Teenage Boys and Circumcision

This survey of teenage boys' attitudes to circumcision has been compiled by regular correspondent JH from postings on the Teen Hut website (which at the time of writing seems to be down). It is intended, eventually, to be part of a much larger study of teenagers and circumcision. The boys surveyed here were predominantly aged 15 to 19, with a few as young as 12 and a few older than 19. Note that the survey participants were self-selected, so the results may not be accurate for the population as a whole.

Total 1074 
Circumcised 55552%
Uncircumcised 51348%

Total US 56352%
Total non-US 51148%
US circumcised 44479%
US uncircumcised 11420%
non-US circumcised 11122%
non-US uncircumcised 39978%

Circumcised and happy 35865%
Circumcised, unhappy 326%
Circumcised, indifferent 15127%
Uncircumcised and happy 23646%
Uncircumcised, unhappy 184%
Uncirc., indifferent 15129%

US circumcised, happy 28163%
US circumcised, unhappy 215%
US circumcised, indifferent 13130%
US uncircumcised, happy 5851%
US uncircumcised, unhappy 65%
US uncirc., indifferent 3632%

What these results show us is that overall circumcision has a higher approval rating, both in the US (where it is in the majority) and in other countries where it is in a minority. Equally, the level of serious dissatisfaction is low, whichever sort of penis a boy has. Other surveys have suggested that the majority of teen boys are poorly informed about the rationale for infant circumcision. With correct information more of them might be happier.

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