Saturday, July 6, 2019

Facebook Censoring Intactivism


This morning, I woke up to this post on my Facebook news feed:


Apparently, Facebook is censoring Doctors Opposing Circumcision and information about circumcision deaths. According DOC, Facebook removed many educational graphics they created without any notification.

Furthermore, they are not allowing the DOC website to be shared on their platform.

I myself have experienced censorship on Facebook.

Not too long ago, I created a page to address the fact that most American textbooks on health and human anatomy graphically depict the penis as circumcised, and if the foreskin is even mentioned at all, it is described as "that extra flap of skin covering the penis which is removed during circumcision." No actual pictures of the human penis were posted, only the hand-drawn graphics published in the textbooks, which show the penis dissected in many different ways for educational purposes, but apparently that was enough for Facebook to take down the whole page.

It would be very easy for critics to lump us in with the anti-vaxx movement, and thus use it as grounds to censor us, however vaccination has been scientifically proven to strengthen the immune system against pathogens that cause disease. They do not remove any flesh from the body, and, they are actually recommended by every respected medical organization, unlike circumcision.

Unless there is medical indication, and/or the individual consents, all surgery is abuse, medical fraud and mutilation. It prevents as much disease as blood letting and head trepanation.

If there were any justice, it would be pro-circ groups and websites who would be censored, because they spread much misinformation that takes an unfounded position against the most respected medical organizations in the west.

This wouldn't be the first time I've experienced censorship on social media for challenging male infant circumcision; not too long ago I was on Twitter, and the platform would not even let me post the following Tweet:



There is a problem when those who run social media platforms decide certain narratives shouldn't be challenged.

Intactivists aren't even publishing controversial, misleading information.

There is a problem when Facebook censors well-documented information, citations of medical journals and references to the most respected medical organizations in the world.

I can only surmise that information is taken down whenever someone, or some group reports it as being "offensive."

Which raises the question:

Are scientifically demonstrable facts going to be censored every time somebody finds them "offensive?"

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FLORIDA: AdventHealth Uses Circumcision as Incentive for Heart of Florida Maternity Patients



Come for the birth, stay for the circumcision!

Up until recently, Heart of Florida Health Center maternity patients on Medicaid had to travel 40 miles to Gainsville to have their babies. But now, according to an article published on Ocala Star Banner, they can deliver at AdventHealth Ocala starting in August.

The article reads almost like a paid advertisement put out by AdventHealth, a healthcare system spanning 10 states. They have recently acquired the lease for the Ocala facility from another group called Community Health Systems and are using circumcision as an incentive to attract customers.

"The deal also will bring in-house circumcision services back to AdventHealth Ocala, which the hospital's previous operator stopped providing several years ago," reads the article. No question as to why the previous operator stopped providing circumcision in the first place.
 According to AdventHealth Ocala spokeswoman. Richelle Hoenes-Ahearn, "This procedure was not offered prior to AdventHealth acquiring the hospital. However, we have plans for our medical teams to provide circumcision at AdventHealth Ocala within the next several weeks." 
The article goes on:
Heart of Florida CEO Jamie Ulmer said he only recently learned circumcision was not available at AdventHealth Ocala. Those with private insurance were able to get the procedure done outside of the hospital, but no local doctors will accept Medicaid for circumcision services. That left mothers scrambling to find a provider outside the area before the Medicaid cut-off time for the procedure, which is 27 days after birth. After that, babies have to wait for months before Medicaid will cover the procedure.

"As part of the collaboration we worked out, all babies will be able to get circumcisions at the hospital before they leave," he said.

Which raises the question; shouldn't public health coffers be used only for medically necessary procedures? Why aren't doctors accepting medicaid for circumcisions, and how is the Heart of Florida/AdventHealth deal getting around this?
"No one is saying your baby has to have a circumcision, but having the choice is first and foremost. How can you make a decision if you don't even have a choice?" Ulmer says, but here again, questions arise.

In any other case, reaping profit from non-medical surgery on healthy, non-consenting individuals constitutes medical fraud.

Without medical or clinical indication, can doctors even be performing surgery on healthy, non-consenting minors, let alone be giving parents any kind of "choice?"

Ignored here is the fact that a child is being deprived of his choice on a permanent, non-therapeutic surgical alteration on his body.

If "religious freedom" and "parental choice" are going to be cited here, does the CEO intend on extending similar services for parents who want their daughters to be circumcised?

As if it weren't bad enough that the circumcision of infants is being use as an incentive for maternity patients, inaccurate numbers are being cited to do it.
At the end of the author, Carlos E. Medina writes:
"A majority of baby boys, about 77 percent, in the United States get circumcised, but the rate has fallen from more than 80 percent since the 1960s, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The CDC recommends circumcision for a number of reasons, including the reduced incidence of contracting HIV infection from an HIV-infected woman."
He, either inadvertently, or quite deliberately quotes an inaccurate circumcision rate. This information contrasts with figures released by the CDC, which are actually much lower.

According to Reuter’s:

“In one survey, newborn male circumcision rates fell to 56.9 percent in 2008 from 62.9 percent in 1999. In another, rates of circumcision fell to 54.7 percent in 2010 from 58.4 percent in 2001. In a third, rates fell to 56.3 percent in 2008 from 63.5 percent in 1999.”

A stark difference from the quoted 77%.

Regarding HIV transmission, the CDC recommends circumcision for *adults* who are at high risk. It did *not* issue a recommendation for male infant circumcision, instead mirroring the AAP, which said in their 2012 circumcision policy statement that parents ought to weigh the evidence.
The AAP said in their 2012 Circumcision Policy Statement that “The benefits of circumcision are not great enough to recommend it.” The statement has expired, by the way, which leaves the AAP currently without a statement, so there is no actual recommendation from any respected medical organization that male infants ought to be circumcised. 
I wonder; was this information given to him by AdventHealth? Or does the author have ulterior motives? 
Let’s give him the benefit of the doubt and assume he just didn’t do his homework; the information is still incorrect and needs to be updated.

I have written a letter to the editor, but haven't yet heard back from them, and the information remains the same as of today. (July 6, 2019)

Friday, June 21, 2019

Poetry Corner - Mutilation


In my last Poery Corner addition, I posted an original poem I wrote, expressing what I would tell a doctor should he have the gall to ask me whether I would let him circumcise one of my sons. I wrote a series of poems and song parodies for a contest that centered around male infant circumcision, which encouraged original songs, poems and parodies of other works.


This is my 8th and final addition to Poetry Corner (that is unless I get inspired to write more). It is a parody of a song called "Clandestino" by an artist named Manu Chao.

This song is sung from the standpoint of an illegal immigrant who moves back and forth over the border, hiding, changing his name, and moving quickly to avoid the law. (Original lyrics and translation found at the bottom of this post.

When I first heard the song, it sounded like the man was being accused over and over again. The hook of the song repeats the word "Clandestino" over and over again. I felt sorry for the character in the song, for his only "crime" was trying to earn a living most people who are immigrating "illegally" have no other recourse than to risk their lives.

I wanted to write a poem or parody of a song that reflected a similar plight; the innosence of young boys. In most cases, baby boys are born healthy, and their only "illness" from the standpoint of circumcising doctors and/or a circumcising culture is having a foreskin; anatomy that all boys have at birth.

The repitition in the hook of this song, the accusatory tone and feel of it, made me reimagine it as a condemnation of circumcision and doctors who perform it. I wanted to write parody lyrics to this song, especially taking advantage of the harsh, relentless accusation found in the hook, but something was missing; the song told the story of a man, and I wanted my parody to tell a story also.

I found my inspiration in the story of a boy who was circumcised against his mother's wishes.

Not too long ago, in 2010, the story of a boy in the state of Florida who was circumcised to his mother's dismay, made headlines. The boy was in the NICU because of birth-related complications, and doctors circumcised him while the mother was away.

This wouldn't have been the first case. In another case, courts let the doctor off the hook without paying any damages because it would "open the courthouse door to every kid who's been circumcised," and besides, "no evidence was presented to indicate being circumcised would prevent the youth from having a happy and productive life."


As if resilience from abuse were even relevant.

First off, the reasoning that "it would open the courthouse door" to others who have been wronged in the same way is a logically fallacious reason to dismiss an offense. (See Slippery Slope.) For this reason, courts could dismiss any other case. Imagine courts letting bank robbers and shop lifters off the hook because "it would open the courthouse door to every bank or establishment who has been robbed."




Having "a happy and productive life" is no justification for wrong doing. With the proper counseling, victims of rape and child abuse grow up to have happy and fulfilling lives, but this does not excuse the actions of the perpetrator.

No amount of counseling is going to give this child his normal intact organs back.

He's going to have to live with permanently marred organs for the rest of his life, and his parents are going to have to live with the fact that a doctor abused them and their child, and there is legally nothing that they could do about it.

Our society is ready to downplay and dismiss the forced genital cutting of males, even when doctors circumcise a child against his parents' wishes, and this is frustrating as an activist for basic human rights.

I wanted to write a poem/song parody which tells the story of children who fall victims of knife-happy doctors, and Manu Chao's "Clandestino" presented what I saw as an opportunity to both tell the story of boys like these, and to accuse circumcising doctors and their accomplices harshly.

To do this, I must reimagine the song to have two points of view.

In the original song, the teller of the story and the subject of accusation is one and the same; the "Clandestine" immigrant.







However, in my parody, while the story is about boys who are forcibly circumcised, I use the hook to accuse the doctor perpetrators, and expose the words "circumcision" and "circumcisers" for the euphemisms that they are. I am the judge, and in my parody, I do what the judges in these cases should be doing; condemning circumcising doctors for the charlatans they are.

Without further ado, "Mutilation."

Mutilation

Silent goes my screaming
Silent goes my struggle
Punished for the error
Of being born a boy
Fastened to a cutting board
I await behind closed doors
For docs to have their pleasure
I'm nothing but a toy

I was born a c-section
Barely struggling to survive
The doctors couldn't wait
To have me promptly circumcised
My mom tried very hard
To protect me from the blade
But when her back was turned
Doctors came and had their way

Silent goes my screaming
Silent goes my struggle
Punished for the error
Of being born a boy
Fastened to a cutting board
I await behind closed doors
For docs to have their pleasure
I'm but a doctor's joy

Circumcision, Mutilation!
Circumcisers, Mutilators!
Circum-studies, pseudo-science!
Molestation, child rape!

Silent go the botches
Silent go the murders
These men are in the business
Of mutilating boys
Burning with sadistic lust
They violate parental trust
They offer needless cutting
And call it "parent choice"

Circumcision, mutilation!
Circumcisers, mutilators!
Snake oil salesmen, baby butchers!
Opportunist charlatans!


Original Lyrics in Spanish:
Clandestino
 
Solo voy con mi pena
Sola va mi condena
Correr es mi destino
Para burlar la ley
Perdido en el corazón
De la grande Babylon
Me dicen el clandestino
Por no llevar papel

Pa' una ciudad del norte
Yo me fui a trabajar
Mi vida la dejé
Entre Ceuta y Gibraltar
Soy una raya en el mar
Fantasma en la ciudad
Mi vida va prohibida
Dice la autoridad

Solo voy con mi pena
Sola va mi condena
Correr es mi destino
Por no llevar papel
Perdido en el corazón
De la grande Babylon
Me dicen el clandestino
Yo soy el quiebra ley


Mano Negra, ¡Clandestina!
Peruano, ¡Clandestino!
Africano, ¡Clandestino!
Marijuana, ¡Ilegal!

Solo voy con mi pena
Sola va mi condena
Correr es mi destino
Para burlar la ley
Perdido en el corazón
De la grande Babylon
Me dicen el clandestino
por no llevar papel

Argelino, ¡Clandestino!
Nigeriano, ¡Clandestino!
Boliviano, ¡Clandestino!
Mano negra, ¡Ilegal!

Clandestino

Solo voy con mi pena
Sola va mi condena
Correr es mi destino
Para burlar la ley
Perdido en el corazón
De la grande Babylon
Me dicen el clandestino
Por no llevar papel
 
Pa' una ciudad del norte
Yo me fui a trabajar
Mi vida la dejé
Entre Ceuta y Gibraltar
Soy una raya en el mar
Fantasma en la ciudad
Mi vida va prohibida
Dice la autoridad
 
Solo voy con mi pena
Sola va mi condena
Correr es mi destino
Por no llevar papel
Perdido en el corazón
De la grande Babylon
Me dicen el clandestino
 
Yo soy el quiebra ley
Mano Negra clandestina
Peruano clandestino
Africano clandestino
Marijuana ilegal
 
Solo voy con mi pena
Sola va mi condena
Correr es mi destino
Para burlar la ley
Perdido en el corazón
De la grande Babylon
Me dicen el clandestino
por no llevar papel
 
Argelino, clandestino
Nigeriano clandestino
Boliviano clandestino
mano negra illegal
https://lyricstranslate.com/en/-clandestine.html
Solo voy con mi pena
Sola va mi condena
Correr es mi destino
Para burlar la ley
Perdido en el corazón
De la grande Babylon
Me dicen el clandestino
Por no llevar papel
 
Pa' una ciudad del norte
Yo me fui a trabajar
Mi vida la dejé
Entre Ceuta y Gibraltar
Soy una raya en el mar
Fantasma en la ciudad
Mi vida va prohibida
Dice la autoridad
 
Solo voy con mi pena
Sola va mi condena
Correr es mi destino
Por no llevar papel
Perdido en el corazón
De la grande Babylon
Me dicen el clandestino
 
Yo soy el quiebra ley
Mano Negra clandestina
Peruano clandestino
Africano clandestino
Marijuana ilegal
 
Solo voy con mi pena
Sola va mi condena
Correr es mi destino
Para burlar la ley
Perdido en el corazón
De la grande Babylon
Me dicen el clandestino
por no llevar papel
 
Argelino, clandestino
Nigeriano clandestino
Boliviano clandestino
mano negra illegal
https://lyricstranslate.com/en/-clandestine.html
Solo voy con mi pena
Sola va mi condena
Correr es mi destino
Para burlar la ley
Perdido en el corazón
De la grande Babylon
Me dicen el clandestino
Por no llevar papel
 
Pa' una ciudad del norte
Yo me fui a trabajar
Mi vida la dejé
Entre Ceuta y Gibraltar
Soy una raya en el mar
Fantasma en la ciudad
Mi vida va prohibida
Dice la autoridad
 
Solo voy con mi pena
Sola va mi condena
Correr es mi destino
Por no llevar papel
Perdido en el corazón
De la grande Babylon
Me dicen el clandestino
 
Yo soy el quiebra ley
Mano Negra clandestina
Peruano clandestino
Africano clandestino
Marijuana ilegal
 
Solo voy con mi pena
Sola va mi condena
Correr es mi destino
Para burlar la ley
Perdido en el corazón
De la grande Babylon
Me dicen el clandestino
por no llevar papel
 
Argelino, clandestino
Nigeriano clandestino
Boliviano clandestino
mano negra illegal
https://lyricstranslate.com/en/-clandestine.html


Original Lyrics translation:
Clandestine One
Alone go I with my shame
Alone goes my condemnation
To run is my destiny
To evade the law
Lost in the heart
Of the great Babylon
They call me "The Clandestine One"
For not having papers

To a city in the north
I went to find a job
I left behind my life
Between Ceuta and Gibraltar
I'm a line in the sea
A ghost in the city
My life is forbidden
So say the authorities

Alone go I with my shame
Alone goes my condemnation
To run is my destiny
To evade the law
Lost in the heart
Of the great Babylon
They call me "The Clandestine One"
I am the law breaker

"Mano Negra*,"  Clandestine One!
Peruvian,  Clandestine One
African,  Clandestine One
Marijuana, Illegal!

Alone go I with shame
Alone goes my condemnation
To run is my destiny
To evade the law
Lost in the heart
Of the great Babylon
They call me "The Clandestine One"
For not having papers

Algerian, Clandestine One!
Nigerian, Clandestine One!
Bolivian, Clandestine One!
"Mano Negra*," Illegal!


*"Mano Negra" is the name of a French music group active from 1987 to 1995 and fronted by Manu Chao.


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Poetry Corner - To Me

Poetry Corner - Circumcision Scar

Poetry Corner - Lullaby For the Damned

Poetry Corner - Song Parody: "My Foreskin Home"

Poetry Corner - Poor Little Guy

Poetry Corner - Haiku
Muncie Circumcision Case: HIGHWAY ROBBERY

REPOST: Of Ecstasy and Rape, Surgery and Mutilation
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Sunday, May 5, 2019

Poetry Corner - What Say Ye? Oh Doctor?



This is the seventh in a series of poems and song parodies that I wrote for a contest that centered around male infant circumcision. The contest encouraged original songs and poems, as well as parodies of other works. For my last Poetry Corner entry, I posted a parody based on poetry written by late American circumcision mogul Edgar Schoen.

This time around, I'm posting an original poem I wrote, expressing my disdain for the American medical profession.

At the time, I was still single, but I knew one day I'd be married and have children of my own. I knew that at least one of my children would be male, and that I'd have to deal with knife-happy doctors wanting to mutilate my son. (Or sons?) I wanted to prepare myself for the hypothetical encounter where some doctor or nurse came to us trying to peddle circumcision.

Having been an intactivist for some time already, there was already so much disdain I had for doctors who did this; for doctors who were in the business of hocking this needless surgery on parents of boys.

Of course, I wasn't even sure I was going to be a father, but there was so much I wanted to say to any doctor with the balls to approach me and ask me if I would let him take my son away and mutilate his penis. There was so much anger. There IS still anger. I can't believe this is happening in my country TODAY.

 "I may never have children, let alone a son," I thought to myself, but I wanted an opportunity to tell a doctor off, even if an imagined, hypothetical one. So when I wrote this poem, I poured every last thought I could into it; all the things I'd like to tell a doctor to his face if he or she dared TRY to ask me.

A doctor asking me to let me circumcise my son might as well ask me if I could let him rape my daughter.

The NERVE of nurses and doctors.

So this poem depicts what I would have liked to say in the hypothetical situation where a doctor or nurse approached me and my wife to asks us to let him mutilate my son.


What Say Ye? Oh Doctor?

What say ye? Oh Doctor?
Why must this child be shorn
of normal, healthy tissue
with which every boy is born?

What say ye? Oh Doctor?
Is he dying? Is he sick?
Is that a cancerous tumor
growing on his little dick?

And what say ye? Oh Doctor?
What prompts this "big decision?"
What ails this child today
that commands his circumcision?

Just what disease in newborns
is circumcision s'pposed to cure?
Why must healthy newborn boys
such needless pain endure?

More than urging parents
that they sign away permission,
Don't you need an actual reason
for performing circumcision?

Just what other healthy body parts
do you remove at parents' whims?
If parents came and asked you
would you cut off healthy limbs?

Since when does circumcising
healthy boys become your task?
Can you even be performing them?
Let alone their parents ask?

If there's no rhyme or reason,
Just how is it that you dare?
Come into my wife's room
and ask for what's not there?

Is it the child's well being,
or is it your thirst for blood?
Or is it for the money
why you say that this is good?

Are you actually worried
That this boy won't look like dad?
Or is it that you envy
the foreskin you never had?

Is it that you thirst and hunger
to inflict the pain
The same torture that you suffered,
on newborn babes again?

Just how is it called medicine
to mutilate the healthy?
To put newborns at needless risk
of death while you get wealthy?

How exactly is it, Doctor,
that you even have the gall?
To pawn these lies on parents
from door to door and hall to hall?

How is it legal for you to perform
this needless surgery,
let alone consult the parents
of the circumcised to be?

Profiting from needless surgery.
Is that not against the law?
In non-consenting individuals,
Is that not medical fraud?

In the end, what is it, Doctor?
What have you left to say?
What keeps this child from coming home
intact and whole today?

SHAME on you, Oh Doctor.
How could you sink so low.
Why the onus on the parents,
when it's YOU who's paid to know?

Shame on all these "studies,"
that seek to justify,
the blatant violation
of basic human rights.

Get thee OUT of here, Oh Doctor.
How dare you come into this place.
Boldly peddling your snake oil,
What a fucking sad disgrace.

Leave this place immediately.
Get out of here.  Begone.
Get this straight: WHEN HELL FREEZES OVER
will you mutilate our son.


Wednesday, April 3, 2019

ITALY: Yet Another Circumcision Death


Last year, a circumcision death in Italy made headlines in December. After a long hiatus of posting nothing but my poems for filler, I thought I'd write a blog post to address it, but I never quite got around to it.

A 2nd death has just been reported in Italy, and now I feel I must write a post.

Especially since there was another death in Italy back in 2016.

I hate doing these.

How many more children have to be lost to circumcision before people think it's a problem?

In both cases, the circumcisions were conducted at home, creating an excuse for circumcision advocates to minimize the deaths.

"The child was circumcised at home," goes the excuse.

"Of course if the child were circumcised at a hospital by a trained professional, this wouldn't have happened."

This dismissal of the latest deaths in Italy is problematic in more ways than one.

First off, a great deal of circumcisions are carried out in homes, especially in the case of babies whose parents are Jewish, where a traditional circumciser called a "mohel" is invited to a home to conduct the cutting ritual.

Andrew Freedman, one of the members of the Circumcision Task-force at the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), who released their policy statement on circumcision in 2012, openly bragged about having circumcised his own son on a kitchen table.

"I circumcised [my son] myself on my parents’ kitchen table on the eighth day of his life. But I did it for religious, not medical reasons. I did it because I had 3,000 years of ancestors looking over my shoulder." ~Andrew Freedman

No conflict of interest there, right...

Second, children dying from complications isn't limited to circumcisions performed at home; the death of a child circumcised at a hospital in Canada made headlines not too long ago.

And he wouldn't be the first. Circumcision deaths at hospitals make headlines every once in a while, but circumcision advocates are always ready to make excuses for the deaths, either because the child may have been too old, or because the doctor was "incompetent." (This is fallacious; complications happen whether or not doctors are "competent" or not.)

An excuse for circumcision deaths at the hands of doctors I hear quite often is that "children need to be circumcised on the 8th day by a mohel." Of course, deaths happen at the hands of mohels too. Amitai Moshe comes to mind. In this case, as always, a factor excluding circumcision was to blame. The baby was pronounced to have died of "natural causes"; it was hemorrhage that killed him (not the circumcision which caused the hemorrhage of course).

Another baby died in Israel, not too long ago. In this case too, a "pre-existing condition" was to blame.


"It should have been at a hospital."

"It should have been a trained professional."

"It should have been on the 8th day of life."

"It should have been by a mohel."

"The mohel should have been better trained."

"The doctor was incompetent."

"The baby should have been tested for pre-existing conditions."

"It was the baby's fault. He shouldn't have died; the circumcision was a success."

Excuse, after excuse as to why circumcision must be exonerated and thus allowed to continue despite all the deaths.

When did people fight as hard to excuse female infant genital mutilation?

When did we ever say about deaths caused by FGM "It needed to be done at a hospital by a trained professional when she is an infant?"

Why the instant condemnation FGM when girls die, but the long list of excuses and explanations as to why male infant circumcision should continue?

The Circumcision Policy Statement put out by the American Academy of Pediatrics in 2012 was a non-committal, wishy-washy hodgepodge of nonsense that, aside from failing to culminate in any kind of recommendation, for or against, is resulting in the untimely deaths of infants around the world.

In their 2012 Circumcision Policy Statement, the AAP repeated over and over:


"The benefits [of male infant #circumcision] outweigh the risks."

In conclusion, however the statement says:


"The benefits[of circumcision] are not great enough to recommend [it]."



Within the same statement are written these words:



"The true incidence of complications after newborn circumcision is unknown."

So the AAP 2012 Circumcision Policy Statement can be summarized as follows:


"The benefits, which are not great enough to recommend, outweigh the risks, which are unknown."

The AAP conducted an extensive review of all the literature up until 2012, and concluded that the benefits were not great enough to recommend circumcision. But somehow, lay parents are expected to arrive at a more reasonable conclusion.

The 2012 was nonsense, which is why 38 pediatricians, urologists, epidemiologists, and professors, representing 20 medical organizations and 15 universities and hospitals in 17 countries published an article in the AAP Pediatrics publication, which rejected and thoroughly dismantled it, and most likely why the AAP has allowed the policy statement to expire.
 
Yes, few people seem to be aware of this, but the 2012 Circumcision Policy Statement has been allowed to expire, and thus has no current standing policy statement on male infant circumcision.


This from the official AAP website:

"All policy statements from the American Academy of Pediatrics automatically expire 5 years after publication unless reaffirmed, revised, or retired at or before that time."

It is now 2019, the statement hasn't been reaffirmed or revised, and so far not a peep from the AAP.


Questions arise:
If the complications of circumcision are "unknown," what efforts are being done to document them so that they *are* known?

If the complications of circumcision are "unknown," how can it be said that "the benefits outweigh the risks?"

Has the AAP been recording all the deaths and complications since 2012?

Is there an "acceptable" number of deaths and/or complications for male infant circumcision?

If so, what is it?

Is there an "acceptable" number of deaths and/or complications for female circumcision?

If so, what is it?

If circumcision is purely elective surgery, how are any deaths or complications above zero conscionable?


I hope it is clear by now that, whether people would like to admit it or not, death is a complication of male infant circumcision.

And for those ready to argue that this was an isolated incident, feel free to peruse the long list of deaths and complications documented on this blog. (Scroll down.)

The risks of male infant circumcision are infection, partial or full ablation of the penis, hemorrhage and even death.

Death is a risk of male infant circumcision.

It cannot be repeated enough.

Death is a risk of circumcision.

How many times do we have to say it?

Death is a risk of circumcision.

How many more boys must die until it is recognized?

Death is a risk of circumcision.

And, just for good measure, death is a risk of circumcision.





Related Posts:

OUT OF LINE: AAP Circumcision Policy Statement Formally Rejected

Related News Links:
AP News: Another Infant Boy in Italy Dies after Home Circumcision

BBC: Italy Circumcision Kills Toddler, with One Man Charged

National Post: Ontario Boy Bleeds to Death after a Family Doctor Persuadess Parents to Have Him Circumcised

Telegraph: Police Investigate Baby's Death after Circumcision 

List of Deaths and Complications Documented on This Blog:
Another Circumcision Death - Wound Would Not Stop Bleeding

FACEBOOK: Another Baby Fighting For His Life Post Circumcision

MADERA, CA: Another Circumcision Complication

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LAW SUIT: Child Loses "Significant Portion" of Penis During Circumcision

CIRCUMCISION BOTCHES: Colombia and Malaysia

CIRCUMCISION DEATH: This Time in Russia

FACEBOOK: KENTUCKY - Botched Circumcision Gives Newborn Severe UTI

FACEBOOK: Circumcision Sends Another Child to NICU - This Time in LA

GEORGIA: Circumcision Sends a Baby to the NICU

CIRCUMCISION DEATH: This Time in Italy

FACEBOOK NEWS FEED: A Complication and a Death

INTACTIVISTS: Why We Concern Ourselves

MALE INFANT CIRCUMCISION: Another Baby Boy Dies

CIRCUMCISION: Another Baby Dies

CIRCUMCISION DEATH: Yet Another One (I Hate Writing These)

Another Circumcision Death Comes to Light

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FACEBOOK: Two Botches and a Death

CIRCUMCISION DEATH: Child Dies After Doctor Convinces Ontario Couple to Circumcise

ONTARIO CIRCUMCISION DEATH: The Plot Thickens

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Phony Phimosis: How American Doctors Get Away With Medical Fraud

FACEBOOK: Two More Babies Nearly Succumb to Post Circumcision Hemorrhage

FACEBOOK: Another Circumcision Mishap - Baby Hemorrhaging After Circumcision

What Your Dr. Doesn't Know Could Hurt Your Child

FACEBOOK: Child in NICU After Lung Collapses During Circumcision

EMIRATES: Circumcision Claims Another Life

BabyCenter Keeping US Parents In the Dark About Circumcision

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC: Circumcision Claims Another Life

TEXAS: 'Nother Circumcision Botch

Sunday, March 31, 2019

Poetry Corner - To Me

 

This is the sixth in a series of poems and song parodies that I wrote for a contest that centered around male infant circumcision. The contest encouraged original songs and poems, as well as parodies of other works. For my last Poetry Corner entry, I posted a poem inspired by the Japanese song "Akatonbo."

This time around, I'm posting a parody based on poetry written by American circumcision mogul Edgar Schoen.

Actually, this was the first poem I ever wrote concerning circumcision. It was a reaction to poetry I heard recited by Edgar Schoen on the circumcision episode of Penn and Teller's Bullshit.

It's a great work of art like the statue of Venus,
if you're wearing a hat on the head of your penis.
When you gaze through a looking glass, don't think of Alice;
don't rue that you suffered a rape of your phallus.
~Edgar Schoen on Penn and Teller

That's what I heard Edgar Schoen recite on Penn and Teller. Hearing this horrendous monster recite poetry to praise his own goddamn work made me so angry I couldn't stop thinking about it. First he mutilates children, and then he writes poetry about it. It made me fucking sick. The more I thought about it, the angrier I got. Until finally I came up with my own poetry to help me cope. The following was the best I could do:


To Me
Some people liken the circumcised penis
To beautiful art, like the statue of Venus.
Reducing their subjects to art in a palace,
They care not that men rue the rape of their phallus.

But To me, such a penis just looks very sad,
regretfully mourning the sheath it once had;
Crushed in a clamp and sliced off at birth,
or soon after waiting 8 days in a bris;
Fixed in a state of perpetual despair,
with its tender and vulnerable glans
forever exposed to the air.


When I first heard Schoen's poem, it wasn't clear to me that the first two lines were actually a backhanded compliment to anatomically correct male genitals. In fact, after reading the whole work, which can be found here, I realized the whole poem was bemoaning the fact that male infant circumcision was a dying trend. He was desperately attempting to label having a foreskin a "passing fad," which makes no sense when you consider that the foreskin is a normal, healthy body part found in all male infants at birth, just like ears, lips and eyelids.

It's interesting he compares having a foreskin to the Venus of Milo, which is *missing* her arms. Rather delusional if you asked me. Boys aren't born "missing" anything; circumcised boys and men are the ones whose foreskin has been sliced off.

Perhaps the most damning part of Schoen's poem is this:

When you gaze through a looking glass, don't think of Alice;
don't rue that you suffered a rape of your phallus.

He appears to be admitting in broad daylight what male infant circumcision is. His own words say it; circumcision is a "rape of [the] phallus."

I'm not sure what is worse; the fact that this despicable excuse for a human being actually wrote poetry for his sick, disgusting obsession, or the fact that he actually managed to get not one, but TWO POEMS published in what is/was supposed to be a respected medical journal, the American Journal of Diseases in Children. (Both poems readable here.) As if writing poetry glorifying male infant genital mutilation weren't enough, the editors of the journal didn't see a problem with publishing it in a peer-reviewed journal. Posting poetry expressing profanity against the human body in what is supposed to be a professional medical journal makes a mockery of science and modern medicine, like graffiti tarnishing an important building. What were the editors thinking?

Anyway, this is the poem that started it all.

I really do think it is disgusting that circumcisors see themselves as "artists," and helpless children their unwitting subjects. I explore this idea on a separate post about ikebana, Japanese flower arrangement.

"My body, my choice."

May this one day apply to boys and men also.

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Poetry Corner - Circumcision Scar






This is the fifth in a series of poems and song parodies that I wrote for a contest that centered around male infant circumcision. The contest encouraged original songs and poems, as well as parodies of other works. For my last Poetry Corner entry, I posted an original poem, trying to encapsulate the feeling of helplessness that I feel at not being able to do anything to stop the mutilation and abuse of children unable to fend for themselves.

This time, I'm posting a poem, inspired by the melody of the Japanese children's song, "Akatonbo."

The word "akatonbo" means "red dragon flies" in Japanese, and in this song, they serve as a reminder of the singer's long-lost childhood.

When I first heard this song, I thought the melody was rather sad, as if looking back at a traumatic memory wishing it would have been different. I had to find out what the lyrics were, and sure enough, they reflected the melody perfectly.

Here are the original Japanese lyrics in both Japanese script and English translation:

赤とんぼ
夕焼け小焼けの赤とんぼ
負われてみたのはいつの日か

山の畑の桑の実を
小籠に摘んだはまぼろしか

十五で姐やは嫁に行き
お里の便りも絶え果てた

夕焼け小焼けの赤とんぼ
止まっているよ竿の先

Red dragonflies
Red dragonflies
In the red sunset
When was it that
I watched them
On someone's back last?

In mountain fields
We gathered mulberries
In small baskets
Or was it just
An illusion?

At fifteen
My big sister left home
To get married
Her letters have
Long since ceased to come

Red dragonflies
In the red sunset
Look, one has stopped there
On the tip
Of a bamboo pole

Having seen what the song was about, I was inspired to write lyrics that may reflect what a grown man who resents having been circumcised might feel now that he is older, aware of what has happened to him, and unable to change the past. Rather than reflect the Japanese translation, I wrote them to fit the rhythm of the original song. In my version of the song, a circumcision scar replaces the dragonflies, both serving the same function of taking the singer back to a time when things were different.

Circumcision Scar
Back when I was in my mother's womb,
Back when I was born
Intact and whole,
There at her breast I'd suckle
Mindless of what was to come

Sleeping blissfully rocked in her arms
Long ago it seems
Oh that life
Had been that way forever
Was it only just a dream?

Then a stranger took me from her breast
Oh so suddenly
Behind closed doors
There on a table
Men with scalpels had their way with me

Time has passed, I've yet to understand
Now that I am grown
Now when I see
My circumcision scar
Tears are always sure to come.

"How can you remember?" ask those who wish to belittle a resentful man's feelings.

An intactivist friend of mine once said something along the lines of:

"A circumcised man is reminded of his circumcision every time he urinates, showers, masturbates or makes love. The question is, how could he forget?"

Even if you can't remember, even if you don't; the scar is there day in and day out to remind you, for the rest of your life.


Related Posts:
Poetry Corner - Song Parody: "My Foreskin Home"