The Victorians circumcised their males because it was thought to lessen the desire for masturbation. Now we just say it’s a hygiene issue.
When I worked at a bookstore, I read through an autobiography someone returned one day about a botched circumcision. I wish I remembered the name. Anyway, the doctor ended up burning this newborn’s penis so badly that it actually just charred and fell off. The parents decided to have a sex change performed on him, gave him estrogen therapy through puberty, and never told him that he was actually a boy. He never felt like a girl or even liked boys, so he was unhappy and confused most of his life. Eventually his parents told him the truth.
Yes, and he comitted suicide a few years ago….