I guess the Hitch has his answers now. I wish he could tell me if he met a god or not. Rest in peace Christopher Hitchens and thank you.
Please take the time to view some of these videos. I promise they will be an eye-opener.
Yet another comparison photo project between the glans of a circumcised man versus an intact one. Feel free to share the link. If I get more information on the models I will add it in this post.
A big thank you to the guys from 4ERIC for this photo!
On the site are also photos of the harm this "procedure" does. I feel I must share one of those photos now, here, with you. I will say upfront this photograph is NSFW and may not be appropriate to younger viewers. This photo will upset people, as it *should*... because this was preventable and shouldn't ever happen.
Again, allow me to repeat: THIS WAS PREVENTABLE AND UNNECESSARY.
I've been asked to clarify what the text says because it is very small print. Here it is:
"My parents wanted me to be cut because they are religious people and thought uncut atheists were bad people. The cutting was not very good and this is what I have now. I suffer because of my cock and I'm virgin.
"Don't cut babies. Don't forget the risks.
"Let them choose when they are adult. They must have the choice."
(Capitalization and punctuation were corrected by myself for easier reading, but I did not change his wording.)
For further research, please see:
Devon Osel shares with us again!
The image above as well as the following thought provoking pieces were contributed by Devon Osel, an outspoken intactivist in America. Feel free to share the link. Thank you, Devon.
More from Devon can be found HERE.
Also check out this facebook page.
This man has put in a lot of effort to educate about the penis. This site is not porn, but you will find graphic photography of the human male adult penis. I especially like his page on his circumcision status.
A reader asks:
"Do you think that by spreading different levels of intactivist art, it will help increase awareness and maintain a stronger impression the unsure and undecided? If so, how do we get those artist the attention they need to help spread this message?"
Art imitates life imitates art. Yes, I do believe it helps raise awareness.
I've heard that a "partial" (cutting off only the tip of the foreskin rather than the whole thing) is used because some doctors realize it's impossible to determine how large the penis of this child will be when he's an adult and they're leaving more skin now to avoid problems with erections and sexual dysfunction. I'd love to hear from readers what their thoughts are on this.
Graphic photos here. Please note this link is NSFW (Not Safe For Work) ... or with children behind you.
Photos, drawings, anything celebrating male beauty can be submitted to TheBeautifulP@gmail.com
I am writing to inform you that NOCIRC has produced a 20-minute
educational video about circumcision, narrated by Dean Edell, M.D.,
which you can view at http://www.nocirc.org/ You have NOCIRC’s
permission to download, copy, and distribute this free video for
educational purposes. Please consider uploading it to your own
website, if desired.
In addition, a Circumcision Resource page has been developed for
educators at http://www.icgi.org/birth_care_providers.htm Here you
will find videos, articles, and pamphlets that discuss various aspects
of the circumcision decision, as well as care of the intact child.
Included is “The Prepuce,” a video produced by George Denniston, M.D.,
that discusses in detail the anatomy and functions of the foreskin.
A growing number of men who wish they had been left intact (not
circumcised) are benefitting from non-surgical foreskin restoration.
You can learn more about this at http://www.norm.org/
A “New York Times” article reported that the U.S. circumcision rate has
fallen from 56% in 2006 to 32.5% in 2009, according to the CDC. See
Men when they turn 18 have the legal right to sue the doctor and
hospital that circumcised them unnecessarily as infants. One man has
already done that and received a financial settlement. See
Recent news articles have reported on African studies that claim to
show that circumcision prevents HIV. Dr. Dean Edell discusses these
studies, and how they relate to our own experience in the U.S. at
The Royal Dutch Medical Association (KNMG) on May 27, 2010 published
its policy statement, which states that the circumcision of underage
boys should be stopped. The society says that circumcising boys
without medical reason infringes upon the right to autonomy and the
right to bodily integrity. The KNMG statement can be downloaded and
I hope the materials above will be useful to you in your efforts to
educate future nurses about proper care of the genitally intact child
and circumcision. Please feel free to share this information with your
colleagues. I would be interested in your impressions of these
educational materials, if you wish to share them with me.
Sincerely, Rosemary Romberg
Basically it was a no-brainer for me. I didn't even know what circumcision was until after my daughter was born 9 years ago. I started researching the subject because I knew the next one would be a boy. As soon as I found out there is actually a part of the penis *removed*... amputated... that was it for me, I was dead set against it. I wasn't even aware of doctors not using anesthesia until only a few months ago. That knowledge made me feel even stronger about being against it. I became an intactivist because I do not believe in altering or removing body parts from a non-consenting individual.
I am cut, am manually restoring at the moment. Basically for manual tugging you pull on the skin in different methods and tug it for a set amount of time(1-60mins+ even) 1+ times a day everyday so you regain skin.
I'm doing this to fit tlc-x the strapless restoration device then it can do the tugging for me, and it'll have the retaining cone to regain glans sensitivity. ~Greg
Here are a few links that explain foreskin restoration:
Here is a video of Aubrey Taylor explaining foreskin restoration. She's really informative; check it out: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=moII4GEVPv4
Here's a video of Ron Low and his Wife explaining foreskin restoration and how amazing it has been for them: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=raDMCRxIUbI
And watch the video above that one first for another explanation^^^^^
Look at this penis to see how foreskin restoration undoes some of the damage: (*NSFW Graphic Education Nudity*) http://www.foreskinrestore.com/restored_foreskin.html
How a restored foreskin moves: http://www.foreskinrestore.com/movesvideo.html
The restored skin will be there forever, guys stop restoring based on their preference of how much skin they want. Some want a reallly reaaaaally long foreskin , some want just enough to cover the glans, etc.
Here's a coverage index to show the different stages of foreskin coverage(NSFW Nudity) : http://www.newforeskin.biz/CI/CIchart.htm
And yes it is basically creating new skins cells, so it's not like creating stretch marks like aubrey taylor said, it's tugging =)
And if you just stop restoring completely instead of shrinking, because of sexual activity and masturbation the skin will slightly slight slightly get a bit longer not that much but yeah. So instead of shrinking it's always growing but not substancially if you stop cold turkey lol
To see with your own eyes the damage of genital cutting(NSFW graphic nudity): "-
The keratinization or drying out and building of a layer of keratin of the glans and penile mucosa to protect the penis from air and clothing due to the loss of the prepuce's protection further reduces sensitivity. Here is a picture of a penis with a keratinized glans v a shiny intact penis: http://intactivists.blogspot.com/2011/05/keratinization-and-circumcision-status_315.html
(Thanks for using our example! ~Monica)
And aesthetically(visually) a cut v intact penis picture to visually to show the damage: (*NSFW Graphic Nudity*) http://hphotos-snc6.fbcdn.net
However this is the most important thing you will read. An article on "The Vulnerability of Men" to see how to talk to men about genital cutting and restoration a touchy subject: http://www.udonet.com/circumcision/vincent/vulnerability_of_men.html
(Udonet did a FANTASTIC job with that article. ~Monica)
However after learning the truth and what I can do for myself I've been given a better image.
This article on "The Vulnerability of Men" will help you on talking to your husband about circumcision, keeping your kids intact, his feelings etc: www.udonet.com/circumcision/vincent/vulnerability_of_men.html
There are devices that you can use to induce mitosis in the skin to cause growth. These can be worn under the clothes during normal daily activities.Here are some of the products:http://tlctugger.com/products.htm
You can also accomplish the same effect manually depending on how much time you can devote to "tugging".There are some different methods outlined here:http://www.restoringforeskin.org/category/public/manual-tugging
There is a forum for men who are restoring. There are over 200,000 members and all are using different techniques.Here is the welcome page for those just starting out:http://www.foreskin-restoration.net/forum/forumdisplay.php?f=3
Here is another part of the forum that talks about additional methods such as taping and retaining:http://www.foreskin-restoration.net/forum/forumdisplay.php?f=7
Here is a great low-cost alternative to buying a retaining device:http://www.restoringtally.com/blog/2009/12/baby-bottle-nipple-retainers
A good reference to have on hand is the Coverage index. It has different coverage numbers depending on how much foreskin a person has or how tightly they were cut. Certain tugging methods work best depending on how much foreskin you have. It's a good reference point to look at the pictures to figure out where you are to start, where you want to stop, and what you can expect along the way.http://www.newforeskin.biz/CI/CIchart.htm
There is an interesting in-depth blog by a man just starting his restoration journey with the TLC tugger device.http://lizarddick.wordpress.com/
For circumcision info, intactivism, and keeping your kids intact, more info on restoration, etc: www.WholeNetwork.org
-By Greg and Bri
Fortunately, Josh, we're not *all* that bad.
Lynn says the conversation started about another family member who gave birth to a boy:
MIL: “They (the parent’s) have decided not to circumcise BOY”
Me: “They need to circumcise him”
MIL: “No Lynn, they’ve done a lot of research and they’ve decided not to”
Me: “He definitely needs to be circumcised!”
This goes on for a while until Lynn finally reveals her very important reason for having a baby boy circumcised:
MIL: “I’m not sure that you’re aware of all the new research Lynn”
Me: “The hell with the research. He needs to be circumcised”
MIL: (Starting to get visibly upset…agitated even) “Why? Why do you keep saying that Lynn?” Me: “It’s just really important”
MIL: “WHY? WHY LYNN, WHY?”
Me: “Why MIL? I’ll tell you why!”
Me: “are you sure you want to know?”
Me: “Because...” (wait for it … wait for it!) “… if he doesn’t get circumcised there’s no way that kid is EVER going to get a BLOWJOB!!!”
Let those last words sink in before you go on.
Then, at the very end of this blog post, she writes:
I’ve never had a run in with a guy with a hoodie and I really can’t say whether the kid ever got a blowjob but I was just doing my part, watching out for the welfare of a minor. Do you agree? Or disagree? I really don’t care…I was just asking.
Lynn, care or not, you invited comments.
This all goes back to men being judged and not accepted in this society. Their penises will never be good enough. They are taught to be ashamed of what they have, even before birth. The same attitude that I struggle with every single day, knowing how much damage it does. These messages go in deep.
I'm not a man, but I am a mother. I am a mother of two boys. I have a vested interest in how these attitudes affect men because my boys will one day be men. I have also observed how these attitudes affect relationships, mine included.
We need to get back to basics. Go all the way back to the beginning. Are boys born with "extra" skin because there's no purpose for it? Why are we so arrogant, as a society, that we believe that we need to alter someone else's genitals to fit into our idea of "perfect", despite all the risks that come with surgery, despite that this is not our body to make these decisions, despite causing major emotional and physical trauma to the point of a majority of men in our society regularly display symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome for what was done to them *before conscious memory*?
I say before conscious memory, because they love to remind you that babies won't remember this little "snip". I don't agree. I have been taught that the body, every cell in the body, in fact, holds memory of every trauma that happens. Counseling and therapy teaches this concept. Very important and effective therapeutic techniques have been developed around this whole idea.
If you are physically assaulted before you reach the age of 2, does that mean it won't affect you? If you are drugged and lose consciousness and raped, does that not count?
I propose that the pain and trauma of infant/child circumcision is not only unnecessary, but damaging.
And it enforces the belief that men are not perfect, that their penises are not beautiful, that there's nothing they can do about it, that they will never be good enough.
Also, joking about cutting off pieces of a person's genitals minimizes the trauma the cut individual experiences, sending another message that that person's feelings are unimportant.
Interestingly, Lynn's original post got some attention again recently and attracted some pro-intact comments. Many of the comments were thoughtful and educated. I got the distinct impression, though, that many people did not like the suggestion that circumcision is unnecessary. Lynn followed up with a post dated June 15, 2011 which she titled "In which i respond to the bullshit" (her -lack of- capitalization), implying that having to be forced to have this conversation, or the subject matter, is "bullshit", and therefore is unimportant.
This reflects perfectly the way women are taught to behave in this North American society: shame your men, pick them apart, then when someone speaks up, silence them quickly. Ignore the issue, ignore the shame, ignore the damage that is done to our men, and then tell them not to express any emotion about it! (Example: "Big boys don't cry.")
Lynn also mentions at the very end of the second post that her family is Jewish and her son's circumcision was part of a religious ceremony. I really hate bringing religion into this, so I'll just mention the fact that there are plenty of links here on the blog for anyone to start their own research into the religious aspect. I am certainly not the proper person to present reasons and examples for not doing this for religion. I will, however, say that all children should be allowed the same religious freedom adults enjoy in this country, and be allowed to grow up and make up their own minds about what God they will or will not believe in, and not have to endure permanent marks on their bodies that are a symbol of their parents' beliefs. There are many cases of children growing up to follow a completely different spiritual path than the one in which they were raised:
More than a third of the population practices a religion other than what they were raised in.
(quote: "More than one-quarter of American adults, 28%, have left the faith in which they were raised in favor of another religion, or no religion at all. If change in affiliation from one type of Protestantism to another is included, 44% of adults have either switched religious affiliation, moved from being unaffiliated with any religion to being affiliated with a particular faith, or dropped any connection to a specific religious tradition altogether.")
And yes, Lynn, I have a sense of humor. That's not the point in objecting to your blog post (or "funny story" as you call it) as you suggested with other reader comments. I just don't find anything funny at all about nonconsensual, unnecessary cosmetic surgery on a person too young to understand what is being forced upon them.
And like you are so fond of saying yourself, if you don't like what I have to say, move on. Or, to quote you exactly: "This blog is not for the light-hearted or easily offended. If either one of those descriptions applies to you, I suggest you start drinking before you read this blog. A sense of humor is suggested. If you don't have one that sucks for you... find one and get a life!" I am a person that is extremely hard to offend and if you can't handle this blog's truth about child circumcision, then I suggest to you that you should not be so self-righteous and flippant about cutting up their genitals and assuming what their sexual preferences will be when they grow up.
Disclaimer: I did not write this to try to change Lynn's mind. Her son is grown now and I probably wouldn't have changed her mind anyway. I wrote this in an attempt to dispel some myths and present the fact that this surgery is unnecessary. I am not trying to start an internet war. I want readers to understand why I believe Lynn's story is not "funny", but in fact damaging. You know what is funny? This:
What do a Rubik's Cube and a penis have in common?
The more you play with them, the harder they get.
Brain Waves (MRI) During and After Circumcision
Trauma held in body tissues
Trauma, memory, and cybernetic structure of the mind
Cellular Memory and IET
Jews Against Circumcision
Beyond the Bris
Here's the original entry:
Russell Crowe recently tweeted:
Russell joins the likes of Howard Stern, Mario Lopez, Colin Farrell, Christopher Hitchens, and many other celebrities speaking out against circumcision.
Visit the facebook page "Celebrities Against Circumcision" or Circumstition's page "Circumcised and hated it" to see more famous people standing up for babies' rights to a whole body.
Eli Roth defends his friend.
New Team Member Marshall
Please join me in welcoming the newest member of our intactivist blog team, who joins us as a writer.
Keratinization: Etiology and Relationship to Age
Etiology — The glans (head) of the penis is a genital structure that is normally protected from external contact by the foreskin of the natural penis. When the penis is modified by amputation of the foreskin, then this natural protection is lost and a process called keratinization proceeds to protect the delicate glans surface tissue from drying and the abrasion of the external environment. In other words, the normally delicate and smooth glans external membrane becomes calloused, or keratinized.
Relationship to Age — Although keratinization is an expected age-related change in the circumcised penis, it is not a manifestation of normal aging in the intact penis, as shown in the illustrations above. We document this fact using men of substantially different ages and opposite circumcision status as models. There is no evidence of keratinization in the 71 year old intact penis, and obvious keratinization in the 40 year old circumcised penis.
Effects of Keratinization
Delayed Clinical Presentation — Although the adaptation of glans surface tissue to exposure to the external environment necessarily begins soon after the trauma of circumcision, the process of keratinization progresses for decades and is rarely, if ever, seen as a source of presenting complaints by the OB-GYN or pediatrician who performs the circumcision surgery.
Loss of Glans Sensitivity — However, there are clinical problems due to keratinization that present long after childhood. This is because in protecting the unnaturally exposed glans, keratinization decreases its sensitivity. Research has documented that many different areas of the intact penis are more sensitive than the most sensitive area of the circumcised penis – which is the circumcision scar itself (see Sorrells, M, et al, ‘Fine touch pressure thresholds in the adult penis.’ The full text of this scientific publication is available: http://www.nocirc.org/touch-test/touchtest.php ). Thus, there is no question that the glans of the circumcised penis is a less sensitive structure than that of the intact penis.
Sex Partner Complaints — Not only has decreased glans sensitivity been associated with complaints of decreased sexual pleasure in men, their partners also suffer consequences of circumcisions. Anecdotal evidence includes complaints of pounding sex, dry unpleasant sex, and vaginal abrasion or lesions that are commonly heard from older women sex partners of circumcised men. The etiology of these complaints involves loss of penis sheath mobility and loss of glans sensitivity in the circumcised penis.
Erectile Dysfunction — Decreased glans sensitivity has also been associated with erectile dysfunction (ED). Men have complained that sexual stimulation during intercourse has been insufficient for them to maintain an erection firm enough for coitus, and have sought relief through the use of prescription medications for treatment of ED.
The National Organization of Restoring Men (NORM) lists more than 16 physical attributes of the foreskin and adjacent structures, including the frenulum, that are commonly destroyed by circumcision (The “Lost List”: http://www.norm.org/lost.html ). Among those that NORM considers restorable are glans color and texture, which is a restoration result that reverses keratinization. Thus, NORM cites foreskin restoration results that “… closely mirror natural glans coloration and smooth glossy appearance of the glans seen in intact men.’ In conjunction with this reversal of keratinization, the gliding action of the skin sheath of the penis, which is lost in the circumcised penis and is consequently a common source of sex partner complaints, can be regained as one of the primary benefits of foreskin restoration, providing “… greater levels of comfort and pleasure during intercourse.” For ongoing discussion of foreskin restoration please see http://www.uncutting.tumblr.com and http://www.restoringtally.tumblr.com .
Buddhism has long been known for peacefulness towards all living creatures.
Gnostic Society: Gospel of Thomas (read #53)
|A remedy which is almost always successful in small boys is circumcision, especially when there is any degree of phimosis. The operation should be performed by a surgeon without administering an anesthetic, as the brief pain attending the operation will have a salutary effect upon the mind, especially if it be connected with the idea of punishment, as it may well be in some cases. The soreness which continues for several weeks interrupts the practice, and if it had not previously become too firmly fixed, it may be forgotten and not resumed.|
|In females, the author has found the application of pure carbolic acid [phenol] to the clitoris an excellent means of allaying the abnormal excitement.|
Added note February 24, 2013:
Long time friend of intactivist.net Tom Gualtieri writes here.