She dares defend circumcision while guest blogging at the site of the world's foremost foreskin fetishist, Andrew Sullivan.
"Male genital mutilation!" scream the connoisseurs of uncut, preservationists of the precious prepuce.
Get over it, people. Only porn freaks and gay men -- having ample opportunity to comparison shop, as it were -- obsess so fanatically over the difference. As I was taught in commercial design classes 30 years ago, form follows function, and familiarity with the fact of foreskinless functionality (i.e., I've fathered six kids) indicate my circumcised state is entirely adequate to the rigors of the task.
The advantages in terms of hygiene are well-known, and tend to be especially appreciated by mothers who have a difficult enough time getting boys to bath, much less to wash their winkies with health-conscious care. And it is certainly my impression -- based on comments whenever the subject is raised -- that women generally prefer what we might call the kosher pickle.
Those who prefer the sword-and-scabbard setup are perfectly entitled to their preference, without casting aspersions upon those of us who've forsaken the sheath and keep the blade ready. "Mutilation," indeed!
UPDATE 8/28: For those who can't get enough of this topic, The World's Most Idiotic Debate continues.
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