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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|2nd Sep 2021
A remarkable addition to our Modern Art page. A prize-winning painting of world-famous pianist Simon Tedeschi - nude! - by his wife Loribelle Spirovski. A world first on many counts! |
|6th Aug 2021
||Another new story in our Preferences and Experiences page, this time from a young English man. Also a change to the page. The list was getting unwieldy so the 20 oldest posts (excluding the Editor's) have been moved into a new section, Preference Archive.
|27th Jul 2021
The women are stepping forward! An English student spent a semester in a US university and after that just couldn't consider having an uncircumcised boyfriend. Read her story in our Preferences and Experiences page.
|20th Jul 2021
At last another contribution to the Women's section of our Preferences and Experiences page. A British Muslim woman worries about whether she could cope with dating a man who had a foreskin.
|12th Jul 2021
The Readers' Pictures section of our Illustrated Penile Anatomy page has been a bit quiet lately. Now we have three new shots from an American man who does nude modelling and seems to have been circumcised - very nicely - with a Mogen clamp.
|30th May 2021
Our first post from China inspired another young man to come forward with his experiences. After refusing to get circumcised at age 5, Fang later realized that it was what he really wanted and was cut at age 16. Read his complex path to getting there in our Preferences and Experiences section. He doesn't give his age but I suspect he is still a teenager.
|4th May 2021||
Our very first post from China in Preferences and Experiences. A young man gets circumcised twice, once as a teenager to cure phimosis, the second time in his early 20s to get a fully bare knob and tight skin.
15 million circumcisions per year, each taking about 20 minutes, means that approximately 500 males are being circumcised right now.