Intactivism: Week in Review September 11, 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.
Sunday, September 5, 2010
The Local: Sweden's News in English: Boys not circumcised without medical grounds
Several county and regional health authorities in Sweden continue to contravene national guidelines by refusing to perform circumcisions on boys who lack specific medical grounds for the surgery. These ethical doctors are being criticized because others think parents will go to butchers for the surgery. Too bad they are not holding the parents accountable for non-therapeutic infant circumcisions.
The Gospel of Joe: The Foreskin Covenant
An irreverent look at Genesis 17 and why we cut our penis. Fun fact – Circumcision is the process of forcibly restraining a person (usually an unconsenting baby) and proceeding to hack off the end of his penis. In ancient times, circumcision was performed using a sharp rock. Recently, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) concluded that “there is considerable evidence that newborns who are circumcised without analgesia experience pain.”
Monday, September 6, 2010
Informed Parenting: 5 reasons parents give for choosing circumcision, and why those reasons are not valid
A concise, well-thought out response to five common reasons often used by parents to justify or rationalize the infant circumcision of their son.
Examiner: Why Americans circumcise reason 6 - To protect their sons from penis cancer
Reasons why the cancer excuse is no good to justify male infant circumcision.
Tuesday, September 7, 2010
Daddy's My Mommy: Snip, Snip
A father decides to respect his son and not opt for an infant circumcision. He lets his son remain whole and intact, with the freedom to choose a circumcision for himself, if he wants one.
Wednesday, September 8, 2010
Owning Pink: A Case Against Circumcision
An OB/GYN writes about male infant circumcision. She provides 7 reasons for parents to leave their sons intact.
Examiner: Why Americans circumcise reason 5 - To protect their sons from phimosis
The foreskin of young boys is fused to the glans and the foreskin is non-retractable. The foreskin becomes naturally retractable as the boy gets older. sometimes, the boy reaches puberty before the foreskin is retractable. Until the foreskin is retractable naturally, there cannot be phimosis. Premature retraction of the boy's foreskin often damages the penis and results in scarring, which sometimes leads to phimosis.
DrMomma Peaceful Parenting: African Healer Sees Higher HIV Rates, Lower Condom Use After Circumcision
An unfortunate consequence of the circumcision campaign in Africa is that men believe that their circumcision protects them from HIV. They are wrong. Condoms must be used regardless of the man being circumcised or intact. So, why circumcise?
Thursday, September 9, 2010
Thoughtful Momma: Ready To Talk About Circumcision
A thorough article discussing the harms of male infant circumcision and reasons why it should stop. She starts out by discussing her transition from a circumcision supporter to an intactivist.
Fridge Magnets: Letter to my intact son: Why I kept you whole
A mother writes an open letter to her son explaining why she left him intact, that is, uncircumcised. She fought her family to keep her son whole and intact. A very touching letter about genital integrity and autonomy.
DrMomma Peaceful Parenting: Mom, Why Was I Circumcised?
A documentary of Dutch journalist and filmmaker, Michael Schaap, as he questions male infant circumcision. He interviews many, including his mother.
NPR Ombudsman: Interview about Circumcision: Not the Whole Story
NPR acknowledges that their All Things Considered show on male infant circumcision was very biased toward genital cutting of boys. NPR makes a half-hearted apology, but does not really address the shabby reporting nor address how they will do better in the future. NPR is losing credibility.
Friday, September 10, 2010
Circumcision Wisdom: Female Circumcision. Male Circumcision. Is There A Difference?
There is no equal protection under the law for male infants and boys under the equal protection clause of the 14th amendment of the U.S. Constitution. Illegal to perform FGM, fine to perform MGM.
4HD South Florida News: Baby Gets Circumcised Against Family's Wishes
News report of a hospital that has a baby circumcised, even though the parents had explicitly demanded that the baby be left intact.
Saturday, September 11, 2010
DrMomma Peaceful Parenting: Baby Circumcised on Accident in Hospital NICU
A report of a baby who spent 10 days in neonatal intensive care after birth. on the eighth day, the baby was circumcised, even though the parents had not given consent to the surgery. The parents plan on suing the hospital for operating on their infant son without permission.
Floriday Injury Lawyer Blog: In Florida Who Has the Right to Consent to a Circumcision?
A blog by the lawyer representing the parents of the infant who was circumcised against the wishes of his parents. The lawyer take the position that the unauthorized circumcision constitutes more than just medical malpractice, it is a battery and a human rights violation with lifelong consequences.
DrMomma Peaceful Parenting: NPR Admits Circumcision Interview Not Balanced
A report on NPR's apology for not presenting a balanced report on male infant circumcision. The NPR show, All Things Considered, interviewed a circumcision advocate and presented a very pro-circ show.
7 News: WSVN: Family to sue hospital over procedure
News report with video about baby boy who was circumcised against parents' wishes. The parents have retained Attorney Spencer Aronfeld to file a lawsuit against the doctors and hospital.