was not as big as some of the other guys (basically they were half a year older and already into puberty). I think I would have been more embarrassed if I had also been uncircumcised. I understand from what I read that it is easier to keep your penis clean if you are circumcised and maybe a little more fun to masturbate. I am happy being like I am.
Age 17 - Arkansas
I’m UNcircumised and very small to boot. I hate it, and so does most everyone else. I want to be circumcised, tight. I think it will not only feel and look better, but I think it will make me look bigger too.
Age 18 - California
I am uncircumcised and I used to wish I was cut so I would look like everyone else; I used to be embarrassed about it. It’s funny -- I was supposed to be circumcised at birth, but at 2 weeks old I had major surgery on my kidney and the doctor ordered that I not be cut at the time. I never did end up being cut. Although I’ve never been circumcised and don’t know what that feels like, I think I would still like to be circumcised.
Age 16 - California
I would rather be circumcised (I’m not). Most guys in the U.S. are circumcised and that’s what most girls expect, so why not just give them what they want? Plus, my girlfriend says that even though my penis looks, tastes, and feels great, she always fantasized about having a circumcised penis rather than an uncut one.
Age 15 - California
I am not circumcised, but I wish in the worst way I was. While I find masturbating easier than I suspect most circumcised guys do, I believe you get
more of a feeling being circumcised. Also, being circumcised, in my area of the USA, you fit in better; and personally, I think a circumcised penis looks better.
Age 15 - Delaware
I got circumcised two months ago and I’m really glad I did. The bare knob rules! I found a piece on the Net called "Questions Teenagers Ask About Circumcision" which was really helpful in making the decision to get cut. I’m 17 now and I’m glad my parents were supportive. I showed them the brochure on circumcision and they took me to the doctor a week later. My circumcision is still more noticeable than the other guys at school, but I think it will look more like theirs with time. I think all boys should be circumcised at birth.
Age 17 - Chicago, Illinois
None of my friends even know they are circumcised. I know they are circumcised because I’m not and my cock is not at all like theirs. But every other guy they see at school is circumcised, just like they are, so they think they were all born that way! I wish I was circumcised too, but I’m not and I’m embarrassed to ask my mom to have it done, and I’m also afraid it will hurt. Sometimes the girls will ask us if we are circumcised, and most of the guys refuse to answer, or make comments about not being Jewish. I think it’s so weird they don’t know they are in fact circumcised. I even talked with a college guy once and he said he wasn’t circumcised. I saw his penis and said I thought he was circumcised, and he was insistent that he was not “because he still had the helmet on his cock” . I tried to explain that they don’t cut off the head, but he was still clueless at 22 years of age.
Age 16 - Chicago, Illinois
Circumcised. I’m kosher all the way.
Age 15 - Illinois
I have experienced both; I was uncircumcised up until I was about 14. Then my step dad said that I had to get circumcised. I prefer being circumcised. It looks better and is cleaner, although I liked playing with the skin before. The operation hurt a little when it was healing. But, my friends and the girls like my circumcised dick better.
Age 17 - Indiana
I’m uncircumcised and wish I had been circumcised when I was born. My dad died when I was a baby and I don’t know if he was circumcised. But my uncle is circumcised and he and my mom have had several talks about having me circumcised. Ultimately they say it’s up to me. I watched South Park the other night and even they were talking about how great circumcision is. I agree. I just wish it was already done. I don’t know what was wrong with my doctor. My mom says he didn’t believe in circumcision. If he ever grew up in Indiana with a long foreskin, he would!
Age 15 - Indiana
I would like to be circumcised. This is because I wouldn’t have to pull my foreskin down to see the head. I would be like all the other boys.
Age 14 - Indiana
I am uncircumcised. I love being that way -- it makes me different from most of the other guys, but it also makes me a little uncomfortable because of that difference. I have heard it is much easier to masturbate with foreskin than without, but I have also heard cut guys can last longer during sex.
Age 17 - Kentucky
Well, I’m circumcised, and I don’t have a problem with it. When I’m in the showers at the YMCA, or at school, all the other guys my age (and older, and younger) are cut. Sometimes you see a boy who hasn’t been circumcised and maybe it might feel better when he masturbates -- but it seems like too much trouble. I’m happy the way I am and so are my friends.
Age 14 - Maryland
I’m cut, and don’t think I’d change that if I could. The way I masturbate is that I wrap my hand around my penis about halfway and pull the skin up and down around the head. I guess you can do that with foreskin, but if for some reason I just want to stroke the head, being cut makes it easier.
Age 15 - New Jersey
I would rather be circumcised, like I already am, because I have heard that all sorts of stuff can get caught under an "uncut" foreskin and cause infection. Also, I like stimulating my exposed head with lubrication -- it feels great!
Age 15 - New York
Circumcised. It’s the way I am and I have always been use to it. Besides, I’d hate to be one of the uncircumcised guys that gets made fun of in the locker room.
Age 14 - New York
Circumcised. My girlfriend prefers circumcised guys and will give oral sex (head) only to circumcised guys. She says they are cleaner.
Age 18 - Ohio
I am circumcised and glad I am. I think circumcised penises are much more attractive than uncircumcised penises. Plus, it’s all sealed up when you’re circumcised, and smegma doesn’t form around the head. That sounds disgusting. I’d rather grab on tight with a little Vaseline Intensive Care and stroke it firm until I ejaculate.
Age 17 - Ohio
I am circumcised and my best friend is not. I am glad I was "cut" because when we would masturbate each other, it was hard for me to get the head of his penis to come out very far, so his semen would sort of "drool" out and not shoot like mine. (And the shooting was the cool part!)
Age 15 - Ohio
My good friend is circumcised and I am not. When I was younger I felt kind of like a freak, especially in the locker room after swim gym. My already-little penis would shrivel up and get a knot of skin at the end that made it look deformed.
Age 15 - Ohio
I’m circumcised and like it, for health reasons. It is a lot cleaner and safer. That’s why the Jews have done it forever. God was really onto something!
Age 17 - Oklahoma
I am cut. I prefer it, simply for hygienic reasons. The thought of having to worry about yeast infections is not all that interesting to me. Also, I would rather look a little different from an animal.
Age 16 - Oregon
I would rather be circumcised, because girls are more used to the look of circumcised penises rather uncircumcised ones.
Age 13 - Pennsylvania
Contributions by CIRCLIST members
Dad Scheduled My Circumcision Against My Will
I was circumcised at 16. My father chose to be circumcised as an adult and wanted the same for me when I was born, but my mother successfully pleaded for me and my younger brother to be left intact. Growing up, I never thought anything about circumcision and neither of my parents ever mentioned anything. I didn’t get any locker room comments or any infections and I didn’t mind cleaning under the foreskin everyday in the shower (I had a short foreskin). Didn’t care much about appearance, I liked the way it looked. Just last month as I had my annual physical exam to start the new school year, we had a new doctor since the last one retired. So the good doctor checked me head to toe, including my penis and testes to make sure nothing was wrong. My dad was outside the room (can’t go by yourself until you are 18) and the doctor spoke to him quietly about something as I went out. I didn’t hear what they were talking about until a few days later at the dinner table - that they (my dad and the doc) scheduled for me to be circumcised in a few days! I was stunned, furious and a bit scared too, I liked it the way it was, and no one ever told me anything. It turns out that was what my dad and the doctor discussed, about having me circumcised because supposedly I could have infections or be much more susceptible to STDs and HIV. I didn’t believe it then. There was a huge screaming match and dinner was ruined. I looked to my mom to help, she stayed silent and had a sad defeated look. I knew she wanted to help me, but she was too timid of dad who wasn’t going to have it any other way but to be forced to quietly agree. I stormed off to my room. And later my mom came up to see me, she said she was sorry that she couldn’t do more and to just have it done and over with so there’ll be no more arguing. I promised to do it, for her.
A little over a week later, I was taken to the clinic (less than happily) where they put me under local anesthesia and the red antiseptic. It wasn’t all that bad of an experience, it was kind of a turn-on in fact, and the nurses were very nice and comforting. The doctor there used a Gomco clamp on me and cut away my foreskin with my frenulum removed also, and out I went all bandaged up. Several weeks later, I healed with the sutures removed and ended with a very high and tight circumcision (as I found out from here), beautifully done. It’s different and took some time to get used to, especially masturbating without the skin, but I love it! I really love the look of having the bare head bulb of the penis fully and beautifully exposed with the darkened line way up to show that I was circumcised. To be circumcised to prevent infection and lower the risk of catching some STDs are one thing, but I just love the way it looks. I did thank my dad for letting me have the more memorable experience than just the normal baby job, and my mom was glad I was happy with it. My younger brother was also taken in to be circumcised after me (he’s 13), and they were able to fit a Plastibell on him since he’s a late developer. I now plan to have my future son(s) circumcised and ensure they have a just as exciting and memorable experience as I did. Now I fully believe that all boys should be circumcised.
I was chatting (separately) with two young American friends of mine yesterday evening, both of whom are from the Hoosier State (Indiana). One has just turned 17 and the other is 17/18. Intelligent lads, I have found.
I told them about my recent circumcision and, once they were resuscitated, I decided to probe their knowledge on the subject a little. Both were cut at birth, and neither seemed to realize that not every male child in the States gets a similar treatment. One of them was, in fact, distinctly startled when I mentioned this fact and was even more flabbergasted to learn that circumcision is generally far less common in other parts of the world than it is in the USA. This same chap came across as enthusiastically pro-circ (for instance, when asked whether he was cut himself the response was "DEFINITELY!!!" and he was horrified to hear that the circ rate appears to be declining in America), although when pressed he wouldn’t declare that he would have any male child of his own done, citing insufficient knowledge of issues relating to hygiene.
Both of them were particularly surprised to hear that, getting done as an adult, you have some sort of choice over the exact cut to be undertaken, although this is understandable. Neither, for instance, was in the least bit aware that he had a frenulum until this was raised during the discussion and prompted a self-examination to check it out. Incidentally, both of them, from what I could ascertain, appeared to have a loose (and perhaps low) cut, being able, for instance, to pull skin up onto the glans even when erect.
Artwork by CIRCLIST member Jozua, from South Africa
I overheard a group of teenage girls at school talking about which boys were not circumcised and they said “Oooh! Gross. I wouldn’t date him!” Now I am sure that is a rather broad statement but I think most girls here in the US prefer a "cut" guy. My best gay friend who is an absolute hunk himself will not even look at an uncut cock; he says he would just as soon see a snake! And finally my best friend in high school got engaged to a girl who demanded that he be circumcised before they married, so I definitely think cut is preferred, at least from what I see and hear. Also, I never thought twice about having my son circumcised when he was born. I told the doc it was a requirement! Lately, I’ve even seen a number of modern sculptures clearly showing a circumcised male. Even our art is now circumcised, reflecting the present day wisdom that circumcision is universal and routine.
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