Circumcision

Menstuff® has compiled information, books, and resources on the issue of circumcision. For clarity, circumcision is the surgical removal of foreskin. Clidoridectomy, the surgical removal of clitoris. Infibulation, the surgical removal of the labia, then suturing. Baby foreskin is some of the purest skin available, so medical labs pay hospitals big bucks for tiny penis-hoods, as much as $20,000. Photo upper left is by Jean-Claude Bouvier, on the right "How Could You" to such a beautiful expression of God's love? by Wayne Miller.

Note. A press release regarding information on research that was done in India reports that "They had severe methodological flaws. In India, Muslim men are circumcised, but Hindu men are not circumcised. The two groups studied came from different religions and cultures." And, "the incidence of HIV infection in the United States, where most men are circumcised, is four times higher than the incidence of HIV infection in Europe where most men are not circumcised." For details, . Also, check circumcision Books, Resources

IMPORTANT VIDEOS

IMPORTANT BOOKS

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Newsbytes - collection of articles on the subject.

Circumcision & the CDC
Neonatal Circumcision Violates Children's Rights, Needlessly Amputating Functional Tissue
Court Forces Circumsion of Four-Year Old Florida Boy
AIDSMAP: Circumcision's Effectiveness A Distant Third
Annual Protest Against Circumcision
Snippets
Definition
Discussion
Position Statement
Statistics
Restoration
Circumcision & Sensation www.udonet.com/circumcision/christian.html

A Spoonful of Semen
Circumcision: Cutting it Off in the Fight Against STD's

Circumcision is Battery
German Court Rules Religious Circumcision an Assault on Boys
Normal (not necessarily health) versus Circumcised: U.S. Neonatal Male Genital Ratio
Map of Male Circumcision Prevalence at Country Level
What the Bible Really Says About Routine Infant Circumcision
The First Circumcision - 15,000 years ago
Ouch!
Knowing Your Anatomy
Non-surgical foreskin restoration
Circumcision in India
Arizona Joins Growing Movement Against Medicaid Circumcisions
Announcing Two New Books
Request for Help
International Symposium
Dr. Dean Edell's Various Articles
Related Pages on Male & Female Circumcision
Foreskin Intelligence Quotient is a downloadable 12-question test of the function and history of human foreskins, including references.
List of circumcision-related lawsuits
Newsbytes
Resources
Books
Tapes - Audio and Video
Journals - on Child, Emotional, Religious, and Sexual Abuse and Trauma

Snippets


What they don't tell you...........

Something to think about:

We have a large list of Links/Resources, Books, Audio and Video tapes. Here are some of the first sites you should check out: www.nocirc.org or www.SICSOCIETY.org or www.mothersagainstcirc.org or www.sexuallymutilatedchild.org or www.noharmm.org or www.intact.org

Statistics


Over a million boys are sexually mutilated each year - and this is just in the U.S.

US Circumcision Incidence see www.cirp.org/library/statistics/USA/

Normal versus Circumcised: U.S. Neonatal Male Genital Ratio By Dan Bollinger, Revised: April, 22, 2003
Source: www.cirp.org/library/statistics/bollinger2003/

Normal versus Circumcised: U.S. Neonatal Male Genital Ratio By Dan Bollinger, Revised: February, 2004
Source: www.cirp.org/library/statistics/bollinger2004/

Definition


cir-cum-ci'sion: to cut off all or part of the foreskin of the penis.


Discussion


It usually refers to the surgical removal of the loose fold of skin, the foreskin, that covers and protects the glans of the penis (glan means acorn in Greek). Sometimes done as a religious ceremony, as with Jews and Moslems, or, when the penis is slit the whole length of the urethra, as an attempt to make male genitals more like females, as in Australia and Africa as a puberty rite. The United States is the only remaining country to continue the practice of routine circumcision for non-religious and non-medical reasons on the majority of its new born boys. In fact, 80% of the world's male population is not circumcised. Circumcision began in the English-speaking countries during the mid-1800's supposedly to prevent masturbation which was believed to cause many diseases. For women, the last recorded clitoridectomy was performed in the U.S. as late as 1955 on a 12-year-old girl. (The clitoridectomy of the 12-year-old girl was performed at Baltimore Women's Hospital in 1950. I have a copy of the doctor's diagnosis, "Hypertrophic clitoris from excessive masturbation." Of course, if genitals became enlarged from masturbating, we'd all be walking around with our genitals in a wheel barrel. That same year, a 3-year-old North Dakota girl was also clitoridectomized for touching herself "down there.")

It is still practiced, often as a religious act, in other cultures. A US federal law and a number of state laws have outlawed female genital cutting, which sets the standard, while at the same time driving the practice underground among immigrants, especially from Africa, who continue the practice in the US. Following the law, an aggressive educational program must be initiated.

Yet, there are no such laws for male children and 60% of all male children in the U.S. are still circumcised compared to .4% in England. To remove the foreskin for hygiene is no more logical than pulling teeth instead of cleaning them. The foreskin is a normal, healthy and necessary body part.

The American Academy of Pediatrics, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, and the American Pediatric Urologic Society state the following: "Circumcision of the male neonate cannot be considered an essential component of adequate total health care." Furthermore, the American Academy of Pediatrics states "A program of education leading to continuing good personal hygiene would offer all the advantages of routine circumcision without the attendant surgical risk."


Position Statement


The practice of medically unnecessary surgical circumcisions, excisions and incisions on male and female genitalia (under the age of eighteen), whether for religious or non-medical reasons, constitutes sexual mutilation and should be prosecuted under the law.


Circumcision is Battery


Defending a one-year-old against a father's wish to have his son circumcised, California Superior Court Judge A. Girolami said, "...Circumcision would not be allowed since the declarations are all clear, it's not really medically necessary...so it's something that is not required and I can't see it being in the best interest of the child...When the child is older, the child can make his own decision in that regard. And, obviously, it's painful - memories are painful when it's done older, I'm sure pain is still there even at the young age..." Circumcising the boy,k the judge warned, would make the father "subject to being prosecuted for battery or assault".

Independent. "Circumcision is really a most barbaric ritual and shows that religious practices of this sort should be confined to the history books. This man's family is of Jewish origin, but he's glad to say that none of his sons have been subjected to such brutal treatment. Some might say that his sons are not part of the Jewish faith. He says, well then, maybe they're just not cut out for it!" The faith called for the slaughter of animals in religious ritual. The traditional compassion of the Jewish people removed these rituals long before any courts demanded it. But, it seems, that the protection of animals, for some, is more important than the protection from abuse of boy children. Some see this as ritual abuse since it is done to someone without their consent and they are not allowed to decide whether it is their path. Without social pressure, why not include it as part of the Bar Mitzva as a conscious decision each boy makes on his own. Otherwise, get rid of the moils and go back to the original ritual where the father circumcised his own son. Then see how long the practice continues.

Pediatrics. Researchers at the University of Rochester School of Medicine found that acetaminophen (the active ingredient in Tylenol) does not reduce the pain during and immediately following circumcision. "The pain of circumcision is too severe to be controlled by a mild analgesic," they concluded, even though most circumcisions in the U.S. are done without any pain killers. Babies do experience great and persistent pain during and after the surgery, based on crying, increased heart and breathing rates and other measurements, which also seems to interfere with breastfeeding in some babies.

Alice Miller, author of many books including Banished Knowledge and Breaking Down the Wall of Silence, regarding circumcision. She said "The earlier in life a harm was done and the more its effects are denied by parents and society, the more a person will be damaged. Not only physically, but also psychically. If parents know of the child's suffering, they can help as enlightened witnesses, by giving support and compassion. If they deny the reality of suffering, the children will deny it as well and will later inflict the same unnecessary pain onto their own children.

"I believe the time has come to acknowledge that the practice of routine circumcision rests on the absurd premise that the only mammal in creation born in the condition that requires immediate surgical correction is the human male." Thomas Szasz, M.D.

Playboy. "It's not circumcision that needs to be studied; it's circumcisers." John A Erickson. To this I would include doctor's Aaron Funk, Edgar Schoen, Gerald Weiss, Terry Russell and Thomas Wiswell (who thinks that the foreskin is a mistake of nature) and many others. 95% of the world's male babies are not circumcised. Medical organizations worldwide do not recommend routine circumcision. In deeper analysis, I wonder how much comes into play that the "routine neonatal circumcision" in the U.S. is a quarter-billion-dollar-a-year industry and some supporters of routine circumcision want to insure their cut.

German Court Rules Religious Circumcision an Assault on Boys


A German court has ruled that circumcising young boys on religious grounds amounts to bodily harm even if parents consent to the procedure.

Cologne state court said the child's right to physical integrity trumps freedom of religion and parents' rights, German news agency dapd reported Tuesday.

The case involved a doctor accused of carrying out a circumcision on a 4-year-old that led to medical complications. The doctor was acquitted, however, and prosecutors said they won't appeal.

The president of Germany's Central Council of Jews, Dieter Graumann, called the ruling "unprecedented and insensitive," urging the country's parliament to clarify the legal situation "to protect religious freedom against attacks."

Graumann said the circumcision of newborn Jews has been practiced for thousands of years and "every country in the world respects this religious right."

Muslims also circumcise young boys, while many parents request it on health grounds.

The state court's ruling creates a tricky legal situation for doctors who perform the procedure on parents' orders.

Unlike female circumcision, there is no law prohibiting it and the ruling isn't binding for other courts. However, it sets a precedent that would be taken into account by other German courts when ruling on similar cases.
Source: www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/06/26/german-court-circumcision_n_1628405.html

Ouch!


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Knowing Your Anatomy


Learning about the anatomy and functions of the normal foreskin. This is the only healthy tissue that is routinely sliced off of either gender and it is obviously aimed at diminishing male sexuality. Few men know anything about this vital portion of their anatomy -- of if they have been circumcised, what they are missing. Without knowing some basic knowledge about the normal foreskin [what it is, what it does, and how it works], it is virtually impossible to understand the ramifications of circumcision.

Non-surgical foreskin restoration


Once a man understands the anatomy and functions of the unaltered foreskin, plus what circumcision is and what it does to the male sex organ, I feel it is imperative that information be provided to the reader on how he can restore some of what was taken from him. On a 1 to 10 scale, with 10 being the level of sexual sensations felt by an intact foreskin, circumcised men have been described as only knowing the sensations felt at the 1 to 2 level. They have never been able to experience anything else because most were circumcised in infancy. They believe what they feel at the 1 to 2 level is "normal" and have no idea what they are missing, or that they can achieve "higher" levels of sensation through foreskin restoration.

New Books


Two major books have been published recently on the subject of circumcision, both over 500 pages.

1. Male and Female Circumcision: Medical, Legal and Ethical Considerations in Pediatric Practice which is the proceedings of the Fifth International Symposium on Sexual Mutilation held August 5-7, 1998 in Oxford, England. ISBN 0-306-46131-5 www.nocirc.org

2. Male and Female Circumcision in the Jewish, Christian and Muslim communities, religious debate. ISBN 1-85513-406-3 with a forward by Nawal El-Saadawi, a famous Egyptian writer and physician. members.xoom.com/nonviolence/

Request for Help


Dear Concerned Friends of Jim and Matthew Price,

Please help fund the legal battle to keep 3-year-old Matthew Price intact. In August, a New Jersey court authorized Matthew's mother to have him circumcised against the wishes of his father, Jim. The surgery was scheduled for October 12, 2000 and was cancelled at the last minute by the urologist because of the public outcry. Fortunately, this bought the father time to hire new lawyers and go to the appeals court. He was granted a temporary stay on the circumcision on Friday October 13, for 10 days. On October 23, Mr. Price's attorneys must submit their full appeal to the court. Jim and his attorneys are willing to take this case as far legally as the courts will allow in order to save this boy from an unnecessary circumcision. Jim would also like to pursue a malpractice case against his son's pediatrician, who advised premature retraction of the foreskin. Unfortunately, this legal battle will require a significant amount of money. We need to raise $10,000 to fund this suit.

This case is very important for two reasons: First, the protection of a 3-year-old boy from a harmful, traumatic, and unnecessary surgery. Second, this case has sparked significant publicity and helped raise awareness about proper care of the intact child, as well as medical ignorance. To date there have been 8 articles written, 3 radio show mentions, a television mention, and a taped appearance on a talk show (to be aired soon). No donation is too small. Your contribution is greatly appreciated! Your donation is tax-deductible, please make your check out to NOCIRC and mail to: Matthew Price Defense Fund, c/o NOCIRC of NC, PO Box 5081, Chapel Hill, NC 27514

Please forward this to all friends, family, circumcision chats, attachment parenting groups, and anyone else you think might be willing to help. Together I know we can win this one! Thank you!

Florida Mother Loses Appeal to Rescind Court-Ordered Circumcision of Four-Year-Old Boy


On November 6, 2014, an appeals court in Florida upheld a ruling ordering the circumcision of Chase, a healthy four-year-old boy. The boy's mother, Heather Hironimus, has been working to protect Chase from circumcision. The judge's original decision includes a remarkable, and probably unconstitutional, provision that his mother is not even allowed to inform Chase of her position on circumcision.

At four years old, Chase is a child who is fully aware of his body. He will experience and remember the pain of a circumcision, and he will be very aware that his body has been drastically changed.

Public figures such as Richard Dawkins, Russel Crowe, Alicia Silverstone and John Leguizamo have tweeted in favor of Chase.

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In California, circumcised boys are in the minority with fewer the 40% of other boys who look like him.

"I believe no man would allow his beloved son to be circumcised if he were in touch with the terror he experienced during his own." John Breeding



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