I could only imagine it might be something like this!
So I was scrolling through my Facebook news feed today when I saw this video published by CNBC come up. Since I think it is closely related, I decided to share my reaction to it on this blog.
In case my readers can't see it, it is a video depicting people who have been color blind their whole lives, experiencing for the first time in their lives what it feels like to see color.
They look through glasses that have been fitted with special lenses that separate pigments by blocking certain wavelengths.
To see these people experience what the rest of the world sees normally is nothing short of amazing.
I can only imagine what they are feeling at experiencing something they've been missing throughout their whole lives.
Which raises the question, what if circumcised men could suddenly experience what it's like to have a foreskin?
To feel sensations through nerve endings that they were missing their whole lives?
What would their reactions be?
To feel sensations unfiltered through a keratinized glans?
To feel the sensations of their missing inner mucosa?
For men who had it removed in infancy, their frenulum?
A study conducted in 2007 tells us that the glans of the circumcised penis is less sensitive to fine touch than the glans of the uncircumcised penis.
That the transitional region from the external to the internal prepuce is the most sensitive region of the uncircumcised penis and more sensitive than the most sensitive region of the circumcised penis.
In essence, circumcision ablates the most sensitive parts of the penis, and desensitizes the remaining parts due to keratinization, desensitizing the penis by a factor of four.
So what if it were made possible for men who were circumcised from birth, to suddenly experience the sensations of having a foreskin?
What would their reaction be?
How would they feel?
To experience what for most men in the rest of the world (something like 70-80%) is "normal?"
To think, that unlike color blindness, this is something that was purposefully taken away from them at birth?
That they have had to live with an artificial condition iatrogenically given to them for life?