Intact America

JULY-AUGUST 2018


WE’RE KEEPING BUSY THIS SUMMER!


Father's Day

We hope that all the fathers in our community had a warm and relaxing Father’s Day. Thank you to everyone who sent kind words or contributions toward our fundraiser. We also want to thank Greg Hartley for sharing his experience as a father, activist and Intact America donor — and we look forward to hearing the stories of many more fathers in the future!

 

NYC Pride & PrideFest

NYC Pride was a whirlwind of excitement and activism. A big “thank you!” goes out to everyone who participated in or showed support for our efforts. If you couldn’t be with us this year, we look forward to seeing you at next year’s festivities. #ForeskinPride

Foreskin Protection Campaign

Our Foreskin Protection campaign will be launching the first week in August. Look for an announcement in your email, giving you more information on how to share and get involved.

Intact America's 10th Birthday

This September will mark Intact America’s 10th anniversary — or what we like to call it — our birthday!

For this year’s birthday campaign, we will be sharing with you some of our proudest accomplishments and our future plans. More details to come soon!

 

 

NEWS & UPDATES:


Men’sHealth: How does circumcision really affect your sex life?
Here are the facts. Read more >>

Daily Report: Judge strikes defenses in botched circumcision case.
Read more >>

WSB TV: Amputation of son’s penis during circumcision. Watch >>

Daily Mail: ‘I feel guilty about it’: TV presenter Stacey Solomon reveals she regrets her decision to have her son circumcised as a baby. Read more >>

The Yeshiva World: Meretz MK wants increased supervision of Israel’s Mohalim after infant contracts herpes. Read more >>

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: ‘Love All of him’: Billboard asks parents to rethink circumcision. Read more >>

Times of Israel: Norwegian hospitals refuse to assist in circumcisions.
Read more >>

 

INTACT AMERICA'S "VOICES" SERIES — DEBORAH MAIA


I knew nothing about circumcision until I was planning to have a baby back in 1983. I was 31 years old, living in New Haven, Connecticut, and married to a Jewish man.

My husband, Richard, and I knew right away we wanted a home birth, and fortunately we found two independent midwives along with five other local women planning to have home births with them. Read more >>

Interested in lending your voice? Send an email to [email protected], giving us a brief summary of what you would like to write about, and we will get back to you.

 

DO YOU KNOW... WHY INTACTIVISTS NEED TO SPEAK OUT, AND COME OUT?

By Georganne Chapin


Not a week goes by without somebody asking me: “How did you get involved in this cause (intactivism)?” I tell them I cannot abide the injustice that allows doctors and parents to remove an important body part from their infant sons.

Similarly, not a week goes by without somebody saying to me, “I want to do everything I can to protect boys, but I can’t use my real name because ….” (the reasons vary). I think to myself: How do you expect to change things if you stay anonymous?

“An activist is someone who cannot help but fight for something. That person is not usually motivated by a need for power or money or fame, but in fact is driven slightly mad by some injustice, some cruelty, some unfairness so much so that he or she is compelled by some internal moral engine to act to make it better.”

— Eve Ensler

Last month, as I was marching with our Intact America contingent at NYC Pride, I marveled at how far one cause – equal right for people, no matter what their sexual orientation – had come. I realized this was only possible because people who had suffered in secrecy, shame and fear for so long decided to speak out, to come out with their real names, their real stories, and their demands for justice.

In my own lifetime, I’ve seen racial desegregation outlawed, and interracial couples become mainstream. I’ve seen same-sex couples, first having achieved the right to marry, adopt babies and create the families that would have been impossible only a few years before.

All social change movements began as unfamiliar or unpopular causes. To oppose slavery in the United States was once unthinkable. The injustice of enslaving other human beings is what motivated persons of conscience to speak out, to come out and demand the abolition of slavery.

When American women began demanding the right to vote (starting with the Seneca Falls convention in 1848), they were attacked as unladylike, ugly and unlovable – as man-haters, or unpatriotic threats to the American way of life. Women and men so motivated by the injustice of denying half the population the right to participate in the political system marched and wrote and spoke out, using their real names, incurring ridicule and for themselves and their families. (Not coincidentally, many also fought for women’s suffrage.)

Activists who oppose FGM in African and Muslim countries have been criticized, persecuted, and disowned by their families and cultures. But it hasn’t kept them from coming out –even, in many cases, fleeing their own countries in order to continue speaking out.

Granted, pockets of fear and hatred continue to exist, and we live at perpetual risk of backsliding. But progress on the human rights front continues, and the slow but growing acknowledgment by Americans that baby boys deserve justice is evidence of this progress.

Why are we making progress? Because people who believe in justice for all refuse to stay silent. They refuse to hide in the closet. They speak out. They march, they donate to the intactivist group(s) of their choice, and they spread the word to anyone who will listen.

Freed slave and abolitionist Frederick Douglass was encouraged by many of his friends to hide his identity. They feared – not without reason – that Douglass would be re-captured and either killed or returned to the plantation where he’d been enslaved. Douglass realized, though, that keeping his identity a secret diminished his credibility, and conveyed fear and weakness – the antithesis of activism.

Here is what I say when somebody tells me they are committed to intactivism, but need to remain anonymous: If you cannot use your own name, who will believe in you? Who can see you as an example to follow, if they don’t know who you are?

As social justice advocate DaShanne Stokes famously said: "Only by speaking out can we create lasting change. And that change begins with coming out."

 

INTACT AMERICA IS ON YOUTUBE!



Every week, our YouTube curator and former Intactivist of the Month, Shelton Walden uploads both new and vintage clips, covering the many perspectives of circumcision in the United States and beyond.

Feel free to browse our videos and audio files, and share them with friends. Subscribe today!

 

ADD INTACT AMERICA AS YOUR AMAZONSMILE CHARITY


Do you shop frequently on Amazon.com? Are you an Amazon Prime subscriber? If so, be sure to add Intact America (registered under Hudson Center for Health Equity and Quality) as your AmazonSmile charity.

What is AmazonSmile?

AmazonSmile is a website operated by Amazon that lets customers enjoy the same wide selection of products, low prices, and convenient shopping features as on Amazon.com. However, the difference is that when customers shop on AmazonSmile, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the price of eligible purchases to the charitable organizations selected by customers.

Remember, every purchase helps to support Intact America's efforts to protect boys and the men they'll become. Sign up for AmazonSmile today and designate Intact America (Hudson Center for Health Equity and Quality) as your charitable organization!

 

 

 

CHECK OUT OUR INTACTIVIST GEAR


Visit Intact America's online store to browse fun intactivist gear that helps spread our message.

 

Intact America is now selling IA-branded "10 out of 10 babies SAY NO! to circumcision" mouse pads. Show your support for Intact America wherever you go with these intactivist mouse pads!

Remember, every purchase helps to support Intact America's efforts to protect boys and the men they'll become. Order yours today!

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