Intactivism: Week in Review February 18, 2012
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.
Sunday, February 12, 2012
an unschooling adventure: Circumcision: How Much Do You Know About It?
An attachment parent blog post seeking to educate about male infant circumcision. The blogger covers the gamut from religion to supposed health benefits. She then describes how a circumcision is performed. It is a shocking and barbaric procedure. It is a shame so many still inflict this painful, unnecessary surgery on their infant boys.
Saving Our Sons: Medicaid Response Letter to Circumcision Coverage
Dr Momma peaceful parenting: Medicaid Response Letter to Circumcision Coverage
The US Department of Health and Human Services Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is proposing a new rule: Medicare, Medicaid, Children's Health Insurance Programs; Transparency Reports and Reporting of Physician Ownership or Investment Interests; Proposed Rule. Saving our Sons presents a comment to the proposed rule. The comment discusses the need for increased transparency and public awareness. Male infant circumcision is more prevalent in those states and hospitals that receive Medicaid funding for the elective surgery of infant circumcision.
Monday, February 13, 2012
Guggie Daly: Confessions of a Mom who Circumcised and Wants Answers
A mother deeply regrets her decision to have her healthy baby boy circumcised. She now realizes that she allowed part of her son's penis to be removed. She now questions why she let them do surgery on her son without doing any research on the issue.
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
The Remarkable Lives of Kevin Burdick: To Circumcise?
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.
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
In2EastAfrica: Flawed African Studies into Male Circumcision and HIV Sexual Transmission
A recent critique of the Africa trials that advocated for male circumcision as a tool to battle HIV. The critique points out that the actual reduction shown in the trials was 1.3 %, not the claimed 60% frequently cited. Furthermore, any benefit is offset by the increased risk of female HIV from circumcised men. There is another study that showed a 61% increased risk of HIV for women who have sex with circumcised men. But the press never mentions that.
IntactNews: Circumcision Task Force Member Tips Hand On What AAP Plans for Baby Boys
For at least two years there has been talk of the American Academy of Pediatricians (AAP) releasing a new policy on male infant circumcision. Recently, a pro-circumcision advocate who sits on the AAP’s Task Force on Circumcision was interviewed for a newspaper article. Even though Dr. Diekema is a pediatric bioethicist, he has never addressed the ethics behind his advocacy of circumcision of babies.
Thursday, February 16, 2012
Moralogous: The AAP: culturally blind or morally bankrupt?
A critique of a recent article that quoted a pro-circ doctor who believes the American Academy of Pediatricians will soon issue a new policy about circumcision. The author, Lillian Dell’Aquila Cannon, discusses the AAP's gaffe of 2010 in which they advocated for a form of female genital cutting, which they said was less invasive and harmful than male circumcision.
Boulder Weekly: Foreskin follies
Some Colorado lawmakers are seeking to change the law so that Medicaid funds male infant circumcision. The politicians are misguided. Government funds do not need to be used to pay for elective surgery like infant circumcision, which is not required for the baby boy's health.
Miami New Times: Circumcision activists square off against thousands of years of tradition
The history of intactivism in the US is presented, along with stories of circumcision. Intactivists fight for the body rights of children, male and female. All children deserve to grow up with their whole body. Genital cutting is not required. It is telling that one doctor who performs circumcisions says, "If you treated an animal the way we treat babies, you would be arrested for animal cruelty."
Friday, February 17, 2012
reading eagle: Alan Cumming's career spans all sorts of media
Alan Cumming is a versatile man: actor, writer, and intactivist. He would like to write a book about circumcision, 'May the Foreskin Be with You.' He is on Intact America's Board of Advocates.
WECT TV 6: Mother claims doctor botched son's circumcision
Intaction: Mother claims doctor botched son's circumcision
A mother had her baby son circumcised. After taking the cut boy home, she noticed that his diaper was full of blood. Fortunately, she got the baby boy to the emergency room in time. With the boy's botched circumcision, if he had continued to bleed out, he would have died from the loss of blood.
Everyone's Gran: Circumcision - I Wouldn't Do It To My Child If You Paid Me Part 1
The first in a series of educational posts about male infant circumcision. This first post lays the groundwork by discussing the history of circumcision in the US and Australia. The post finishes up with information on the male anatomy and the function that the foreskin plays with respect to the penis.
Saturday, February 18, 2012
Intactivist Blog: How circumcision impacted my life
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.
Afterthoughts On A Whirlwind Journey: Circumcision
A gay man refutes many of the myths that people use to justify infant circumcision. He provides strong arguments why male infant circumcision is a practice that needs to stop. An intact penis is easily cleaned. Chopping off any body part removes the risk of cancer or other problems with that body part.
Everyone's Gran: Circumcision - I Wouldn't Do It To My Child If You Paid Me To - PART TWO
An illustrated guide to male infant circumcision showing all the gruesome details. Knowing this, why would anyone chose to subject their infant child to such unnecessary surgery like circumcision. The post discusses the various devices used for circumcising babies, including the Gomco Clamp, the Plastibell, the Mogen Clamp, and the Circumstraint.
Men Do Complain: Vigil at the British Medical Association
Announcement of a vigil as the BMA discusses ethics while ignoring the non-therapeutic cutting of boy's genitalia.
Joseph4GI: SLOVENIA: Catholic Church Defies the Whole of Western Medicine, the Law, Itself
The Human Rights Ombudsman in Slovenia recently published his opinion that non-therapeutic circumcision was a violation of children's rights. The opinion was based on pre-existing laws and maxims of medicine. Some religious groups were outraged by the perceived attack on their ritual that involved cutting their children's genitals.
Moralogous: “He doesn’t even look circumcised.”
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.