When it comes to our favorite vampire saga, most people know what happened. Bella Swan fell in love with a vampire and had to choose between him and her human family. She decided to stay with Edward and his family, but not without a heartbreaking plea to her father to let her stay. In the end, she did go back to Edward, but it was too late. They had already had sex and were expecting a child. Now Bella is married to Edward and their daughter, Emmett, lives in the Cullens’ mansion in Forks, WA. The saga went on to become a box office phenomenon, and it continues to influence pop culture more than 73 years after its publication.
There’s another chapter in the Twilight saga that isn’t as well-known. In fact, it’s almost forgotten. That’s because Edward’s most famous feature isn’t a vampire mark but his foreskin. In some editions of the novel, Edward’s full name is given as Robert Pattinson, and it is said that he was born without a penis due to illness. As mentioned, most people know what happened next. Edward is described as having been circumcised, which is a common term used during that time period to refer to the surgical removal of the foreskin. However, some individuals still confuse genital mutilation with circumcision, so it’s not without it’s challenges.
What is circumcision?
Circumcision is a procedure in which the foreskin of the penis is removed. It’s also known as ‘snipping the pigtail’, ‘childhood masturbation’, or ‘foreskin preservation’. The purpose of circumcision is to prevent infections during adulthood. Circumcision can also improve a man’s sexual experience by creating a tight seal around the head of the penis; preventing water from escaping while in the act of sex. Some men find that it also increases their sexual pleasure.
There are several different types of circumcisions. The most common is the ‘American’ or ‘surgical’ circumcision, in which the foreskin is removed from the top of the glans down to the base. It was commonly performed on boys during the 1940s and 1950s. The least common is the ‘ritual’ or ‘partial’ circumcision, in which only the foreskin of the ventral aspect of the penis is removed. This type of circumcision is still performed in some Arab countries.
Why Was Edward’s Circumcision Told In The Novel?
Edward’s circumcision was first mentioned in the 1956 novel, Twilight. In the book, Bella described her reaction to learning that a famous Englishman had been turned into a vampire: “It was quite a shock to hear that he was a vampire. After all, he had seemed so normal and average. It was like learning that Frankenstein’s monster was somebody’s uncle or aunt.”
It was meant to be a joke, but for some reason, the author, Stephanie Meyer, decided to include the information about Edward’s circumcision in the novel. It seems that she may have found out about it from an article that her agent had seen in a tabloid. The article described a trial in which a young man named Robert Pattinson was trying to prove that he was incapable of having sex with a woman. According to the article, Pattinson had been born without a penis and was now trying to become accustomed to one. He’d had a circumcision, but the doctors had botched the job and left some scarring. For the purposes of the trial, his attorney had to describe his anatomy in detail, including that he had been circumcised. At some point in the trial, the judge realized that the whole thing was a practical joke and had to be dropped. This is why it wasn’t included in later editions of Twilight. Nowadays, however, this information about Edward’s circumcision is considered very important by most individuals, including myself. It’s not that his lack of a penis is embarrassing. It’s more that not discussing it can make an individual feel like there’s something shameful about him. This, in turn, can cause him to feel less confident around his body. If you or someone you know has been the victim of circumcision, it can be quite a struggle to get over. This is why it’s important to let people know that you’re not ‘wrong’ for being born without a penis. There’s nothing wrong with you, you’re just different. This is also why it’s important to let people know that you’re not ashamed of your body, even if it doesn’t have a penis or is a different gender than the one you were born into.
It wasn’t easy for Robert Pattinson to discuss the subject of his circumcision with others. Even now, decades later, it’s still not something he wants to talk about. In fact, he tends to avoid the subject, even when it comes up in casual conversation. When people want to know more about this part of his life, he usually gives them a sad smile and says that it was a long time ago and that he’s happy now. This can sometimes make people feel like he’s trying to hide something. Sometimes it makes him feel a little humiliated. Overall, however, he feels that it was the right thing to do and that it helped him become the person he is today. He also feels fortunate that he didn’t have to suffer through any additional pain, as some people who are born without a penis do. Sadly, this is something that he will have to live with for the rest of his life.
Bella’s Comments On Edward’s Circumcision
In the film version of Twilight, when Bella learns that Edward has been turned into a vampire, she reacts by saying “I didn’t know they could do that.” To which, Edward replies, “They can, and it’s a very painful process.”
This is probably one of the most common reactions to hearing about a person’s circumcision. Many people don’t believe that vampires can be circumcised, especially since the majority of them are born with their genitalia intact. This is why, when they are first introduced to the idea of being a vampire, they often have a hard time accepting it. They think that it is some kind of sick joke or that their psychiatrist is playing tricks on them. Fortunately, as mentioned, most people eventually understand that it’s not a laughing matter and that there’s a lot more to being a vampire than meets the eye.
Since Edward’s penis was removed due to medical reasons, and not for religious or cultural reasons, it’s not a problem for him to be a vampire. This is something that he is, however, constantly reminded of. Due to his circumstances, he has to get his blood transfused regularly, which is something that he worries about. Sometimes, his fear overpowers his natural desire to live, and he has to drink human blood to survive. This is something that he feels guilty about, but knows that he has no other choice. Fortunately, his human side always prevails, and he doesn’t turn into a mindless zombie. He simply has to keep drinking to stay alive.
Does Edward’s Circumcision Have Any Effect On The Saga?
To this day, Edward’s circumcision is still mentioned in Twilight. In fact, it has a whole chapter in the book, entitled “He Never Has to Worry About His Cuteness Being Effectively Removed.” Since it wasn’t something that he chose to have done, and it was out of necessity, it’s not something he’s completely at ease with. These days, he tries to live his life as normally as possible. He still gets teased about his lack of a penis from time to time, but he doesn’t let it get to him. He just smiles and says “it was a long time ago,” and then changes the subject.
After Edward’s first sex scene with Bella, he tells her that it was “the most amazing experience of his entire life.” This is something that he will always remember about their time together. It wasn’t just the physical act that stole his breath away as much as it was the mental connection that he felt to Bella. He understood that their time together was ‘special’ and that he would never experience anything quite like it again. This, in turn, made him feel a stronger connection to her. Even now, after all these years, he will still feel a surge of desire whenever he sees or thinks of her. In his eyes, she will always be “the one,” even if he has other romantic or sexual partners in his life. This is, in part, because she is his ultimate fantasy woman, and he can’t help but imagine what would happen if she were to accept his romantic advances. It’s a very special bond that they share.