The circumcision causes a deficit of sexual gratification. It implants the feeling that the ultimate pleasure is unattainable. The cortical reorganization following circumcision gradually reutilizes the brain potential freed by the removal of the foreskin receptors. The concurrent mental transformation masks the feeling of dissatisfaction so the compensations of the Circumcision complex are felt to bring about alleviation which makes them addictive.
The somatosensory cortex is a body map so the adjacent sensory areas wire anatomically close parts of the body. For that reason it is most likely that the first cortical areas to invade the deactivated foreskin area are those innervating the rest of the penis. The information that the cortical reorganization ensuing circumcision redirects first is also about sexual sensitivity. A surficial cortical reorganization operates mainly in the field of sexual perception. In other words the most direct and universal psychological effects of circumcision should closely relate to sexuality.
With the advancement of the mental reform the sensual pleasure links with increasing number of compensatory activities. The earlier in life circumcision is performed the profounder is the psychological transformation it triggers and the vaguer becomes the sexual nature of the insufficiency it inflicts. The earlier circumcision is performed the wider tends to be the spectrum of compensations of the Circumcision complex and the more disassociated they appear from sexuality.
The effects of adult circumcision are modest and sexual
The circumcision performed after puberty or during adulthood triggers a minimal neurophysiological transformation because the nervous system is completely specialized in processing sexual perception. The loss of sexual sensitivity due to circumcision performed during sexually active age is realized and is repressed to minimal degree. The adult circumcision does not induce the Circumcision complex or induces a surficial one the compensations of which are sexually-related emotions or actions aiming at restoring the lost sensitivity.
Mid-childhood circumcision tends to produce sexual possessiveness
During mid-childhood and before sexual maturity the foreskin sensitivity and the brain structure are already well developed which restricts the scope of the cortical reorganization that circumcision eventually triggers. Correspondingly, the psychological compensations of mid-childhood circumcision are relatively surficial and closely related to sexuality. The mental effects of child circumcision tend to generate a more or less abstract still sex-related hunger.
Chronic hunger and dissatisfaction instigate overindulgence. Sexuality naturally relates to possession and control so the most immediate compensation for the deficiency of sexual gratification is oversupply with sexual pleasure. Thus the compensations of a surficial Circumcision complex should evoke sexual possessiveness and jealousy. Muslims circumcise their boys at various ages before puberty but mostly at the age of 7.[i] Harems, yashmaks, eunuchs, belly-dancers and submissive women are the Islam stereotypes that perfectly exemplify the sexual possessiveness we expect the mid-childhood circumcision to produce.
Mid-childhood circumcision induces a Circumcision complex of an intermediate scope. It does not provide for a complete sublimation of sexual impulse and generates sexual possessiveness. Its compensations closely resemble what is generally referred as to sexual frustration.
We have heard that Islam’s heaven is populated with women.[ii] This confirms that removal of the foreskin during mid-childhood does not enforce the profoundest transformation of the libido but merely renders gratification partly unattainable or from a subjective point of view indefinitely postpones it. The rescheduling of the completion of sexual gratification seems to redirect the sex drive to the abstract realms of imagination.
The neurophysiological basis for the sexual character of compensations of the child circumcision (or of the shallowness of the Circumcision complex it induces) is that the foreskin’s somatosensory area in the cortex has already specialized in processing sexual information at the time of circumcision.
Each time we sleep with a Houri we find her virgin. Besides, the penis of the Elected never softens. […] Each chosen one (i.e. Muslim) will marry seventy houris, besides the women he married on earth, and all will have appetizing vaginas.
Al-Itqan fi Ulum al-Qur’an, p. 351
The fable of the 72 virgins awaiting the faithful Muslims in the next world discloses what is in their minds in the present world.[iii] Or in psychoanalytical terms, mid-childhood circumcision represses sexual gratification and creates a psychological fixation on it.[iv] At the same time the loss of sensitivity develops the conceptual reasoning and helps construct the abstract parallel realm of the afterlife where the fulfilment will be completed. The Muslim paradise combines spiritual abstraction and sexual concreteness. This shows that circumcision at some point before puberty does not profoundly transform libido. Mid-childhood circumcision eradicates the foreskin only in the physical plan while its brain representative has already begun to think sensually. It only makes the foreskin unreachable in this life while the craving to reach it has grown strong. The proper religious education directs the longing and virtually teleports the foreskin into the invisible reality of the next life. Mid-childhood circumcision does not efficiently circumcise the heart, we may say. Expectedly, it must produce stronger sex discrimination than the circumcision of infants.
Infant circumcision tends to produce general possessiveness and abstract reasoning
The circumcision of new-borns provides for the profoundest cortical reorganization the compensations of which are disconnected from sexuality at the most. Neonatal circumcision maximally favours the development of abstract and associative reasoning hence piety and imagination. The compensations of infant circumcision are the profoundest, may be appear completely asexual and relate to abstract possessiveness and reasoning.
Jews circumcise their boys at the 8th day after birth. This roots the Circumcision complex deep in the unconscious mind. Its compensations must be most conceptual in Jews than in Muslims. In confirmation, the Jewish stereotypes are generally asexual. They reflect acquisitiveness, devoted religiousness and intellectual achievements. They seem to be good examples of the profound mental transformation that neonatal circumcision causes.. Jewish stereotypes may be regarded as manifestations of the far-reaching compensations of the Circumcision complex triggered by the neonatal circumcision.
- Fixation – in psychoanalysis, a partial arrest of emotional and instinctual development at an early point in life, due to a severe traumatic experience or an overwhelming gratification. [Webster’s Dictionary] → Back