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Tuesday, March 20th, 2012
4:27 pm

Maybe you've heard -- another baby died from infection after a mohel sucked the blood out of his penis with his mouth following circumcision.

Appropriately enough, he died at Maimonides Hospital, named for the Dark Ages philosopher who praised circumcision because it diminished sexual gratification for men and women.

Keep this information in your back pocket next time someone tries to embarrass you with that "Foreskin Man" cartoon.

Circumcisers get up-in-arms about comic books.

Intactivists get mad when babies die from circumcision.

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Friday, February 17th, 2012
2:00 pm - Awesome quote!

Hi All! I found this on Facebook and thought you would enjoy it.

"Dear World: I promise you, you do NOT have to circumcise your children. You ARE smart enough to simply wipe them clean as babies. They ARE smart enough to rinse themselves off when they are older. They ARE smart enough to practice safer sex. The opposite sex IS smart enough to realize that missing body parts do not make for a better looking or performing lover. You ARE smart enough to realize that we don't cut off any other body part 'just in case' and that logic applies to genitals too." ~Woman Uncensored (Facebook)

current mood: thoughtful

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Friday, January 6th, 2012
9:22 pm

This is going around the blogosphere: "50 Reasons to Leave It Alone."

You get one guess what "it" is.

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Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012
8:26 am - Cool pediatrician in Seattle

Couple of weeks ago, a pediatrician posted this vlog on caring for the intact penis.

I love her description of how not to intervene, and her accurate description of how the boy will manage his own foreskin separation. Haven't seen that in any popular sources before.

She only misfires once, in suggesting soap along with water under the foreskin. I sent her a gently worded comment on that, which is awaiting moderation. (She appears to be on vacation this week.)

We need more doctors like this.

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Tuesday, November 8th, 2011
1:16 pm - Animated GIF

OK, I'm clueless. I found this animated GIF (which I don't own, and invite any of you to download yourself here) but I can't get the motion to work as an icon.

Any hints?

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Monday, September 12th, 2011
12:31 pm - Article in Psychology Today

There's an excellent article in Psychology Today called Myths About Circumcision You Likely Believe. It's the first in a series of several parts.

current mood: accomplished

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Friday, April 15th, 2011
7:25 am

I'm pretty sure the reason none of the fathers on my block talk to me is, my wife or I tried to persuade them not to circumcise their sons, they did it anyway, and two of the boys had to be hospitalized afterward.

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Tuesday, April 12th, 2011
1:00 am

Charles Darwin just gets more awesome the more I learn about him.

From the Intactipedia page on the evolution of the foreskin:

"Every normal human being is born with a foreskin. In females, it protects the glans of the clitoris; in males, it protects the glans of the penis. Thus, the foreskin is an essential part of human sexual anatomy.[1]

Over the last 65 million years, the prepuce has offered reproductive advantages. Although advocates of mass circumcision hypothesize that the prepuce represents a design flaw, it is more likely that sexual selection has refined the external genitalia of each primate species for reproductive excellence.[2]

The reproductive advantages provided by the prepuce during the last 65 million years should not be taken lightly. The human prepuce is not "vestigial" but is, in fact, an evolutionary advancement over the prepuce of other primates.[3]"

(The numbers are citations-you can see them on the original page.)

current mood: sleepy

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Monday, November 22nd, 2010
9:36 pm - A good rant. Hope you enjoy it, too.

I have a poor rate of conversion as an intactivist.

The first father-to-be I approached about circumcision was already converted. Yay! Then I went on a long losing streak (with my wife working the mamas-to-be) with only one sweet interruption from a friend at work, who convinced her husband that circumcision was a lousy idea, and he came around just in time to leave their son intact.

My neighbors, no. Circumcision fanatics, every one, and none of them even have the excuse of being Jewish. My wife's and my combined record: 0-4.

Today I learned one of the neighborhood boys is in the hospital. Mom #1 (whose son nearly died from an infection just days after his circumcision) told us the son of Mom #2 was in for surgery on his penis. When Mom #1 described what had happened, I blurted out, "meatal stenosis."

Yep. The doctor said, "He's just holding his urine too long," and damaged his bladder. Yeah, doc: He holds his urine because his urethral opening is growing shut because it's exposed to the elements 24/7 because you or somebody like you sliced off his perfectly healthy and functioning foreskin! And it hurts him to pee through the narrow opening, and the condition gets worse until you have to get your scalpel out ... again.

I explained this to Mom #1 calmly and clinically, leaving out the fact that I had gone to visit Mom #2 and Dad #2 in their home about four years ago when Mom #2 was pregnant, and showed them the Fleiss articles about circumcision, and warned them specifically about meatal stenosis, and they nodded politely and went ahead and circumcised their son anyway because Dad #2 was too insecure about his own penis to let his son's alone.

Now Boy #2 is in the hospital.

And I'm having great difficulty practicing forgiveness in all this.

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Wednesday, October 20th, 2010
1:05 am - A comic we can support


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Tuesday, July 13th, 2010
10:18 am - Foreskin Question

I have a question here for the moms of uncircumsized boys.

I live in Mexico and here they still advocate the daily exercise of pulling back the foreskin. I read that I should not do this, but it is really getting to me because I am always being told to do this and then threatened that he will need "surgery" (and I think they mean circumsicion)  if I don't. I think I read a long time ago that "the head will drop" by a year on its own, but I don't see that happening and he is 11.5 months now.
Basically, where it is at now is that if I try to pull the foreskin back, it takes a lot of effort to even see a little bit of the head. The most recent doctor told me that I need to pull it back so far that it might even cause a few drops of blood.
I am getting really concerned. What is it suppose to look like? What is healthy?


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Friday, February 26th, 2010
6:08 pm

I found what seems to be a good, internet-savvy anti-circumcision group called Intact America. They seem to be pretty plugged in, a good way to stay on top of current news about the cause. They have a fan page on Facebook, a Causes page on Facebook, a petition to the CDC, and lots more.

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Saturday, November 28th, 2009
1:35 am - The importance of the ridged band
fine_clarity It is commonly known among circumcision opponents that the foreskin contains much of the penis's sexually sensitive tissue. What is less well known is that the sexually sensitive tissue is mainly concentrated in a particular organ within the foreskin, called the ridged band. The outer surface of the foreskin consists of regular skin tissue, and the inner surface consists of mucous tissue. The ridged band is located at the very distal end of the foreskin on the inner side, constituting the most distal part of the mucous tissue. The ridged band contains a high concentration of meissner's corpuscles. Meissner's corpuscles are a type of nerve receptor. The meissner's corpuscles of the ridged band are the main center of male sexual sensitivity.

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Sunday, November 15th, 2009
5:23 pm - Umm... what?
nouvelle_vie One of my friends just had a baby boy. She proudly boasts her cloth diapers, tells her natural birth story and is collecting breastfeeding ribbons. She's really into natural living and says that she's a "green mama." Yay, right?

She had him snipped. O.o O.o O.o

Cause circumcision is so natural, right?

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Saturday, October 10th, 2009
6:50 am - Intactivists Needed in D.C. Next Week

October 17- 20, 2009 - Washington, DC - 8:00 am to 5:30 pm

Each year a group of intactivists assembles outside the American Academy of Pediatricians conference holding signs, passing out literature, and raising awareness about the importance of genital integrity.

I have done it a number of years, and I have always found it very rewarding - most pediatricians are friendly, and many good conversations have occurred.

This is the most crucial year ever - the AAP is on the verge of issuing a statement in support of neonatal circumcision (for the first time ever).

We need individuals to hold signs outside the AAP during their conference. We will gladly supply you with signs. Some people will be staying at the Best Western in Rockville Maryland.

If you can come or you want more information, please contact Dan at: danstrandjord@gmail.com

I hope you can make it. If you can't attend in person, PLEASE make sure the chairman of the AAP task force has heard from you:

Susan Blank, M.D.
New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
125 Worth St.
New York, NY 10013

You can find additional key AAP and CDC contacts with e-mails at www.circumcisionandhiv.com

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Thursday, October 8th, 2009
2:51 am - foreskin amputation around the world
fine_clarity The following map shows the prevalence of foreskin amputation throughout the world:


Note that a few of the states of the United States have as much foreskin amputation as in africa and the middle east.

In most of the world, foreskin amputation is in fact not done on infants, but on children.
The reason that foreskin amputation in the United States is done on infants is because it is modelled after the jewish method.

Foreskin amputation, as well as female genital mutilation, originated among afroasiatic people in northeast africa, thousands of years ago, where it originally served as an initiation rite into adulthood. From there the practice of foreskin amputation spread throughout africa, madagascar, and nearby areas of the middle east. With the rise of the islamic arab armies, the practice was spread much wider.

The United States is not the only non-muslim, non-jewish country outside of africa that has a high rate of foreskin amputation. The people of the Phillipines adopted foreskin amputation from their muslim neighbors. The people of South Korea adopted foreskin amputation only recently, in imitation of the U.S. soldiers that were in the country since the korean war.

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Sunday, September 6th, 2009
3:12 pm - From This Week's Post Secret


From Post Secret
Definitely know how this feels. Nice to see it expressed in such a 'public' area.

current mood: sympathetic

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Thursday, August 27th, 2009
9:42 pm

I had a terrific, if completely unanticipated, opportunity for a little intactivism in today's yoga class.

I'm one of just a few males in the group, which varies from 15-25 people meeting twice a week. We were learning a new pose -- forgot the name -- which involves lying prone then lifting the legs straight up together while the upper body stays flat on the mat. It reminds me of what trained dolphins do when they're brought up onto a ledge; tail up, head down.

Our instructor called attention to the height I was able to achieve with my legs. In fact, on the second try, at least half the class turned to watch me do it.

After class, as some of us gathered to chat, she asked me if I'd had gymnast training. I said no, but I had a theory. I said I'd always noticed I seemed to have more flexibility in my hips than other guys, then described this finding, that circumcision correlated 1:1 with boys' inability to achieve the "cobra pose," similar to what we were doing but lifting the other end of the body.

I left it to her and the others listening to ascertain whether I was intact or circumcised.

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Tuesday, August 25th, 2009
11:12 am - Information

I am a doula and I have a client who has decided not to circumcise her baby boy ( who is probably going to be coming today :)) but her partner IS cut and I was wondering a good website to find something like a printable pamphlet about uncircumcised babies and how to clean them and how to teach them to clean themselvesvetcetc. Just a good resource I can print out fir them that us nit a 10 page essay really.
Thanks in advance :)

Post from mobile portal m.livejournal.com

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Thursday, August 20th, 2009
11:41 am - Sign the Petition

From Intact America:

No medical society in the world recommends male circumcision – yet newborn male circumcision is the most common surgical procedure in the U.S. This painful and risky procedure deprives over a million boys each year of healthy, functional tissue, while increasing medical costs by an average of $678 per baby.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is developing public health recommendations for the U.S. on male circumcision that could ignore the serious risks of this non-therapeutic surgery, such as hemorrhage, infection, surgical mishap, and death.

The CDC is the foremost expert on public health in our country and, as such, has a responsibility to share the truth about circumcision. Sign our petition to the CDC below and demand a truthful statement on the risks and harms of newborn male circumcision.

Sign It

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