Oh, how I hate delving into this subject. I always get lots of angry comments and emails. But, if a reader has asked, well...that's what the blog is for: to help people learn about, understand, and be proud of their equipment. Please, bear in mind - I am not telling anyone whether it is right or wrong - it just is.
At conception, we are all female. The foreskin is the equivalent of the clitoral hood, it is there by nature. It can cause serious medical issues such as phimosis, paraphimosis, Balinitis Xerotica Obliterans (BXO) a hardening of the Phimotic Ring). If a young man is not given instruction on the proper care and hygiene of his cock, lesser issues can crop up, such as urinary tract infections, pustules of the glans, etc. And I have written about those things - some several times.
Despite what some anti-circumcision sites would lead you to believe, the practice has been around for centuries. But, here in the US, among Christians, it began sometime in the mid-1800s because it was thought to "cure" masturbation. It became somewhat of a "standard" procedure at birth during the late 1940s and early 1950s after studies revealed fewer medical issues among the cut population vs the uncut men.
Regardless of your personal status - or your beliefs on the subject - there is one issue which can be an issue for all guys as they're growing up: being a victim of bullying because one is "different." Young guys can be extremely cruel. As my reader experienced, he was the lone uncut kid and suffered ridicule even into adulthood, simply because he had a foreskin.
The bullying had such an effect on him that, at the age of 40, he went in for a circumcision for purely aesthetic reasons.
As the practice has diminished, we see a higher equalization of cut v uncut males. The thing we must all remember is: We should never - never - be made to feel ashamed of what we have. Whether you have been cut
or are still intact,
you should be proud of what you have
And, regardless of your own foreskin status, you should never ridicule someone because his cock is different.