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Medical associations in Sweden and Denmark have strongly recommended a ban on the non-medical circumcision of boys, reports the Jewish Telegraphic Agency.

The Sweden Medical Association, which counts 85% of the country's physicians as members, recommended setting twelve as the minimum age for the procedure and requiring a boy's consent in a resolution which was unanimously passed by the ethics council, reported the Svenska Dagbladet.

The Danish College of General Practitioners, a group with 3,000 members, made a statement that ritual circumcision of boys was tantamount to abuse and mutilation, according to Danish newspaper BT. They polled their readers and found that 87% were in favor of a ban on non-medical circumcision.

December 03 2013

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▶ Special Report #6: The Victims of Male Circumcision - YouTube

This video highlights the unfortunate stories of boys and men who have been victims of the absurd and barbaric religious practice known as circumcision. It is about time we viewed male circumcision as genital mutilation. It is a disgusting religious practice that has no place in the 21st century. Please share this video with everyone who supports circumcision or thinks it is a harmless procedure.

November 15 2013


Organizers of the anti-circumcision organization called Intact America say parents like Rhodes should never have to explain a situation like this. Georgianne Chapin of Intact America calls circumcision inhumane and a violation of a defenseless child's human rights.

"It is not, not only not necessary but it is dangerous, risky and wrong to cut the genitals of a child," Chapin said. "That child cannot consent, it does nothing for his health, nothing for his well being, and puts in a terrible risk as this poor mother and her poor baby have found out.

"He will live with those consequences for the rest of his life," Chapin added. "Hopefully, hopefully other mothers and fathers will see that and say 'I'm not going to do that."

Botched circumcision has many questioning practice

October 27 2013


October 16 2013


Tanya Gold articulates well the existence of contemporary antisemitism (A ban on male circumcision would be antisemitic. How could it not be?, 12 October). But I think she's wrong in describing the Council of Europe as antisemitic for including ritual male circumcision in its examples of violations of children's rights.

I write as a male Jew circumcised at birth in 1958 as part of ritual. I would rather not have been. Yes, male circumcision isn't as extreme a practice as female genital mutilation. However, I know from personal experience that it results in such problems as desensitised sexual feeling, frequent soreness and occasional bleeding. I believe that this irreversible action is at heart an assault on a child, incapable of giving meaningful consent. I attach no blame to my parents' generation, who would have made the decision in the aftermath of the Holocaust, and who would have experienced a society more overtly hostile to them. But I find it depressing that contemporary Jews wish to continue the practice.

And she is quite wrong to say all Jews agree on circumcision.

October 15 2013

Many Rabbis are welcoming intact males into the Jewish community, and a growing number of Rabbis feel that surgical circumcision is no longer appropriate in the 21st century. Over 50 Rabbis, mohels and other Jewish leaders perform covenant ceremonies without surgical circumcision, and many more will do so upon request. These include Rabbis in the Reform, Conservative, Reconstructionist and many other branches of Judaism.

October 05 2013

This is an email I just sent to the mohel who performed my circumcision 21 years ago today. My goal in sending this was to show him the perspective of someone who wished he hadn’t been circumcised, so that he would understand what his profession could do and maybe so he would question his continued participation in the field. I’ve chosen to publish this openly for two reasons: So that my friends and family can understand how I feel personally about my circumcision (rather than just my intellectual position on circumcision in the abstract), and so that anyone out there who is considering performing a circumcision or having one performed might change their minds.

October 04 2013


Over 50% of penile nerve endings are removed during a circumcision, including one-hundred percent of the Meissner’s Corpuscles, the unique fine touch nerve receptors found only in fingertips and on the ridged band of the penis.

Mucous membrane exposed to the air for decades does callus.

Many physicians earn sizable compensation for performing circumcisions.

And it is true that your circumcision means that someone surgically altered your body in a permanent way without first having obtained your consent.


Regarding the Aug. 31 Observer story “High hopes for victims of female genital mutilation“: This story reminded once again of the sad realization that there is no hope at all in the world for the many more victims of male genital mutilation. Male circumcision advocates might say there is no comparison since male circumcision, if done properly, neither robs adult men of sexual pleasure nor poses a significant health risk. But I say that arguing that removal of the prepuce does no significant harm is not an argument at all. Nor is the apology that it has a long and noble cultural heritage that places it above disrepute. That’s rubbish.

There are even some lunatics among us who argue that male circumcision should be universally mandated as a public health measure. What advocates of male circumcision ought to be telling us instead is how the procedure is not a mutilation to begin with, and how lack of consent by infantile subjects to a procedure carried out on an intimate body part can conscientiously be dismissed. Claims of health benefits are unconvincing and exaggerated.

The regional court in Cologne, Germany, was absolutely in the right when it ruled that “circumcising babies on religious grounds amounts to grievous bodily harm” (“Circumcision is assault, court rules,” June 29, 2012). One might challenge the “grievousness” of it, but the accusation of assault is foolproof. Naturally, domestic and international pressure (“German circumcision ban slammed,” July 11, 2012) forced the German parliament to step in for the sake of the religious lobby (“German panel backs circumcision,” Aug. 25, 2012, “Germany OKs law on circumcision,” Dec. 14, 2012).

Female genital mutilation (FGM) is terrible and easily conjures more outrage than male genital mutilation. But the depravity of it means that people can’t see the forest for the trees. Outlawing genital mutilation means outlawing all of it, and anti-FGM workers would only gain credibility if they come out equally against male genital mutilation as well. Meanwhile, doctors, nurses, teachers, counselors, rabbis and parents involved in lining up young boys as sacrifices should themselves all be lined up for long prison sentences.

Circumcision should be outlawed | The Japan Times

The Council of Europe has told its 47 member states (including the UK) that medically unnecessary circumcision is a violation of boys’ human rights.

In a groundbreaking move the council’s Parliamentary Assembly has declared that it is “particularly worried about a category of violation of the physical integrity of children” which includes “the circumcision of young boys for religious reasons”.

The Assembly has strongly recommended that its member states, which include the UK, take the following action:

1. Get clear on the extent of medically unnecessary circumcision in their country (around half a million boys in the UK are thought to be at risk but there is not official figure available)

2. Clearly define the medical, sanitary and other conditions that all male circumcisions should meet (this would include defining whether or not circumcision without anaesthetic or consent, by non-medical staff in non-medical settings should continue to be tolerated in the UK).

3. Promote greater awareness of how medically unnecessary male circumcision is performed and what the risks are.

4. To introduce legislation and policies to improve the protection of boys from the risks of medically unnecessary male circumcision.

5. To raise awareness of the alternatives to medically unnecessary male circumcision.

6. To actively initiate public debate, including intercultural and interreligious dialogue, aimed at reaching consensus on striking the balance between boys’ human rights and the rights and religious freedoms of parents and families.

7. To raise awareness about the need for boys to participate in decisions concerning their physical integrity and to consider introducing an age of consent preventing boys from being circumcised until they are old enough to choose.

September 19 2013


KENYA:The prevalence of HIV and Aids rose in Nyanza and Central provinces, according to the Kenya Aids Indicative Survey released by the Health Cabinet Secretary James Macharia on Tuesday.

But Central’s 3.8 per cent prevalence increase from the previous 3.6 per cent is a mere fraction of Nyanza’s 15.1 per cent up from 2007’s 14.9 per cent.

Nyanza’s prevalence is big enough to double the national average prevalence.

And it has happened in spite of an aggressive campaign to have male circumcision as a strategy to reduce new infections in the region.

According to the KAIS 2012 survey, male circumcision among men aged 15-64 years in Nyanza increased by 18 per cent.

Standard Digital News - Kenya : Push for male circumcision in Nyanza fails to reduce infections

August 30 2013


"male circumcision is known to decrease the risk of contracting an infection and/or STD, and makes for easier hygiene"  

This is false. The ONLY negative thing that comes with being intact is a less than 1% higher chance of UTI which women are twice as likely to get but we just treat them with antibiotics and a 1% higher chance of penile cancer (only because there is more skin to get infected with cancer) which is super rare anyway, a man has a higher chance of getting breast cancer but we let him keep his breast buds. “Penile cancer occurs in less than 1 man in 100,000 and accounts for less than 1% of cancers in men in the United States.” - Source “Approximately 20% of all UTIs occur in men. Between 1988 and 1994, the overall lifetime prevalence of UTI in men was estimated to be 13,689 cases per 100,000 adult men, based on the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. In comparison, the estimate for women was 53,067 cases per 100,000 adult women during the same time period.” - Source There is an Australian study and one from Israel that actually suggests that circumcision may cause UTIs. The source of the idea that circumcisions prevent UTIs is Dr. Thomas Wiswell. Based on his own studies and findings, it would take 444 circumcisions to prevent 1 UTI, not worth it! - Source Every parent should teach their child how to properly bathe themselves, boy or girl. We teach girls to wash inside their labia and that cleaning is important boys are smart enough to understand that also once their foreskin is able to retract (NEVER forcefully retract the foreskin) they just rinse the skin with warm water. Soap can irritate the glans as well as the woman’s clitoris, so only use water! As for STDs or HIV circumcision status has no effect on catching the virus regardless of your penis type you need to WEAR PROTECTION. That is the only real way to prevent STDs and HIV infections. Condoms not cutting.

There are also different levels of FGM, a hoodectomy IS the same thing as MGM (What was usually performed in the US before it was made illegal in 1996). Removal of the prepuce - the clitoral hood and foreskin are the same part in men and women. Yes there are more severe cases of FGM performed in other parts of the world and they are just horrible, but in reality all forced genital cutting is horrible and no one can tell someone their pain is invalid because other people have it worse than they do. Saying boys AND girls deserve the right to their whole body is not comparing FGM to MGM, it’s saying ALL humans deserve human rights and they do.

There’s a common notion that circumcision is the best way to deal with phimosis or tight foreskin in children but the truth is that in over 80% cases the procedure can be avoided. We talked to Dr Arbinder Singal, a paediatric urologist about phimosis and how to deal with it. Excerpts from the interview:

At Good Samaritan Hospital in Cincinnati, more than 200 babies are being circumcised in a study to determine which circumcision clamp, the Gomco or the Mogen, is "better." How are they determining this? By looking at which clamp results in fewer blood-soaked bandages, and by looking at expressions of pain on babies' faces!

This "research" is a heinous violation of medical ethics and human rights. Babies are being cruelly subjected to an unconscionable medical experiment—all in service to the shareholders of a medical instrument company seeking to profit from bad science to sell more circumcision tools.

On October 3, 2013, we will be hosting a press conference and demonstration outside Good Samaritan Hospital, where Intact America will present the following letter. Our goal is to collect 10,000 signatures, and with your help, we can do it! Please add your signature and pass this on. These "researchers" need to know that conducting pain and bleeding experiments on babies is cruel, unscientific, and WRONG!

March 01 2013

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Men circumcised either as children or adults report less intense sexual pleasure and orgasm than their uncircumcised counterparts, according to a new study from Belgium.
Male circumcision tied to less sexual pleasure | Reuters
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Men circumcised either as children or adults report less intense sexual pleasure and orgasm than their uncircumcised counterparts, according to a new study from Belgium.
Male circumcision tied to less sexual pleasure | Reuters
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