Focus: They do what ...? Byways of the charity world - Norm UK

Mathew Little

"Are you missing something?" asks the website of Norm UK. The foreskin, according to Britain's only anti-male circumcision charity, is not just a useless piece of skin - it plays a vital role in sexual pleasure and protecting the body against disease.

Religion is not the only reason it is sacrificed - there are darker forces at work. "Purloined baby foreskins" are sold to bioresearch laboratories and pharmaceutical companies that require human flesh as raw research material, the charity claims.

For the unsheathed, the charity offers hope. The Joy of Uncircumcising, the "foreskin restoration bible", says this involves stretching the remaining skin to encourage the production of new skin cells. It takes time and dedication, warns Norm, and doesn't exactly sound a joyous experience, but it can be done.

Norm offers support groups merchandise such as a cushion bearing its logo, which is undoubtedly the most graphic one to be found in the voluntary sector. To become a full member, go to www.norm-uk.org.

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