CIRCUMCISION IS VIOLENCE

by Stan Emerson, Children's and human rights educator and advocate, Madison, Wisconsin, USA  email emerson@exacom.net

June 23, 2003

Robert Stewart
Canadian Centres for Teaching Peace, www.peace.ca

Hello Robert Stewart,

I went to your website to see if you include the horrendous and evil
practice I've studied for the past 13 years. I do what I can to help end
this problem-- I make the uninformed, the unaware of the painful facts and
shocking history of this evil. I'm a children's and human rights educator
and advocate working with various Canadians and with my fellow Americans
all engaged in the struggle to end the sexual mutilation of children. I
could find nothing on this awful world problem at your website, www.peace.ca

I know of all the denial about and continuing brainwashing on the atrocity
and fraud of infant circumcision, the tragedy that befell English-speaking
N. America in the sexophobic 19th Century. "Circumcision" of healthy
babies, and of older boys and girls, is a euphemism for sexual mutilation.
[Since this sexual mutilation was inflicted on ~ 85% of US born men (and
this includes of course US born men who became MDs), there is great
difficulty in ending this child sexual abuse perversion. Sexually mutilated
men hate the truth and facts and they very easily control and suppress the
correct information and facts needed by those who would forbid the sexual
mutilation of their own sons thus breaking the cycle of abuse and craziness.]

For the US and also for English speaking Canada, the problem of male sexual
mutilation was set in motion by Jewish and fundamentalist Christian
physicians in the 19th Century to end or "cure" masturbation. Once set in
motion, this vile, senseless, contraindicated, non-therapeutic, unethical
and involuntary practice was kept alive and speading by new "medical
studies" and "medical findings" all of which have now been discredited and
disproved. Sexual mutilators in N. American medicine (and of course also in
religion) destroy and slice off half the specialized, unique, irreplacable
skin system of the penis. The victim (the helpless healthy, consenting baby
boy) must live his life with a desexualized, emasculated primary sex organ.
He will become an adult who will fear and hate the normal, natural intact
penis and its owner. This is why it's so hard to get young cut fathers to
keep their newborn sons intact.

If you're not aware of this atrocity and fraud of infant circumcision
sexual mutilation, please review the excellent, mainstream info at the
following websites and add some of them to your website so that the
education and awareness-raising continue:

What exactly is circumcision and what is it not?
http://www.CIRP.org/library/anatomy/garcia/

The Prepuce and its Functions in Human Sexuality
http://www.atmosphere.be/family/webmagician/sexuality.html

Not "just a flap of skin"
http://www.circumstitions.com/Notjustaflap.html

The penis and foreskin: Preputial anatomy and sexual
function   [an overview]
http://www.CIRP.org/library/anatomy/

Anatomy of the Penis and Mechanics of Intercourse: an
illustrated guide
http://www.CIRP.org/pages/anat/

Anatomy of the Intact Penis
http://net.indra.com/~shredder/intact/anatomy/index.html

The "Lost List" [serious losses ensured by infant circumcision]
http://www.norm-socal.org/   [Scroll down to the "The Lost List" or go
directly to:]
http://www.norm-socal.org/lost.htm

The National Organization of Circumcision Information Resource Centers
http://www.NOCIRC.org/

NOHARMM, the National Organization to Halt the
Abuse and Routine Mutilation of Males
http://www.NOHARMM.org/

Circumcision Information and Resource Pages
[award-winning site having the most comprehensive
information of all aspects of the problem of "infant
circumcision"; includes full-text medical papers]
http://www.CIRP.org/

Circumcision Resource Center
Ronald Goldman, Ph. D. (psychology)
http://circumcision.org/

D.O.C. (Doctors Opposing Circumcision)
http://www.DoctorsOpposingCircumcision.org

International Coalition for Genital Integrity
http://www.ICGI.org/

Jews Against Circumcision
http://www.JewsAgainstCircumcision.org

Students for Genital Integrity
http://www.StudentsForGenitalIntegrity.org/

Amnesty International (Bermuda) poster
http://www.intact.ca/aicover.htm

Attorneys for the Rights of the Child
http://www.arclaw.org/

Male Circumcision: Pain, Trauma and Psychosexual Sequelae
Journal of Health Psychology, Volume 7 Issue 3,
Publication Date: 1 May 2002
http://www.cirp.org/library/psych/boyle6/

"Circumcision of Healthy Boys: Criminal Assault?"
[article by attorneys] [Journal of Law & Medicine,
Feb. 2000 issue]
http://www.CIRP.org/library/legal/boyle1/

Mothers Against Circumcision
http://www.MothersAgainstCirc.org/

Sex As Nature Intended It, book by Kristen O'Hara
http://www.SexAsNatureIntendedIt.com

Nurses for the Rights of the Child
http://www.CIRP.org/nrc/

In Memory of the Sexually Mutilated Child
http://www.SexuallyMutilatedChild.org/

Foreskin
http://www.Foreskin.org

The Ridged Band- Specialized Sexual Tissue
http://research.CIRP.org/

Gallery of intact men [non-pornographic]
http://www.circumstitions.com/Gallery.html

Animation of how the foreskin moves/works
http://www.circumstitions.com/Works.html

How to Identify Circumcision Damage in the Adult Male
http://www.NOHARMM.org/IDcirc.htm

Deception of the American Academy of Pediatrics [AAP] and failures and flaws in
the AAP's 1 March 99 statement on circumcision
http://faculty.washington.edu/gcd/DOC/aapletter10-15-02.html

International Symposia on Sexual Mutilations
http://199.88.85.15/symposia/

NORM, the National Organization for Restoring Men
http://www.NORM.org/

Christians for Wholeness
http://www.acts15.org/

Muslims Against the Circumcision of Boys and Girls
http://www.quran.org/khatne.htm

Israel NewsLetter Against Circumcision
http://www.af-mila.org.il/

Foreskin curriculum: for anyone studying the
healing arts
http://faculty.washington.edu/gcd/DOC/foreskin.html

The End of Circumcision in America
http://faculty.washington.edu/gcd/DOC/end.html

Circumcision: A Medical or a Human Rights Issue?,
by M. Milos & Donna Macris
http://www.CIRP.org/library/ethics/milos-macris/

The Case Against Circumcision, by Paul M. Fleiss, MD, MPH
[full-text Mothering magazine article, Oct. 1997]
http://www.MothersAgainstCirc.org/fleiss.html

Separated At Birth: Did Circumcision Ruin Your Sex Life?
[full-text Men's Health article, July 1998]
http://www.NOHARMM.org/separated.htm

Lysozyme preventing HIV/AIDS
http://www.Foreskin.org/lysozyme.htm
http://www.SexuallyMutilatedChild.org/lysozyme.htm

Immunological Functions of the Human Prepuce (Foreskin)
http://www.cirp.org/library/disease/STD/fleiss3h/
http://www.SexuallyMutilatedChild.org/immuno.htm

The Valencia Declaration on Sexual Rights
http://kinseyinstitute.org/resources/valencia.html

The Ashley Montagu NOCIRC Resolution/Petition Against
the Sexual Mutilation of Children
http://www.MontaguNOCIRCpetition.org/

Circumcision FactFinder: A Resource Page for the News Media
http://www.NOHARMM.org/factfinder.htm

Comprehensive lists of circumcision websites
http://dmoz.org/Health/Child_Health/Circumcision/
http://www.SexuallyMutilatedChild.org/links.htm

The Prepuce: Specialized Mucosa of the Penis and
Its Loss to Circumcision [British J. of Urology,
Feb. 1996]
http://www.cirp.org/library/anatomy/taylor/

The Prepuce: Anatomy, Physiology, Innervation, Immunology,
and Sexual Function, British J. of Urology (1999),
83, Suppl. 1, 34-44
http://www.cirp.org/library/anatomy/cold-taylor/


Thanks for your attention to this message.


Stan Emerson
children's and human rights educator and advocate
Madison, Wisconsin
USA  email emerson@exacom.net

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In civilized society most educated people are not even
aware of the extent to which savage ignorance survives
at their doors.

                 - Sir James Frazer (anthropologist; his
                   statement after analyzing the prevalence
                   of such harmful and destructive/damaging
                   customs as circumcision among primitive
                   and modern peoples)


In all of biology, the nonengineered individual is the
strongest. All of his parts are there for an excellent purpose.

                 - Ronald Poland, MD (American Academy of
                   Pediatrics Task Force Committee on Cir-
                   cumcision)

Our posterity will wonder at our ignorance of things so plain.

                 - Seneca (Roman statesman and philosopher,
                   4 BC?- AD 65)


If anything is sacred the human body is sacred.

                 - Walt Whitman

We should show greater respect for the genius of Nature's
designs, rigorously tested and refined over millions
of years.

          - Charles, Prince of Wales

Nature does nothing uselessly.
- Aristotle (384-322 BCE)


The body is a sacred garment. It is your first and last
garment; it is what you enter life in and what you depart
life with, and it should be treated with honor.

                 - Martha Graham (dancer and choreographer, 1894-1991)

Mutilate- implies the cutting off or removal of a part
essential to completeness, not only of a person but also
of a thing, and to his or its perfection, beauty, entirety,
or fulfillment of function.

                - Webster's New Dictionary of Synonyms, 1968


Nature is a possessive mistress, and whatever mistakes she
makes about the structure of the less essential organs such
as the brain and stomach, in which she is not much interested,
you can be sure that she knows best of the genital organs.

                - Sir James Spence


Whatever is done to stop the terrible practice of
circumcision will be of tremendous importance. There
is no rational medical reason to support it. It is high time
that such a barbaric practice comes to an end.

                - Dr. Frederick Leboyer, author, Birth
                    Without Violence

The worst "foreskin problem" most intact males ever have
is that someone thinks they have a problem.

       - John A. Erickson


First, be a good animal.

- Ralph Waldo Emerson [A remark that fits well
  with circumcision. What animal - other than
  the human animal - mutilates the sex organs
  of its offspring?]

When people are mutilated, it is criminal, not cultural.

       - Madeleine Albright, former US Secretary of State


We ... cannot allow females or any group of patients to be
mutilated. I'm afraid that this is even more basic than religion.

                - John C. Nelson, MD, AMA Trustee
                    (in American Medical News, Vol 39,
                     no. 40, October, 1996)

The fallacy of the circumcision mystique is that the
foreskin -- uniquely specialized, uniquely sensitive,
uniquely functional erogenous tissue -- is demonized as
abnormal, dangerous, and harmful; and circumcision -- which
literally censors a male's life by irreversibly destroying
that tissue -- is extolled as normal, safe, and beneficial.

One can only wonder about the effects of such a
misrepresentation over several generations on an entire
nation -- much less on a single human life.

                - John A. Erickson

The subject of circumcision is dark and deep. Some aspects
are *so* dark and *so* deep -- so remote from the
average person's experience and awareness -- that there is
almost no way for the average person to become aware of them.

                - John A. Erickson

Consent given by a person of good will to circumcise a
baby can never be -- and never has been -- informed.
The only informed choice possible for a person of good
will to make about the foreskin of a baby is the choice
that the baby himself, when old enough to understand
what his foreskin is and what would have been done to
it had he been circumcised, is most likely to be glad
was made for him. That choice, beyond any reasonable
doubt, is to let him keep his foreskin intact.

      - John A. Erickson

Sharing the awareness that the human penis is designed
correctly the way it normally comes into the world: with
its foreskin intact; that a male's possession of his own
penis - including his foreskin - is his inviolable birthright;
and that a child's chances for health and happiness throughout
his life are greater - by far - if he is allowed to keep all
of the penis he is born with.

                 - John A. Erickson