In his patent, Dr. Haughey takes a hard position against infant circumcision. James Haughey is a medical doctor that calls infant circumcision male genital mutilation. The section below is from the background section of the patent: Read more . . .
I came across this video on Facebook and found it very powerful.
As I began watching the video, I did not know what to think of it. Towards the end I grokked the message. I got shivers up and down my body as I finished watching the video. The video is right. We do have the power.
The following story was posted at Restoring Foreskin.org in the member-only section. The author mel gave me permission to publish his story here. He wishes to save other boys from infant circumcision so that they can grow up whole, just as they should. He does not want them to have to restore their foreskin like he has done for the past several years.
I used to be very active in the foreskin restoration forums (~11-12 years ago or so; I forget now!) when I first started out; however, as the years wore on and I gained the coverage that I wanted, I slowly drifted away as work/home life had to take precedence.
Back then my wife and I were trying to conceive our second child (first was a daughter) and we were having much trouble – it took ~1 year (and I had thought my restoration had something to do with this delay, but no… we got me “checked out”). At the time, since I was WELL AWARE of the ills of circumcision, I was relieved that our first child was a girl, as had she been a HE (back in 1993) I’m certain that we would have had him cut. Now, however, with this second child – if we were successful and if we had a boy, we would NOT do this to him. Read more . . .
I grew up in the 60s. But, I was young enough at that time that the cultural happenings were not on my radar. For example, I had just turned 7 when President Kennedy was assassinated. My only recollection of the event is a memory of wondering why all the grownups were watching a boring show on television. The Summer of Love (1967) found me as an 11 year old. That, as did all the Vietnam War protests, happened when I was too young to appreciate what was going on.
The protest era of the 60s is long gone. But that is not to say that the need has passed. The need for social change is just as great today as then.
The protest era of the 60s was remarkable because so many people were willing to speak out to support their beliefs. The protests, demonstrations, and marches, although maybe not as great in number, still continue.
One upcoming protest starts on Friday, March 26. The protest against infant circumcision is a demonstration in support of genital integrity. A march to the White House is planned for Wednesday afternoon. The demonstration ends on April 1, the beginning of the National Child Abuse Prevention Month. Read more . . .
I received the following e-mail from Georganne Chapin, the Executive Director of Intact America. Intact America is an organization that advocates for bodily integrity for all infants, particularly baby boys. They seek to protect baby boys from genital cutting, otherwise known as routine infant circumcision.
Georganne is seeking help to support the Genital Integrity Bill in Massachusetts. The Bill seeks to prevent genital mutilation of both female and male infants and children. Currently, United States federal law specifically protecs females from genital mutilation. The federal statute is drafted to exclude male genital cutting. She is asking for people to share their story so that they can present it as testimony in support of the gender neutral Genital Mutilation Bill. Read more . . .
I spend too much time surfing the 'net. And, as an intactivist, I read a lot of blogs related to circumcision. I frequently come across a comment that the person has never met a circumcised man who was unhappy with his circumcision. Hello. Now you have met one. I do not like my circumcision. I do not like being circumcised.
I was circumcised more than 50 years ago. It was something that was done to most infant boys at the time. For most of my life, I never thought about my circumcision status. My penis worked, at least, I thought it did. I know it gave me lots of pleasure. At least it did when I was younger.
I remember in my twenties when I ejaculated I could not bear to have my glans touched because it was hypersensitive at that time. As I reached my late thirties and early forties, I noticed that my glans did not have the hypersensitivity after ejaculation. As my forties flew by I noticed it became more and more difficult to ejaculate during sex. My glans was turning dry and leathery. I had much less sensitivity in my glans and penis. There was only one small spot on my corona where there was any sensitivity. The rest of my glans was less sensitive than a finger. Read more . . .
There is still time to support a great outfit. If not this year, then next year.
I received the following letter from Georganne Chapin, the Executive Director of Intact America. Intact America is an organization that advocates for bodily integrity for all infants, particularly baby boys. They seek to protect baby boys from genital cutting, otherwise known as routine infant circumcision.
Georganne is seeking funds to continue their campaign to stop male infant circumcision. She writes: Read more . . .
I often wonder why some men strongly advocate for circumcision. I mean, if you are circumcised and happy about it, why would you go out of your way to advocate circumcising baby boys?
I understand why a circumcised man who is unhappy would advocate against circumcision. After all, he recognizes that a part of him was removed without his consent. If he is like me, he is unhappy that he has less than all the body parts he was born with. I think my sex organ is a pretty important part of my body. I would have preferred to keep it all. People that feel wronged often become advocates to stop what they perceive as an injustice. But, what is it with these other guys that preach incessantly about circumcision and advocate circumcising babies? Read more . . .
The World Health Organization has taken up the banner for circumcising men for the sake of reducing HIV infections. The WHO's position is that there is compelling evidence that male circumcision reduces the risk of HIV infection. That evidence includes the African circumcision trials.
Tim Trent has written a very insightful blog: Do I trust The World Health Organisation? He starts out discussing how the WHO seems to be gaming the system in order to declare H1N1 Swine Flu a pandemic. Displaying distrust of their actions, Tim then presents male circumcision as an example of why the WHO is not easy to trust. There is no reason to repeat more. Read Tim's blog here for yourself. Read more . . .
I have been asked by several people about what they can do to help fight routine infant circumcision (RIC). As I noted in my last post, I am an Intactivist.
The way I look at it, the best way to fight routine infant circumcision is to educate people on what circumcision is. Until last year, I never thought about circumcision and I surely did not know what it meant to be circumcised. It did not take me long after reading a few websites to realize how barbaric routine infant circumcision is and that I could do something about my circumcision.
The following is a random list of things I do and things I have thought of doing. Every day I spend some time doing what I can. Each time one of us does something, someone else potentially learns about circumcision. Read more . . .
Restoring Tally is just an ordinary guy who had to confront his prostate and circumcision problems. This site chronicles his journey in dealing with these issues. He has had prostate surgery and he is restoring his foreskin.