Dr. Michael Tan ran an interesting commentary yesterday about the health and cultural implications of circumcision – or the lack thereof. Even though the topic is quite off for this blog, I think it’s thrilling to write about something that never fails to elicit the most laughs and/or rabid opinions from my friends, especially the male ones. Believe me, our long-held beliefs on the matter is enough to bring us back to the Middle Ages, a belief that is now the subject of growing medical debate: should we or should we not circumcise?
Circumcision is definitely part of the Pinoy male’s macho persona. That is why they have quite a disparaging term for a person who did not undergo the requisite baptism of fire – supot. Just imagine what some people say behind the backs of Filipinas married to foreigners who most often did not go through the ritualistic circumcision: “tisoy nga pero supot naman :P”
Admittedly, my fear of the supot was the reason why I did not date a single European when I was working in the continent in my mid-20s. Talk about missed opportunity!! (haha)
All these changed a good many years later when I was in Manila already (also already single by this time) and going out with The White god. I adored TWG (who was a gorgeousss professional athlete towering above 6 feet) because he knew how to make a woman up-to-the-roof happy. Most of all, he was clean and certainly didn’t smell even if – yay – he was uncircumcised. TWG therefore shattered all the myths I had about uncircumsised men being dirty, foul-smelling
Of course there are are some quarters who say that uncircumsised men feel more pleasure and give more pleasure to their partners. Honestly, I was clueless. It’s quite hard to distinguish when you are faced with a rather awesome equipment 😛
Dr. Emer in fact told me once before that there are now health experts who think that circumcision is “inhuman.” The pro-circumcision camp, on the other hand, maintain that undergoing the procedure is recommended for health reasons since it reduces the risk for penile cancer and a host of other infections, including HIV. I think these remain assumptions rooted without reason. It is a question really of safe sex and personal hygiene. Knowing how openly promiscuous some Pinoy men have become, they will risk equal chance of contracting AIDS and STDs if they bang their dicks without discrimination to every pelvic wall unprotected, even if they are circumcised.
But my biggest quandary actually is facing another milestone in my parenthood the summer when my son is scheduled to be circumcised. To be or …. how about not? That is the question.