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Skin in the Game

Skin in the Game is a compelling storytelling campaign from Intact America that underscores the transformative power of sharing personal experiences. Intact America is the largest anti-circumcision organization in the world that mobilizes the power of awareness, education, and action to protect male infant babies from unnecessary bodily harm.

DoNoHarm.report

DoNoHarm.report is a free service for filing medical complaints about forcible foreskin retraction, circumcision solicitation and complications, and other genital harms. Filing a complaint gives parents a voice. Many parents have been ignored or even shamed for protesting the injury that harmed their son. 

Voices

Each circumcision impact 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, which is why we created the “Voices” series. Your experience, your story shared with the public, will help America to reach a tipping point.

Surveys

Intact America conducts national surveys to measure public attitudes about circumcision and the foreskin, to quantify the damage caused by circumcision solicitation and forcible foreskin retraction, and other important issues. The surveys are administered by Qualtrics, a leading research organization widely used in academia and for consumer experience management.

Pride

LGBTQA+ activists invited Intact America to participate in New York City Pride in 2006, and we have participated in Pride events ever since. (During the pandemic, we celebrated online at intact.gay.)  The intactivist and the LGBTQA+ movements have much in common. We fight for human rights and challenge practices and policies that inhibit sexual freedom.  

To see Intact America’s Pride schedule, visit our EVENTS page.

Conferences

Since merging with Genital Autonomy-America, Intact America has expanded its scope to continue organizing international conferences started by Marilyn Milos in 1989. Most recently, Intact America co-sponsored Intact 2022 in Atlanta, Georgia. The two-day event featured more than two dozen presenters and approximately 120 attendees. Such gatherings bring intactivists from around the world to present their work and catch up on the movement’s current progress and challenges.

Information on upcoming conferences will be available on our EVENTS page.

Therapy Program

Intact America has contracted with licensed therapists who work with men impacted by circumcision. We are preparing to offer free virtual monthly group sessions to Intact America Insiders (subscribed monthly donors).  At this time, groups will be available only to men, but as the program grows, we will consider similar counseling opportunities for all genders.

Foreskin Day

Intact America established Foreskin Day in 2023 to laud all things foreskin. A virtual celebration akin to 4/20, the cannabis holiday, Foreskin Day is observed on 4/4, the FOREth Day of April, the FOREth month of the year. The highlight of the day is a festive, streamed Foreskin Day program, featuring interviews, videos, all-original COCKtail recipes, and humorous musings about the male member.

SKIN IN THE GAME: Circumcision Cuts Through Us All

Skin in the Game is a compelling storytelling campaign that uses photography and the emotional testimonials from people of all ages, genders, ethnicities, and sexual orientations who have been harmed by the senseless, medically unnecessary, and unethical practice of male child genital cutting (AKA circumcision).  

Skin in the Game puts a face to circumcision’s victims: men who live with scarred, desensitized penises, parents whose babies have had to live with damaged genitals, women who suffer through painful, dry sex, and lovers who will never experience sex the way nature intended.

Skin in the Game’s powerful photos and stories are available here.

DONOHARM.REPORT

DONOHARM.REPORT is a groundbreaking tool created to hold doctors and hospitals accountable for circumcision complications, foreskin harm, and aggressive circumcision solicitation. DoNoHarm.report is a free online reporting database that can easily be used to file complaints to medical facilities, state medical boards, and the medical professionals themselves who inflict damage on baby boys’ genitals. The database allows parents and guardians to:

(1) report incidents of circumcision harm to their babies, such as excessive bleeding, fever, infection, and physical complications;

(2) report whether doctors and nurses pressured them to have their sons circumcised; and

(3) report that their intact son was a victim of forcible foreskin retraction (FFR) by a medical professional, a practice that the American Academy of Pediatrics warns can cause severe pain, bleeding, and tears in the foreskin.

Each reported incident will be submitted to hospital management, respective state oversight agencies, the medical professional who perpetrated the harm, and the national Joint Commission

DoNoHarm.report will be rolled out in Spring 2024 in Georgia. Over time, Intact America will expand this groundbreaking reporting tool to every state and the District of Columbia.

To learn more visit here.

Voices

Intact America’s work has unleashed a groundswell of people aching to tell their circumcision stories. We provide that outlet in our Voices blog posts. Voices features short essays written by men who have survived circumcision, regret moms who wish they had known better, human rights activists who stand up for the rights of the child, and other intactivists. We encourage you to put your skin in the game by telling your story, too.

Read these passionate Voices stories here

Surveys

Intact America conducts national surveys to measure public attitudes about circumcision and the foreskin, to quantify the damage caused by circumcision solicitation and forcible foreskin retraction, and other important issues. The surveys are administered by Qualtrics, a leading research organization widely used in academia and for consumer experience management.

Data collected through our surveys are used by Intact America to guide our campaign initiatives and measure the impact we are making with our work. Most notably, our frequent public opinion polls show that support for keeping boys intact has risen from 10 percent in 2010 to close to 25 percent in 2021. This proves that we are on the right track.

To learn more about our surveys, visit here.

Pride

LGBTQA+ activists invited Intact America to participate in New York City Pride in 2006, and we have participated in Pride events ever since. (During the pandemic, we celebrated online at intact.gay.)  The intactivist and the LGBTQA+ movements have much in common. We fight for human rights and challenge practices and policies that inhibit sexual freedom.  

To see Intact America’s Pride schedule, visit our EVENTS page.

Conferences

Since merging with Genital Autonomy-America, Intact America has expanded its scope to continue organizing international conferences started by Marilyn Milos in 1989. Most recently, Intact America co-sponsored Intact 2022 in Atlanta, Georgia. The two-day event featured more than two dozen presenters and approximately 120 attendees. Such gatherings bring intactivists from around the world to present their work and catch up on the movement’s current progress and challenges.

Information on upcoming conferences will be available on our YouTube channel.

Foreskin Day

Intact America established Foreskin Day in 2023 to laud all things foreskin. A virtual celebration akin to 4/20, the cannabis holiday, Foreskin Day is observed on 4/4, the FOREth Day of April, the FOREth month of the year. The highlight of the day is a festive, streamed Foreskin Day program, featuring interviews, videos, all-original COCKtail recipes, and humorous musings about the male member.

Learn more about this year’s Foreskin Day.

Therapy Program

Intact America has contracted with licensed therapists who work with men impacted by circumcision. We are preparing to offer free virtual monthly group sessions to Intact America Insiders [please hyperlink to that section on our donate page] (subscribed monthly donors).  At this time, groups will be available only to men, but as the program grows, we will consider similar counseling opportunities for all genders.

Learn more here.

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.