Intactivism: Week in Review May 12, 2012
Several weeks ago, the news was the battle over having Medicaid fund male infant circumcision in Colorado. Currently, the news is the battle over Medicare funding of male infant circumcision in Australia.
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, May 6, 2012
Greg Fitzsimmons: Some Tips on Circumcision
Stand up comic and entertainment personality Greg Fitzsimmons speaks out against male infant circumcision. He tells the world that his son is not circumcised. He explains why. Tradition is a poor excuse to cut the sex organs of a baby boy.
Intactivist Blog: Another telling shot
A NSFW photo comparison of the glans from an intact penis and a circumcised penis. The intact glans is smooth and glossy. The circumcised penis, although pink, is rough and course. The intact glans has the appearance of mucous membrane, which is what it is.
Monday, May 7, 2012
Authentic Parenting: The Truth about Circumcision
A list of facts about male infant circumcision. With these facts, one wonders why anyone would think circumcising an infant boy would be a good thing to do. Circumcision is painful, both psychologically and physically. Circumcision does not, as many think, promote penile hygiene. Circumcision may reduce sexual pleasure later in life.
Men Do Complain: No Deaths
No one wants to admit that babies die from circumcision. When a baby dies after being circumcised, the cause of death is rarely, if ever, attributed to being circumcised, even though, the baby would not have died but for being circumcised. Often the cause of death is identified as loss of blood, septicemia, or even sudden death syndrome. At best, the cause of death may include the phrase "following circumcision."
Intact America: INTACTIVIST OF THE MONTH: Marilyn Milos, RN
For Mother's Day 2012, Intact America celebrates the "founding mother" of the intactivist movement—Marilyn Milos, RN. Marilyn founded the National Organization of Circumcision Information Resource Centers (NOCIRC),
RoboJustice SuperFighter: I Have A Penis And It’s Missing A Little Bit
A young man laments his missing foreskin, removed when he was a baby. He provides strong arguments for leaving babies whole, without circumcision.
Tuesday, May 8, 2012
Saving our Sons: Cameron Diaz on Circumcision
Dr. Momma - peaceful parenting: Cameron Diaz on Circumcision
Cameron Diaz appeared recently on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. On the show she asked, "Can we just talk about circumcision for a second?" The actress spoke out about male circumcision and questioned why men would want to cut the sex organs of their sons. She has done a lot to raise awareness about the harm of male infant circumcision.
EGMN: Notes from the Road: Abortion Protests Absent at Ob.Gyn. Meeting
Circumcision protests replace abortion protests at Ob-Gyn annual meeting. A report about the different social issues confronting doctors at the annual meeting of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynocologists this year. Gone are abortion protesters. Replacing them were intactivists advocating that doctors, particularly ObGyns, leave baby boys whole and intact by not doing infant circumcisions.
infocirc: Brian Levitt: My body was used in some Jewish ritual
A Jewish man tells his story about intactivism and circumcision. He says that he was about 9 years old when he first realized that something had been done to his body. His mother told him all the myths about infant circumcision and he believed her. It took him many years to discover the truth. And he got angry.
Wolfies World – Wolfie Rankin: Circumcision
An intact man tells how he escaped being circumcised when he was born. He compares the foreskin to eyelids: skin on the outside, mucous membrane on the inside. The foreskin serves a purpose. Everyone should have one. He is one lucky guy. I am jealous because I have to restore my foreskin to get just some of what he has had all his life. *sigh*
Wednesday, May 9, 2012
Blossom and Glow: The circumcision post
Circumcision is not a parenting decision. It is not the parents' place to decide their son's future sexual preference (cut or uncut) or to make cosmetic surgical decisions for them. This mom blogger lists the reasons parents should leave their sons whole and intact, uncircumcised.
Blinded by the Light: His Body, His Choice. Circumcision As a Societal Issue
An essay about infant circumcision and how the practice is outdated. Amanda identifies the stance against circumcision taken in other countries. She also provides a list of studies with a synopsis of each. Her post is a well researched resource identifying the harm of male infant circumcision.
Don't Get Stuck With HIV: Have we ignored a very simple procedure that could significantly reduce the risk of sexual transmission of HIV to men from women?
Are we washing our penis too much? A recent study found that washing the penis less than 10 minutes after sex results in an increased number of HIV infections. The results are counter-intuitive. Who would have thought that delaying washing would result in significantly less cases of HIV? Who needs circumcision? Just learn better hygiene.
Kevin Barrett's radio show schedule: Is circumcision a crime against humanity?
A radio interview of intactivist Patricia Robinett who says: Cut it out! (Circumcising, that is.) She is the author of The Rape of Innocence: Female Genital Mutilation and Circumcision in the USA.
Thursday, May 10, 2012
The Mountain Jewish News: Circumcision funding killed
A report of the defeat of the Colorado measure to use Medicaid to fund male infant circumcision. One co-sponsor is retiring from the legislature and it is hoped that Colorado will never again use public money to fund elective surgery like male circumcision.
Saving Our Sons: Circumcision Costs Man His Penis Two Weeks Before Wedding
What is this compulsion that makes people circumcise? What is this fascination to cut off part of the male sex organ? Just two weeks before his marriage, a man is circumcised. The circumcision is botched and he ends up losing his penis. What compelled him to be circumcised 2 weeks before his marriage date? Didn't the doctor tell him that he should abstain from sex for 6 to 8 weeks after the surgery? Now he is going to abstain from penetrative sex for the rest of his life because he cannot afford reconstructive surgery.
YouTube CanadianGirlsTalk: Circumcision: Cameron Diaz Knows All About It
Another YouTube video from CanadianGirlsTalk. In this video, Richanda discusses how Cameron Diaz is against circumcision of children. It is always good to hear a celebrity speak out against child genital cutting. Boy or girl, genital cutting, or circumcision, is wrong.
Conscious Parenting Summit: Circumcision
An article by Marilyn Milos about how circumcision is a powerful limbic imprint. Male infant circumcision often interferes with bonding and breastfeeding. The cutting of his sex organ is a primal wound that undermines his capacity to trust others.
Choose Intact: Economic Principles Applied to Circumcision
A unique look at how economic principles support leaving a child whole and intact, that is, economic rules argue against male infant circumcision. For example, TANSTAAFL tells us that there are risks and complications that offset the benefits advocates cite.
Friday, May 11, 2012
Love, Joy, Feminism: Worthwhile Reads: Circumcision
A mother writes that she will not circumcise her son. She provides a list of some circumcision related websites. She tells how she was encouraged about her decision when two friends approached her about male circumcision. She wants to get the word out that circumcision is unnecessary, just like her friends did with her.
Saturday, May 12, 2012
Saving Our Sons: 2 Week Old Baby Dies From Circumcision in Norway
Circumcision Insanity: BOY DIES after CIRCUMCISION in OSLO NORWAY
A report of another baby death from male infant circumcision. A 2-week old infant was circumcised by a doctor. The boy died of complications from his circumcision 2 days after being circumcised.
Intact America Blog: Happy Mother’s Day
It is human nature to regret our mistakes. Mothers and parents often have regrets over things they do when raising their children. Georganne Chapin describes an encounter with a mother who deeply regrets allowing her son to be circumcised. The mother described the chilling scream from her son when he was cut. Twenty-eight years later, the mother still regrets her son's circumcision.
WA Today: Should elective circumcision continue to be covered by Medicare?
People in Australia are questioning if the government Medicare program should continue to pay for the elective surgery of male infant circumcision. Many are questioning why the government should be paying for elective surgery. Infant circumcision is not necessary for the health of the child. It is unnecessary surgery.
New Zimbabwe: HIV: Senator wants women to dress shabbily, bathe less
This man has an alternative to the male circumcision campaign in Africa - make the women so unattractive that no man would want to have sex with her. That with surely reduce the HIV infection rate in Africa. (/sarcasm) We often complain about politicians in the United States. These guys are just as bad.