Circumcised Iranian banana looking like a "doodool tala" (golden penis) - Ask An Iranian

We put it out to our Iranian audience. We asked them if they prefer their men cut, i.e. circumcised. They mostly preferred it. We also asked them if they think being cut is a good idea. They mostly thought it was a good idea. Lastly, we asked them if they would have their next male child cut. They were kinda 50/50 on this. Where did the enthusiasm for circumcision in Iran go?!

The practice of circumcision goes way back — like 15,000 years back. Yes, apparently Egyptians are depicted as performing circumcision before Judaism and Islam adopted it into their rituals. Fast forward to the modern day and we now have health reasons to help perpetuate this practice. In fact, health was the main reason given to us by our audience for why they think it’s a good idea. Another top listed reason was beatification.

Several Iranians share their stories about circumcision in Iran

To help us explain why, how and when Iranian boys get circumcised, we once again called on Amir. He joined us in sharing his circumcision stories, which included a story about how he convinced a Western adult to get circumcised.

We didn’t just get Amir’s take on the matter — no, no! We also chatted to the father of one of the Ask An Iranian podcast hosts. He joined us to explain why he didn’t circumcise all of his sons. As if that wasn’t enough, we also got the take of mothers and lovers. So, if you’re brave enough, be sure to check this episode out.

Questions we also get answers to in this episode

  • Do Iranians circumcise their boys?
  • Are women circumcised in Iran?
  • Does female genital mutilation (FGM) happen in Iran
  • Why do Iranians think circumcision is a good idea?
  • Where did the practice of circumcision come from?
  • Why do Muslims circumcise their boys?
  • How did one of the Ask An Iranian host’s circumcision in Iran go?
  • Is circumcision common in Iran?

After your circumcision in Iran, you might need to know how to propose to an Iranian girl

Listen to our previous recording with Amir where we explain how one should go about proposing to an Iranian girl. Yes, if you’re looking to propose to a Persian girl, we tell you what to expect and how to go about it.

Where can I get circumcised in Iran?

Before we begin this section, a word of warning: having foreskin removed is pretty much an irreversible procedure. Also, be warned, the procedure may involve complications — as mentioned by our followers in the related episode. Having said that, if you’re still up for having a circumcision in Iran, go nuts! Your body, your choice, right?!

We found this information on the Iranian Surgery website about where to go in Iran to get circumcised. At the time of writing this, the website states that circumcision in Iran will cost from $190 (“compared to its global cost of $2000”).

What is a doodool tala and where can I buy a T-shirt with one on?

The meaning of the Persian term doodool tala is simply, golden penis. The term relates to the idea of an Iranian man being a mummy’s boy, as in spoilt. For a gender-neutral term, we say “bache naneh”. We explain it all in an episode entitled, “Are all Iranian men mummy’s boys?“.

To accompany our episode about Iranian doodool tala, we made a T-shirt. You can buy a doodool tala T-shirt in our Ask An Iranian online store.

Shanay brings up doodool tala. Full episode here.
Doodool Tala T-shirt available to buy online at the Ask An Iranian online store.
Buy a Doodool Tala T-shirt online. See our unique, Persian script, doodool tala T-shirt in our online store.

Translation of Persian (Farsi) used during this episode

Persian (Pingilish)English translation
Ghahr kardan:To be ignoring someone
Cheshmam roshan:“My eyes are bright/open” — a term of surprise
Daste shomā dard nakoneh:“May your hands not hurt” — an expression of gratitude
Cherā in kāro kardi:“Why did you do that?”
Khodā rahm koneh:“God …”
Chāi nabāt:“Tea with crystal sugar”
Āreh:“Yes” — the casual form
“ā” appearing like this, is pronounced as a long-a, as used in the word “water”

Image credit: image of a circumcised banana representing a golden penis, or “doodool tala” as Iranians say. All of the Ask An Iranian podcast covers are available as NFTs here.