I am absolutely appalled to hear how wide spread female circumcision is in Australia with something like 120,000 Australian women(not necessarily done here) who have undergone some sort of procedure that is surely meant to make them not function well sexually. I hope most have only undergone scratches and not the much worse. No one has the right to to abuse another person's body and remove part of it without permission.
Which brings me to less serious business of male circumcision. In a post many many years ago, I surprised males by being able to tell if they were circumcised by just knowing a little about them. If you combine ethnicity, religion and where they grew up, it is not hard. Well, not if they are of a certain age. Things are a changin', and not before time.
I have noticed, in my limited experience of course, that Jewish and Muslim men seem to be circumcised very severely. Essentially, there is little loose skin at all. I am third generation Australian protestant white Anglo Saxon male, so of course I am cut, but not severely.
I understand the norm for people of my ilk born in the last couple of decades in Australia is not to be circumcised. Some detail of break downs would be an interesting read.
When I was young, I certainly preferred men who were cut. As time has gone on, I have learnt to appreciate the uncut style too. I don't have a preference now. A cock is a cock is a cock.
But let me just say this. I care not for religion or reasons of culture, none of that will wash with me. No one has the right to decide to physically abuse another person's body, let alone take to it with a knife. If a male or a female wants to chop or cut bits of themselves when they reach maturity, so be it, but it is not for the parents or anyone else to decide about or to do before the person reaches the age of consent.
I will wear that male circumcision does little harm, but then I don't have the experience of what the alternative is like. I did know a guy who was circumcised by his own choice when he was in his early twenties. He regretted the loss of sensation and wished he had not done it. Circumcision may well have penile and other health benefits, and that is for a person to decide for themselves when their brain is developed enough to make such a decision.
Regardless anyone who removes part of a woman/girl, or is complicit in such removal, and so renders a woman unable to have full sexual function is evil and should be prosecuted to the extreme of the appropriate laws. This is not a grey area.