Strong documentary on circumcision


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?

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Lucking Into Bris Shalom


© 2011 Sarah Rockwell / Beyond the BrisAs a Jew I grew up thinking circumcision was normal. All of my younger cousins and the sons of family friends were circumcised. All the children I babysat for were circumcised. The sound of a wailing baby at a Bris was something familiar–as was the apparently peacefully sleeping baby afterward. The first time I saw an intact baby boy, I thought he looked strange.
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?”Sarah RockwellAlthough 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 was shocked…


By Eran Sadeh

My name is Eran Sadeh. I am Israeli. I am Jewish.

Eran Sadeh speaking out on circumcision

Eran Sadeh speaking out on circumcision

I was born 43 years ago in Tel Aviv, a healthy baby with a perfect body. 8 days after I was born one man held my tiny legs down while another man cut a part of my penis off with a knife.

I was in pain, I screamed, I bled. It’s over. But the part that was cut off from my penis is forever gone.

36 years later my son was born. Two days before 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

Marriage equality and gender autonomy


by Lena Nyhus

I am proud and moved that James Loewen has chosen to use the ‘Just a Snip’ illustration by Svend Eide Joensen of a cross tattooed to a child’s forehead to illustrate this remarkable example of intactivism. Karen Kelly Glennon demonstrates how knowledgeable respectful communication about genital mutilation can move a person, who is initially very convinced of his stand on the issue. See the video below and take the chance to check out some of the other great videos James has posted on the channel. It’s highly informative.

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

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

When we first posted Svend’s meme to our Facebook page we were completely blown 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

AAP meets strong criticism for lack of ethics and flawed medical practice


by Lena Nyhus

“Cultural Bias in the AAP’s 2012 Technical Report and Policy Statement on Male Circumcision”

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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

Today a child died, apparently because of circumcision – is it selfish to debate that?


By Lena Nyhus

This morning I awoke to the story of Brayden Tyler Frazier. It was reported from numerous respectable sources that his death was caused by circumcision.

Darin Frazier with baby Brayden

I looked into the story and chose 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

Study on sexual dysfunction in circumcised men and their partners


Text from Bonobo3D – maker of the video

“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

FALSE: Circumcision prevents cancer


American Cancer Society

FALSE: Circumcision prevents cancer
TRUE: The American Cancer Society established that already back in 1996

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Howard Stern on circumcision


Howard Stern and Russell Brand talk about circumcision, religion, babies, and women.
Brand,” It’s a bit unfair to do that (circumcision) to a baby”

“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

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