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Uncut: A Cultural Analysis of the Foreskin

Jonathan A. Allan

Uncut explores the significance of the foreskin in contemporary culture

Uncut: A Cultural Analysis of the Foreskin takes an interdisciplinary approach to understanding the foreskin and its position in contemporary Anglo-American culture. From language to art, from religion to medicine and public health, Uncut is a provocative book that asks us to ask ourselves what we know and don't know about this seemingly small piece of skin.

The "uncut" penis is viewed by some as attractive or erotic, and by others as ugly or undesirable. Secular parents of male infants worry about whether or not the foreskin should be removed so their little boy can grow up to "look like dad" or to avoid imagined bullying in the locker room. Medical experts and public health organizations argue back and forth about whether circumcision is medically necessary, while "intactivists" advocate that removing an infant's foreskin without their consent is mutilation.

Drawing on all these threads, Jonathan A. Allan leads us through the history and cultural construction of the foreskin--from Michelangelo's David to parenting manuals, from nineteenth-century panic over masturbation to foreskin restoration--to ultimately ask: what is the future of the foreskin?

Book Details

  • Publisher: University of Regina Press
  • Publish Date: Nov 5th, 2024
  • Pages: 352
  • Language: English
  • Dimensions: 0.00in - 0.00in - 0.00in - 0.30lb
  • EAN: 9781779400314
  • Categories: Gender StudiesMen's StudiesAnthropology - Cultural & Social

About the Author

Allan, Jonathan A.: - Jonathan A. Allan is Canada Research Chair in Men and Masculinities and Professor of English, Drama, and Creative Writing and Gender and Women's Studies at Brandon University, in Brandon, Manitoba. He is the author of Reading from Behind: A Cultural Analysis of the Anus.