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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.
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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.

MISSION STATEMENT
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.



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The most recent changes to the website, not including the news page:
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20th Dec 2021 A Russian man finally gets done - after wanting it for 22 years. Read his story in our Preferences and Experiences page. We've had quite a few Russian posts lately and I do hope they are getting the message through to that country about the health and sexual benefits of circumcision.
4th Dec 2021 An English boy describes how he became fascinated with the idea of circumcision when his mother said he'd have to be circumcised if he didn't wash underneath his foreskin. He researched the idea in books and among his mates and decided he really did want it. Trouble was he did wash as directed, so he was 28 when he finally got cut. This was a bit of a rough job and he eventually got a revision - at the ripe old age of 63! Read his story in our Preferences and Experiences page.
12th Nov 2021 A Belgian man explains how his family has a long, secular, history of circumcision and it has been a big plus to his sex life. The tradition has been passed on to his sons and grandsons. See our Preferences and Experiences page.
1st Nov 2021 A reader, known to us only as Superdude 89, has uncovered something startling in the 1,000 year old Bayeux Tapestry - a well-endowed, circumcised man! See it in our Mediaeval Art page .
15th Oct 2021 JM, from France, has conducted a detailed circumcision survey from a web site. This gives us a good snapshot of the rate of circumcision in France. See it on our France page.
13th Oct 2021 Chinese men are finally speaking out. Another story in our Preferences and Experiences page. A student, circumcised at age 6, found he was in a 10% minority in primary school, then a 25% minority in high school and finally 50% at University!
12th Oct 2021 A new (but somewhat strange) survey from the social media site Imgur. Would you believe that 12% of females prefer a man with a penis shorter than 3 inches? See the results in our Surveys page.
26th Sep 2021 A new picture in our Quirky Art page. The martyrdom of a circumcised St. Sebastian. To make it all the stranger the artist is Spanish, and circumcision is pretty rare there.
25th Sep 2021 The Mexican connection. In our Preferences and Experiences page a Mexican man describes how he discovered, at age 10, that he and his father were circumcised. "Why is my cousin's penis different?"



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



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