Since bland foods were no guarantee that teenage boys of the 19th century would rid themselves of onanism, Graham advocated for the removal of foreskins to help prevent young men from sinking into a life of sexual depravity. He wrote, “Chastity is that duty which was mystically intended by God in the law of circumcision. It is the circumcision of the heart, the cutting off all superfluity of naughtiness, and a suppression of all irregular desires in the matter of a sensual or carnal pleasure.”
Not to be outdone, Kellogg suggested in his pamphlet, Plain Facts for Old and Young, “A remedy which is almost always successful in small boys is circumcision... The operation should be performed by a surgeon without administering an anesthetic, as the brief pain attending the operation will have a salutary effect upon the mind, especially if it be connected with the idea of punishment... The soreness which continues for several weeks interrupts the practice.” Great, thanks Kellogg, not only should men get a surgical procedure, but it should also hurt. Not cool.