Intactivism: Week in Review August 27, 2011
Parents, protect your babies. 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.
Monday, August 22, 2011
Dr Momma Peaceful Parenting: Intact or Circumcised: A Significant Difference in the Adult Penis
Removing a part of the penis from a baby boy through infant circumcision affects the man that boy grows up to be. Circumcision removes the foreskin, which has important functions like protecting the glans and making sex more pleasurable for both the man and his partner. Many circumcised men are restoring their foreskin to regain some of what they lost by being circumcised.
The New York Times: Health: Circumcise or Don’t? Quandary for Parents
The Times points out that there really are no valid reasons to circumcise baby boys in an article that still tends to advocate for male genital cutting. “There’s no compelling medical reason to [circumcise baby boys],” said Dr. Douglas S. Diekema, a pro-circ member of the American Academy of Pediatrics’s task force on circumcision. So, why not leave the choice to the owner of the penis. Maybe he would like to keep his whole sex organ. I know I would have liked to remain whole.
The Bilerico Project: To Cut or Not to Cut
A discussion of the history of circumcision, from Egypt to America. The author also tells how Victorian medical experts in the 1870s began touting circumcision as a purveyor of many health benefits for men. Currently, there are a few staunch advocates for male infant circumcision or male genital mutilation. But there is resistance from intactivists. "The United States has the highest rate of HIV infection and the highest rate of male circumcision in the industrialized world. Male circumcision, therefore, cannot reasonably be thought to prevent HIV infection."
Thursday, August 25, 2011
The Wrap: 'Childrens Hospital': 'Party Down' Reunion Episode Review
An episode of Children's Hospital has a subplot where a Owen confronts his father about his missing foreskin. Owen does not like that he was circumcised. Owen opts for surgical restoration and the show gets absurd by having deli meat sewn to Owen's penis. In spite of how he regains his foreskin, it is refreshing to see the issue on a television show.
Friday, August 26, 2011
The WHOLE Network: Ryan McAllister on Child Circumcision: The Elephant in the Hospital
Ryan McAllister Ph.D. is the creator and director of NotJustSkin.org. He’s also a writer frequently featured on Examiner.com, and currently he’s the intactivist world’s newest YouTube sensation. Ryan is a vocal promoter of genital integrity and has spoken against male infant circumcision.
Practical Ethics: Circumcision is immoral, should be banned
A thorough discussion of the ethics behind male infant circumcision. The article quotes anthropologist Donald Symons for the premise that a single atrocious act magically becomes less horrible and atrocious when it is done so often that a culture accepts it. Such is genital cutting. If genital cutting were not culturally accepted, circumcising one child would be an atrocity. But male genital mutilation is culturally accepted.
Saturday, August 27, 2011
New Foreskin Restoration Blog: Restoring with DTR & Arbonne
JustPlainDrew is chronicling his foreskin restoration. His new forum has two posts to introduce himself and give thanks to those who are supporting him as he restores his foreskin.
BarefootIntactivist YouTube Video: California Lawmakers Pushing Forced Circumcision On Infants - AB_768 Hearing, Part 1 of 2
California Lawmakers Pushing Forced Circumcision On Infants - AB_768 Hearing, Part 2 of 2
In February 2011, California Assemblymen Mike Gatto and Fiona Ma introduced a state bill, AB 768, which would endorse infant circumcision (for boys only) as having "a wide array of health benefits," despite vast scientific evidence (and common sense) to the contrary. See California proposes an Anti-anti-circumcision bill