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Kudos to Shteyngart

This letter to the editor was published in The New Yorker on October 25, 2021. Kudos to Shteyngart for bravely exposing the harm that can be caused by circumcision. His heartbreaking personal struggle, while extreme, is more common among circumcised men than the...

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“Do You Know?” About Brit Shalom

by Lisa Braver Moss & Rebecca Wald In 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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Voices — R.F. of New York

R.F., a proud mother of 2 intact boys, is the first and only parent in her large Jewish family to keep her sons intact. The following is a letter she wrote to her cousins who were expecting a boy and had recently been persuaded by a mohel to go forward with the...

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We Do Remember

One rationale people give for male newborn genital cutting (aka circumcision) is “do it, he won’t remember it.” This is a bogus claim. First, it presumes circumcision is a better-do-it-now-rather-than-later birth imperative. The second rationale, a fallacy which...

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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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Voices — Brad Christensen

My story with circumcision began as most did: in infancy, when I was restrained against my will and mutilated. I grew up from that into a difficult child. I was easily angered and I clearly remember the more aggressive version of myself where I would hit people, not...

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A “Coming Out” Story

When I began my work in 1979, gay men were coming to San Francisco so they could come out of the closet safely. By the early 1980s, I was becoming known in the San Francisco Bay Area as the nurse who was telling the truth about the harm of circumcision. Bud Berkeley,...

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Dirty Diaper?

Dirty Diaper?

Circumcision hurts babies! It leaves a raw, open wound on the penis that takes days to heal and is exposed to urine and feces in the baby’s diaper. The foreskin keeps the baby’s penis clean and dry! Stop cutting baby boys now!

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