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Courtney Act, semi-finalist on Australian Idol and one of the season six RuPaul’s Drag Race queens, has just released a new video in which she talks about a very important subject: dicks. Or, more accurately, foreskin.
In the video, she talks about the history of circumcision, starting from the covenant between God and Abraham to the modern day. She debunks many of the various myths going around. Contrary to popular belief, circumcision is proven to have no effect on gay men contracting HIV.
Act’s most important point, however, is how the foreskin contains many, many nerves not found in the rest of the penis. Circumcision removes that, reducing sensitivity and pleasure. (Which is not to say, of course, that those with circumcised penii don’t feel pleasure from sex… just less.)
Of course, given circumcision’s modern history as a tool to curb masturbation, that was probably seen as a feature, not a bug.
Act rightfully points out that given the facts, circumcision, if not done for religious reasons, is merely plastic surgery. At least it’s slightly better now — until relatively recently, circumcisions on infants were performed without anesthesia. If you think someone hacking at your dick is bad, just imagine being able to feel it.
In the video, Act says her “biggest regret in life was losing [her] foreskin.” There are proposed foreskin restoration therapies. Most involve “tugging,” a prolonged process of gently stretching the remaining foreskin. Eventually, your body will start to regrow the foreskin over the head of the penis. This process can be dangerous — if done correctly, it’s painless, though some people can injure themselves by being overzealous.
Courtney Act makes a good argument for ending this practice — at least when done cosmetically. (When it comes to religion, that decision is between you and your god.)