Letter: Circumcision ethics

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The Independent Culture
Sir: Angela West says she "cannot think of one good reason for keeping" the foreskin (letter, 23 September).

Apologies for having to state the obvious, but all parts of our bodies are there for a reason - even those we don't find "aesthetically pleasing". The foreskin is there primarily to protect the most sensitive area of the penis. It acts as a "friction bearing" during intercourse (to the benefit of both participants!) and protects against de-sensitisation of the penis - an unfortunate side effect of circumcision.

FRASER DRIVER

Addlestone,

Surrey

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