A short while ago, I wrote a post about feminism and the politics of fear, and noted that fear based appeals tend to work if they do three things:
Have a one-time action
Appeal to women
Offer a way to manage the threat
Neonatal cutting is the subject of A Voice for Men’s latest activism campaign and it engages all three of the above strategies. The new website, neonatalcutting.org is designed to give mothers (and fathers, but let’s be honest, mostly mothers) pause when it comes to the issue of cutting the genitals of baby boys, usually without anesthetic. It’s a cruel, barbaric, ugly practice that needs to stop.
I’ll bet baby Ryan’s parents wish they had taken some time to think infant genital cutting through. After their doctor persuaded them to cut Ryan’s perfectly healthy penis, Ryan bled to death. He was 22 days old.
It’s not a joke. Our callousness as a society towards this medieval ritual needs to end. Adults, of course, may do as they like. Grown men who wish to remove their foreskins are free to do so, just as grown women may remove their labia. They are adults. We have a responsibility, however, to protect helpless infants from being subjected to this wretched, torturous procedure.
As usual, Paul Elam leads the way.
I hope you will promote, share and support this effort to protect baby boys from medically unnecessary, potentially fatal neonatal cutting, just as we protect girls.
And if you perform circumcisions, you may want to think about it carefully.
How is it, do you suppose, that we can ever seriously talk about men’s and boy’s advocacy if we do not first and foremost advocate for the most vulnerable and defenseless among us? If you think you know where this is leading you are probably right.
Twenty percent of men across the world, about 650 million, entered life in blinding, excruciating pain as they were sexually mutilated in the name of tradition, religion or a cosmetic choice of their parents; so that the child would look more like his father.
Too many baby boys die from this “procedure,” others are the victims of botched jobs leaving them disfigured and sexually disabled for life. To be even more frank, using the term “botched” is actually a misnomer because it is saying that what happened was a botched mutilation, which makes no real sense.
This is what reliable science shows: circumcision is nothing more than a euphemism for a cruel, barbaric and scientifically unsupported practice that is just too profitable for the medical establishment to leave alone and too entrenched in religious practice to challenge.
Worse, with the development of genetic technology, foreskins have become a profitable business. Selling for upwards of $400 each, doctors and clinics are now being paid twice for making the cut. Once for the mutilation itself and again for the organ they amputate (NSFW) from baby boys so it can be used for stem cell research and high-end beauty cream.
This, all of this, must stop. And from this day forward we are going to dedicate a very significant amount of our resources to making that happen.
On behalf of AVfM Education, LLC, it is my pleasure to announce the launch of neonatalcutting.org (NNC), a website that will add a new dimension to the fight to end a culture of mutilation perpetrated for profit on infant boys across the world.
Our experience in men’s activism informs us that while there are many approaches to trying to solve these problems, we need to do more than talk. A world so deaf to the pain of men that it can disregard the screams of baby boys demands it. We need to act. We must act. The way to act now is to call the perpetrators of this horrific problem to the carpet for their deeds; to shine the light on them in the most public of ways and to refuse to relent till they refuse to mutilate children.
What they need and what they deserve is a perpetual perp walk.
In about a week you will start seeing a constant parade of one child mutilator after another placed on the front page of this website. It will include all of their practice information, contact information and other important details. We will be telling you what they tell parents about the effects of neonatal cutting vs the actual effects of the mutilation (which are always two very different things). We will tell you, when verified, whether they are selling foreskins to be made into vanity products or other wares.
Simultaneously, we will place them on a directory at NNC, also known as childmutilators.com, where they will remain as long as they are mutilating children.
The purpose of this is simple. We want expectant parents who research on pediatricians and others who perform this “procedure” to learn what they are getting themselves and their child into. We want to educate parents on the facts about neonatal cutting and to motivate them to reconsider whether it is a healthy choice for their sons. And we want to arm them with the information they will never hear from the medical establishment that profits from harming their children.
We now have the reach on search engines to make that happen with dramatic results. In many cases, the returns on our listing of a physician will show in the results before that physician’s practice.
We expect resistance and we expect legal threats. As always, we will defy all attempts to abridge our freedom of speech and press rights.
As you have before, you will see all cease and desist letters we receive posted to this website with our very brief response.
Now, and in the days ahead, we will be calling on advocates for the genital integrity of all human beings to assist in these efforts. We have already been offered the moral support from a very familiar face. Founder of the first political party for men and boys and the women who love them (J4MB), Mike Buchanan, made contact with me when he saw our preliminary announcement on the coming of this effort. He had the following to say.
The #1 campaigning issue of my political party is the ending of non-therapeutic circumcision of male minors (male genital mutilation, MGM) in the United Kingdom, where the procedure is unquestionably illegal, yet the criminal justice system fails to bring prosecutions. MGM causes a great deal of suffering to male minors, and in turn men – sometimes leading to death, whether due to complications resulting from the procedure, or later suicide. The purpose of MGM is to reduce the sexual pleasure of men following puberty, and for that reason alone it should be banned for male minors.
We stand shoulder-to-shoulder with AVFM and other men’s rights advocates internationally in demanding an end to MGM – NOW. For decades campaigners have believed that rational arguments would bring MGM to an end, and they’ve been disappointed. It’s time to go on the offensive, and start to publicly name and shame the individuals who carry out MGM, whether for personal gain, religious or cultural convictions, or any other reasons.
With thanks to Mike from J4MB, I invite you now to visit neonatalcutting.org. Please look around the site. Look at the current research page and view the videos. Feel free to email in suggestions to me personally. If you are so inclined, visit the donation button to support the expense, time and effort that is going into this important project.
AVFM is seriously dedicated to this mission, now and into the future. If you believe our baby boys deserve a pass from the knife as they come into life, please find a way to help.