Genital Autonomy Conference 2014


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Have you registered for the 2014 Genital Autonomy Conference in Boulder, Colorado? I’ll be speaking about the Scandinavian progress on Saturday and I would to see you – yes you! – in the audience.

– Lena

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Danish Minister of Children and Equality Open for Debate on Circumcision


Early March, Manu Sareen, Danish Minister for Children, Gender Equality, Integration and Social Affairs opened for a debate of circumcision of healthy boys. It happened on the direct radio show Call the Government, when a curious listener raised concerns about why healthy boys are not protected from circumcision, just as well as girls are.

Skærmbillede 2014-03-17 kl. 22.23.51Having learned more about circumcision of boys during the past year, I admit to have become aware that the matter may not be as clear cut, as I have previously thought. That is why I have changed my stance, because it does harm many men’s sexuality and does have some physical consequences. Even though it’s wrapped in a religious context we have to dare to take this debate about circumcision as well…. I fully respect other people’s religiousness, but that does not mean that I in any way accept that one can do anything in the name of religion. That makes this debate immensely difficult, but one has to dare to take it.

His party Radikale Venstre, a social liberal party, has passed a resolution to ban circumcision of healthy boys. However the members of parliament are not obliged to work actively for the parties resolutions and have negleted to do so up until now.

Listen to the show here (in Danish) at 28 min.

Inspired by other great Danish voices for children’s genital integrity and autonomy Intact Denmark has worked hard for the past year to make a Danish age restriction on circumcision of healthy boys a reality. Being the founder and chairwoman of the organisation, I am personally very proud of the results we have achieved so far.

Anti-circumcision thank you note


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N. sent me this beautiful note in response to reading my piece An Insight into the Danish Circumcision Debate, which Continue reading

Every circumcision is botched


Steven Svoboda, Founder of Attorneys for the Rights of the Child explains why every circumcision in his opinion is botched and tells why he got into intactivism decades ago.

A defense of the foreskin


By Mikael Aktor
Originally published in the Danish daily INFORMATION and on INTACT DENMARK 10th July 2013 and to

If accidents or disease reduce the bodily functions of a child, we do whatever we can to remedy the damage. Why then inflict such a loss on healthy children ourselves?

June 27 was a sad day for Danish boys. On this day the minister of health, Astrid Krag, rejected legislation against boy circumcision on the basis of a newly delivered report from the Health Council. But the report and Krag’s arguments only relate to a very narrow health perspective, they do not deal with the equally important human rights aspects.

I am a member of an association – Intact Denmark, Association Against Child Circumcision – which has as it’s goal to restrict circumcision to persons who themselves express the wish to have it done and who have reached the age of consent. The arguments for this view among the members of the association vary but my own is quite Continue reading

Congratulatons! It’s a…. uhm… congratulations…


By Lena Nyhus

“Congratuations, it’s a girl and she’s perfect.” Those are the words we want to hear, when we welcome  brand-sparkling-new-born-baby into this world. Or a boy for that matter, “Congratulations. it’s a boy.” works just as well. In our minds it’s simple; there are two genders and all could be well or something could be wrong.

intersex-symbol

But what about those rare occasions when all is well and something is entirely wrong? Sometimes children are born Continue reading

Intersexuality, transsexuality and all the other possibilities – a challenge of perception


by Lena Nyhus

English: From the female and male symbols. Int...

I have always felt strongly about the plight of intersexual people or hermaphrodites as their were called, when I grew up. I have only ever spoken to very few. I have no idea about how frequently it happens, that children are born with genitals that are different from the norm of either female or male. I don’t know anything about how often it happens that people are born into bodies that appear to belong to one gender, but actually feel as the opposite gender either. I’m simply uninformed about these things. One thing I do know Continue reading

NoCirc infomercial – What every parent should know about circumcision


by Lena Nyhus

National Organization of Circumcision Information Resource Centers or more aptly – NoCirc – is an American non-governmental organisation founded by health-care professionals.

NoCirc is dedicated to Continue reading

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

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.

Does pain and suffering have a gender bias?


Circumcision / genital mutilation on Wikipedia

Circumcision / genital mutilation on Wikipedia

Reading article after article on genital mutilation and circumcision one thing appears striking – boys do not get mutilated, girls do.

That is to say both girls and boys undergo involuntary  permanent amputations of parts of their genitalia – often without anaesthesia – but when girls are subjected to these  incidents we call it assaults. Continue reading