Cool CF Guy Takes a Stand for Genital Integrity

As a long-time member of the intactivist/genital integrity movement, I feel though it’s not directly related to childfreedom, it’s time I take a public  stand in favor of GI on this blog. Love me or hate me, I don’t give a damn.

People have absolutely no right to surgically alter their children’s genitals against their will without medical purpose, and this goes for male, female, or intersexed children as far as I’m concerned. Every person has the right to completely intact genitals. Male and female circumcision, intersex sexual assignment, etc. is all fucking bullshit without merit in today’s world, quite frankly, and it sickens me that the practices still continue and it sickens me even more that doctors keep making up bogus “health benefits” to ALL of these procedures (male genital mutilation being the most common defended, though sometimes female is as well).

Here in Mexico, circumcision is almost unheard of, in either sex (mostly affecting the small Jewish and Muslim population here, as well as American expats). Most of the developed world is also like this, most developed countries having abandoned the practice years ago. Quite frankly the United Shithole of America is the only country in the developed world that still butchers a majority of baby boys at birth. Other countries who routinely practice both male and female circumcision tend to be third world countries with tribal rituals that call for these “procedures” (if you could even call them that) as sort of an initiation to adulthood. Barbaric? Oh absolutely, and I won’t defend any cultural practice that is disgusting.

It’s not just the fact that it’s medically unnecessary that’s bothersome. Quite frankly as the child grows into an adult, his or her sexual experience is lessened. I don’t feel I need to address FGM here because that’s pretty obvious, so let’s address MGM. Medicalized circumcision as we know it removes the foreskin, which is the single MOST SENSITIVE part of the male sex organ, containing a band of over 20,000 nerve endings and a highly sensitive frenulum attaching it to to the rest of the penis. As such, intact men are about FOUR TIMES more sensitive than cut men. That translates to a lot of pleasure and sensation lost during sexual acts. I can attest to the difference myself. I spent close to three years using different devices and methods to sort of “regrow” a foreskin so to speak, in a process called non-surgical foreskin restoration. You can read more about the process here. Of course, the new skin doesn’t have all those sensitive nerve endings, but the good news is you get that gliding action back and the glans (head) stays covered, making it shiny, supple, and more sensitive in its own right. Post-restoration, I have about triple the amount of sensitivity that I did before.

I don’t want to hear your excuses or defenses for the practice. I’ve heard them all. Want to prevent HIV? Abstain from sex or wear a damn condom, it’s pretty much foolproof. Want to prevent UTI? Then quit pulling that baby’s foreskin back forcefully (it’s not designed to retract in the infant/child stage!!!!), and once it does retract on its own, clean under it regularly. Want to prevent penile cancer? Again, hygiene and don’t smoke (smoking is actually the number one risk factor for penile cancer, and yes, it can and does happen in butchered men as well). Don’t give me the religion defense either. What if your child decides not to follow your religion? You have absolutely no right to slam religion down your child’s throat. Period, end of story.

Quite frankly I think anyone who would cut the genitals of their child needs to be fined heavily and either face life in prison or a death sentence, along with the doctor, mohel, or whoever doing the procedure. It’s akin to surgical rape of a minor. And it’s legal. It makes my stomach turn. Alas, the practice continues mainly in the United Shithole of America, and for one goddamn specific reason: MONEY. It’s big business. Just goes to demonstrate that most American doctors, Big Pharma, and all of their cronies are more concerned about making money than patient health. Absolutely disgusting.

So there. If I lose readers, so be fucking it, but this is where I stand, and if you don’t like it, then that’s just too fucking bad.

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About coolchildfreeguy

Childfree guy living in Mexico City. Professional pilot by day, all-around fun guy by night.

Posted on May 2, 2012, in Childfree, Medicine, Men's Health, Parenting, Religion. Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. Well said. I have nothing to add but applause.

  2. Totally agree, great post! I would also like to point out that it isn’t a harmless procedure, either. It’s possible for infection to set in after the circumcision, it’s also happened that the doctor makes a mistake and ends up injuring or severing part of the penis itself rather than just the foreskin attached. I have no idea how rare those particular instances are, but really why take the chance if there’s no medical reason to do it and no real benefit? As you pointed out in the post, any benefit they purport comes from this is easily gained in other and more responsible ways.

    Most of the reasons that I hear for parents doing this is either laziness, aesthetic, or religious. None of these are good reasons for giving your child an unnecessary, and potentially dangerous, surgical procedure. These are all selfish reasons.

    I think this goes just fine with your blog, by the way. One thing that a lot of CF people point out is that people with children often have selfish reasons for having kids or for doing the things that they do to their children. This is often pointed out when we’re accused of being selfish for NOT wanting children. So, I think this is a good post. It goes with the theme, even if at first it might not seem like a topic to be found on a childfreedom blog, and it is informative. Someone might stumble upon this post who is about to have a baby and say, “hey you know, I never thought of that. I’m going to look more into this and if I have a boy, maybe I will opt out of circumcision for him.” And maybe some more intactivists can emerge from this, too. Who knows? :p

  3. Cees van der Duin

    Germany:
    Activists File Complaint Against § 1631d BGB

    December 2013 – German intactivist movement tries to tackle circumcision law

    Since december 2012 a circumcision law (§ 1631d BGB) principally allows parents to circumcize their son as desired. Now activists against HGM or any ritual mutilation (i. e. FGM and MGM) have written a petition to the German Supreme Court (Bundesverfassungsgericht) demanding § 1631d BGB is declared as not being in accordance with the German constitution. Instead they call for an end to all circumcisions done without medical necessity.

    27. Dezember 2013
    an das
    Bundesverfassungsgericht
    Karlsruhe

    Beschwerde gegen das Bundesgesetz über den Umfang der Personensorge bei einer Beschneidung des männlichen Kindes

    Die Beschwerdeführer legen daher gegen dieses Gesetz Beschwerde ein und beantragen durch eine einstweilige Anordnung nach § 32 Abs. 1 BVerfGG diese Vorschrift sofort außer Kraft zu setzen, um alle medizinisch nicht erforderlichen Beschneidungen, insbesondere Rituale wie Metzitzah B’Peh, pria und Praktiken wie im folgenden Link beschrieben, die sicherlich mit einer Zirkumzision lege artis nicht zu vereinbaren sind, trotzdem aber durchgeführt werden, zu verbieten bis das hohe Gericht über die Verfassungsbeschwerde entschieden hat.

    Die Beschwerdeführer beantragen zudem, die nicht medizinisch indizierte MGM an nicht einwilligungs- und urteilsfähigen Jungen auf die Liste der Auslandsstraftaten zu setzen, um sowohl Beschneidungstourismus zu verhindern als auch die gegebenenfalls erforderliche Strafverfolgung ortsunabhängig zu gewährleisten.

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