“It’s a shock”, recounts a circumcision victim from Bochum, Germany


Original piece from German Daily Der Westen
“Es ist ein Schock”, Beschneidungsopfer aus Bochum erzählt
Thursday 22.11.2012 Bochum, Germany
By Andreas Eichhorn
Translated by Martin N.

Önder Özgeday

Önder Özgeday suffers because he was circumcised as a child of ten. Only later he did he realize what was taken from him. An association of concerned individuals laments that the legislative process would not hear from victims. And the subject has been trivialized in public.

Önder Özgeday can still remember the day when he was circumcised. At the time he was ten. It was a small doctor’s office, a Turkish doctor who had cut many of his acquaintances. He had to undress, Continue reading

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Muslim circumcisions


WARNING! Very graphic videos

A new member of the ‘Just a Snip’ movement A.K. is from Bangladesh. He was only just recently – via our work – made aware of the harmfulness of circumcision and has already managed to convince a family member to delay the circumcision of a toddler, maybe even completely abandon it. Congratulations!

A.K. has sent us these videos demonstrating Muslim circumcisions. Continue reading

Foreskin Explained with Animation


Circumcised men and their partners experience sexual dysfunctions more frequently that intact men and their partners a scientific study performed by Prof. Morten Frisch (et al9 suggests. The research team suggests further studies on the subject which suggests that the negative consequences of circumcision even in seemingly successful cases can be far reaching.

Read a short presentation of the study here: Male circumcision leads to a bad sex life

Penn & Teller on Circumcision


So why do I oppose circumcision? I’ll let Penn & Teller explain it, they’re so much more entertaining than I could ever hope to be. Afterwards you’ll also fully understand why I prefer ‘genital cutting’ or ‘genital mutilation’ to the word ‘circumcision’.

Circumcised radio host: ‘It’s pure torture’ (Full translation)


By Kjeld Koplev, Radio Host / Journalist
(Full translation of article published in Danish daily Politiken 07/18/2012)
Translated and published by Lena Nyhus / IQvixen with permission from the author

Kjeld KoplevPhotographer: Miriam Dalsgaard

Kjeld Koplev
Photographer: Miriam Dalsgaard

Circumcision is an interference into the sex life of the Jewish man and should be stopped immediately.

The signature Anders Jerichouw (AJ) writes in the editorial of Politiken 07/15/2012 that circumcision of Jewish boys is the family’s way of passing on love.

I find that it is pure torture! Cocksure, AJ claims that the circumcision causes no harm. I say, that the torture I was exposed to when a Rabbi cut off my foreskin without anaesthesia   – and without medical experience or training – inflicted lifelong psychological trauma on me.

The Rabbi who yielded the knife also inflicted a castration anxiety that has stayed with me ever since.

I cannot in any way see that circumcision has the least to do with love. Continue reading

Circumcision and Jewish Identity


Jewish Scholar Miriam Pollack discusses male genital cutting (aka circumcision/genital mutilation) from a Jewish perspective. Many interesting and enlightened points.

Can you give me back my foreskin? (Full translation)


Open letter to Bent Lexner, Chief Rabbi of Denmark

By Leo Milgrom
(Milgroms translation of his original piece published in Danish daily Politiken ‘Kan du give mig min forhud tilbage?‘ 07/28/2012 and first covered by this blog here.)

March 1980: a man drives into a neighborhood south of Copenhagen. He stops in front of a terraced house, walks up the stairs to the first floor and into the bedroom where he proceeds to greet the people present. He recites a number of verses – and then he cuts of my foreskin and takes it with him.

32 years later I have grown up to write to you, Bent Lexner, because you are Chief Rabbi and in charge of Jewish circumcisions in Denmark. Questions have piled up Continue reading

Our two latest memes


When Umut Decided Against Circumcision Cognitive dissonanse

THE VIDEO to Watch about Male Circumcision


Circumcision: An Elephant in the Hospital

by Lena Nyhus

If you want to know more about why more and more people oppose to male routine infant circumcision this is THE video to watch. Afterwards you will understand why the procedure is also known as male genital cutting or male genital mutilation.

Ryan McAllister explains about everything from parental concern, foreskin functionality, HIV and STD’s etc.


Alright then I’m an anti-Semite (translation of the headline)
A strong appeal: Please understand, that maintaining that an intact body is a human right – even for children (boys and girls alike) does NOT equal being an anti-Semite. On the contrary. Great, great read.

Evidenz-basierte Ansichten

Der Vorwurf des Antisemitismus verliert in Deutschland seinen Schrecken. Das ist eine Katastrophe. Denn echte Antisemiten gibt es nach wie vor, auch in Deutschland. Aber der Begriff trifft sie nicht mehr so wie noch vor einigen Monaten. Denn wenn jeder „Antisemit“ genannt wird, der den Vorrang rechtsstaatlicher Prinzipien vor religiösen Geboten fordert, sind auf einmal nicht mehr nur 10-20%, sondern 70% der Deutschen Antisemiten.

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New legislation to ban circumcision in America


Circumcision/ male genital mutilation

Male genital mutilation also known as circumcision is the praxis of amputating perfectly healthy foreskin  from boys penises. The reasons are many but misguided, for instance aesthetics, misunderstood health concerns, lack of knowledge about proper hygiene and of course religion. The origins are barbaric and the procedure is designed to curb men’s sexuality.

You have the possibility to change this praxis, you can help change the legislation.

You can change the world one child, one state, one nation at a time.

MGMbill.org will be submitting intactivist legislation to Congress and various state legislatures around AMERICA on Jan 12th – 14th 2013.

In order to do this, they need your help, so if you’d like to assist them by emailing, faxing, and/or snail mailing our proposed bills to your own state and federal lawmakers, please contact them at comments@mgmbill.org.

For more details, visit MGM bill  Thanks!

100.000+ heads turned for intactivism in 12 hours


by Lena Nyhus

Picketing against genital mutilation aka circumcision (both male and female) is sometimes somewhat of a Sisyphus task (you know, ancient Greek guy doomed to push a rock up a mountain slope in eternity only to see it rolling down again) a lot of hard work and not much to show for your effort.

That’s why I decided to employ memes to do the job. I had a gut feeling that they would be much more effective at catching people’s immediate attention than anything I could write and then maybe, just maybe, I would be able to enter into dialogue with people and be able to persuade one or two to denounce the barbaric practice of cutting into children’s genitals.

I went to the task with great enthusiasm and quickly produced a cute meme with the most precious thing we have in our lives – children.

Hey Kid, don't let them cut... Oppose circumcision - genital mutilation

It is cute isn’t it?

I shared it on our page http://www.facebook.com/justasnip and quite a few places on facebook and Twitter and was pleased to see that it took off quite fast. Within 24 hours I registered that it was shared just about a hundred places. By conservative estimate that gives it a reach of approximately 5.000 people.

That inspired a friend of mine, Svend Eide Joensen, to make a meme of his own.

Oppose religious branding. Say no to genital mutilation aka circumcision. Design by Svend Eide Joensen

A powerful message right?

I posted it to our page and several other places 2 days ago, just like I did with the previous meme. And looked forward to seeing it reach the same levels of fame as the one I made (after a day or two) and it did – within minutes! 12 hours later it had reached an estimated 100.000+ people. It is a powerful message indeed.

The number was reached by adding up the number of views, likes, comments and shares we could access on all the channels we had posted the meme to. Each facebook user has an average of 150 friends, if a third of them see the meme and perhaps 0,2-0,5% share…. Well, there you have it 100.000+ heads turned in 12 hours for the noble cause of keeping children intact world wide.

This will not be the last powerful meme from Just a Snip – on the contrary! – we have found our path.

I’ll let Svend explain Continue reading

Make your mark – memes against circumcision


by Lena Nyhus

Send me your very best ideas

Chose any angle you might want to;


male genital mutilation (MGM)

female genital mutilation (FGM)
human rights
health benefits
sexual dysfunction
or some other issue close to your heart
wrack your brain and come up with an ingenious wording – short, concise and to the point. An intact body is a human right – regardless of gender, cultural background and parents religion.

Send your ideas to justasnip@hotmail.com and if you are lucky Svend Eide Joensen or one of our other great designers will transform your text to the next great meme for the cause.

Perhaps your text will turn 100.000+ heads for intactivism (< click to see Svend’s powerful visual) in 12 hours just like Svends did.

Oppose religious branding


Oppose religious branding. Say no to genital mutilation aka circumcision. Design by Svend Eide Joensen

 

Fantastic! We have our second meme. This time designed by Svend Eide Joensen. He has chosen to address genital mutilation aka circumcision – regardless of gender – committed in the name of religion.

In some cultures it is claimed that genital mutilation is commanded by God in order curb sexuality, heighten cleanliness or demonstrate allegiance to the religion. Either way it is not only an assault on the child; an assault it could die or become permanently injured from. It is also a violation of the persons religious freedom.

Parents rights to religious freedom end where the child’s rights to religious freedom and an intact body begins.