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Do You Know? is a regular column in our newsletter concerning foreskin, penis, and circumcision information. Each one speaks informatively about a specific topic, including the penis, foreskin, sex, erectile dysfunction, ridged band and frenulum, restoration and rejuvenation, gliding action, UTIs, healthcare, intactivism, foreskin retraction, tissue piracy, and a myriad of other subjects.

Do You Know: Why Lawsuits Won’t End MGC?

It seems so clear, right? Cutting a boy's genitals violates the U.S. Constitution, state and federal laws against sex-based discrimination, and statutes and regulations regarding the use of government funding for medically unnecessary services. It also meets...

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Do You Know: Why Some Men Have “Bent” Penises?

By James Snyder, MD As a preface, I should mention that Routine Infant Circumcision (RIC) is the reason/cause of some penile curvature in adult men (which is distinct from Peyronie's Disease or Chordee — see below). The operators in this procedure may be medical...

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Do You Know: About Brit Shalom

by Lisa Braver Moss & Rebecca WaldIn many cases, Jewish families who opt out of circumcision make a decision of omission — circumcision is simply skipped. But more and more parents are choosing an alternative ceremony known as brit shalom ("covenant of peace" in...

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Do You Know: About Smegma?

Smeg​ma  \ ˈsmeg-mə \ : the secretion of a sebaceous gland, specifically: the cheesy matter that collects between the glans penis and the foreskin or around the clitoris and labia minora Yes! That's right. Smegma was recognized by the Ancient Greeks (who had a...

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Do You Know: About Planned Giving?

By Georganne Chapin, IA Executive Director This past year has made me acutely aware of the fragility of life, all that I'm grateful for — and the type of world I want to secure for the future. In that world, no child will ever be subjected to medically unnecessary...

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Do You Know: About Yeast Infections?

Do You Know: About Yeast Infections?

By Marilyn Milos, RN Our bodies are covered with bacteria. Healthy bacteria protect our bodies and live in balance with yeast that also lives on our tissue. But certain substances we use for hygiene and even recreation can kill the good bacteria. These include:...

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Do You Know: The History of Racism in American Circumcision?

Do You Know: The History of Racism in American Circumcision?

At a time when human dignity is under assault in our nation and institutionally sponsored racial violence is escalating, I want to say that Intact America stands with those fighting for justice. I also want to talk about how racist myths and stigma have been used to...

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Do You Know: Your voice is needed?

Each year, the month of June marks the national celebration of LGBTQ+ Pride in the United States. This year's Pride celebration in New York City is anticipated to be the largest ever, in commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising. Despite how far...

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