Circumcision has been a controversial topic for at least 4000 years. The ancient Greeks disagreed with their Egyptian and Persian neighbours over it - and modern schoolboys still take sides, calling each other Cavaliers and Roundheads. This site does not take a position either for or against the operation, but aims to provide a comprehensive overview of circumcision in all its aspects.
Professsor Brian Morrris' very comprehensive site. It takes an unashamedly pro-circumcision stance because the medical evidence overwhelmingly supports such a view. The site had a wide range of freely downloadable brochures in many languages. It also have a very thorough review of the medical literature. Equally relevant to the general public and medical professionals.
The old InterCirc - International Circumcision Discussion Forum, which had run for many years, was killed this month (Nov 2019) by Yahoo, which no longer hosts groups. Fortunately regular correspondent "Cirkdone" stepped into the breach and revived the group on a different hosting provider. He decided that importing the old site was not practicable, so it's starting from scratch, but it already has many contributors.
Real Facts About Male Circumcision.
The aim of this website is to provide information on male circumcision based on scientific and medical evidence, and to provide counter arguments to some of the claims and accusations made by those opposing the procedure, and to expose the tactics that are often used to scare and intimidate those who think differently.
A new (2016) site for the Circumcision Academy of America. Lots of information about the benefits of circumcision, and debunking of myths and fallacies, all from a US point of view. "The aim of this site is to provide the American mainstream view regarding male circumcision, where circumcision of newborn boys has long been a part of traditional American culture."
The Circumcision Academy of Australia (briefly called the Circumcision Foundation of Australia) was founded at a meeting of several leaders in public health policy and medical science, together with other interested parties, at St Vincents Hospital, Sydney, on 21 Jan 2010. It has a very impressive membership list of leading figures in clinical medicine and medical science. As well as the main site given above, it maintains a site for new parents at circumcisionaustralia.info
A clear explanation of the pros and cons of circumcision. Just don't believe the claim that Dr Lewis Sayre thought that circumcision could cure paralysis. What he pointed out was that an infant contorting his legs to avoid them touching his very painful inflamed penis could appear to be paralysed.
A specialist website concentrating on male circumcision in the context of HIV/AIDS. The site describes itself thus:
The Clearinghouse on Male Circumcision for HIV Prevention (www.malecircumcision.org) is a collaborative effort to generate and share information resources with the international public health community, civil society groups, health policy makers, and programme managers.... The Clearinghouse is supported by a grant to the World Health Organization from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
Recommended reading for academics concerned about the HIV/AIDS epidemic.
An online museum of circumcision artefacts, especially ancient Jewish ritual objects.
This site specialises in trying to avert HIV/AIDS, presented in a style aimed at the lay reader. Use the site’s internal search facility to find current pages about circumcision as a means of preventing the transmission of HIV.
National / Regional Sites
What Clinic, a review site
covering clincs which offer circumcision in the UK.
Currently (May 2019) 27 clinics are reviewed, offering circumcisions from £30 to over £1,000.
An Australian site for those interested in circumcision. It appears to be a replacement for the now defunct Helmet or Hoodie page. Its main function is to provide lists of circumcised (helmet) or uncircumcised (hoodie) celebrities in various categories. There is also a survey of circumcision rates over the past 50 years which is linked on our Surveys
page. The site claims to be neutral but does seem to have an intactivist slant - hey, in this field it is really difficult to be neutral, and do we ever know that here.
A site specifically for circumcised British males. It includes a substantial survey of readers which is well worth reading, though the respondents have a strong gay element so may not be totally representative of the wider public. Like the Australian 'Hoodie or Helmet' page (above) they have lists of circumcised celebrities in various fields, though they seem somehow to have missed that Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter) is circumcised.
A member site, registration is free but quite a lot is available without logging in. The German page tends to be a bit more up to date.
A French pro-circumcision website / discussion group. Membership is required.
Circumcision information in Dutch. It includes details of clinics in the Netherlands which perform circumcision, and their charges (which seem very reasonable).
A pro-circumcision website in Hungarian. A reasonable translation can be achieved using the Google Translate facility.
An American Academy of Family Physicians article on adult circumcision.
The new web site of the American Academy of Pediatricians. Complete routine infant circumcision information available.
Circumcision for Reform and mixed-marriage Jewish families
A very comprehensive multilingual site covering Jewish circumcision for all ages and in all countries
Academic / Medical Sites
Applicable to all medical matters, not just circumcision, PUBMED provides a rapid way of searching for medical publications. Not compatible with older browsers.
A specialised search engine for PubMed and similar archives. When tested by CIRCLIST on 11.February.2013 it returned 6240 hits for the word "Circumcision"; use the Advanced Search facility to narrow the scope of your enquiry.
Circumcision Clamp Designers, Manufacturers and Distributors
Some of the above sites include explicit videos of circumcision surgery, not suitable for viewing by minors.
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