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Male circumcision is one of the oldest known surgical procedures. It has been widely practiced as a religious rite since ancient times. An essential initiatory rite of Judaism and the Coptic branch of the Christian Church, male circumcision is also an obligation for Muslims, signifying cleanliness and purification. It has been, and often still is, a traditional practice of societies around the globe.

European cave paintings approximately 15,000 years old appear to show circumcised penises, but not the act of circumcision itself. Even older Australian cave art has been interpreted as indicating a circumcision site. However, the earliest direct evidence of the practice comes from ancient Egypt in the form of pictures and texts dating from 4,500 - 5,000 years ago. Egyptian circumcision had a religious significance; only circumcised men could perform some religious rites and study certain mysteries, but it seems to have been common among the general population.

More recently circumcision has also been carried out for its health and cleanliness benefits. In the English speaking countries circumcision became very popular for these reasons; it has now become routine in Korea and is gaining in popularity in China. There are large-scale circumcision projects to combat the AIDS epidemic in those parts of Africa where circumcision is not traditional. Worldwide, approximately one in three men are circumcised. This makes male circumcision the most commonly performed surgical procedure on the planet.
Latest news about circumcision from around the world.
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? male symbol (10949 bytes)
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?
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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 most recent changes to the website, not including the news page:
Date added Item (click the link to access directly)
25th Juky 2024 New version of the Ali'sKlamp - now metal and no longer a clamp and leave device. (Face it, you wouldn't want that hanging off your dick.) It's called Alis'Klamp Nero which is puzzling since it isn't black! See the details at our Instruments and Techniques page.
20th July 2024 A major new contriburion from a Puerto Ricam reader, to our Puerto Rico page. Check it out!
27th May 2024 A fun new painting, not previously well known, in our Art page. Titian depicting Cupid victoious - but with a bit of a twist. Check it out.
7th May 2024 The Venice Biennale is probably the largest art fair in the world, with multipe national pavilions. It is also pretty eccentric. For example, Palestian protesters (whose cause is totally understandabale) were picketing the Israeli pavilion. Only thing was, the Israeli staff of the pavilion were on the same side, refusing to open the pavilion until there was a cease-fire in Gaza. Err - protesting against your friends? Anyway, a lovely but eccentric sculpture was presented there "Tribute to trans women" by pupppie-puppie. See it on our Quirky Circumcision page.
31st Mar 2024 A Hispanic American man finally managed to get circumcised at age 16, after wanting it for a long time. Many years later he had a further op to tighten things up. Read his story in Preferences and Experiences .
26th Mar 2024 A remarkable addition to our USA page. In 1956 there was actually a bill introduced to Congress to make circumcision compulsory for all newborn American boys. Italian reader DP discovered this and tracked down the details.
22nd Feb 2024 A new story - the first for a while - in our Preferences and Experiences page. The writer was circumcised as a boy because of recurrent infections, in Spain where circumcision is rare. This got him a lot of attention. He now lives in the US where he fits in perfectly!
10th Feb 2024 A new artist added to our Circumcision in Art page. Australian artist Paul Delprat, whose works are often distinctly erotic (understand not remotely pornographic). He favours women and girls, but men and boys are always circumcised.
5th Jan 2024 Our Korea page has a lot about circumcision in Korea, but hitherto we've had no persoal accounts in our Preferences and Experiences section. Now two, quite different, accounts have arrived just a few days apart. Read them here.
23rd Nov 2023 Another new story in our Preferences and Experiences page. A man whose maother was very anti-circ but insisted, whem he was a boy, on retracting his foreskin and washing his knob several times a day. (He did get circumcised as an adult.)

15 million circumcisions per year, each taking about 20 minutes, means that approximately 500 males are being circumcised right now.

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