Category Archives: Violence (circumcision)

Practice cutting off forskins!

Does our culture condone violence against boys? Normalize it?

What if this product had been for a trainer for circumcising girls or women?

Forskin removal training tool sold on Amazon.com

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0083Y0W26/

The customer reviews are something else…
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0083Y0W26/#customerReviews

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Recommendation: Anti-Circumcision YouTube channel. Bonobo3D Genital Autonomy for all human beings

I’ve recently subscribed to the Bonobo3D (James Loewen) YouTube channel. I recommend it. It is fact-full, and offers a great variety of approaches to the issue, and of people dealing with the issue of Genital Autonomy.If this is an issue that interests you, I strongly recommend subbing to him.

A channel of my original videos of events, presentations and interviews discussing forced genital surgery on infants and children. My name is James Loewen, I am dedicated to advancing the cause of Genital Autonomy for all human beings and ending forced genital cutting, forced circumcision and gender conforming surgeries on infants and children.

https://www.youtube.com/user/Bonobo3D/

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“I thought that he was in an industrial accident” An Ethical Nurse speaks against circumcision.

I note that, religious nut-cases aside, medical professionals regularly speak out about routine neonatal genital mutilation for boys. It is always refreshing to hear someone who in a position to do harm with impunity refuse to do so on ethical grounds.

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The Atheist Experience television show discusses male circumcision

It was late in life until I learned the skills of critical thinking, and to this day, I practise with an eye to improvement, making up for an education that was never easily accessible to me. Thanks to many on the crew of The Atheist Experience, and specifically Matt Dillahunty and Tracy Harris’ ability to articulate the principles, I finally got enough of a foothold to continue on my own. Thanks everyone at AETV, you’ve made a measurable difference in someone’s life.

I happened upon this old episode discussing male genital mutilation, and thought I’d share it.

Atheist Experience #551: Circumcision

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Cut: Slicing Through the Myths of Circumcision (Excerpt)

Thought this was worth sharing. Warning for the immature: real live penises shown up close.

An excerpt from the feature-length documentary film Cut:Slicing Through the Myths of Circumcision. To watch the entire film, please visit: http://www.CutTheFilm.com

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Sierra Westika: e-begging to mutilate her son’s penis

Image of baby in risk of being mutilated

Image of baby at risk of being mutilated.

A woman named Sierra Westika is e-begging for money to pay for the removal of a part of her son’s penis.

"Please keep in mind that Kenai is my son and until he is 18 I have the right to decide what is best and what is not"... so I'll partially amputate his penis so that it can look like daddy's partially amputated penis.

“Please keep in mind that Kenai is my son and until he is 18 I have the right to decide what is best and what is not”… so I’ll partially amputate his penis so that it can look like daddy’s partially amputated penis.

 

Her plea reads as such:

Under recent circumstances my family is going through a difficult time regarding finances. We have 2 weeks to raise 200$ for my sons circumcision because after he is 1 month old they will not do the procedure. If we cant get it done now, it’ll only be more expensive and more painful for my little man in the future, and could potentially cause bad infections. Insurance will not cover the procedure because it is considered to be cosmetic.. I am not expecting to raise 200$ in two weeks, that is just unrealistic. But anything will be able help our family be able to get the procedure done. If you have an extra 1$ or 2$ it would be greatly appreciated.

Let us put this through regender.com

Under recent circumstances my family is going through a difficult time regarding finances. We have 2 weeks to raise 200$ for my daughters circumcision because after she is 1 month old they will not do the procedure. If we cant get it done now, it’ll only be more expensive and more painful for my little woman in the future, and could potentially cause bad infections. Insurance will not cover the procedure because it is considered to be cosmetic.. I am not expecting to raise 200$ in two weeks, that is just unrealistic. But anything will be able help our family be able to get the procedure done. If you have an extra 1$ or 2$ it would be greatly appreciated.

When met with some pushback, her response was thus:

Thank you to everyone supporting this campaign! I appreciate the friends and family who have donated. As to those of you who do not support this campaign, everyone is entitled to their opinion that is exactly what it is though AN OPINION! Pushing religion and opinions to try and persuade me to change my mind is simply a waste of your time as his father and I have already made our decision. Please keep in mind that Kenai is my son and until he is 18 I have the right to decide what is best and what is not. I have met multiple men who were not circumcised as a newborn and had the procedure done later in life, it took them double the time to heal and they’ll always remember the pain they had to suffer, wishing their parent’s had done it while they were still infants. This way, my son will grow and have to recollection of the pain he endured because of the procedure. It is MY choice as I am his parent, thank you and if you disagree get over it.

Regendered?

Thank you to everyone supporting this campaign! I appreciate the friends and family who have donated. As to those of you who do not support this campaign, everyone is entitled to their opinion that is exactly what it is though AN OPINION! Pushing religion and opinions to try and persuade me to change my mind is simply a waste of your time as her mother and I have already made our decision. Please keep in mind that Kenai is my daughter and until she is 18 I have the right to decide what is best and what is not. I have met multiple women who were not circumcised as a newborn and had the procedure done later in life, it took them double the time to heal and they’ll always remember the pain they had to suffer, wishing their parent’s had done it while they were still infants. This way, my daughter will grow and have to recollection of the pain she endured because of the procedure. It is MY choice as I am her parent, thank you and if you disagree get over it.

Her argument are:

and

This is what she’s begging for, and she can thank the following for having this unnecessary procedure done.

$20: Eileen Hoffman
$50: Melanie Galloway
$50: Poppa & Grammie

Perhaps we should raise a campaign to pay for the circumcision of Sierra Westika, Poppa & Grammie, Melanie Galloway and Eileen Hoffman, should they not yet have had the pleasure of such a procedure.

I am leaving all of this information, published publicly for Kenai Westika’s knowledge. The day he wonders why and how his penis was partly amputated, there’ll be a record of accountability.

Oh, and Sierra Westika, Poppa & Grammie, Melanie Galloway and Eileen Hoffman? Fuck you for your ignorance and selfishness. And, by the way, if you cannot afford $200 for an unnecessary surgery, and will e-beg, I wonder how, as parents, you’ll manage to feed and cloth him. More e-begging?

Evidence of correct Sierra Westika

Evidence of Sierra Westika e-begging to amputate her son Kenai Westika’s penis.

Circumcision: Information for parents by the Canadian Pediatric Society

I recommend reading The Canadian Pediatric Society’s position paper on circumcision found here:http://www.cps.ca/en/documents/position/circumcision

Principal author(s)

E Outerbridge; Canadian Paediatric Society, Fetus and Newborn CommitteeCMAJ 1996;154(6):769-80

Abstract

Objective: To assist physicians in providing guidance to parents regarding neonatal circumcision. Options: Whether to recommend the routine circumcision of newborn male infants.
Outcomes: Costs and complications of neonatal circumcision, the incidence of urinary tract infections, sexually transmitted diseases and cancer of the penis in circumcised and uncircumcised males, and of cervical cancer in their partners, and the costs of treating these diseases.
Evidence: The literature on circumcision was reviewed by the Fetus and Newborn Committee of the Canadian Paediatric Society. During extensive discussion at meetings of the committee over a 24-month period, the strength of the evidence was carefully weighed and the perspective of the committee developed.
Values: The literature was assessed to determine whether neonatal circumcision improves the health of boys and men and is a cost-effective approach to preventing penile problems and associated urinary tract conditions. Religious and personal values were not included in the assessment.
Benefits, harms and costs: The effect of neonatal circumcision on the incidence of urinary tract infection, sexually transmitted diseases, cancer of the penis, cervical cancer and penile problems the complications of circumcision; and estimates of the costs of neonatal circumcision and of the treatment of later penile conditions, urinary tract infections and complications of circumcision.
Recommendation: Circumcision of newborns should not be routinely performed [Emphasis mine–FR].
Validation: This recommendation is in keeping with previous statements on neonatal circumcision by the Canadian Paediatric Society and the American Academy of Pediatrics. The statement was reviewed by the Infectious Disease Committee of the Canadian Paediatric Society. The Board of Directors of the Canadian Paediatric Society has reviewed its content and approved it for publication.
Sponsor: This is an official statement of the Canadian Paediatric Society. No external financial support has been received by the Canadian Paediatric Society, or its members, for any portion of the statement’s preparation. http://www.cps.ca/en/documents/position/circumcision

This following article, part of a brochure, was taken from a sub-site of the Canadian Pediatric Society’s website, CaringForKids.cps.ca The original can be found here: http://www.caringforkids.cps.ca/handouts/circumcision

Circumcision: Information for parents

 Circumcision of baby boys is a surgical procedure to remove the layer of skin (called the foreskin or the prepuce) that covers the head (glans) of the penis and part of the shaft. It is most often done during the first few days after birth.

Circumcision is a “non-therapeutic” procedure, which means it is not medically necessary. Parents who decide to circumcise their newborns often do so for religious, social or cultural reasons. To help make the decision about circumcision, parents should have information about risks and benefits. It is helpful to speak with your baby’s doctor.

After reviewing the scientific evidence for and against circumcision, the CPS does not recommend routine circumcision for newborn boys. Many paediatricians no longer perform circumcisions.

Risks and benefits of circumcision

Problems from the surgery are usually minor. Although serious complications are rare, they do occur. Newborn circumcision has been associated with surgical mistakes, such as having too much skin removed.

Of every 1,000 boys who are circumcised:

  • 20 to 30 will have a surgical complication, such as too much bleeding or infection in the area.
  • 2 to 3 will have a more serious complication that needs more treatment. Examples include having too much skin removed or more serious bleeding.
  • 2 will be admitted to hospital for a urinary tract infection (UTI) before they are one year old.
  • About 10 babies may need to have the circumcision done again because of a poor result.

In rare cases, pain relief methods and medicines can cause side effects and complications. You should talk to your baby’s doctor about the possible risks.

Of every 1,000 boys who *are not* circumcised:

  • 7 will be admitted to hospital for a UTI before they are one year old.
  • 10 will have a circumcision later in life for medical reasons, such as a condition called phimosis. Phimosis is when the opening of the foreskin is scarred and narrow because of infections in the area that keep coming back. Older children who are circumcised may need a general anesthetic, and may have more complications than newborns.

Circumcision slightly lowers the risk of developing cancer of the penis in later life. However, this form of cancer is very rare. One of every one million men who are circumcised will develop cancer of the penis each year. By comparison, 3 of every one million men who are not circumcised will develop penile cancer each year.

Caring for an uncircumcised penis

The foreskin covers the shaft and head (glans) of a boy’s penis. During the early years of a boy’s life, the foreskin separates from the glans. This is a natural process that occurs over time. You do not need to do anything to make it happen.

When the foreskin separates, it is said to be “retractable,” meaning it can be pulled back.

An uncircumcised penis is easy to keep clean and requires no special care:

  • Keep your baby’s penis clean by gently washing the area during his bath. Do not try to pull back the foreskin. Usually, it is not fully retractable until a boy is 3 to 5 years old, or even until after puberty. Never force it.
  • When your son is old enough, teach him to keep his penis clean as you’re teaching him how to keep the rest of his body clean.
  • When the foreskin separates, skin cells will be shed and new ones will develop to replace them. These dead skin cells will work their way down the penis through the tip of the foreskin and may look like white, cheesy lumps. These are called smegma. If you see them under the skin, you don’t need to force them out. Just wipe them away once they come out.
  • When the foreskin is fully retractable, teach your son to wash underneath it each day.

If you decide to have your baby boy circumcised

It is helpful to talk to your baby’s doctor about the issues involved in circumcision:

  • Cost: Circumcisions for non-medical reasons are not covered by all provincial and territorial health plans.
  • Possible complications, such as the ones described above.
  • Pain relief:
    • Newborn babies do feel pain. Without pain relief, circumcision is painful. Acetaminophen (such as Tempra or Tylenol) or EMLA cream, which numbs the skin, won’t be enough.
    • There is more than one way to do a circumcision. Studies show that the amount of pain depends on what method is used. The Mogen clamp seems to cause less pain than the Plastibell or Gomco technique.
    • Your baby will need a local anesthetic (dorsal penile nerve block or subpubic block technique), given by a needle in the area where the circumcision is done. EMLA cream should also be used to reduce the pain of giving the needle for the anesthetic.
    • Anesthetics do carry risks, and the needle can cause bruising or swelling.
    • Sucking on a pacifier or gauze soaked with a sugar solution may help relieve the pain.
    • Your baby should receive acetaminophen when the local anesthetic wears off. It should be given for 48 hours, or longer if he is still uncomfortable.

Caring for the circumcised penis

  • After the circumcision, you can help comfort your baby by holding him and nursing him often.
  • The penis will take 7 to 10 days to heal. The area may be red for a few days and you may see some yellow discharge, which should decrease as it heals. Talk to your baby’s doctor about what to expect.
  • Keep the area as clean as possible. Wash gently with mild soap and water, and be sure to clean away any bits of stool. If there is a bandage, change it each time you change your baby’s diaper. Use petroleum jelly (Vaseline) to keep the bandage from sticking.
  • * Call your doctor if:
    • You see more than a few drops of blood at any time during the healing process.
    • The redness and swelling around the circumcision do not start to go down in 48 hours.
    • Your baby develops a fever (rectal temperature of 38.0° C or higher).
    • Your baby seems to be sick.


Reviewed by the following CPS committees:
Community Paediatrics Committee
Fetus and Newborn Committee

Last updated: November 2004

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To Selbstbestimmung of beschneidungsforum.de

I found the following web-page that pointed to this blog:

http://www.beschneidungsforum.de/index.php?page=Thread&threadID=3990

Dear Selbstbestimmung,

I’m glad that you found this one tid-bit of information useful. But you quoted only the first part and represented it as though it were the whole story. It’s not. Don’t do that. It’s not cool.

The don’t-slice-your-baby’s-dick-apart argument is strong enough that it doesn’t need to be supported by half-truths, even by the well-meaning.

The whole story is that in fact, the question of circumcision, in North America, in case of a dispute is typically handled by each hospital differently, and that a recorded objection might quite easily scare the hospital into refusing to do the procedure and recommend court.

I agree that New York’s Mt. Sinai’s position, if I’ve accurately reflected has some room to improve on procedures. It would be fair to demand the signature of both parents, when available. Ideally, I’d like to see circumcision limited to the same criteria where female circumcision procedures are called for. Life or health threatening only. But they are subject to the law as much as we are.

Do not misinterpret one single fact as a global truth without context. You would be better off addressing the laws themselves.

Thanks for listening.

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