Nonreligious male neonatal circumcision first became widespread in the United States during Victorian times as part of an effort to reduce male sexual sensitivity, thus reducing instances of masturbation and promiscuity. Many recent studies have shown that neonatal circumcision of baby boys is highly traumatic and can have serious negative physical and psychological effects on men throughout their lives. This surgery removes three-fourths of a man's erogenous nerves, drastically reducing erotogenic or sexual sensation. Also, by removing what would become fifteen square inches of erogenous skin surface, neither circumcised men nor their female partners are able to experience sex as nature intended. Except in extraordinary medical circumstances, this surgery should be against the law in the United States, just as female genital mutilation was outlawed in 1996. This is a serious human rights issue that was one of the most frequently selected issues in the petitions initiated by Change.org before the Obama administration began in 2009. It needs to be allowed to surface again as a priority of the Obama administration.
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