Circumcision

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Websites
Articles
Books
Film
YouTube

View Conscious Woman’s recorded webinar series, The Intact Boy, with Marilyn Milos, Gillian Longley and Ronald Goldman.

 

Websites

The WHOLE Network is a grassroots organization dedicated to providing accurate information about circumcision and the benefits of being intact. We supply doctors, hospitals, midwives, educators, and parents-to-be with well-researched, up-to-date information.

The goal of End Routine Infant Circumcision is to end the practice of non-therapeutic routine infant circumcision in the United States, whether through legislation or through perseverance in educating the American public about the harmful effects of circumcision, the functions of the foreskin, and to also encourage every hospital, and doctors to stop offering the procedure for cosmetic reasons.

Wholebabyrevolution.com is home to Parents Against Circumcision Today (PACT).  PACT was founded as a support system for today’s parents who are deciding to keep their babies whole and for parents who are still seeking answers to their circumcision questions. It is our hope that together with those who have crusaded tirelessly for this human rights issue for decades, that we can help move this country into the renaissance of bodily integrity for our American babies.

Circinfosite is a non-profit, humanitarian organization dedicated to providing quality circumcision resources for expecting and future parents.

The goal of Stop The Cut is to disseminate the truth of the consequences of childhood circumcision to medical personnel and the general public in an effort to completely abolish this avoidable and brutal violation of basic human rights.

The Circumcision Information and Resource Pages is an Internet resource that provides  information about all aspects of genital surgery.

Saving Penises is a non-profit group based out of Washington, D.C.  which supplies parents with accurate information regarding circumcision and proper intact care.

The National Organization of Circumcision Information Resource Centers (NOCIRC) is a 501(c)(3) educational non-profit organization committed to securing the birthright of male, female, and intersex children and babies to keep their sex organs intact.

Intact America works to protect babies and children from circumcision and all other forms of medically unnecessary genital alteration, whether carried out for cultural conformity or profit, in medical or non-medical settings.  We seek to achieve our goals through education, advocacy, public policy reform, and the empowerment of our supporters, partners, and volunteers.

Doctors Opposing Circumcision (D.O.C.) is an organization of physicians, and others who are opposed to non-therapeutic neonatal circumcision.  D.O.C. has members in 50 States, 12 Canadian Provinces and Territories, and in nations on six continents. These doctors recognize that no one has the right to forcibly remove sexual body parts from another individual. They also believe that doctors should have no role in this painful, unnecessary procedure inflicted on the newborn.

The National Organization of Restoring Men is a non-profit support group for men who have concerns about being circumcised, are considering foreskin restoration, or are in the process of restoring their foreskins.

The Circumcision Resource Center is an educational organization with the purpose of informing the public and professionals about the practice of male circumcision. Our mission is to raise awareness and facilitate healing. Since 1991, the Center has been a valuable source of male circumcision information for parents and children’s advocates; childbirth educators and allied professionals; medical, mental health, and academic people; Jews; and others.

Circumstitions.com is jam-packed full of useful information.

The drmomma.org blog contains a number of excellent articles, and lists a variety of other blogs with up-to-date research.

Beyond the Bris is a web-based multimedia project that puts real faces and voices to the current Jewish movement against circumcision.

One purpose of the Jewish Circumcision Resource Center is to make known to the Jewish community that there is a growing number of Jews who either have not circumcised their son or would choose not to circumcise a future son.

Articles

Paul M. Fleiss, M.D., M.P.H., The Case against Circumcision

Jennifer Coias, The Phony Phimosis Diagnosis

Jennifer Coias, Basic Care of the Intact Child

Jennifer Coias, The Nuts and Bolts of HIV in the USA & Why Circumcision Can’t Protect Men

Jennifer Coias, Circumcision: Already Illegal?

Danelle Frisbie, Ph.D., M.A, Hypospadais: Surgery and Circumcision

Danelle Frisbie, Ph.D., M.A, Death from Circumcision

Yuki (edited by Danelle Frisbie), Breastfeeding & Circumcision

Richard A. Shweder, Disputing the Myth of Sexual Dysfunction of Circumcised Women: An Interview with Fuambai S. Ahmadu.   This academic article explains some of the misconceptions about female genital cutting and how it is done for the same reasons that the USA circumcizes boys.

J. Steven Svoboda, A Rose by Any Other Name? Rethinking the Similarities and Differences between Male and Female Genital Cutting

Books

Robert Darby, A Surgical Tempation: The Demonization of the Foreskin and the Rise of Circumcision in Britain

Leonard Glick, Marked In Your Flesh – A History of Circumcision from Ancient Judea to Modern America

Ronald Goldman, Questioning Circumcision, A Jewish Perspective

Ronald Goldman, Circumcision: The Hidden Trauma

David Gollaher, Circumcision: A History of the World’s Most Controversial Surgery

Marilyn Fayre Milos, George C. Denniston and Frederick Mansfield Hodges, Sexual Mutilations: A Human Tragedy

Marilyn Fayre Milos, George C. Denniston and Frederick Mansfield Hodges, Male and Female Circumcision: Medical Legal and Ethical Considerations in Pediatric Practice

Marilyn Fayre Milos, George C. Denniston and Frederick Mansfield Hodges, Understanding Circumcision: A Multidisciplinary Approach to a Multidimensional Problem

Thomas Ritter and George Denniston, Doctors Re-examine Circumcision


Film

Cut: Slicing Through the Myths of Circumcision, Eliyahu Ungar-Sargon (Director)
Cut is a film that traces the intellectual journey of a man struggling to come to terms with his Jewish identity in the 21st century. Through the lens of circumcision, a central and ancient Jewish ritual, Cut asks the viewer to contemplate what happens when the Jewish tradition collides with the modern values of autonomy and individuality. Using the latest in scientific research, as well as conversations with rabbis, historians, and activists, Cut asks difficult questions about male circumcision and provides a rare emotional and intellectual experience.

 

 

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Lessons of Circumcision & Effective Communication

Circumcision is offered as an option to virtually every mother of a male child born in an American hospital. This parental decision can have unrecognized immediate and long-term consequences on the health of the child and parent.  The lessons of circumcision are many; they remind us of our core values and are applicable to other areas of life. These lessons involve the powerful impact of early infant experience, cultural values, the limitations of science, intellect vs. instinct, and how to make important childcare decisions.

It is essential that health care providers have accurate, current circumcision information and communicate it appropriately and effectively.  It is also important for prospective parents to be able to communicate with their partners effectively.  Because circumcision is an emotional topic, health care providers and parents need not only the facts but also the skills to talk about it in a sensitive way.  The second presentation in Part II of our Intact Boy series.
This session is 90 minutes in length.Cost: $7.50

Certificate of Completion: $7.50 (completion of post-session questionnaire required).

Continuing Education Units are available for some professional groups. To view a listing of CEU opportunities, click here.

Infant Response, Long-Term Psychological Effects, and Why Circumcision Continues

Cultural and medical views of newborn infants have changed drastically over the years.   This session, the first lecture in Part II of our Intact Boy series, is led by Ronald Goldman, Ph.D.  Dr. Goldman provides an introductory overview of the research on newborn infant sensory response, movement, expression, learning, and pain response and infant response to circumcision.  The lecture addresses the following questions:
  • How does being circumcised feel to the newborn infant? Does the newborn infant feel “discomfort” or extreme pain?
  • Does it matter how circumcision feels to the newborn infant? Can newborn infants remember their experience?
  • Is an infant too young to experience trauma?
  • Are there any examples of events around birth that have a long-term effect on adult
    behavior?
  • Can memory of birth be documented?

Dr. Goldman applied the clinical definition of trauma to circumcision to find symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder in circumcised men. This new perspective offers clues that could explain certain male feelings, attitudes, and behaviors.  This session concludes with an exploration of the psychosocial factors that perpetuate circumcision.  In an examination of individual and institutional resistance to change, learn how cultural, emotional, behavioral, and psychological factors affect attitudes and behaviors about circumcision and related matters.  Various anxieties, beliefs, and values impede change – see how we can ignore or deny what is literally in front of our eyes.

How Circumcision Affects Sexuality

Circumcision is a primal wound that causes pain and trauma to an infant’s penis–his organ of pleasure and procreation. Initially, circumcision interferes with the maternal infant bond, disrupts breastfeeding and normal sleep patterns, and undermines the successful completion of the baby’s first developmental task of establishing trust. Even when analgesia is used, circumcision causes pain to the penis, and every experience of that organ, from then on, is overlaid on a neuronal background of pain.

Circumcision removes the foreskin, with its 20,000 – 70,000 specialized, erogenous nerve endings, replacing the penile accelerator that allows a man to ride the wave to orgasm with an on/off switch that offers sensitivity and immediate relief without the ride to orgasm and the full symphony of sensation.  This is why the most common complaint of circumcised men in the USA is premature ejaculation.  At the other end of life, circumcised males complain about sexual dysfunction, including loss of sensitivity and impotence. Many women wonder why sex with a circumcised man is not fulfilling for them. They do not understand the role the foreskin plays in female sexual pleasure, including the gliding mechanism and lubrication.

This session, the third in the Intact Boy series, is led by Marilyn Milos, RN, Executive Director of NOCIRC.  Hear Marilyn’s exploration of the effects of circumcision on an infant and on the man he becomes. The dynamics of circumcision, sex, and compensation for the trauma and loss is discussed.

This presentation is 90 minutes in length.

Cost: $7.50

Continuing Education Units available for some professionals.  Click here for more information.

Circumcision: Surgical Methods and Complications

Parents are largely unfamiliar with the realities of how a foreskin is actually cut away. The common myths that circumcision is “quick and safe,” ”just a little snip” or that the baby doesn’t experience any pain are false representations of the procedure. In fact, circumcision involves multiple tissue-damaging steps to remove the foreskin. Moreover, the circumcision devices used on the small penis of a newborn are relatively imprecise – which may lead to specific complications beyond the usual surgical risks of bleeding and infection. This course, led by Gillian Longley RN, BSN, MSS, provides participants with an in depth understanding of what is really involved with a circumcision and what the baby undergoing a circumcision may experience, during and after the procedure.

The presentation begins with an exploration of infant pain, and circumcision pain relief measures, including the facts that not all doctors use anesthesia for circumcision, that no method of local anesthesia has been shown to completely eliminate the pain of circumcision, and that babies do remember the pain of circumcision. The three main techniques of infant circumcision are explained step by step with still photo illustrations.  The range of complications which may result are illustrated and explained, including the often-ignored longer term harms that may occur due to loss of the foreskin’s protective and sexual functions, which may not manifest until years later.

The course closes with a brief look at the potentially harmful effects of circumcision on breastfeeding and mother-child bonding, which is covered in greater depth in a later class in this series.

This presentation is 90 minutes in length.

Cost: $7.50

Certificate of Completion: $7.50 (completion of post-session questionnaire required).

Continuing Education Units are available for some professional groups. To view a listing of CEU opportunities, click here.

 

* Warning: This program is liberally illustrated with photographs and diagrams of adult and infant penises, as well as graphic images of the circumcision procedure. These images are intended for educational purposes only, but some viewers may find them offensive or disturbing. Viewer discretion is advised.

 

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The Foreskin

The United States has been a predominantly circumcising culture since the mid 20th century, a time when childbirth and infancy began to be heavily medicalized through childbirth interventions and the aggressive marketing of infant formulas.   Along with the loss of knowledge of normal childbirth and breastfeeding, Americans have also lost their knowledge of the normal intact (non-circumcised) penis.

In this lecture, the first in our Intact Boy series, Gillian Longley RN, BSN, explains the anatomy of the intact penis, and shows how its unique structure and specialized tissue support a wide array of protective and sexual functions. The development of the foreskin in the fetus and child is also discussed, particularly the gradual natural separation of the foreskin from the head (glans) of the penis.  This information provides the rationale for a discussion of correct care of the penis in the intact boy, and the normal variations that may occur during penile development in childhood.  This presentation concludes with a discussion of the problem of forcible, premature retraction of the foreskin by incorrectly informed health care professionals. Although the American Academy of Pediatrics specifically recommends against forcible retraction, as circumcision rates drop in North America more and more boys are subjected to this inappropriate, unnecessary, and harmful practice that is obsolete in most of the world.

This presentation is 90 minutes in length.

Cost: $7.50

Certificate of Completion: $7.50 (completion of post-session questionnaire required).

Continuing Education Units are available for some professional groups. To view a listing of CEU opportunities, click here.

* Warning: This program is liberally illustrated with photographs and diagrams of adult and infant penises. These images are intended for educational purposes only, but some viewers may find them offensive or disturbing. Viewer discretion is advised.


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Search!

Search! is the final program in the Conscious Woman Online series,  a program by intended for those looking to bring traffic to their sites, get their name out, enhance their online presence, and understand the goings-on in cyberspace.

One of the most misunderstood aspects of the internet, search functionality is far from constant; it’s an ever-changing panoply of theory, algorithm, and magic. But rather than spend our time brushing up on our applied mathematics skills, this session focuses on terminology and how to use that to explore the really meaty bits of search, including SEO, metatagging, and web gardening. We use a case study to explore how all this really works, and then finish with an examination of strategies for following your own growth in the search rankings.

At the end of this session, you’ll understand how search engines work , web gardening, mighty metatagging, pinging services, search engine optimization, how to keep up with this stuff and more.  A case study will be featured on Dr. Amy, and how we shoot ourselves in the collective feet by visiting and commenting on her website.

This session is 60 minutes in length.

Cost: $7.50

Certificate of Completion: $7.50 (completion of post-session questionnaire required).

Continuing Education Units are available for some professional groups. To view a listing of CEU opportunities, click here.


 

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Create Your Blog

Create Your Blog is the third of four programs in the Conscious Woman Online series,  a program by intended for those looking to bring traffic to their sites, get their name out, enhance their online presence, and understand the goings-on in cyberspace.

Social Networking sites like Facebook are the parking lots in the driver’s ed of online communities. Once you’ve figured out how to operate there, you’re ready to start venturing out on your own, and you do that by blogging. This session focuses on blogging platforms (e.g., Blogger, WordPress, Typepad) pros, cons and tips, what belongs in the right and left columns, how to write a good post (length, voice, referencing), and how to track “good” once you get there (through Google Analytics, Feedburner, etc.).

This session is 60 minutes in length.

Cost: $7.50

Certificate of Completion: $7.50 (completion of post-session questionnaire required).

Continuing Education Units are available for some professional groups. To view a listing of CEU opportunities, click here.

 

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Creating An Online Presence

What is identity? What is reputation? How do you use them in creating your presence?

Creating An Online Presence is the second of four programs in the Conscious Woman Online series,  a program by intended for those looking to bring traffic to their sites, get their name out, enhance their online presence, and understand the goings-on in cyberspace.

In this session, internet marketing expert Laureen Hudson explores the fundamentals of social networking. It’s not enough to just have accounts everywhere; you need to have a voice that is unique to you, that gives value to your readers. The way you present yourself online can serve as a sterling reference or as a shocking warning, depending on how you do it.  Let go beyond old school marketing and give some real thought to how you want to represent yourself, using your voice and authenticity as currency.

Once you have your identity set up, the next step is audience.  Setting up a profile isn’t enough – you need to engage commitment and participation.  Who needs to hear what you have to say? How can you make sure they’re hearing you?  Laureen demonstrates how this is all connected, how to identify yourself online, and how to build an audience through traffic, feed readers, trackback etiquette, search, signature files and blog carnivals.

This session is 60 minutes in length.

Cost: $7.50

Certificate of Completion: $7.50 (completion of post-session questionnaire required).

Continuing Education Units are available for some professional groups. To view a listing of CEU opportunities, click here.


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A Guided Tour To Online Communities

What’s the internet?  What are online communities? Why do we care?

Fundamental human behavior does not change over time; we are the same human beings, with the same basic needs, that we have always been. We want to come together, to share human experience. But because we’re scattered, isolated, and no longer in supportive extended-family groups, the Internet has become our tribe.

A Guided Tour To Online Communities is the first of four programs in the Conscious Woman Online series,  a program by intended for those looking to bring traffic to their sites, get their name out, enhance their online presence, and understand the goings-on in cyberspace.

In this session, internet marketing expert Laureen Hudson covers the basics, and gives you a firm grounding in the realities of the internet; what it is, what it isn’t, where it came from, where it’s going, and the needs it serves. She then moves on to online communities, explaining why they exist, some of the controversies with them and advantages to them. We then take a tour around the major offerings such as Blogs, Internet Groups (yahoo, google, etc.), Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Tribe and Discussion Forums, and discuss why you might or might not want to participate – all with an eye towards advocacy and building your business base.

This session is 60 minutes in length.

Cost: $7.50

Certificate of Completion: $7.50 (completion of post-session questionnaire required).

Continuing Education Units are available for some professional groups. To view a listing of CEU opportunities, click here.


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