Take time to explore the many interesting and educational areas of this web site. It contains a wide variety of information including personal experiences, medical facts, statistics, historical and anthropological information and recent medical news. Your needs may be immediate - considering circumcison for yourself or your son - or academic, or just general interest. As the buttons on the left show, all these aspects are covered. The site is updated frequently and we acknowledge the support from our worldwide network of correspondents in making this possible.
Circlist is an information site, not an advocacy site. We totally respect that some people are opposed to circumcision. However, as an information site we will always correct false statements and alt-news which might discourage men from having a procedure which could benefit them or make circumcised men feel bad about their status.
What is male circumcision?
At birth, boys usually have a sleeve of skin that covers the end of the penis. This is called the foreskin or prepuce. During circumcision the foreskin is removed so that the knob of the penis (the glans), includinng the opening through which the boy urinates (the urethral meatus) is exposed. If circumcision is performed during infancy or childhood, it only takes a few minutes.
For Jewish families, a specially trained religious person called a Mohel does the circumcision as part of a ceremony called a Bris, held on the eighth day of life. Circumcision is also routinely performed on the sons of those of the Islamic faith, typically when a boy is between 5 and 10 years of age. In the United States non-religious circumcision is usually done by a doctor in the first few days of life; other countries also perform the procedure for non-religious reasons as a matter of social custom.
Circumcision can be performed on men and boys of all ages, using a wide variety of devices specially designed to make the task quick and accurate.
What is female circumcision?
The term female circumcision properly refers to a surgical procedure (also known as hoodectomy) in which the hood over the clitoris (the clitoral prepuce) is either removed or slit - and nothing more. It is performed in some Muslim countries by tradition. In the west it is done either for medical reasons or (often in conjunction with labioplasty - reduction of the inner lips) for cosmetic reasons and to enhance sexual pleasure.
However, the term is often incorrectly applied to drastic ritual procedures carried out in parts of North Africa which remove the entire clitoris. In parts of Somalia and Sudan this is combined with infibulation the labia to prevent intercourse. Such operations are properly termed Female Genital Mutilation (FGM).
It must be clearly understood that the owner, editor, artist and volunteer helpers who administer this web site are totally opposed to all forms of Female Genital Mutilation.
What’s new ?
|The 6 most recent changes to the website, not including the news page:
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|23rd July 2020
New review in the Movies section of our Books and Reviews page. "Robby" - a 1968 retelling of the Robinson Crusoe story, but with children. In spite of one critic calling it the best movie of the year it never got into the major cinema chains, but it's still available online and on DVD.
|19th July 2019||New story in our Preferences and Experiences page. A boy who came to Australia from Malta as a toddler got circumcised in his 20s and 40+ years later has no regrets.
|2nd July 2020||
Two new postings in our Preferences and Experiences page, one from a woman in Germany, and one from a man in the US - both very interesting reading. |
|30th Jun 2020
Revision of the Instruments and Techniques section. Devices listed are now grouped by type / function, and there are two new entries - ActiveKlamp and CircCurer (no, this is not a circumcision reversal device!)
|23rd May 2019
||Total revision of our Brazil page in our Rites & Practices section. New pictures, new information about the indigenous inhabitants and a medical article on the prevalence of circumcision.
|24th Apr 2020
Another new review in the Reference section of our Books and Reviews page. The classic "Circumcision in Man and Woman" by Felix Bryk (1931), an eccentric but incredibly wide-ranging study.
|4th Apr 2020
Major changes to our Preferences and Experiences page, which had become unwieldy. Now we have just a few lines for each item, with a link to the full story. And we have a new story, an English boy given a botched 'circumcision' which actually made matters worse. Read his story here.
15 million circumcisions per year, each taking about 20 minutes, means that approximately 500 males are being circumcised right now.