changing the way America thinks about circumcision
10 Out of 10 Babies Say NO to Circumcision
Male child genital cutting (aka circumcision) is a hotly debated issue. Your support for Intact America will help us to spread the message that circumcision of baby boys—and the men they will become—is harmful, unnecessary, and wrong.
Intact America® is the largest group working to end child genital cutting and to ensure healthy sexual futures for all people. We do this by challenging social and sexual norms, and empowering our supporters and volunteers through creative messaging, advocacy and education.
Dear Marilyn: My baby boy was circumcised when he was born two years ago. Once the wound healed, it’s been easy to keep his penis clean. But my friend says that her son’s intact penis is easier to keep clean. Who is correct? —Nicole, Arkansas Dear Nicole: Your friend...
Dear Marilyn: You wouldn’t remember me, but we met many years ago at a conference. I’m an intactivist. I donate my time and money to the cause as much as I can. I am writing to ask you how you have managed to keep going for so long. You see, I am very angry at having...
I think a lot about friendship these days. Becoming an intactivist eight years ago really changed how I interact with the world—not because I fear rejection, but because I know what I believe is sound and resolute—and this has had a profound impact on my friendships....
Every man who has been circumcised has two stories…
…the one he can’t remember,
…and the one he can’t forget.
As a newborn, he probably will not recall being restrained, or his penis being clamped and cut (one in five men say they do remember it). What he is unaware of is that his brain may not develop normally because of the severe pain and trauma.
As a man, he might be reminded daily that his penis is not whole, not fully functional, and has a scar running around it. And he might know that he may still suffer from complications, like being at an increased risk for erectile dysfunction.
Four Reasons We Do This Work
Three quarters of all American males are walking around today with an important part of their penis missing. Many are oblivious to the damage. All have been harmed, and they—and their sexual partners—have never had the chance to enjoy the protective and pleasurable qualities of the foreskin.
Mothers are solicited an average of eight times by doctors and nurses to agree to having their newborn sons circumcised. Peddling this unnecessary surgery is profiteering, violates the AMA’s code of ethics, and is illegal in many states.
Every day, thousands of newborn boys are forcibly restrained and their penises are surgically and permanently altered. Even if they receive pain relief during the procedure, circumcision is still painful and traumatic. Many boys will experience complications, some severe, and a few will die.
Four out of ten intact (not circumcised) boys will experience having their foreskin forcibly torn from its foundation by misguided adults. This traumatic, painful and unnecessary action can lead to complications, such as bleeding, infection and eventual amputation of the foreskin. Early traumas are known to cause developmental and lifelong psychological problems.
New to the Issue?
Visit our entry-level companion website where you can learn the history of circumcision in America and arguments for and against, plus a parent’s guide for talking about it with doctors.