Foreskin Revolution Group Launches In Australia And Says Circumcision Amounts To 'Mutilation'
Circumcisions on Aussie men have been on a downward trend for the last few decades, with more parents opting to not cut off a part of their son's penis.
According to Bupa, around 32 percent of men under the age of 30 have had the procedure, compared with around 80 percent in the 1950s.
While the procedure is seemingly dying off, an advocacy group has launched in Australia called the Foreskin Revolution and they're trying to steer more people away from getting the snip.
Group leader Michael Winnel told SBS's The Feed: "You're not allowed to do scarification on your children, you're not allowed to do foot binding. Yet, you're allowed to hack off the most sensitive part of their penis for the rest of their life.
"I think that the medical establishment needs to stand up. That's their duty of care. Their Hippocratic oath is to do no harm."
There are actually several groups just like Foreskin Revolution, such as Intaction and Save Our Sons, which are advocating around the world for people to reconsider having the procedure done on their sons.
Mr Winnel says that it seems the reason families keep it going is because their dad did it to them, so what's the harm getting it done for their son.
While there are men who need to get circumcised because of medical reasons, they certainly don't make up the bulk of the procedures.
There's even a group in Australia who help practice foreskin restoration, which involves slowly stretching the remaining skin to produce a kind-of helmet.
Intact Australia director Max Roberts, director of Intact Australia told the The Feed: "Even after a few weeks, I was able to tell some difference, you could see some gains there.
"The foreskin has tens of thousands of erogenous nerve endings that are stripped off. It's shocking.
"It's an essential part of the male genitalia. It provides protection for the glans and keeps them soft and moist."
Interestingly, the Royal Australasian College of Physicians made a ruling in 2010 that essentially advised parents against getting the snip for their son unless it was necessary.
The ruling said: "After reviewing the currently available evidence, the RACP believes that the frequency of diseases modifiable by circumcision, the level of protection offered by circumcision and the complication rates of circumcision do not warrant routine infant circumcision in Australia and New Zealand."
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