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 most recent changes to the website, not including the news page:
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|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.)
|6th Nov 2023
||A US boy had parents with conflicting views on circumcision, so was not circuscised at birth. He finally got the circumcision he desperately wanted at age 14. Read his story "A Teen Circumcision" in our Preferences and Experiences page.
|31st Oct 2023
A recent archaeological study in Turkey has discovered a stunning statue of a circumcised man - 11,000 years old. So that now takes first place on our Art page. It makes Ancient Egypt look positively recent! Concomitantly we've added a Prehistory section to our Turkey page, since that previously started with the Ottoman Empire. |
|25th Oct 2023
Two further country updates Morocco and Puerto Rico. This now completes the updates in our "Rites and Practices" section since I took over from Chris. Some of it is re-formatting but also lots of new information.
|23rd Oct 2023
A long overdue update to our Pakistan page. An interesting thing is that they seem to be moving from traditional childhood circumcision to neonatal procedures, which has to be a positive move.
|10th Oct 2023
||A young US man has a striking two-tone circimcision. See pictures at our Readerr's Pictures page.
|19th Sept 2023
||A US man was not circumcised at birth since he was premature. However, he later suffered multiple infections and eventiually got circumcised during his military service. Read his story in our Preferences and Experiences page.
|4th Aug 2023
||A bisexual Melbourne man is persuaded by his German/Turkish father-in-law to get himself and his three sons circumcised - in Germany! Read his story in our Preferences and Experiences page. |
15 million circumcisions per year, each taking about 20 minutes, means that approximately 500 males are being circumcised right now.