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Georganne Chapin 

Author, Speaker, and Intactivist Thought Leader

Georganne, a former health care executive and the nation’s leading anti-circumcision advocate, exposes the business of medical circumcision in the U.S., which amputates the end of baby boys’ penises even though there is no medical necessity whatsoever. In her memoir, Georganne weaves in her unusual upbringing and what led her to devote her life to “this penis business.”

Georganne is the Doctor Ruth of penises. She’s bright, witty, and a seasoned radio and podcast guest who has been on NPR, Radio Kingston, Armchair Expert’s Flightless Birth, The Holistic OBGYN, Sex Out Loud, and other outlets. Her opinion pieces have appeared in the New York Daily News, HuffPost, The New York Post, and Minneapolis Star Tribune. She has been interviewed by The New York Times, the Economist, the Guardian MSNBC, NBC10 (Philadelphia), WPSU radio, AskMen.com, SheKnows, First Time Parent, Mel Magazine, and South China Morning Post

This Penis Business: A Memoir

Georganne Chapin’s memoir of becoming an intactivist – one who actively opposes child genital cutting – delivers a powerful indictment of the U.S. circumcision industry. Motivated since childhood by an innate sense of justice, Chapin earned degrees in anthropology and sociomedical sciences from Barnard College and Columbia University. In 1980, recalling her baby brother’s trauma following “routine” circumcision, and having learned that most of the world’s men are not circumcised, Chapin relied on common sense in declining the surgery for her son. When he thanked her years later, she realized that not only had she spared him momentary suffering, but that for his lifetime he would enjoy the sexual pleasure nature intended.

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Contact Georganne

    Georganne in the Media

    Podcast Appearances

    The Baby Pro Podcast

    Reasons to NOT Circumcise with Georganne Chapin

    Depths of Motherhood

    The Truth about Circumcision, with Georganne Chapin

    Curiosity with Jon & Mike

    Circumcision Episode

    Chicana Chisme

    The Circumcision Culture Clash

    The Holistic OBGYN Podcast with Nathan Riley

    This Penis Business: Circumcision in the U.S. with Georganne Chapin

    Sex Out Loud with Tristan Taormino

    Foreskin and Circumcision: An In-Depth Discussion

    Armchair Expert with Dax Shepard

    Flightless Bird: Circumcision

    SHINE ON! Kacey’s Health & Happiness Show

    Intact America

    The Baby Pro Podcast

    Reasons to NOT Circumcise with Georganne Chapin

    Depths of Motherhood

    The Truth about Circumcision, with Georganne Chapin

    Curiosity with Jon & Mike

    Circumcision Episode

    Chicana Chisme

    The Circumcision Culture Clash

    Informed Consent

    Circumcision | Georganne Chapin, Intact America

    Born Wild

    Georganne Chapin: Intact America: Circumcision Decision Looking for a Rationalization

    Sex Love Psychedelics

    Circumcision, Pre-Verbal trauma, and Foreskin Pleasure with Georganne Chapin

    The Naked Man Podcast

    Circumcision | Georganne Chapin, Intact America

    Featured Articles

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    Recognition and Awards

    Marilyn

    Marilyn Fayre Milos, multiple award winner for her humanitarian work to end routine infant circumcision in the United States and advocating for the rights of infants and children to genital autonomy, has written a warm and compelling memoir of her path to becoming “the founding mother of the intactivist movement.” Needing to support her family as a single mother in the early sixties, Milos taught banjo—having learned to play from Jerry Garcia (later of The Grateful Dead)—and worked as an assistant to comedian and social critic Lenny Bruce, typing out the content of his shows and transcribing court proceedings of his trials for obscenity. After Lenny’s death, she found her voice as an activist as part of the counterculture revolution, living in Haight Ashbury in San Francisco during the 1967 Summer of Love, and honed her organizational skills by creating an alternative education open classroom (still operating) in Marin County. 

    After witnessing the pain and trauma of the circumcision of a newborn baby boy when she was a nursing student at Marin College, Milos learned everything she could about why infants were subjected to such brutal surgery. The more she read and discovered, the more convinced she became that circumcision had no medical benefits. As a nurse on the obstetrical unit at Marin General Hospital, she committed to making sure parents understood what circumcision entailed before signing a consent form. Considered an agitator and forced to resign in 1985, she co-founded NOCIRC (National Organization of Circumcision Information Resource Centers) and began organizing international symposia on circumcision, genital autonomy, and human rights. Milos edited and published the proceedings from the above-mentioned symposia and has written numerous articles in her quest to end circumcision and protect children’s bodily integrity. She currently serves on the board of directors of Intact America.

    Georganne

    Georganne Chapin is a healthcare expert, attorney, social justice advocate, and founding executive director of Intact America, the nation’s most influential organization opposing the U.S. medical industry’s penchant for surgically altering the genitals of male children (“circumcision”). Under her leadership, Intact America has definitively documented tactics used by U.S. doctors and healthcare facilities to pathologize the male foreskin, pressure parents into circumcising their sons, and forcibly retract the foreskins of intact boys, creating potentially lifelong, iatrogenic harm. 

    Chapin holds a BA in Anthropology from Barnard College, and a Master’s degree in Sociomedical Sciences from Columbia University. For 25 years, she served as president and chief executive officer of Hudson Health Plan, a nonprofit Medicaid insurer in New York’s Hudson Valley. Mid-career, she enrolled in an evening law program, where she explored the legal and ethical issues underlying routine male circumcision, a subject that had interested her since witnessing the aftermath of the surgery conducted on her younger brother. She received her Juris Doctor degree from Pace University School of Law in 2003, and was subsequently admitted to the New York Bar. As an adjunct professor, she taught Bioethics and Medicaid and Disability Law at Pace, and Bioethics in Dominican College’s doctoral program for advanced practice nurses.

    In 2004, Chapin founded the nonprofit Hudson Center for Health Equity and Quality, a company that designs software and provides consulting services designed to reduce administrative complexities, streamline and integrate data collection and reporting, and enhance access to care for those in need. In 2008, she co-founded Intact America.

    Chapin has published many articles and op-ed essays, and has been interviewed on local, national and international television, radio and podcasts about ways the U.S. healthcare system prioritizes profits over people’s basic needs. She cites routine (nontherapeutic) infant circumcision as a prime example of a practice that wastes money and harms boys and the men they will become. This Penis Business: A Memoir is her first book.