Thanks for those interesting (and helpful) comments. And Chris, awful to hear of your experience. Yes, it was assault.
I think the infant pain thing is partly that they (frequently) don't use anaesthetic in infant circumcision (strange but true), also that the child is sharing his outrage at being assaulted. I know of cases where infant circumcision was required - but of course mostly it's about ancient ritual, and the screams are part of that. It's obscene. And, of course, infection is much more likely in an infant than an adult who knows and understands what's going on, why, and what to look for.
But I also know of a couple of adults who've had it done, with anaesthetic, consent, superglue and modern non-stick dressings: regular ibuprofen has been sufficient to avoid serious pain.
It's only skin, after all - most of those much vaunted bonus nerve endings are in the glans itself.
I'll update if, as and when!
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