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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"What's done to children, they will do to society."
"Parents do not know what they are choosing, and physicians do not feel what they are doing."
"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."
"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."
"In this case, the old dictum 'If it ain't broke, don't fix it' seems to make good sense."
"A whole life can be shaped by an old trauma, remembered or not."
"If we are to have real peace, we must begin with the children."
"We are interconnected. When a baby boy's sexuality is not safe, no one's sexuality is safe."
"The grandest privilege of those who have the means is to alleviate suffering."
Why Not Say Uncircumcised?
The term "uncircumcised" suggests that to be circumcised is the norm, the standard. This is an assumption made by a culture that practices male circumcision. However, nonreligious male infant circumcision is not "normal" in any culture outside of the United States. From a global perspective, to be "uncircumcised" is to be normal, the way males are born, and the way most of the world’s males remain.
As the American debate about male circumcision develops, the words "intact" and "natural" are being used in place of "uncircumcised" to reflect this global view. This website uses the three words interchangeably. "Intact" means "not altered, complete, whole." "Natural" means "formed by nature, inborn, in its original state." For various reasons, circumcising cultures generally do not recognize that the circumcised penis is not natural or intact.