Kenya: The Benefits of Circumcision Are Exaggerated, We Should End It

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Many years ago when I was seven or eight, I happened to be using the urinal at the same time as my friend Samuel.

A cursory glance his way revealed that we had differences in the trouser department that I hadn't expected. Small boys aren't all the same, as it turns out, when they get stripped down.

I asked him about our differences and he filled me in. We looked different because I was circumcised, while he wasn't.

Blame my sheltered life. I had no clue about this mysterious thing.

Previously, the only other person I had seen naked was my older brother, but there weren't any differences in anatomy. Turns out I wasn't the stock version, I had been modified.

Samuel asked me questions about the procedure that I couldn't answer primarily because I couldn't remember it.

I had no memory of a foreskin. I was missing a part of me and didn't even know it.

I found out later that I had achieved "manhood" a few months after being born.

No one bothered to inform me of my elevated status as a man in the intervening years.

Samuel got his chance to be a man years later when we were in Class Five, and held a big party to celebrate.

During the party, we kept asking him "Is it true you can't walk for weeks due to the pain? Do they put it on a sling?"

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