Intactivism: Week in Review January 23, 2010
Say no to circumcision - support intactivism. The following list includes blogs, articles, and websites of interest to Intactivists that were published in the past week. This is a running tally of the ones I found interesting.
This has been another busy week for intactivists. The number of pro-intact blogs and articles seems to be increasing. Hopefully, this trend will continue and the circumcision debate will have a wider audience. I can only believe that as more people learn about circumcision, the more that people will realize what an obsolete and barbaric practice it is.
Sunday, January 17, 2010
Male Circumcision and HIV: VIDEO: Correcting Stephen Lewis
A discussion of Stephen Lewis campaign for circumcsion and two videos that offer a critique of Stephen's circumcision advocacy.
They Belong To Us: Why I Didnt Circumcise My Boys
One mother writes about how she came to decide to leave her two sons intact. She decided her sons were perfect as born and circumcision was unnecessary.
DrMomma - Peaceful Parenting: Dr. Aldeeb encourages action as Switzerland moves toward universal circumcision ban
Dr. Sami Aldeeb, an expert on circumcision, writes of his advocacy to stop genital mutilation, first of females, and then of males.
Monday, January 18, 2010
ARC - Attorneys for the Rights of the Child: Annual Newsletter (pdf)
The link will download the annual newsletter from ARC. The newsletter is 18 pages of information about circumcision from the past year.
Salem-News.com: Circumcision and Penile Anesthesia: Not Before but After
A discussion of infant circumcision and how circumcision results in a loss of sensitivity and a loss of sexual pleasure because the circumcised penis is abnormal.
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Male Circumcision and HIV: AAP/CDC PROJECT: Circumcision Task Force policy revision due soon, write letters now to be heard!
A call to everyone to contact the AAP and the CDC to let them know that circumcision is not the answer to anything.
San Diego CityBeat: Circumspection - The foreskin is only the tip of the controversy
Alternative news article describing the history of circumcision in San Diego. the article describes the current legislation against male genital mutilation.
IntactByDefault: When, exactly, did Scientific American become Circumcised Americans Magazine?
A critique of Scientific American Magazine and its apparent disregard of the science relating to the circumcision question. The Scientific American article treats, without any scientific support, the study of penis microbiome as conclusive evidence that circumcision prevents HIV infection.
DrMomma: Peaceful Parenting: Babies Do Feel Pain
An extensively researched article on babies and how they feel pain. The article discusses how society seems to discount the effect of pain felt by infants, such as caused by circumcision.
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
Male Circumcision and HIV: THE OBSERVER: Thousands face agony or death after Zulu king's circumcision decree
A brief discussion of a news article announcing that the Zulus may start male circumcisions after stopping the practice over 200 years ago. Several errors in the article are pointed out.
The Lay Scientist: Circumcision and HIV/AIDS: 4
An informative article about the Zulus and their King's decision to restart circumcision after 200 year of leaving their men intact.
DrMomma: Peaceful Parenting: The Day I Withdrew From Nursing School
A reprint of a story told by a nursing student who quit nursing school after participating in an infant circumcision. This story is almost virul it has been reprinted so many times. See the original here.
DrMomma: Peaceful Parenting: Cut vs. Intact Outcome Statistics
A tally of how many circumcised babies, out of every 100, who will not readily breastfeed, have hemorrhaging, have adverse reactions to circumcision, will need corrective surgery, and will be infected at the circumcision wound. The blog puts into perspective the harm of infant circumcision.
Thursday, January 21, 2010
The Washington Post: There's good concern for not circumcising boys
A letter to the editor that points out it would be bioethically wrong for the CDC to recommend infant circumcision based on the African trials.
The Free Thinker: Why circumcision should be abhorred
A thoughtful article on why infant circumcision is something that should repulse all. Infant circumcision is unnecessary and painful surgery of a helpless infant. "It is simply an ancient and barbaric ritual with no place in any modern society."
Woman to Woman Childbirth Education: Circumcision Guidelines
An informative blog detailing why infant circumcision is harmful. The author includes a list of names of members of the AAP Task Force on Circumcision.
90.1 KPFT Thresholds: The beginnings of life:home birth and circumcision
An mp3 of a radio program with Dr. Robert Van Howe discussing circumcision. Dr. Van Howe has authored several studies critical of infant circumcision.
Friday, January 22, 2010
Code Name Moma: The Locker Room Argument
A mother's response that teasing in the locker room is not a reason for infant circumcision.
Saturday, January 23, 2010
Male Circumcision and HIV: INTERVIEW: Male Circumcision & HIV blogger speaks on his involvement in the twin issues of HIV Prevention and Genital Integrity
A YouTube video by David Wilton, an attorney who is very active as an intactivist. He has a blog at Male Circumcision and HIV in which he posts observations.