Male Circumcision in the USA

The USA is currently looking at legislation ( International Freedom of Religion Act) to enshrine religious ritual genital cutting (of male children only) as a religious “right” along with ritual slaughter of animals by bleeding to death …

This is a heart felt condemnation from a cut man.

Gender equality? Children’s rights?

A discussion of male circumcision and the law here in the US.

 

 

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Gay circumcision ‘intactivist’ dies after long battle with depression (VIDEO)

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Very sad that Jonathon Conte, such a caring member of humanity, decided to take his own life … He inspired many people, both at home and internationally, through his activism in trying to end genital mutilation of children …

Jonathon: Motivations of an Intactivist

2011 : Jonathon Conte discusses his awakening understanding about genital integrity and autonomy, developing skills for talking with people about the issue, and how it affects everyone.

“Jonathon Conte spent his life protesting male circumcision in minors. The lifetime advocate was a visible face in the world of “intactivism” – the campaign for the end of routine male circumcision. Conte said the act – which sees four out of five men in the United States circumcised as infants – as a “blatant human rights violation”.

www.pinknews.co.uk, click for full article: Gay circumcision ‘intactivist’ dies after long battle with depression

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Forced infant circumcision harms transsexual women too.

Another group of people affected by Human Genital Mutilaion (HGM). A male to female transsexual’s surgically reassigned genitalia relies on tissue containing nerves from the original glans and foreskin …

Stephanie is an Intactivist and a trans woman. In her coming out monologue she talks about her genital mutilation as an infant to raise awareness of how forced infant circumcision harms trans women. She says:

“Another thing I struggle with happened when I was an infant. Something happened to me that I did not consent to that will forever decrease my sexual pleasure both pre and post sex reassignment surgery. The euphemism used was “circumcision” but I think female genital mutilation is a better term as it effects me as a woman. I feel absolutely violated. I feel that this will impact me sexually today and in the future. I am angry about this and yet many are upset when I talk about this. I lost my best friend in January over this topic.”

When changing anatomical sex from male to female, the testicles are removed, and the skin of foreskin and penis is usually inverted, as a flap preserving blood and nerve supplies (a technique pioneered by Sir Harold Gillies in 1951), to form a fully sensitive vagina (vaginoplasty). A clitoris fully supplied with nerve endings (innervated) can be formed from part of the glans of the penis. If the patient has been circumcised (removal of the foreskin), or if the surgeon’s technique uses more skin in the formation of the labia minora, the pubic hair follicles are removed from some of the scrotal tissue, which is then incorporated by the surgeon within the vagina. Other scrotal tissue forms the labia majora.

This is why Intersex Activists handcuffed themselves to UK’s parliament today

In antiquity surgery was not as viable an option as it is nowadays – yet the incidence of Intersex birth must have been similar to today, that is 1:100. In a way Intersex people had a better deal – they were not operated on so readily as children. Hermaphrodite was the ancient name for people born like this. This condition is extremely variable – the modern term is Intersex.

Although probably well meaning, there is no place for a Doctor or Medical Team to “decide” which gender an individual should be assigned surgically. Informed consent must be sought from the person concerned – in the case of a baby or child this will involve waiting until they reach puberty at least…

Genital Integrity should be a basic human right for all children!

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“… today I  handcuffed myself to the railings at Parliament, I’ve been into the houses of Parliament, challenged by Police and Security and eventually Joe and I were escorted by the police off the premises, but I’ve loved it all. Most people who know me know why but we need parliament to listen we desperately need an inquiry into intersex equality, we need a stop putting to surgeries to decide the sex of underdeveloped babies, forcing them to live as a gender that was chosen for them, regardless of the gender they truly are, it’s immoral, it’s cruel and it needs stopping!”

Julia Farmer, Protester

(Gay Star News) Watch how three brave activists are calling for an Intersex Equality Inquiry in the UK

Artist Ela Xora, author Joe Holliday and his mother Julia Farmer stood in protest against the institutionalised abuse and cruelty against anyone born intersex.

Intersex is when you are born with sexual or reproductive parts that do not fit within the typical definitions of male and female. The Council of Europe and Amnesty International have agreed the UK should also launch an intersex inquiry and given them equal human rights in UK law.

Intersex people have variations in hormone levels, genitalia or chromosomes that vary biologically from wholly male or female biology. Most intersex people are born with stereotypical genitals meaning the majority do not know they are intersex until they get to adulthood. Around 1 in 100 babies are thought to be born intersex.

The activists are fighting for parliament to recognize the systematic abuse where intersex people are castrated or mutilated against their will. This is thought to happen because many do not understand intersex people exist at all.

For example, Holliday was castrated without his consent and brought up as a girl as the result of UK medical establishment recommendations because he was born without a penis. He has been involved in launching a series of protests aimed at the UK government to human rights organizations around the world including the UN.

Xora, Holliday and Farmer all chained themselves to the gates, with parliamentary police confronting them over their protest late this afternoon.

Click for full article and video interview: This is why intersex activists handcuffed themselves to UK’s parliament today

 

How would you feel if your Doctor mutilated your genitals without your consent? Trans activist and artist reveals a powerful and horrific story that will open your mind about intersex rights…

 

You will likely have heard many stories of female genital mutilation, with girls across the world facing horrific procedures over religious or sexist hatred. And this is just another example of genital mutilation, and one that you might not be aware of.

One woman went in for an operation before her c-section in 1998. When she was under, she was mutilated by her doctor without her consent. It left her infertile, with damage to groin and without ovaries on MRI and CT scans. This was done because she is intersex.

Intersex is the term given for a variety of conditions in which a person is born with a reproductive or sexual anatomy that doesn’t it the standard definitions of female or male.

Ela Xora, an intersex rights activist and artist, began a parliamentary demonstration yesterday in the fight against non-consensual genital mutilation in the UK.

‘Most people don’t even know what the word intersex is,’ she told GSN.

‘Until [intersex equality] is announced as an enquiry, we can’t move forward in society.’

Click for original article: Gay Star News

Should Doctors Operate On Intersex Babies?

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No genital cutting of any person without informed consent.

Beyond the Bris Non-Profit Organisation

It is not anti-semitic to suggest that ritual child MGM is not needed. Many Jews around the world are against MGM.

There has been a history of over 2200 years of opposition to this rite within Judaism itself. Modern Judaism’s reform movement, started in the late 1800s, at its very conception wanted to leave MGM behind but more conservative elements in the movement kept it – probably not to alienate those people who wanted to reform but not lose the male tribal mark of covenant – the mark of contract with the divine being…

MGM was made more invasive … “Talmudic sages related to a mashukh, a man who physically disguises his circumcision.7 The practice of meshikhat orlah—the drawing down of the foreskin (in English, decircumcision or epispasm)—was known between the second century B.C.E. and the second century C.E. By stretching vestigial penile skin tissue to cover the glans penis, a man who desired to pass beyond Jewish communal boundaries to join non-Jewish society could remove the identifying mark of Jewish identity. The Rabbis discussed whether or not a repeated circumcision might offer him a way back, but they also took action to thwart this blatant transgression of the boundary. As this essay will show, until the middle of the second century C.E. the sanctioned method of circumcision allowed for the possibility of stretching and drawing down remaining foreskin tissue and thereby “crossing the border” of Jewish society, leaving no physical sign. I maintain that the requirement of periah (the splitting and peeling back of the mucosal membrane lining the foreskin, thus fully uncovering the glans penis) was instituted by the Rabbis following the Bar Kokhba Revolt for the purpose of sealing this breach. If so, this constitutes a striking example of change instituted in one of the most deeply rooted norms in Jewish law and society.”

Click for excellent paper on the history of MGM within Judaism: Brit Milah: A Study Of Change In Custom

Around 2200 years ago Jewish society had spread around the world of the Greeks and Romans – who also imposed themselves on Jewish society … In Greek culture Homosexuality was much more accepted … Jewish men would be discriminated against if they wished to compete in games or visit the gym (ever a place for liaisons between men). Circumcision was regarded as the mark of a slave to the Greeks who saw the foreskin as a beautiful sheath for man’s sword of sexuality…  So some Jews began foreskin restoration – the Rabbis responded by making the MGM much more invasive than the MGM done in the time of Abraham or Moses – so it would be impossible to reverse …

Many commentators have pointed out that this amounts to repression of homosexuality…

Click here for Jewish support group: Facebook Beyond the Bris

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When Joshua reached Gilgal – the Israelites cut those that had not been cut during the years wandering in the wilderness with Moses – they were arguably at their most Jewish while in the wilderness when the Tablet and Torah were given… and yet not cut …
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In the USA, Muslim, and Jewish, communities bigots call gays “queer” and the uncut “queer” too – insinuating both conditions are wrong… MGM was used to repress gay men in antiquity … and maybe still is …

Gay men and Circumcision : Huffington Post Article

Gay men and Circumcision Full Article

Article on circumcision from the Gay perspective …

Gay men are expert in understanding the erogenous potential of a penis …

Brave Jewish Gay man speaks out and gives authoritative description of his loss …

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