As America's attitude toward circumcision approaches the tipping point – that time when a critical mass of Americans will accept the intact male body as the normal male body – Intact America is adapting, too. Over the years, you’ve no doubt read in our monthly newsletter the “Intactivist of the Month” column – featuring a person (or group) making an extraordinary contribution to this growing human rights movement. More and more, these essays are provoking responses from our constituents. Some write to us at Intact America to comment, while others speak directly to the intactivist featured. Without exception, this correspondence is thoughtful and – in and of itself – worthy of sharing. 

Thus, we’re excited to announce that beginning in February 2018, Intact America is launching Voices, a regular column in our newsletter and on our website featuring the stories – in their own words – of people whose lives have been impacted by circumcision. Here is your chance to share with a wider audience how this issue has hit close to home.

Personal experiences bring the issue into focus: the parents who questioned medical practice and prevailed (or, perhaps, did not); the midwife who used to perform circumcisions, but stopped; circumcised men or their partners dealing with sexual problems resulting from an involuntary surgery that took place decades ago; the regret mom who rejected advice of friends to spare her son from the procedure, or who consented to her son’s circumcision out of concern for her husband’s feelings. Perhaps it is a story about how the circumcision debate disrupted family relationships, or actually brought people closer together. Or maybe you’ve questioned circumcision for a long time, but just recently started speaking out and want to talk about how it’s going.

Each personal story is a priceless gift when shared with others who may be going through something similar. No matter what role circumcision has played in your life, your experiences matter. Your experience, your story shared with the public, will help America to reach that tipping point.

The new Voices column will run each month in the Intact America newsletter. Each article will be about 500 words. Participants can write the column themselves or collaborate with Voices editor Sally Parker. We encourage writers to identify themselves, but we understand there might be instances where you prefer to remain anonymous, and we can work with you on that.


Interested in telling your story? 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.