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Review: Alan Cumming’s UNCUT

I had the pleasure of seeing Alan Cumming’s 2nd official performance of his new cabaret, UNCUT, in Fort Lauderdale Florida this past April. Here is my review:

Wearing his kilt and boots in an ode to his Scottish heritage, Alan comes out only with his musical director and pianist, Henry Koperski, and proceeds to put on an hour-long half-narrated, half-sung-and-danced summation of his life. Through the highs and lows, from his early childhood traumas to making it big on Broadway, Alan bares his soul to the audience in a way that is uniquely Alan — raw and unapologetic.

Pictured: Adam Zeldis, Alan Cumming, and Judy Kirkwood.

For me, and Alan would probably agree, the show reaches its climax near the end when he addresses the titular subject of his production. First, he regales the audience with his shock upon coming to the US and discovering the genitalia of most men are surgically altered at birth. Next, he discusses his ongoing intactivism work with multiple organizations, including Intact America. He then asks for the house lights to be turned on and for any ‘men who have their foreskins to raise their hands’! At my performance, only a few did. Empowered with his claim being validated using the sample size of our audience, Alan goes on to call circumcision what it is: mutilation. To offset this highly uncomfortable moment for most of the men there, Alan continues with a humorous story about showing his foreskin to his old makeup artist because she simply had never seen one before and wanted to know what it looked like.

The show wraps up shortly after this with the crowd at their feet and Alan playing his accordion, an important prop that is referenced multiple times throughout the show.

All in all, UNCUT was a great performance by one of the most famous, most consistently outspoken intactivists that you will find on this Earth — a must-see for any Alan Cumming fan or those who want to support his dedication to the cause!

—Adam Zeldis



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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 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.