AFL coach (Hawthorn Hawks), former Aussie Rules player (North Melbourne Kangaroos, Melbourne Demons)
Many of you thought it would never happen, but here are the results of our first survey. Finally.
As those of you who follow us on twitter may know, at some point we realised we were about to hit 500 Australian respondents (for this survey that's anyone who was born or currently lives in Australia). We decided to hold out for the big 5-0-0 (for a good sample size) and last week it happened!
Thank you for everyone's patience - we have had lots of messages - and thank you all for participating.
As well as the yes/no questions (and the sometimes oddly placed "other" option), we were sent a lot of touching, interesting, angry and supportive messages. We will post some of those over the next few weeks.
The results themselves come from men of a broad spectrum of ages and experiences. The reasons that bring people to this site are many, but circumcision has affected all of them. Yet it's something we don't talk about.
64% of men surveyed have never discussed circumcision with their parents.
19% are unhappy with their status.
Why is it still a taboo?
Once we collated the answers to the survey, we realised that the status of the respondent is ambiguous in many cases. Hey, we're learning. So we will soon launch a pair of new surveys: one for helmets and one for hoodies. This will make answers clearer and we can ask specific questions. (If anyone can recommend a good survey site, let us know)
We hope to give the follow-up survey a big push and get answers from people who wouldn't otherwise come to the site. The help of our loyal readers will be needed!
Have you got a question you'd like to be included in our new surveys? If you do, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Did you know we have a Facebook that nobody really looks at? Feel free to friend, follow or send us stuff.
Also, please keep in mind with your messages, comments and tweets that this project is impartial. Whether you are pro- or anti-circumcision (or "didn't know it was still a thing", as one person wrote), this page is for grown men, most of whom had no choice in their status, and their own self image. We appreciate it is a very emotive issue for a lot of people, but let's be friends.
The most recent statistic we found on the status of Australian men was published in the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health in 2010. 4,290 Australian men aged 16 - 64 were surveyed. 58% were circumcised and 42% intact. Although the prevalence of circumcision in Australia will have lowered since then, it mirrors the results of our survey.
To clarify the latter results:
Men with sons
93% of intact men surveyed left their son(s) intact, while 7% circumcised.
63% of circumcised men surveyed chose to circumcise their son(s), while 37% did not.
Men who plan on children
89% of intact men said they would keep their sons intact, while 11% would circumcise.
75% of circumcised men said they would also circumcise their sons, while 25% would not.
Note that respondents were of all ages. More than one had sons in the 1950s. Our numbers do not represent current circumcision rates.
Former coach (Adelaide Football Club), former Aussie Rules player (Carlton Blues, Essendon Bombers)
What Aussie Men Have Down Under
Many Australian men, intact or circumcised, feel ostracised because of their penis.
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