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April 29, 2003

In the briefing on circumcision

Daniel Radosh

In the briefing on circumcision I wrote for The Week last month, I stated, "Circumcision opponents say that when the glans is unnaturally exposed, it thickens and becomes less sensitive." In my first draft, I followed that with a sentence to the effect of, "There is no evidence for this." The disclaimer got cut for space, and because lack of evidence isn't thought of as newsworthy (unlike unsubstantiated claims). Were I writing the article today, I'd instead have said, "Evidence disputes this."

I remain a rare circumcision moderate: there's no reason (other than cultural) to do it, but there's no harm in it either.

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