The Masturbation Taboo and the Rise of Routine Male Circumcision: A Review of the Historiography

@article{Darby2003TheMT,
  title={The Masturbation Taboo and the Rise of Routine Male Circumcision: A Review of the Historiography},
  author={Robert Darby},
  journal={Journal of Social History},
  year={2003},
  volume={36},
  pages={737 - 757}
}
  • Robert Darby
  • Published 2003
  • Psychology
  • Journal of Social History
  • There is increasing scholarly interest in the history of routine male circumcision in Anglophone countries, but much disagreement as to whether prevention of masturbation was an important part of this development. A review of the historiography of both the masturbation phobia and the rise of routine circumcision shows that it has been widely accepted since the 1950s that discouraging masturbation was a major reason why doctors, educationists and childcare experts sought to introduce… CONTINUE READING
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