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The first intensive exploration of the unrecognized psychological and social aspects of this increasingly controversial American cultural practice. Endorsed by dozens of professionals in psychology, psychiatry, child development, pediatrics, obstetrics, childbirth education, sociology and anthropology.

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For circumcised men and expectant parents

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Help protect the next generation

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And those who may have future children

Talk About Circumcision

Our tips can turn discomfort into power

"What's done to children, they will do to society."

Karl Menninger, psychiatrist

"Parents do not know what they are choosing, and physicians do not feel what they are doing."

Ronald Goldman, Ph.D., author

"In response to circumcision, the baby cries a helpless, panicky, breathless, high-pitched cry!...[or] lapses into a semi-coma. Both of these states...are abnormal states in the newborn."

Justin Call, M.D., pediatrician

"Doctors who circumcise are the most resistant to change. They will not admit that they made a critical mistake by amputating an important part of the penis."

Paul Fleiss, M.D., pediatrician

"In this case, the old dictum 'If it ain't broke, don't fix it' seems to make good sense."

Eugene Robin, M.D., professor

"A whole life can be shaped by an old trauma, remembered or not."

Lenore Terr, M.D., child psychiatrist

"If we are to have real peace, we must begin with the children."

Mahatma Gandhi

"We are interconnected. When a baby boy's sexuality is not safe, no one's sexuality is safe."

Ronald Goldman, Ph.D., author

Welcome to CRC

Circumcision Resource Center is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit educational organization with the purpose of informing the public and professionals about the practice of male infant circumcision. Our mission is to raise awareness and facilitate healing. Since 1991, the Center has been a valuable source of male infant circumcision information for parents and children's advocates; childbirth educators and allied professionals; medical, mental health, and academic people; Jews; and others.

Our Directors and Professional Advisory Board members consist of researchers and clinicians in the fields of medicine, mental health, and social science. Ronald Goldman, Ph.D., is the Executive Director. We are pleased to have participated in over 200 television, radio, magazine, and newspaper interviews and have contributed to many books, periodicals, and newspapers. We also provide consultation, counseling, and referrals, lectures and seminars, and publications. Also see Dr. Goldman's speaking program website about other early childhood cultural practices and their effects on society.

Attitudes toward circumcision of baby boys are changing because of new awareness. As a result, there is growing concern about this often misunderstood genital surgery. You may be wondering, "Should my baby be circumcised?" If you are, please take the time to read our information. Your son's physical, sexual, and emotional health depend on your being informed.

Also keep in mind that aside from Muslims, Jews, and Americans, only about 5% of the world circumcises. In some American states the circumcision rate is less than 20%.

See our helpful menu bar at the top of this and every website page.

New movie about circumcision called "American Circumcision." Learn about local screenings at Boston screening is April 4.

Please support us by going to our (tax-deductible) donations page.

Help stop Medicaid circumcisions. They violate federal and state laws.
See more information here.

Our Perspective

  • The arguments in favor of male circumcision are readily available and promoted in American media.
  • Because the reasons to question male circumcision are not well known and do not fit into sound bites, they are the focus here.
  • Our information is based on a review of medical and psychological literature and our own research and
  • We encourage visitors to seek other sources of information and come to their own conclusions.*

For more discussion of our perspective, please see Cultural and Medical Bias and Why Many Other Sources (Even Reputable Ones) are Misleading.

* The Wikipedia articles on circumcision are controlled by pro-circumcision advocates. Any information that is critical of circumcision is immediately deleted by these advocates. This is a violation of Wikipedia policy that all views shall be represented.

Psychological Factors

Psychological factors affect every aspect of the practice, including who chooses to study circumcision, what questions are studied and what questions are ignored; which studies are approved for publication and which studies are rejected; what circumcision information is communicated to parents and what circumcision information is withheld from parents; what recommendations are made by policy committees and what recommendations are ignored; and what circumcision information is reported in the media and what information is withheld from the public.

A Video is Worth 10,000 Words
Hear Interviews with Ronald Goldman, Ph.D.

SPECIAL ARTICLE   How Male Circumcision Harms Women

How Male Circumcision Harms Women

Learn about the hidden negative psychological and sexual effects of circumcision and how these effects harm women in relationships with men. This article is based on research reports in the medical and psychological literature.

PERSONAL ESSAY   Confessions of a Circumcised Man

Confessions of a Circumcised Man

A revealing account of how color-blindness relates to circumcision, and recognition of sexual loss leads to a difficult path of self-discovery.

A Mother Discovers Her Strength Talking to Her Husband about Circumcision

A Mother's Story: My Son Cried, "I Want My Foreskin Back!"

More Information

Another Article on African Circumcision Published by Ronald Goldman

Ronald Goldman, Ph.D. Presents Circumcision Workshop to Birth Professionals 

Circumcision is Exception to American Academy of Pediatrics Pain Policy

Council of Europe Opposition to Circumcision Remains Intact

Ronald Goldman, Ph.D. Submits a Bill to the Massachusetts State House Related to Informed Consent for Male Infant Circumcision

Foreskin Functions Deleted from American Academy of Pediatrics Pamphlet

Study Shows Circumcised Boys Have More Emotional and Behavioral Problems

African Newspaper "Circumcises" Article Critical of Circumcision

Video Recording of Ronald Goldman speaking on "The Psychology of Circumcision Communication and Social Change" at the latest Symposium on Genital Autonomy

Video Recording of Council of Europe Circumcision Debate Including Ronald Goldman, Ph.D. 

Council of Europe Invites Ronald Goldman, Ph.D., to International Dialogue on Circumcision

Petition Sent to Israeli Supreme Court

Washington Post article by Ronald Goldman, Ph.D., Executive Director, "Questioning circumcision isn't anti-Semitic"

Council of Europe Adopts Resolution That Opposes Circumcision

Historic Nordic Agreement Opposes Circumcision

CRC Response to American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Report on Circumcision

38 Leading Non-US Physicians Disagree with AAP Report on Circumcision

Study: Circumcision Decreases Penile Sensitivity

Circumcision Linked to Autism

U.S. Circumcision Rate Reported at 32.5%

As reported in the New York Times, a federal health researcher stated in July, 2010, at the International AIDS Conference that the U.S. circumcision rate had fallen to 32.5 percent in 2009. The researcher works for the Centers for Disease Control. The numbers are based on calculations by SDI Health, a company in Plymouth Meeting, PA, that analyzes health care data.

German Court Bans Circumcision of Young Boys

Huffington Post Article by Ronald Goldman, Ph.D. Receives Over 1400 Comments

Circumcision of Young Boys for Religious and Non-Medical Reasons Ought to be Banned in Sweden, Urged the Swedish Paediatric Society

Study Reports 1/3 of Circumcisions Required Surgical Revisions or Intervention

Circumcision Associated with Adult Difficulty in Identifying and Expressing Feelings and Circumcised Men 4.53 Times More Likely to Use Erectile Dysfunction Drugs

Circumcision Associated with Sexual Difficulties in Men and Women

A new national survey in Denmark, where about 5% of men are circumcised, examined associations of circumcision with a range of sexual measures in both sexes. Circumcised men were more likely to report frequent orgasm difficulties, and women with circumcised spouses more often reported incomplete sexual needs fulfillment and frequent sexual function difficulties overall, notably orgasm difficulties, and painful sexual intercourse.

Colorado to Cease Coverage of Medicaid Circumcisions

Over one-third (18) of all state Medicaid programs do not cover circumcisions. Is your state one of them? Find out.