Thursday, 24 May 2012
Wednesday, 23 May 2012
The magazine is running a week of blog posts from contributors on the theme Let's Talk About Men and journalist Ally Fogg has today become the first reviewer of David Benatar's new book Second Sexism (subtitled Discrimination Against Men and Boys) to address the chapter on circumcision.
Though not looking at the issue in any depth he makes the point that women's rights activists who "campaign against ritual FGM find their argument easier to make if society expressed unequivocal condemnation of ritual genital mutilation of any infant".
For more on Female Genital Mutilation versus Male Circumcision click here.
Saturday, 19 May 2012
These are the words of a growing number of Rabbis who are speaking out against Unnecessary Male Circumcision and encouraging members of different Jewish communities to give up the practice.
Rabbi Nathan Segal
Rabbi Steven Blane
Rabbi Binyamin Biber
Rabbi Jeffrey Falick
Rabbi and Professor Howard Eilberg-Schwartz
To find out more about the Jewish community speaking out against circumcision see Jews Against Circumcision in the USA.
Friday, 18 May 2012
Barry Duke, editor of The Freethinker, has posted an online article declaring his "horror' at news that the pro-circumcision lobby in Australia is calling for more boys to be circumcised. In the same article, Barry highlights the July 2012 mini-conference on preventing circumcision that this blog is supporting.
In his Freethinker article on unnecessary male circumcision Barry says:
"I was horrified to learn earlier this month that 'a group of senior medical experts' in Australia are advocating circumcision for infant boys......I now learn that a conference is to take place to explore how boys might be protected from being unnecessarily damaged by the practice."
The Freethinker has a good track record of featuring articles on Unnecessary Male Circumcision and has a comments section on each article where you can join in the debate.
Thanks to Barry and The Freethinker for highlighting this important issue if you want to visit The Freethinker and join the debate click on this link Freethinking Link now.
Wednesday, 16 May 2012
- Article 2 States Parties shall respect and ensure the rights set forth in the Convention to each child within their jurisdiction without discrimination of any kind irrespective of the child’s or his or her parent’s or legal guardian’s race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national, ethnic or social origin, property, disability, birth or other status.
- Article 19 The right to protection from all forms of violence, injury, abuse, neglect or exploitation.
- Article 24 The right to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of health and to facilities for the treatment of illness and rehabilitation of health. Article 24 makes specific reference to the duty of governments to take all effective and appropriate measures with a view to abolishing traditional practices prejudicial to the health of children.
- Article 37 The duty of the government to prohibit torture, or other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.
- Article 39 requires government to take measures to promote physical and psychological recovery and social reintegration of a child victim of neglect, exploitation or abuse, torture or other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, or armed conflict.
Tuesday, 15 May 2012
Known as the “Bristol Male Circumcision Project”, this process was overseen by the PCTs Equality Lead, David Harris. The result of this process was the creation of an NHS-led health campaign promoting, supporting and encouraging local parents to bring their sons to the “Bristol Circumcision Service” for Unnecessary Male Circumcision which the health service locally now calls “safe circumcision”.
The ethical dilemma that health practitioners have wrestled with is that thousands of boys in the city are at risk of Unnecessary Male Circumcision which has traditionally been performed in synagogues, community centres, restaurants, private homes and other non-medical settings.
The NHS locally also runs the 4YPBristol website which offers young people in the city information and advice and the issue of circumcision shows up in the advice given to boys about masturbation.
The overall message that the City of Bristol's leaders are giving to parents who want to perform medically unnecessary rituals on their children's genitals is that for GIRLS we have a zero tolerance approach and for BOYS we strongly encourage you to use are tax-payer supported service.
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Monday, 14 May 2012
Sunday, 13 May 2012
A local campaigner from the Somali Community, Nimco Ali, has co-founded a campaign group Daughters of Eve.
Another community initiative, the Somali Development Group was commissioned by the Government Office South West and the Home Office to “produce a program to empower and protect young girls from FGM”.
Students in the city made a film aimed at raising awareness of female genital mutilation (FGM) and highlighting the myths surrounding the subject. The 12-minute drama-documentary, called Silent Scream, was been made by 27 Bristol students aged between 14-17. The film was screened locally and won the students a 'Chief Constable's Special Commendation for work to prevent FGM' which was presented by Chief Constable Colin Port, of Avon and Somerset Police.
In September last year BBC Radio 4's Woman's Hour aired a drama documentary on female genital mutilation (FGM) written by a group of Bristol teenage girls who had been affected.
Bristol CSB, Bristol NHS and Forward are running a series of "zero tolerance" events. The third, on 15 February, attracted 65 people, mostly from FGM-practising communities.
Integrate Bristol, a charity formed to help with the integration and adaptation of young people and children who have arrived from other countries and cultures, has been awarded funding from Lankelly Chase Foundation to host the First National Conference on FGM in Bristol in July 2012.
Collectively these actions are causing an increase in referrals of FGM cases, more openness with community groups and stronger multi-agency working. All of which demonstrates an extraordinary level of commitment from a broad range of individuals and organisations all taking action to tackle Unnecessary Female Circumcision in city.
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Saturday, 12 May 2012
If you look carefully at the picture of the blade above you will see a small amount of skin cut from a baby girl in one such procedure. The picture is taken from an eye-opening article comparing male and female circumcision in Indonesia.
Thursday, 10 May 2012
- It’s unethical
- It’s hypocritical
- It’s based on inconclusive evidence
- It ignores what’s happening in the real world
- It spreads dangerous myths about circumcision
- It puts women at greater risk
- It exposes men and boys to more risk
- It’s not as effective as other methods
- It's a waste of money
- It gives credibility to a dangerous practice that kills men and boys
It’s unethical because – as Green et al report “male circumcision constitutes the removal of healthy, functional and biologically unique tissue. For fully informed consent to occur, men must be educated about the risks and sensory losses from circumcision as well as made aware that circumcision does not offer full protection".
It spreads dangerous myths about circumcision – most notably that circumcision prevents HIV, which it does not. Reports from circumcision clinics have revealed that newly circumcised males are abandoning condoms or have a false sense of immunity from circumcision. Research in South Africa found that 15% of men and women now hold the mistaken belief that circumcision meant they did not need a condom. This belief has been further reinforced by public health officials recently distributing materials listing one advantage of circumcision as being “that men don’t have [to] use condoms”.