Many still don’t know the full truth behind the reason why circumcision was made popular. Most think that is was for hygeine reasons or for the protection from sexually transmitted diseases. The truth is that it was introduced to reduce the sexual pleasure of men and boys. I find arguments on whether it reduces sensitivity and pleasure almost amusing, when considering that reducing pleasure is exactly why it was introduced:
“I suggest that all male children should be circumcised. This is ‘against nature’, but that is exactly the reason why it should be done. Nature intends that the adolescent male shall copulate as often and as promiscuously as possible, and to that end covers the sensitive glans so that it shall be ever ready to receive stimuli. Civilization, on the contrary, requires chastity, and the glans of the circumcised rapidly assumes a leathery texture less sensitive than skin. Thus the adolescent has his attention drawn to his penis much less often. I am convinced that masturbation is much less common in the circumcised. With these considerations in view it does not seem apt to argue that ‘God knows best how to make little boys.'” R. W. Cockshut, Circumcision, British Medical Journal, vol. 2 (1935): 764.
“A remedy which is almost always successful (to stop masturbation) in small boys is circumcision, especially when there is any degree of phimosis. The operation should be performed by a surgeon without administering an anæsthetic, as the brief pain attending the operation will have a salutary effect upon the mind, especially if it be connected with the idea of punishment” – J.H. Kellogg (yes, of cereal fame)