Today the Danish Nurses Organisation declared non-therapeutic circumcision of healthy boys unethical and a direct violation of children’s rights according to the UN convention.
The nurses organisation join a long list of Danish Health- and Children’s Rights organisations, which have all called for an end to the tradition of genital cutting of healthy male minors (female genital cutting has been banned for years).
A number of political parties have also called for the introduction of an 18 year age limit. An initiative which is supported by 87% of the population of Denmark.
“I am an activist against circumcision and an educator on the issue. I have many things to tell you about those myths you just told me that will blow your mind and I’m sure that if you hear me out, you will completely change your mind about having your next son circumcised. Could I have your phone number so that I can call you after our appointments?”.
Kelley Heitzman’s brilliant take on intactivism. There’s a lot to learn about how to approach cirumcision education here.
I went to a doctor appointment this morning and usually I keep to myself and don’t chat with people unless they directly speak to me.
A woman walked in moaning and groaning, huffing and puffing as she plopped down on Continue reading →
I truly envy you Ladies. You’re Federally protected from female genital mutilation (FGM) in the United States, I am not. You have all your bits, I do not. I wonder what it feels like to be able to feel everything while I struggled to feel anything.
And yet, you can sit there, typing, with a straight face, extolling the benefits of male genital mutilation.
Remember that these are only words, and my words at that. They cannot harm Continue reading →
Yet another Danish political party has adopted stance against circumcision of healthy boys. Venstres Ungdom which is a liberal right-wing youth party has just voted on the issue 30 minutes ago. Venstres Ungdom is not in parliament but resolutions passed there can sometimes be used to vet the mother party’s stance on certain issues.
(Venstres Ungdom translates to the Youth of the Left for historical reasons but is a right-wing party)
Since becoming an intactivist I find myself encountering a particular breed of human being, which I’ve never met or even heard about before. In lack of a better word I’ll call them trolls, but I expect that some of them … Continue reading →
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.
Mischief: Circumcise Me? A documentary on circumcision. Exploring the hows and whys of circumcision, medical pros and cons. Sexual consequences. And finally coming to a conclusion: Should this baby boy be cut – not?
When I was a teenager, my father started complaining about circumcision. He would say things like, “I don’t understand why, in a world full of pain, we choose to put our baby boys through even more pain.” It was only when I was pregnant with my son, and had a serious conversation with my father about circumcision, that I discovered he would not have wanted to cut a son of his own. He said to me, “There is enough pain in this world, why would anyone want to inflict pain on a newborn baby so that pain is all he knows of life?”Although I grew up as a Conservative Jew, learned to read Hebrew, had a Bat Mitzvah, and even kept kosher for a while, I gradually became more secular. I discovered a Reconstructionist synagogue in Miami and loved the Rabbi’s philosophy: “Judaism is like you grandmother’s attic–you take things down Continue reading →
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 →
“Cultural Bias in the AAP’s 2012 Technical Report and Policy Statement on Male Circumcision”
38 high-ranking medical doctors and professors from 17 western countries outside of the US strongly criticise the AAP stance on male circumcision in new medical article published in AAPs own journal Pediatrics (imagine that going through peer review). Danish medical Professor Morten Frisch is lead author on the paper..
I’m sure you’re eager to read the new article, but although they have promised to make the entire thing free to all readers, Pediatrics have only opened for the abstract. However, I got my hands on the whole thing. Read it here Continue reading →
“Morten Frisch, an MD, PhD and Doctor of Medicine, a professor of sexual health epidemiology at Statens Serum Institut in Copenhagen and at Aalborg University in Denmark discusses his 2011 study on sexual function difficulties in circumcised men and their female partners. He also gives an account of the difficulties that researchers may face when their study results are not in favor of male circumcision.
Frisch et al’s study, which showed an excess of orgasm difficulties in circumcised Continue reading →
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 →