The author makes a strong case for genital integrity. Male infant circumcision violates the boy’s genital integrity and his autonomy.
Every human being has the right to bodily autonomy and self-determination. These rights do not come from the government; they are natural. This right is so basic that we often aren’t even aware of it, but think for a minute: does anyone have the right to permanently alter your body without your permission?
Are American’s so caught up in the circumcision culture that they require that their son’s circumcision be tight? Tight circumcisions are troublesome for adult men because they will have tight erections and, sometimes, painful erections.
In a follow-up to an article about male infant circumcision, a reporter seeks answers from the organizations promoting the circumcision campaign in Africa. She fails to get adequate responses. The Harvard School of Public Health’s AIDS Initiative was unable to answer four questions posed by the reporter.
A father talks about the upcoming birth of his son and the circumcision decision. After seeing the episode of Strange Sex on TLC that showed Ron Low’s foreskin restoration business, the author was receptive to the idea that circumcision is harmful.
As an intactivist I have always been fascinated by American’s obsession with male circumcision and the rest of the world’s distaste, or at least ambivalence, with it.
Something I’ve always wanted to do was see what exactly non-American health organizations had to say about the matter. Listed below is what other countries think of infant circumcision in their own words.
[no one else in the world endorses male infant circumcision]
A mother tells how she mindlessly allowed her baby boy to be circumcised. After she say his bloody penis, she realized what she allowed to happen. Her baby boy, who had no health problems before his circumcision, is suffering as a toddler from his circumcision. All because she mindlessly allowed surgery on her healthy baby.
As an adult, is it acceptable for someone to forcibly cut off part of your genitalia? No? Even if it your parents who want you to be cut? Then why is it acceptable to do the same to someone younger, for example, an infant boy? Parental rights do not override the rights of the person to an intact and whole body.
While most amputations are not desirable unless there is a dire medical need, amputating part of the sex organ of baby boys is socially acceptable in the US. Hygiene is achieved by washing, not by cutting off body parts. Tradition is no reason in a modern world. Neither is religion, after all, the boy may belief different than the parents.
A mother lists steps to educate others about the harms of male infant circumcision. She is an intactivist and believes that if others are educated, they will be more likely to leave their sons intact, that is, whole, uncircumcised, uncut, etc.
Initially, this blogger was against banning male infant circumcision. But after acknowledging that female genital cutting has been illegal since 1996, she is reconsidering her stance. Circumcision of boys and girls is unnecessary and has risks.
A thorough critique of the three Africa trials that are used to justify the male circumcision campaign in Africa. The conclusions of the three trials are based on assumptions, not evidence. In at least two of the trials, only a minority of HIV infections came from sex.
Money drives the male circumcision campaign in Africa. The campaign is a combination of cultural/medical imperialism and the big business of international health promoted primarily by Americans. Georganne Chapin, executive director of Intact America, asks how we can get mainstream American media to ask obvious questions and seek the truth.
An analysis of Rabbi Yanklowitz’ attempt at justifying male infant circumcision. The rabbi wrongfully relies on health as one reason justifying genital cutting. The rabbi also relies on circumcision as a means to control male sexual behavior, as if that is a good thing. The rabbi further states that circumcision will lead to social acceptance and help in obtaining a mate, which is a common reason given in support of female genital cutting.