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Circumcision & Human Behavior

Posted: September 24th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Behavior, Circumcision, Emotions, Feelings, Health, Psychology, PTSD, Trauma | 3 Comments »

Circumcision & Human Behavior:

The emotional & behavioral effects of circumcision

by George Hill

Psychologists now recognize that male circumcision affects emotions and behavior. This article discusses the impact of male circumcision on human behavior.

Introduction

Medical doctors adopted male circumcision from religious practice into medical practice in England in the 1860s and in the United States in the 1870s. No thought was given to the possible behavioral effects of painful operations that excise important protective erogenous tissue from the male phallus. For example, Gairdner (1949) and Wright (1967), both critics of male neonatal non-therapeutic circumcision, made no mention of any behavioral effects of neonatal circumcision.[1] [2]

The awakening

Other doctors, however, were beginning to express concern about the behavioral effects of male circumcision. Read the rest of this entry »