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Thursday, April 24, 2014
Welcome to the first IntactNews Podcast. I'm your host, Jonathan Friedman. In this episode, we'll announce news headlines, recent and upcoming events organized by intactivists, and events with an intactivist presence. This podcast is available on IntactNews.org.
Now, for the news.
On April 4, the Mayo Clinic Proceedings Journal published an online article entitlted, “Circumcision Rates in the United States: Rising or Falling? What effect might the Affirmative Pediatric Policy Statement Have?”
This article made international headlines. The authors of the article argue that circumcision is so beneficial that it should be treated like a vaccine. They also argue that half of all intact males will develop helath problems due their foreskin, including death.
For more coverage on the “Circumcision Rates” article, visit our website for an exclusive interview with Professor Kevin Pringle, a Pediatric Surgeon from Wellington, New Zealand.
Two firsts in prosecuting Female Genital Mutilation cases occurred recently in Britain. Dr Sureshkumar Pandya is the first person to be suspected of performing Female Genital Mutilation. Dr. Pandya performed a labia reduction surgery on a female patient Manchester who was not satisfied with the results. The case was later dismissed.
Two other men, Dr Dhanuson Dharmasena and Hasan Mohamed, have been formally charged for Female Genital Mutilation in a separate case involving a woman who gave birth at Whittington hospital in London. The two men allegedly repaired the female genital mutilation that had been previously performed on the woman. They pled not guilty on April 15th and are now facing trial. Female genital mutilation has been a criminal offence in England and Wales since1985.
The case of an 8-year-old intersex child in North Carolina is moving forward after a court rejected the defense's request to dismiss the case. Doctors castrated the child as an infant and performed sex re-assignment surgery while under state custody, against the wishes of his adoptive parents. Originally raised as a girl, the child now identities as a boy.
Denmark's Board of Health released new policy guidelines on ritual male circumcision that was widely criticized by medical professionals and human rights activists. The new policy guideline minimizes risks to health and makes no mention of what is lost to circumcision. The guidelines require a doctor to be present for circumcisions performed by non-medical circumcisers.
Next, we'll take a look back at some of the events organized or attended by intactivists over the past month.
On Tuesday, March 18, The Canadian Foreskin Awareness Project, CAN-FAP, protested a TED talk by Bill Gates held in Vancouver, British Columbia. CAN-FAP considers Bill Gates to be “Foreskin Enemy #1,” for sending millions of dollars to fund mass circumcision campaigns in Africa, under the belief that circumcision prevents HIV infections.
The protest received modest coverage in local, national and international news, and not-so-modest coverage on “NBC's Late Night with Seth Meyers.” Listen as Seth Meyers pokes fun at CAN-FAP founder Glen Callender...[queue clip]
Callender posted a video response on the CAN-FAP website [queue clip].
In other CAN-FAP news, Glen Callender has also released a series of “foregasm” videos. These are sexually explicit, educational videos of himself reaching orgasm by stimulating different parts of his foreskin.
If you'd like to support CAN-FAP's work, you can visit their website at can-fap.net (that's can-fap.net) or visit their Facebook page. CAN-FAP is starting a fundraiser on indiegogo.com in the coming days.
On Sunday March 23rd, Bay Area Intactivists held a demonstration for Genital Autonomy near Heather Farm Park in Walnut Creek, California.
Bay Area Intactivists also held a “Critical Integrity Bike Ride” on Friday, March 28th as part of the monthly Critical Mass rides in San Francisco.
The 21st Annual Genital Integrity Awareness Week (GIAW) was commemorated in Washington, DC from Monday, March 24th to Sunday March 30th with a week-long demonstration and a march from the Capitol to the White House. This was my third year at GIAW. It is the largest intactivist event of the year. I encourage everyone to try and make it for next year. GIAW is organized by David Wilson of the Stop Infant Circumcision Society, an umbrella organization.
GIAW is held the last week of March to commemorate the March 30th, 1997 enactment of the female genital mutilation law. This law protects all females under the age of 18 from forced genital cutting.
If you would like find out more about this past GIAW, download the upcoming issue of the Attorneys for the Rights of the Child Newsletter, which I've begun working on. We have exclusive reports from intactivists at Genital Integrity Awareness Week.
James Loewen, longtime intactivist videographer and photographer, has great footage on his youtube channel, BONOBO3D as well as hundreds of photos on his Facebook page. His amazing work really captures us in action and the amazing multitude of responses.
Intactivists also held GIAW demonstrations in other parts of the country for those who couldn't make it out to Washington, DC.
On Saturday March 29th, Intact South Carolina held a demonstration in Columbia, South Carolina, and Intact Michigan held a demonstration at Pine Grove Park in Port Huron, Michigan
In other events...On Saturday, March 29th, NOCIRC of Alabama staffed a booth at the 7th annual Pawfest in Headland Alabama.
NOCIRC of Alabama also staffed a booth on Friday April 11th and Saturday April 12th at the Tri-State BBQ Festival in Dothan, Alabama.
On Sunday, March 30th, NOCIRC of Michigan staffed a booth at the Tummy to Toddler Expo at Laurel, Manor in Livonia, Michigan.
Now we take a look at some upcoming events.
For all upcoming events that you plan on attending, please check with the organizers for the latest, up-to-date information.
On Friday, April 25th, Bay Area Intactivists is hosting another“Critical Integrity” Bike Ride as part of the monthly San Francisco Critical Mass bike ride. The ride starts at Justin Herman Plaza at 5:30pm and goes until 9:00pm. Visit on facebook or on their website, BayAreaIntactivists.org, for more information.
On Saturday, April 26, Intact Florida is staffing a booth at the Natural Birth & Baby Expo in Tampa, Florida, which is organized by the Tampa Bay Birth Network. Lauren Johnson will be giving a talk entitled, “Genital Integrity, It's Not Just For Girls Anymore!” The address is at 12015 ORANGE GROVE DRIVE in TAMPA, FL and goes from 10am to 3pm. Visit the Intact Florida Facebook page for more information.
Also on Saturday, Bloodstained Men & Their Friends are demonstrating at the University of California at Berkeley. The demonstration is at Sproul Plaza, at the intersection of Telegraph Avenue and Bancroft Way, from noon to 4PM. Visit the Bloodstained Men & Their Friends facebook page for more information.
On Sunday April 27th and Monday April 28th, Chicagoland Intactivists is demonstrating outside the annual meeting of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, ACOG. The demonstration will be in front of the Sheraton Chicago Hotel and Towers, 301 E North Water St in Chicago. Sunday's demonstration is from 3 to 7pm and Monday's demonstration is from 8AM to 1PM. I will be there on both days..Visit the Chicagoland Intactivists Facebook page for more information.
On Saturday, May 3rd, Intact Texas is staffing a booth at the Mama & Baby Expo in San Antonio, Texas, from 1 to 4pm. The Expo is at the TriPoint Event Center, which is at the corner of St. Mary's and the 281, next to the YMCA. This event is organized by the San Antonio Birth Collective. Check the Intact Texas Facebook page for more information.
On Tuesday, May 6th and Wednesday May 7th, I am staffing a booth together with Cynthia Maloney at the Partners in Perinatal Health Conference in Boston, Massachusetts. The booth is sponsored by the WHOLE Network. Ryan McAllister will present two talks: “The Elephant in the Hospital: Circumcision and the Child’s Needs ” and “Unbreaking Birth ” about the harms of the US birthcare industry. The conference is at Four Points by Sheraton hotel, 1125 Boston Providence Turnpike in Norwood, MA, and runs from 8 am to 5 pm on both days. Visit the Partners in Perinatal Health Facebook page for more information.
Wednesday, May 7th is International Day of Genital Autonomy, an event organized by a coalition of German intactivists to commemorate the 2012 Cologne Court ruling circumcision as a criminal assault. This ruling was later overturned by a federal law protecting circumcision as a religious rite. I was actually in Berlin on December 12, 2012 to protest the federal law as it was being passed. I met with many German intactivists at my first bloodstained demonstration and I commend their efforts.
On Tuesday, May 6th, MOGiS e.V, a German organization representing victims of sexual assault, is hosting a symposium on Genital Autonomy in Cologne, taking place from 10:30am to 5:30pm at the University of Cologne.
The following day, Wednesday, May 7th, a rally will begin at 11:00 AM in front of the Cologne District Court. Then, at 12:30 pm the main rally will begin in front of the Cologne Cathedral.
Visit genital-autonomy.de for more information on both of these events.
On May 7th, St. Louis intactivists are commemorating the International Day of Genital Autonomy by demonstrating near St. Louis Children's Hospital at Hospital Drive and South Kings highway BLVD, from 10am to 4pm. Visit IntactNews.org for more information.
On Monday May 12th, Toronto Circumcision Resources will testify at a hearing appealing the dismissal of a complaint against Dr. Aaron Jesin, for performing the Jewish penis blood-sucking ritual called Metizizah B'peh. The complaint was originally filed with the Ethics Committee of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario.
The Health Professions Appeal and Review Board of Ontario's offices located at 151 Bloor Street West, 9th Floor in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The hearing will be held from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM.
John Geisheker, executive director of Doctors Opposing Circumcision, will be representing the appeal. Visit the Toronto Circumcision Resources website, torontocircumcisionresources.org, or their Facebook page for more information.
And lastly, on Wednesday, May 14th Intact New Jersey is demonstrating at the annual meeting of the local American Academy of Pediatrics chapter, from 10AM to 3PM. The event is at Pines Manor, 2085 Lincoln Highway in Edison, New Jersey. I will be there for this event as well. Visit the Intact New Jersey Facebook page for more information.
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