Intactivism: Week in Review July 7, 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, July 1, 2012
Intactivists of Australasia: Understanding ‘phimosis’: truth, lies and appropriate responses
If a baby boy survives being an infant, he may still be at risk of being circumcised. Often boys and men are diagnoses with phimosis. Instead of treating the condition conservatively, doctors often recommend circumcision to cure phimosis. Just as much as cutting off your finger will cure a hangnail, so will circumcision cure phimosis. But, just like a hangnail, there are much easier ways to treat phimosis than amputation of the sensitive foreskin. Sometimes, treating phimosis is as easy as stopping the use of soap when washing under the foreskin.
The Standard - Zimbabwe: Powerful lobbyists behind the circumcision crazy
The author questions the current male circumcision campaign in Africa. He notes that the circumcision campaign appears to be driven by outside forces. Also, less invasive measures are available than the drastic amputation of part of the man's sex organ through circumcision.
The Standard - Zimbabwe: Is circumcision not a costly sideshow?
An African man questions the male circumcision campaign being waged in Africa. He notes that current information shows that there are more cases of HIV among circumcised men than intact men for Zimbabwe. This evidence contradicts the circumcision studies used by advocates.
Monday, July 2, 2012
Freethought Blogs: The nonexistent benefits of circumcision
Banning the circumcision of children does not have the impact that most religious people claim. Those who feel that circumcision is important to their practice of religion are free to have a circumcision. They just cannot impose body modifications on others, particularly children. The author also points out that the HIV and STD argument does not carry any weight because children do not get HIV or STDs from sex.
HenryMakow.com: Circumcision Should be Stopped
An informative article about the harm caused by male infant circumcision. It is somewhat puzzling because the editor added a disclaimer at the top that he does not endorse the information because he thinks anything that decreases male sex drive is a positive. In a backhanded way, the editor agrees that male circumcision decreases male sexuality. The post goes on to describe the sexual problems experienced by many men who are circumcised.
Tuesday, July 3, 2012
The Case Against Infant Circumcision: Women at greater risk of HIV with circumcised men
This blogger wonders why there is no publicity for the studies showing women are at higher risk of getting HIV when they have sex with circumcised men.
Lost Republic.us: The Shocking Bullshit behind the “Circumcision prevents AIDS” lie
Another critique of the trials used to support the male circumcision campaign in Africa. The trials are flawed and use relative percentages as opposed to absolute percentages as a tactic to support the conclusions they desire, but did not necessarily obtain from the studies. The study, although canceled early, showed that women who had circumcised partners were infected 50% more than women who had intact partners. For those women who had sex with circumcised partners shortly after their circumcision, the women's HIV infection rate was 300% greater.
Evidence & Reason: Problems with circumcision and HIV/AIDS
Further investigation causes blogger to reconsider the efficacy of male circumcision for HIV. He quotes that the male circumcision studies are "Poorly conducted experiments with dubious results presented in an outrageously misleading fashion."
The Truth Seeker: Circumcision Should be Stopped
A good case for why male infant circumcision should be discontinued. Circumcision traumatizes baby boys. Even though many deny it, male infant circumcision damages the penis and adversely affects sexual health and sexual pleasure. My personal experience of the benefits from restoring my foreskin after my infant circumcision supports the fact that male infant circumcision harms men sexually.
Wednesday, July 4, 2012
YouTube TLCTugger: Grooming for Foreskin Restoration
Ron Low illustrates how to shave to reduce hair on your shaft and scrotum. Less hair often makes restoring easier because the hair will not get in the way of the tugging device. The video is censored, after all, it is YouTube. Ron has the full version at the TLC Tugger website.
YouTube TLCTugger: TLC-X Foreskin Restoration Tugger Application with 2-pc Stainless Collet
Ron Low demonstrates how to apply his new foreskin restoration device. His new restoring device has a collet that replaces his former collar and set screw. This is a much more secure system that is easier to apply. The video is censored, after all, it is YouTube. Ron has the full version at the TLC Tugger website.
Thursday, July 5, 2012
Zbigniew Mazurak's Blog: Outrageous: Robert George defends the diabolical procedure known as “circumcision”
The recent court ruling that circumcising a child is illegal is a just decision. As German law makes clear, inflicting bodily harm on anyone else is prohibited without exceptions. There is no exception for religious reasons or "the right of conscience." Your liberty is limited to yourself.
Friday, July 6, 2012
Should I circumcise?: How many times do I have to say it? Circumcision does NOT prevent HIV/AIDS
In light of recent story on NPR, Jeff writes again about the flaws in the studies advocating the circumcision campaign in Africa. Sadly, the circumcision agenda is robbing Africans of their sexual heritage by applying Western values to an African problem (and by using flawed science to do so).
Choose Intact: Strong and Non-Conflicting Evidence against Circumcision
A critique of a recent Huffington Post - Canada article that declared male infant circumcision as not being mutilation. She is wrong. If an adult were to be held down without consent and had part of his penis removed, no one would question that he was mutilated. It is no different if the person being cut is an infant or child. Circumcision is a body modification that mutilates the sex organ of the male.
synapses: The Cologne ruling on religious circumcision
Male infant circumcision should be banned for several reasons. First, there is no informed consent by the person most affected by the circumcision - the male being cut. Also, there are no clear benefits that outweigh the risks and harm. It all boils down to choice. It should be the choice of the person having his sex organ cut.
National Secular Society: Ritual circumcision: religious rights of parents are at odds with the best interests of the child
A thoughtful look at the ethics of genital cutting of boys, which is treated differently than that of girls. Genital cutting is genital cutting, regardless of sex.
gypsy jewels: Your Penis Is Awesome....Now Leave It Alone.
A doula writes about addressing circumcision with families that she helps. She offers many reasons debunking common circumcision myths. No one looks at a guys penis in school locker rooms. Not in today's schools. We all have showers and running water so being whole and intact is just as clean as being cut. Who cares if junior doesn't look like daddy? (Daddy does because he wants validation of his own circumcision.) The sexual preference of parents should not come into play when considering a body modification of their son's penis. Babies feel pain, but they cannot tell you how much it hurts, both during the surgery and afterwards when their diaper is dirty.
Saturday, July 7, 2012
Circumstitions News: LONDON: 11 babies had circumcision complications in one hospital in one year
A report of the recent news that infant circumcision has a high complication rate in the United Kingdom. In one hospical alone in London 11 baby boys needed to be re-admitted to the hospital's pediatric intensive care unit for serious, life-threatening complications following their circumcision.