Intactivism: Week in Review June 2, 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, May 27, 2012
barrels of oranges: Circumcision was not a debate
A mother writes that there was no circumcision debate in their house about their baby boy. With about 5 minutes of education about circumcision, her husband (who is circumcised) realized the harm of male infant circumcision. Their baby was left whole and intact.
Choose Intact: Circumcision: A Limited View of Science
Choosing to leave a baby boy whole and intact by refusing to circumcise him is an acknowledgement that science matters. Medical science does not support the immediate need to circumcise baby boys. Medical science shows that healthy boys will remain healthy if they keep their foreskin.
Times of Swaziland: Totally against circumcision
An article about the male circumcision campaign in Africa and how the promoters are not telling the full story, including the harmful effects of male circumcision.
Monday, May 28, 2012
Should I circumcise?: Stopping circumcision one coworker at a time
Not only does the blogger fight against male infant circumcision on his blog, he also talks to people IRL. When the situation presents itself, he provides others with educational information on the child's right to a whole body, intact and free of genital cutting. He describes some of the issues he confronted before he felt comfortable approaching people that work for the same large corporation that he does.
Tuesday, May 29, 2012
Choose Intact: Anti-Science and the Lack of Need for Circumcision
Tony refutes the claim made by some adamant pro-circumcisionists by showing that intactivists do have science on their side. The vast majority of intactivist arguments are science based arguments. Unlike some circumcision advocates, intactivists do not make up data and facts. Intactivists repeat information from credible sources.
Circumstitions News: IRELAND: Circumcision "unnecessary" says surgeon
A Dublin, Ireland, plastic surgeon speaks out about the harm of circumcision. The doctor says circumcision is genital mutilation that exposes patients to a number of health risks. Complications include bleeding and infection, which are fairly common. Another complication of infant circumcision is Meatal stenosis, which causes symptoms of painful urination, increased urinary frequency, and inability to control urination.
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Circumstitions News: WASHINGTON, DC: Circumcision studies to be re-checked
It is customary to check the results of a program implemented based on a study done in the past. By checking the results, the original study can be verified or refuted. After all, it is the real world results that count, not what the study says. But there is no need to wait. Before rolling out a program to implement a study recommendation, it may be prudent to re-evaluate the data of the original study. Such is the thinking of a new program that is seeking to repeat published studies to determine if the original results are justified based on the data.
Circumstitions News: FINLAND: Greens vote to end circumcision; no law yet either way
A reprint of a news report about a Green League vote in favor of phasing out male circumcision of children in Finland. The Finnish Medical Association takes the stand that child circumcisions are in conflict with medical ethics.
Salem-News: Finland Lacks Policy on Religiously-Mandated Male Circumcision
The European country of Finland is struggling with the issue of male circumcision when the genital cutting is done for religious reasons. On one hand, child circumcision is a violation of the bodily rights of the child, who should be protected by society if not the parents. On the other hand are those who say marking their children with the stamp of their religion is the right of the parents. Instead of forcing it on a child, why not let the child grow up and consciously decide if he wishes to have his body marked by removing part of his sex organ?
Thursday, May 31, 2012
Beyond the Bris: Questioning Jewish Circumcision: Healthy Eats and Natural Parenting Unite in “Creating Healthy Children” Book
A Jewish mother's book addresses attachment parenting (AP). The book originally was to be about raw food nutrition, but the scope grew to cover many aspects of attachment parenting. Even though Jewish, she takes a strong stand against male infant circumcision, devoting a significant part of the book about the practice. Leaving baby boys whole and intact is a part of attachment parenting. To circumcise baby boys flies in the face of what AP is about.
Male Circumcision and HIV: TEXAS: Republican and Intactivist
A YouTube video, Texas Attorney Speaks Out for Genital Integrity Rights. The attorney tells his story about circumcision and being an intactivist, one who fights for the rights of the child to keep his body whole and intact. Protecting child rights transcends political parties.
The Pharisee in Me: Circumcision?
According to the author, for Christians in the first century, circumcision was a hotly debated subject. When Jews converted to Christianity and began letting go of the Old Testament practices, they wrestled with the idea of circumcision and sacrificing a part of the male body.
Friday, June 1, 2012
The Patch: Family Talk: 'The Doctors' Discuss Circumcision Ban
A mother discusses male infant circumcision after seeing a recent segment on The Doctors television show. Infant circumcision is useless against HIV because babies are not sexually active. Circumcision of an infant makes as much sense as putting a condom on the child.
The Case Against Infant Circumcision: The Psychology of Tribes applied to Circumcision
A post considering how tribes can act as a group to violate the rights of individuals. For example, circumcising groups can unduly influence group members to overcome the maternal instinct to protect their children by allowing their children's genitals to be cut.