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Penis Party Protecting People!

South Africa is hosting a new type of party. It’s an exclusive party but if you have a penis with foreskin intact, you stand a good chance of getting invited. Bring your sleeping bag with you because it’s going to be an all-nighter and loads of fun for every man! When you arrive at the party, you will be slightly alarmed by the sign on the door that says “Circumcision Camp” but you will quickly forget about it once a nurse finds you and leads you to a room with beds in it. Music playing in the background, a nurse asking you very personal questions about your sex life, this must be your lucky day! But in comes a doctor wielding a scalpel and suddenly the sign on the door comes rushing back to the foreground of your mind. The next thing you know, your foreskin has become your dearly departed and you’re feeling really terrified, which probably has to do with the fact that you’re bleeding from down there than anything else. Circumcision camp! A camp in which teams from different hospitals gather together in one centralized location and race each other to try and cut as many penises as they possibly can in 12 hours. I was elected to be one of the team members representing my hospital. On that particular day we cut 150 penises and rather distastefully celebrated with a feast catered by KFC.

 Now why would we do such a horrid thing? Perhaps to disprove the stereotype that boys don’t cry? I can safely say that the stereotype is broken. 149 boys cried that day (1 fainted) and I didn’t know what to do for them except offer to wrap their penises in bandages and send them off to their sleeping bags with a ton of painkillers and a teddy.

 Anyway, apparently studies have shown that circumcision reduces the risk of contracting HIV by 60%. Now how effective this really is, is not something I will pretend to know a lot about. What I do know, is that there seems to be a lot of confusion among our boys here. Especially those who aren’t well educated and who don’t understand English well enough to understand the difference between the words “reduce” and “prevent”.

 So the camp went like this, my team had set up 6 beds in a classroom on a college campus. One of the doctors brought along his radio to make the “party” all the more exciting. Boys from the age of 13 and older came to the camp. If you walked through the room, all you’d see is doctors and nurses working on penises that were sticking out of sterile towels that had holes cut in the center of them. I felt like I was at a penis farm and I was quiet terrified by the messy idea of slaughtering penises. Inevitably foreskins would get away from the “foreskin bin” and fall out onto the floor. I did my best not to step on one, but when I eventually did, I felt a shudder, the kind of shudder you feel when you squish a big cockroach under your shoe. There was blood everywhere and my darling nurses and doctors were ever so comfortable working with human flesh, that they were even eating and drinking in the same room (a talent I have yet to develop and actually don’t wish to develop). When the boys were done, they were told to have their blood pressures checked and sit in the makeshift “recovery room” we had set up in the corridor. They would spend an hour in recovery being observed. Many of them felt faint because they had bloody crotches and most of them sat there crying or squealing. Once they were okay, they were sent down to a large hall, armed with painkillers, and they’d make a bed on the floor and spend the night together in pain and sorrow over their lost foreskins.

circumcision terror

I had to interview each patient 3 times over to make sure that they understood the reasons why the government is promoting circumcision. There were a good amount of bright boys who understood that circumcision is by no means a preventative measure against HIV, but there was also an alarming number of boys that could not understand this. Some felt short-changed when they learned that it was not a preventative measure, but more worrying are those that still believe that it does in fact prevent HIV, even after several nurses explained to them in several languages that circumcision by no means renders you immune to the virus. These magnificent boys now believe that they are special and protected from HIV, so they go out into the world and “spread their love” – and that’s how an epidemic becomes a pandemic – stupid people.

EDIT: Clearly circumcision is a very sensitive topic to discuss. This post was simply meant to share my experience at this circumcision camp. I usually worked in Maternity – they reassigned me to the camp for a day because they needed extra hands. I did not have any heads up for this camp, I was asked to join on the morning of the camp. I was blissfully ignorant about circumcision and only knew that it was what the government was promoting to reduce HIV infection rates. All the parents had already signed consent forms and were apparently informed about the ups and downs of circumcision before they signed. I was there to do the job that my supervisors had assigned to me and as far as I knew, it was all an informed decision. Who was I to protest something that everyone agreed to do? So please, read the post for what it is – there are circumcision camps being promoted by some governments (South Africa being one of them), the parents give consent after being informed about the risks and benefits, the kids should maybe have more say in it. If anyone is interested in stopping these camps, please feel free to write to or call the relevant authorities at the various governments that get behind this. I’m leaving the post up to allow for healthy debate. Please, there’s no need for vulgar words or insults. We’re all grown ups here. 🙂

ADVICE TO ALL: If you are about to have any medical procedure done on yourself or your child, please make sure you read about it and research and you can even get second and third opinions from other doctors and nurses before you sign a consent form. Do not be afraid to ask a thousand questions. Your doctor and nurse is obligated to answer all of them in detail. Be informed about your body.

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  • Foreskins are dangerous, and it’s best these “people” be in fear and just have it cut off. I’ve been working hard to make sure the whole world is circumcised one day, and it all begins with editing wikipedia to show that circumcision is the way to go. Eventually the W.H.O. and the C.D.C. will start a world-wide program to circumcise the planet on the grounds of preventing HIV. It’s the best thing to do, we know what’s best for you. Besides, the procedure is very erotic. Check out all my wikipedia edits… http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special:Contributions/Jakew

    • Arkadia

      Hi Jake,
      There are definitely a few benefits I can point out regarding Africa itself. Many of the Zulu people have to be circumcised for traditional reasons, and many boys have died because of botched traditional circumcisions. Obviously these medical circumcision camps provide a relatively safe (not sure about erotic) procedure. The fact that it may reduce the HIV infection rate is great news, the problem I have sighted is that many of these guys are mistaking it for PREVENTATIVE measures. Upon interviewing many individuals, I myself found that they were under the impression that it could be a sort of cure for HIV, these individuals then practice unsafe sex. While the medical staff do try to clarify the misunderstanding, there are many men who will not be filtered through our interview process.You know how it goes with men…1 falsely informed man, results in several new HIV infections. There was previously an idea going around amongst these men that intercourse with a virgin would cure them from HIV, I don’t need to detail the insanity that arose from that myth.Good luck with your campaign, I am sure that despite the above issue, circumcision will benefit the majority. As for circumcision in Africa, it’s catching on like wild fire, especially amongst the black men. They are flooding into our hospitals by the hundreds ready to sacrifice their foreskin for the greater good. Way to go! 🙂

      • Charles

        A USA female legislator introduced a bill forbidding sexual mutilations on females.  She very correctly refused to extend the protection for males.  So, we defend female bodily integrity, while advocating the removal of the tip of the male’s unprotected penis.  That is how it should be!  Genesis 17 commands males penises to be skinned back and does not order any alteration of females.  It’s correct to shield females while aggressively pushing the surgical cutting of males.  When my pencil was put into the sharpener I had no pain relief.  Today it’s often given in the form of an injection ring block.  The injections themselves are painful.  So do the ring block then circumcise 24 hours later.

  • Charles

    Circumcision of males in the Philippines is very popular, with overwhelming social pressure on males to have their foreskins cut off.  Many foreskins are cut off by female nurses/doctors and the United Church of Christ USA sponsors male circumcision clinics.

    • Arkadia

      Hi Charles,

      Thanks for commenting. 🙂 It sounds like you’re a little reluctant about the procedure? What are your thoughts on this new trend? Would you participate? For once, being female has a perk! haha. 🙂

      • Charles

        Reluctant, based on what I said?  If I praise diamonds it must mean I don’t want any?  A minister named Cheryl Schatz says God ordered the penis circumcised because “the foreskin is a powerful symbol of sin; it must be cut off” so health is hardly the only reason for sending logs through the sawmill.  How can I be reluctant when my foreskin was correctly slit, crushed and sliced off at birth, permanently marking me for life?  I do feel I got exactly what I deserved when my foreskin was attacked and killed and have a look at all the fun a female MD had one morning assassinating little boys foreskins (which she sold to cosmetic company for extra income she deserved) http://mylifeasalush.blogspot.com/2007/06/penis-free-columbia.html
        I think all males everywhere should have circumcision forced on them with no possibility of choice, forever, and that only females should be allowed to cut foreskins off penises.  Shrieks, howls, smiling ladies, snipping scissors and dead foreskins forever!

        • Arkadia

          Whatever your reasons are, medical or religious. I don’t think anyone should be forced to do anything. I am a nurse and I stand by science and proven facts. I can’t possibly subscribe to your thoery that God ordered circumcision but you’re welcome to believe so…

          The circumcisions of the 150 boys in this article were ordered by doctors (male and female) who studied the benefits of circumcision. I guess if science is moving toward circumcision, then it’s a win for you too though. Science does get muddy when it crosses into the medical field though, there have been mistakes made in the past…there was a time when cigarettes were believed to have medical benefits…certain drugs have done more harm than good…so I don’t subscribe to medical procedures without a pinch of skepticism…but in the case of circumcision…it won’t hurt (much).

        • Arkadia

          Whatever your reasons are, medical or religious. I don’t think anyone should be forced to do anything. I am a nurse and I stand by science and proven facts. I can’t possibly subscribe to your thoery that God ordered circumcision but you’re welcome to believe so…

          The circumcisions of the 150 boys in this article were ordered by doctors (male and female) who studied the benefits of circumcision. I guess if science is moving toward circumcision, then it’s a win for you too though. Science does get muddy when it crosses into the medical field though, there have been mistakes made in the past…there was a time when cigarettes were believed to have medical benefits…certain drugs have done more harm than good…so I don’t subscribe to medical procedures without a pinch of skepticism either. The topic of circumcision is a touchy, emotional one as you can tell from the other comments. I do suggest you stay open minded to other peoples opinions and research beyond religious teachings.

  • Charles

    See http://bonjourjemapellejed.multiply.com/photos/album/61/medical-surgical_mission_circumcision#photo=22
    She’s doing God’s work!  Every time a male’s foreskin is cut off and he’s permanently circumcised, angels rejoice!

  • Ali-oop

    So if creation is one way then so is the Creator. But you & lucifer the liar are the other & you think you’re sane! ???????????????????????????????????????????????

    • Arkadia

      Ali, are you talking to me? I’m confused.

  • Shahn

    Awesome!! My bro was telling me about a billboard he saw advertising this….. Its so shocking!!

  • Joshua Shaffer

    How repulsive, so many people casually discuss the sexual assault of young boys. Pedophiles such as Jake Waskett  calling circumcision “erotic”. This vile little witch having no problem doing her job in aiding and abetting the mutilation of children’s genitals.

    IF there was a hell, you people would have a special spot in it. Sick fucks.

    • Arkadia

      Hi Joshua, if you read the entire post, you would know that I was quiet disturbed by the process. Maybe you missed the cynical tone in the post too? Also, I didn’t actually participate in the cutting. I couldn’t stomach it. I worked in the recovery room. I don’t think it is sexual assault as you so “gently” put it. It is however a government endorsed and government promoted circumcision program aimed at reducing the risk of HIV infection. I don’t stand for it or against it. It’s just there. If you’re unhappy about it. Don’t yell at the nurses and doctors. They are doing what the patient asked them to do. The patient is doing what the government told them is best for them. If you would like to change it, I recommend you start up a petition against it and write to the world leaders.

      Sincerely,

      The Vile Witch

      P.S. If you can prove that circumcision is indeed sexual assault, I’ll gladly sign your petition. (I don’t condone child abuse)

      • vigorousatheist

        Right, and i’m sure you would think the same thing if the “government” told you to perform circumcision on young females too, right?
        After all, it IS a certainty among scientists that female circumcision has MUCH more use and preventative effectiveness than male circumcision (google it).
        I’m sure you would feel JUST as “indifferent” about female circumcision, too, right?
        No, we both know that’s not how you or any other female nurse thinks.

        • Arkadia

          I wonder if you even read what I write or if you’re so convinced that nurses are evil that you imagine different words on the screen or refuse to comprehend any sign that I’m not as evil as you want to believe.

          Again, I was not indifferent to it. I was terrified, disturbed, had.nightmares for days, couldn’t eat, felt terrible for the boys to the point that I just couldn’t be in the operating room anymore and asked my supervisor to let me work the recovery room. The boys were in pain, I did all I could to comfort them.

          This was an elective procedure. Meaning that these guys CHOSE to have this done. If women choose to have it done, then I’m pretty sure I’d feel all the same horrors I felt for the boys but again if they want the procedure, then that’s their right to choose to do so.

          Now if this was being forced on them, I would never stand for it.

          The patients and parents of these patients were educated on the risks, the potential advantages, and on what to expect before they did the procedure and chose to go with it.

          I’d love to see the horror movies you’ve been watching with all those scary nurses in them.

          • vigorousatheist

            “Again, I was not indifferent to it.”

            You were indifferent enough to actually admit you would go through with the circumcision.
            I guarantee you if it was a new government mandate to circumcise females, 90% of the nursing community would either go on strike or refuse to do the circumcision altogether.

            And i never said nurses are scary.
            They’re just despicable.
            Ripping off people’s clothes even when their clothes don’t need to be ripped off.
            And i’m sure it has nothing, ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to do with them eagerly wanting to see nudity….RIIIIIIGHT.

            PS your website is full of viruses and malware.
            That only proves my thoughts on nurses to be true.
            haha you call yourself a geek yet you can’t even hide viruses?

            Also, i didn’t even realize you’re the person who wrote that article. I thought you were just a commenter.
            That makes you even more despicable.
            No offense, of course 😉

      • Guest

        Yes, me again.
        I’m amazed how you clearly state that you’re neither “for or against” circumcision.
        And how do you not understand that circumcision is child abuse?
        When you were in the room full of boys getting circumcised, did the boys appear happy, or did they look they utterly embarrassed and shielding their faces?
        If you just conceded that there are virtually NO medical benefits to circumcision, and you know from first hand experience how sexually humiliated these boys looked, how can you possibly not call this child abuse?
        This isn’t even factoring in the fact that circumcision is abuse later on down the road, when males can’t feel as much during sex due to them being circumcised.

        If there was a new government mandate that said all little girls should be forced to have their clitoris cut off, (due to it MAYBE preventing 0.0001% of stds), you know damn well you would refuse to be a part of the operation, not just complain about it afterwords like you did here.

  • vigorousatheist

    Yes, me again.
    I’m amazed how you clearly state that you’re neither “for or against” male circumcision, as if it’s equivalent to deciding what shirt to wear.

    And how do you not understand that male circumcision is child abuse?
    When you were in the room full of boys getting circumcised, did the boys appear happy, or did they look utterly embarrassed and violated? Even excluding the negative consequences of actual circumcision, do you not see this as a form of sexual humiliation? Do you?
    If you just conceded that there are virtually NO medical benefits to circumcision, and you know from first hand experience how sexually humiliated these boys looked, how can you possibly not call this child abuse?
    This isn’t even factoring in the fact that circumcision is abuse later on down the road, when males can’t feel as much during sex due to them being circumcised.

    If there was a new government mandate that said all little girls should be forced to have their clitoris cut off, (due to it MAYBE preventing 0.0001% of stds), you know damn well you would refuse to be a part of the operation, not just complain about it afterwords like you did here.

  • thenose

    I don’t agree with the reasons give in this article to do circumcision. Circumcision IS male Mutilation. Lets start with the 10,000 nerve endings that are chopped off. TEN THOUSAND NERVE ENDINGS. Lets look at the origins of circumcision – to curtail masturbation? What? I thought masturbation was healthy. When doctors and nurses come to parents in hospitals, today, they give ( un-informed ) parents all the reasons to have it done, but never tell other reasons not to, Such as the hospital needs to generated cash. Each circumcision creates another bill. THEN the hospitals sell the foreskins to beauty cream companies. Now lets address the “Prevents HIV and STDs” and or hinders the possibility of developing penile cancer later in life. Guess what…. ALL hogwash. “Oh, it will be easier to clean – REally? Guess what – The penis is “self cleaning” Like the vagina. Now lets look at what it does later in life. Since the foreskin is cut off, the head of the penis gradually becomes less sensitive, Men during sex have to be more forceful, to orgasm. Also, the head becomes more callused throughout life from not being protected. The calluses actually scrape the inside of the vaginal walls during intercourse, which isn’t pleasant for the woman. Perhaps the creator of this article meant well, but it leaves me as a male feeling disgusted. True, you didn’t “participate”, but you didn’t try to stop it. A Penis party to see how many penis’s that can be cut ( mutilated) in one day? I had to go for a walk after reading that I was so angry. I am SO GLAD, my parents chose to leave me alone. I am 50 years old, had 4 kids, 30 years of great sex with my wife, and have had NO problems. Here is my 2 cents – 99% of all boys born were born with a perfect penis. Then medical people come along and campaign saying they “need to be cut” to be perfect. It is such BS. Lets cut off all females breasts at birth, to prevent cancer. That doesn’t happen, does it. Such a double set of standards. Girl circumcision is outlawed in most countries where people have brains. Male circumcision should be outlawed too. I HATE that Carrot- knife picture too. Penis party protecting people? REALLY? How about leave the penis’s alone, perfect at birth, and give the man a choice later in life….. whether he wants a part of their body removed. Don’t pressure people when the poor kid has no idea how this will effect them. I’m angry this is going on.

    Here…. for all to see…this is what happens.. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DRB6oHkrhms

    • Arkadia

      Hi thenose,

      First, I’m sorry that the article has caused you so much distress. I did express that I didn’t think that circumcision was actually a helpful preventative measure due the limited understanding of 14 year old boys. I was horrified by the whole ordeal, couldn’t eat for days and my sympathies really were with the boys. I have no idea what’s the right or wrong thing to do regarding the topic of circumcision. I just know this is what’s being promoted by governments.

      If you think this blog could somehow stop the government from doing this, then I’d gladly help. However, this is just me recalling the nauseating affair and sharing my experiences with people on the internet. The penis party title and the carrot image was just a play on words/imagery to describe how nonchalantly the medical team were going about their day. Even ordering lunches and eating in the room that they were operating in. I felt like I was the only one seriously disturbed by the fallen foreskins on the floor, the blood, needles and scalpels – which is why the title is insensitive…because the medical staff were insensitive while the boys were terrified…that’s the message I was trying to portray. Not all the staff were that nonchalant about it. I was pretty traumatized by it as I’m sure other staff members were.

      I practically begged to be placed in the recovery room because I could not stomach it.

      I believe you are right about the age of consent for such a sensitive procedure. It really should only be done when a person is of mature age to decide for himself.

      If you have any literature and scientific studies to provide, please feel free to post it in the comments so that people can actually read them.

      I will be leaving this post up – because as you can tell, it creates a lot of discussion in the comments where people can openly discuss and debate this topic and maybe – parents and men who have read your comment will sympathize and rethink their stance on circumcision and do their own research and form their own opinions.

      Even as a nurse, I can agree that not every medical procedure is necessary or correct. That’s the world we live in – we’re all lab rats…it’s sad. I encourage everyone to do lots of research and get informed before following medical advice because it’s important that the patients take charge of their own health as well.

      Thank you for your comment. I hope that you can have a little bit of a better day even with all the terrible things that happen on our earth.

      • thenose

        Arkadia, the boys do have very limited understanding of what is going on and why. The same goes for why this male genital mutilation still goes on in countries like the United States. The PARENTS need to do research before they make a hasty decision like this. Think of why female genital mutilation became outlawed. There is absolutely no medical reason in 99% of boys to have their foreskins cut off. You are in a better position to join the growing movement of medical doctors who say the procedure is not medically necessary. 10,000 nerve endings are cut off of the male penis during this procedure. Why in the world would a team of doctors and nurses do this? Numb the penis down on these boys. A procedure that will effect them for the rest of their lives. This practice has to stop. The campaign of all the reasons to do it is wrong. How a government can decide what part of a male part stays and goes. THAT government needs education.

        Here is another view. Look at how you described your experience above, about the boys and all the blood and all…http://www.theguardian.com/society/2012/nov/18/female-genital-mutilation-circumcision-indonesia

        My number one question I want to know from you: Someday when you start a family, if you have boys, will you yourself get your boys circumcised after witnessing this being done?
        I have talked to countless mothers in my circles. After I told them what I told you, many of them never realized what they had done, and many felt bad about it. They had no idea. Because in the hospital, when the nurses and doctors came to them in the delivery rooms they had all positive things to encourage the mothers and fathers to get it done, but never mentioned anything about the negatives…… Its all money when it comes down to it. An extra bill the hospital can charge.
        I would be curious to know who encouraged that government to get the procedure for those boys you witnesses in the first place.
        Read the article I presented on female mutilation…… see if it mirrors what you experienced… the trams and all, and IT IS EXACTLY the same for boy. mutilation of the genitals. It is an un necessary procedure.
        You should also know that I have a daughter who is a Nurse. ( A 4 year RN) Freshly graduated from a very well known medical nursing school in the USA. She and I went round and round over this. They brainwash medical people into thinking that this procedure is medically necessary. It took me 2 months of links and books and educating her about the other side she knew nothing about. And now thinks much differently. The male penis is designed PERFECT at birth, and has a foreskin for a number of reasons. Leave it alone.

  • thenose

    http://circumcisionquotes.com/index.html

    Here is a very very informative website that will tell you first hand what some doctors and nurses think about circumcision, the history and the real truth… http://circumcisionquotes.com/index.html

    Pay particular attention in the blue menu bar to the right of the DOCTORS and NURSES link. I haven’t found a better link on the subject telling the other side. Why the procedure is totally unnecessary.

    “I just wanted to say that if anyone chooses circumcision for their son, (or sons to come) just make it an informed choice that you research [the subject for] yourself. I had my son circumcised beacuse I did not know at 20 yrs. old that there was a choice not too. A year after that, I was working in a hospital as a phlebotomist (taking blood), and there was a baby getting circumcised while I was in the nursery…I will never forget the blood curdling screams..it broke my heart to think I let them do that to my son, and that they told me it would not really hurt him. Believe me: It hurt that baby! You don’t mistake that kind of cry. I had to take blood from babies all the time and sometimes had to do 2 heel sticks and they never cried anything that compared to that. It was horrible!” –Karron

    “I can’t stomach assisting in any and don’t work in an area where I have to anymore. The pain these babies go through is incredible”.

    “Diane, I don’t know of any studies on this, but we require NPO for 2 hours prior to circs to reduce the risk of aspiration if the infant should vomit from stress. Hope this helps!”

    “From a nurse who has seen many circumcisions, IF you want to have your son circumcised at LEAST, know who is doing the circumcision. I work in a teaching hospital and have seen many circs done by residents who were doing their FIRST. Would you want to leave your sons penis in THOSE hands?”

    DOCTORS:

    “Throughout the last 120 years, circumcision has frequently been rationalized as the cure for the ‘disease du jour’ [disease of the day]. Over time, false claims were made that circumcision could prevent penile and cervical cancer, urinary tract infections, venereal disease, and if you look back far enough, even insanity, blindness, and epilepsy (among others).” –Anthony Hovenden, M.D (An excerpt from the Letters to the Editor in the July 16, 2000 edition of the Pittsburgh Post Gazette.)

    Arkadia, If I were you, I would seek to associate yourself in the medical profession in practices where this procedure is not done. Otherwise, you will be forced to be a partaker of the event, even if you are not actually doing the procedure.

    Note: Of course, the nurses don’t actually perform the circumcisions, but they do set up the room beforehand. They lay out all the instruments, and blue paper “chucks” pads, etc. During, they may hand the doctor the instruments. When the “procedure” is done, the doctor walks away, leaving the baby to be attended to by the nurse. She dabs some antibiotic ointment on the raw penis undoes the velcro straps on the Circumstraint [See “Different Methods” in the “How” section of the blue menu bar.], rediapers the baby in a special “post-circumcision” diaper , and takes him back to his mother.