In every part of the world inherent cultures abide. Normalcy is the life our culture dictates.
My normalcy includes whole penises. It was only when I was circumcised (as a mature adult) that I was prompted to do any
research on the subject. My first Internet searches were for anything that promoted circumcision, so keen was I to find something that would comfort my distress. What I found was information that simply did not 'ring true'; and the few discussion forums bordered on fetishism. The one redeeming factor was that I learned, for the first time in my life, that secular routine infant circumcision abounded in the USA. My first reaction was disbelief and horror. My culture had taught me that any departure from nature's design was abnormal; and any attempt of mankind to alter its perfection should, at the very least, be questioned. If I had been raised in the USA, would my reaction to the concept of an intact penis have been equally disbelieving and horrified? The odds are it would.
We don't have a movement activating for RIC in England, thank God. However, if we did would I treat its proponents with despair and think of them as fanatical weirdos? Possibly.
On the other hand I might want to discover why
some people were so keen to have every little boy circumcised. I would look for a forum and perhaps find one entitled The Case For Circumcision
. There I would put my questions, hoping for some positive replies and good advice (just as I did prior to and following my surgery). Its members could well be as caring and welcoming as this forum, but amongst a few helpful replies there might be others who would accuse me of bad parenting, of having no care for my child's health and well-being... and so on. Would I leave and never return, knowing my first beliefs were correct? Probably.
It occurs to me that my post has been more of an exercise in double-think for my own benefit, rather than a worthwhile contribution to this thread! But it's important I try to think myself into a culture where RIC exists - and understand it - before I can justify offering opinions of my own.
Overall, I have been hugely impressed with this forum and its members. I hope you are proud of your achievements. You should be!