|Quoting GST (Reply 15):|
I do not know the evolutionary reason for foreskins existence, they may well be a throwback that now serve little/no purpose to homo sapiens whilst increasing the risk of some specific diseases and conditions, but I don't see any drive for babies to have their tonsils removed.
It's there to protect the most sensitive parts and prevent desensitization due to constant stimulus from outside sources such as bedding and clothing.
|Quoting racko (Reply 45):|
A point that hasn't been brought up, but I feel that should be important: sexual pleasure.
Knowing only my uncircumcised position, I think that that's a lot of very sensitive skin with a lot of nerve endings that gets cut off there. Why forfeit that sensation and the subsequent possibilities of pleasure?
Not to mention that the missing foreskin over the glans surely leads to a lot of lost sensitivity in the glans as well, doesn't it?
According to Moses Maimonides, decreasing sexual pleasure was one of the main reasons for circumcision:
"Similarly with regard to circumcision, one of the reasons for it is, in my opinion, the wish to bring about a decrease in sexual intercourse and a weakening of the organ in question, so that this activity be diminished and the organ be in as quiet a state as possible. It has been thought that circumcision perfects what is defective congenitally. This gave the possibility to everyone to raise an objection and to say: How can natural things be defective so that they need to be perfected from outside, all the more because we know how useful the foreskin is for that member? In fact this commandment has not been prescribed with a view to perfecting what is defective congenitally, but to perfecting what is defective morally. The bodily pain caused to that member is the real purpose of circumcision. None of the activities necessary for the preservation of the individual is harmed thereby, nor is procreation rendered impossible, but violent concupiscence and lust that goes beyond what is needed are diminished. The fact that circumcision weakens the faculty of sexual excitement and sometimes perhaps diminishes the pleasure is indubitable. For if at birth this member has been made to bleed and has had its covering taken away from it, it must indubitably be weakened. The Sages, may their memory be blessed, have explicitly stated: It is hard for a woman with whom an uncircumcised man has had sexual intercourse to separate from him. In my opinion this is the strongest of the reasons for circumcision."