Channel 4's 4thought.tv series in 2011.The theme for the week was "is it right to alter the body?"
Dr Lempert, a GP and Director of the Secular Medical Forum, was chosen to speak out on the subject as he believes circumcision should only be carried out on consenting adults, and that. if it were not linked to Judaism, circumcision of young boys would be considered an assault.
To watch the video now click this link to Dr Lempert on circumcision.
Monday, 30 April 2012
The issue of of Unnecessary Male Circumcision hit the Sunday Times letters page on Sunday 29th April following an article on Female Genital Mutilation.
Tristram Penna of London, W1, wrote to the paper to say:
"Male Genital Mutilation (or circumcision) is legal in Britain and frequently undertaken by clerics with no medical training. Surely if the UK in 2007 banned the docking of dogs’ tails by veterinarians we can also ban this."
Ian Glasspool of Middleton-on-Sea wrote to say to point out the "double standard" which he said "leaves us open to accustaions of hyposcrisy particularly If we consier the question of the circumcision of baby boys by other prominent faiths in Britain".
And the 'star letter' on the issue of Unnecessary Male Circumcision came from Dr Anthony Lempert, a GP and Director of the Secular Medical Forum. He wrote:
"Perceived cultural sensitivity should be no bar to protecting vulnerable children from serious harm, especially since many of them later choose a different cultural identity from that of their parents.
"In Britain the genitals of many children are mutilated every year because the family believes it to be in the child’s best interest. The FGM legilslation explicity debars such excuses even where the procedure is considered “necessary” for girls in terms of custom or ritual.
"Why, then, is this still allowed as the justification for performing irreversible surgery on boys – removing the sensitive foreskin without their consent and for no medical reason."
Sunday, 29 April 2012
A UK midwife has been charged with manslaughter after a baby bled to death following a circumcision.
According to online reports in The Manchester Evening News an Oldham Chronicle Grace Adeleye (66) was charged on Friday with the manslaughter of Goodluck Caubergs by gross negligence. The court heard the incident happened in Oldham on April 17 2010.
It is not uncommon for medically unnecessary religious circumcisions to be performed in community settings in the UK. These are often performed without anaesthetic by non-medical pratitioners and can lead to complications and in the worse cases death.
According to a 2010 report in The Guardian on male circumcision, 40% of circumcisions performed on boys at an Islamic school in Oxford led to medical problems with 1 in 5 being treated in hospital as a result.
It's difficult to say how many boys in the UK die as a result of medically unnecessary male circumcision as the connection to circumcision is not always recorded - as this male circumcision article by campaigner Laura McDonald explains.
Whatever our different opinions on this issue, everyone in the country can agree that we should do all we can to prevent the unnecessary death and physical damage of boys through Unnecessary Male Circumcision.
Saturday, 28 April 2012
How Do We Prevent Unnecessary Male Circumcision?
One-Day Workshop and Mini-Conference at Keele University, Staffordshire on Thursday 26th July 2012
An estimated 100 men and boys are circumcised in the UK every day – around 90% of these operations are thought to be medically unnecessary. The charity Genital Autonomy is hosting a unique one-day workshop and mini-conference to explore what campaigners, researchers, the media, charity workers, public sector staff, health professionals and religious communities can do to start reducing the number of men and boys who are subjected to unnecessary circumcision every day in the UK.
The day will be facilitated by Glen Poole of The Men's Network.
This event will be of interest to anyone who wants to:
- Find out more about the pros and cons of therapeutic circumcision
- Learn about the non-surgical alternatives to circumcision
- Help reduce the number of unnecessary circumcisions performed by the NHS
- Explore whether it is feasible or desirable to regulate religious circumcisions
- Consider the medical ethics of performing unnecessary circumcisions
- Debate whether boys should have the same legal protection against unnecessary genital surgery as girls
- Discuss what role we can play in reducing unnecessary male circumcision in other countries
TO FIND OUT MORE AND BOOK YOUR TICKET TODAY CLICK HERE NOW
Thursday, 26 April 2012
Bob Geldof became one the men's movement's most famous advocates because of his first-hand experience of the family courts. After winning custody of his three daughters, following his divorce from Paul Yates, the Nobel Peace Prize nominee became an outspoken advocate for fathers' rights and the need for family law reform.
Now his eldest daughter Peaches has become an unlikely men's rights advocate herself by taking a personal stand against Unnecessary Male Circumcision on religious grounds. Peaches converted to Judaism for her partner Thomas Cohen last year and now the pair have had a baby boy.
However the couple have decided to go against Jewish tradition and won't be circumcising their son - making the pair unlikely icons of the 'intactivist' movement that campaigns for boys to have the same rights to genital autonomy as girls.
In a bizarre twist to the story, Cohen is frontman of a band called S.C.U.M. The name is taken from The S.C.U.M. Manifesto - a radical anti-male manifesto written by Valerie Solanas, the woman who shot and attempted to murder Andy Warhol.
The irony for this unwitting icon for the "anti-cutting" movement is that S.C.U.M. is short for the Society For Cutting Up Men.
To read more about the campaign against Unnecessary Male Circumcision in the UK and plans for July conference on the issue CLICK HERE NOW.
Wednesday, 25 April 2012
Could You Help Prevent Unnecessary Male Circumcision?
Who Should Be Concerned About Unnecessary Male Circumcision?
International Development Sector
If you knew how to prevent men and boys in the UK being subjected to Unnecessary Male Circumcision – would you take action today?
If so you may want to sign up for an interactive workshop and mini-conference at Keele University on Thursday 26th July 2012 – CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP NOW
The event, facilitated by Glen Poole, Strategic Director of The Men’s Network, will give you all the information you need help save more men and boys from Unnecessary Male Circumcision.
It is hosted by the charity Genital Autonomy and will be attended by some of the UK’s leading experts on Unnecessary Male Circumcision.
How Big A Problem Is Unnecessary Male Circumcision in the UK?
An estimated 100* medically Unnecessary Male Circumcisions are performed in the UK every day – with two-thirds being carried out for non-religious reasons.
Unnecessary Male Circumcision causes death, pain and lifelong damage. For example:
- A UK midwife was charged with manslaughter in April 2012 after performing an Unnecessary Male Circumcision that led to a baby boy bleeding to death
- In 2010 an investigation found that 40% of circumcisions performed on boys at an Islamic school in Oxford led to medical problems with 1 in 5 being treated in hospital as a result
- Subjecting infants and boys to unnecessary genital surgery has been found to cause post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, anger, low self-esteem and problems with intimacy according to NORM UK
- Circumcised men are believed to be 60% more likely to develop alexithymia, which is the inability to feel or understand emotions
What Do We Mean By Unnecessary Male Circumcision?
Unnecessary Male Circumcision means different things for different people and some people have different levels of tolerance for the different types of Unnecessary Male Circumcision depending on whether they are ritual, religious, cultural, social or medically inexpedient...........
- For some people, ritual circumcisions, like those that claimed the lives of 91 young men in South Africa in 2009 alone are unnecessary and those deaths could and should be prevented. At present it is illegal for a UK resident to take a girl abroad to perform such an operation, but not illegal to take a boy abroad to be circumcised.
- For some people, allowing any non-medical person to perform painful circumcision without an anaesthetic is unnecessary and should be prevented – we do not allow any other surgery to be performed on children by non-medical staff without on anaesthetic, so shouldn’t we prevent the unnecessary male circumcision of infants and baby boys?
- For some people, medically unnecessary circumcisions should not be performed without consent and boys should be allowed to decide as adults whether they want to be intact or not. Many adult men tell us that if they had the choice they would have said no. We do not allow adults to tattoo children, why do we allow them to unnecessarily remove an important body part when circumcised men are coming forward to tell us that its their body, it should have been their choice?
- Some people are concerned about the high proportion of unnecessary male circumcision being performed for ‘medical’ reasons – when there is a non-surgical alternative. The charity NORM UK estimates that as many as 90% of ‘medical’ circumcisions performed in the UK are actually unnecessary and could be prevented and making parents aware of the alternatives could prevent thousands of mums and dads from putting their sons through unnecessary male circumcision.
Who Should Be Concerned About Unnecessary Male Circumcision?
Do you work in the health service? Are you responsible for the health and wellbeing of men, boys or babies? Are you a surgeon, a public health official, a hospital manager, a GP, a nurse, a health visitor or someone providing health advice and services to parents? If so you have a role to play in Preventing Unnecessary Male Circumcision in the UK. Will you remain silent or will you get informed, get involved and spread the word?
Child Protection Professionals
Are you responsible for safeguarding children? Do you work in social services or the social care sector or deal in someway with protection of children? If so you have a role to play in Preventing Unnecessary Male Circumcision in the UK. Will you remain silent or will you get informed, get involved and spread the word?
Equality & Diversity Professionals
Do you work in the Equality & Diversity sector? Are you concerned with issues relating to children, women and men in different religious communities? Are you interested in the different experiences of people who are born male, female and intersex? If so you have a role to play in Preventing Unnecessary Male Circumcision in the UK. Equality and Diversity professionals aim to foster good relations between different communities - particularly around difficult issues like circumcision. So it is essential Equality & Diversity Professionals
for you get informed, get involved and help spread the facilitate the debate on Unnecessary Male Circumcision.
Religious and Secular Groups
Do you work with religious communities in the UK? Are you a member of religious community where medically Unnecessary Male Circumcision is the norm? Do you have an interest in promoting secularism? If so the debate on how to prevent Unnecessary Male Circumcision in the UK will be of interest to you. Will you remain silent or will you get informed, get involved and spread the word?
Do you work with parents in the UK? Are you a parent who is affected by or concerned with Unnecessary Male Circumcision? Are you connected to mums and dads in communities that practice male circumcision? If so you have a role to play in Preventing Unnecessary Male Circumcision in the UK. Will you remain silent or will you get informed, get involved and spread the word?
International Development Sector
Do you work in international development? Are you concerned with promoting the health and wellbeing of children overseas? Are you interested in helping us to prevent Unnecessary Male Circumcision in other countries? If so you can make a difference by getting informed, getting involved and spreading the word?
Are you concerned with human rights? Do you think people of all backgrounds should be treated equally? Do you think that protecting girls and boys from unnecessary genital surgery is a human rights issue? If so you could help prevent Unnecessary Male Circumcision by getting informed, getting involved and spreading the word.
Do you work with children? Do you think children should be protected from unnecessary genital surgery? Do you think girls and boys should have the same rights and protection? If so then you’ll want to helps us prevent Unnecessary Male Circumcision. But will you remain silent or will you make a difference by getting informed, getting involved and spreading the word?
Are you interested in gender equality? Do you think mothers from all communities should be empowered to speak out on issues that matter to them? Do you think men and women should have a choice about what happens to their own bodies? If so you have a role to play in Preventing Unnecessary Male Circumcision in the UK. Will you remain silent or will you get informed, get involved and spread the word?
Do you work with men and boys? Do you think men’s issues are taken less seriously than women’s issues? Are you concerned about the health, wellbeing and personal safety of men and boys? If so you have a role to play in Preventing Unnecessary Male Circumcision in the UK. So will you take to get informed, get involved and spread the word?