SOS Odyssey: Florida Intact Rallies



INTACT ODYSSEY:

 • A voyage marked by fortunate changes
 • An intellectual quest

The SOS Odyssey is a traveling intact rally making stops in cities across the nation. We host positive, proactive, family-friendly events that raise public awareness and open doors, open hearts, and change minds for the future wellbeing of the next generation. We disperse information along the way, and empower local advocates to keep the momentum going long after we've left town.

Join us in Florida this December when we host events in Jacksonville, Tallahassee, Gainesville, and Orlando!

We will have banners and signs for everyone to use, and materials for you to take home and move your intact seed-planting to new heights! Come out with your family for a fun, friendly, positive day of awareness raising. Each location has been chosen with meaningful public exposure and children's participation and safety in mind.

If you live in any of these 4 locations and are willing to host 1-2 responsible, adult men in your home for one night, please message the Saving Our Sons Facebook page or email SavingSons@gmail.com. These gentlemen do not need much except for a safe place to sleep.

If you're unable to join us for the Florida Odyssey, please support the six individuals leading this event. Each of the adults heading this tour have taken an unpaid week off work to make this happen, and will be traveling to Florida at their own expense to host. We need to raise enough for gas and overnight stays while along this Odyssey route, as well as materials to give away to attendees and passerbys at each event location. Your gift of $10 will go a long way this month.

Thank you for your support, and we will see many of you in Florida!

♥ To give:

SOS Odyssey Supporters
With sincere gratitude - we cannot make this happen without you!

★ Jeffery S.
★ Amy E.
★ Kayla C.
★ Jessica S.
★ Robert B.
★ Aneesa B.
★ Danelle D.
★ Brian B.
★ Elana J.
★ Brittany G.
★ Christy S.
★ Suzanna T.
★ Dawny R.
★ Bracken H.
★ Nicole W.
★ Melissa D.
★ Ryan B.
★ Courtney B.


SOS Odyssey: Florida event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1961606707428662/

Saturday, December 16: Jacksonville Event details: https://www.facebook.com/events/2025815644329009/

Sunday, December 17: Tallahassee Event details: https://www.facebook.com/events/533065730388329/

Monday, December 18: Gainesville Event details: https://www.facebook.com/events/953764631442103/

Tuesday, December 19: Orlando Event details: https://www.facebook.com/events/165348337402766/

SOS Odyssey: Florida Route


SOS Odyssey: Florida Photo Gallery
(coming soon!)

SOS Odyssey: In the News
(coming soon!)


Happy Holidays!


☃ Saving Our Sons began in 2008, and since that time our work has been led by a handful of volunteers, educators, and professionals striving to empower parents, raise awareness, and make life better for babies and children, and men they become.

While the online Saving Our Sons community has grown to over 90,000, and includes a wide and diverse audience, there is still a very small number handling everything here at 'home base' -- keeping the underlying foundation of SOS a positive, proactive, and pro-intact one.

We operate solely by volunteers and donation, and the past 9+ years are testimony of the baby-saving ripple effect that a small few can have with devotion, action, and a pooling of hearts and resources.

With this in mind, we *love* hearing from families who have found Saving Our Sons over the years and have had their lives touched by SOS in one way or another. It is a blessing to correspond with you, to work together in this global effort, as well as at the grassroots level, and we always look forward to hearing from you. If you are sending greetings at this time of year, we would love to hear from you. ❤


Saving Our Sons 
P.O. Box 1302 
Virginia Beach, VA 23451 

We will write back!

❄ Have a blessed holiday season. ❄ 






Should I Circumcise? The Pros and Cons of Infant Circumcision



New to the subject of infant circumcision and the benefits of the prepuce (foreskin)? The following are resources many families have found useful when looking at the subject for the first time. They are meant to be a starting point into deeper investigation and further research that is widely available today. If you only have a short period of time to spend on this topic, a blue star marks films with physicians' statements who are in practice today, and materials based on peer-reviewed research.

Functions of the Foreskin: Drmomma.org/2009/09/functions-of-foreskin-purposes-of.html

Intact vs. Circumcised: A Significant Difference in the Adult Penis: Drmomma.org/2011/08/intact-or-circumcised-significant.html 

Why did circumcision start as we now know it in the U.S.? Hear from some original doctors on the matter: Savingsons.org/2012/07/circumcision-to-reduce-mens-sexual.html

Faith Considerations on Circumcision (resources by/for Jews, Christians, and Muslims): Drmomma.org/2011/01/faith-considerations-on-circumcision.html

Peer reviewed research (studies published in medical journals): Drmomma.org/2007/01/circumcision-studies.html

Are there medical benefits to circumcision? Read national medical statements from around the world: Drmomma.org/2014/08/medical-organization-position.html

Physicians' thoughts within the medical field today: FB.com/IntactCare

Well researched books written on the subject: http://astore.amazon.com/savingsons.org-20

Dr. Ryan McAllister's Georgetown University video lecture, Elephant in the Hospital (also included on DVD in the info pack below): http://www.library.georgetown.edu/gelardin/showcase/entries/circumcision-elephant-hospital

Dr. Christopher Guest's video, Circumcision: The Whole Story: http://youtu.be/SeAXantm4tE

Whose Body, Whose Rights? Award-winning circumcision documentary: SavingSons.org/2017/01/whose-body-whose-rights-circumcision.html

The Real Reason You're Circumcised from College Humor: Collegehumor.com/video/6966989/the-real-reason-youre-circumcised

Penn & Teller: Bullsh*t Circumcision Episode: SavingSons.org/2013/03/happy-birthday-penn-jillette.html

Intact Care: Drmomma.org/2009/06/how-to-care-for-intact-penis-protect.html
Circumcision Care: Nocirc.org/publish/pamphlet5.html

The two most common forms of circumcision in North American today: 

Gomco: Savingsons.org/2011/01/neonatal-circumcision-video-for.html

Plastibell: Drmomma.org/2009/08/plastibell-infant-circumcision.html [Note that the Plastibell is the type of circumcision most often referred to as a 'no-cutting' or 'no-blood' method.]

Outcome Statistics (Circumcised vs. Intact): Drmomma.org/2010/01/cut-vs-intact-outcome-statistics.html

Men speakSavingSons.org/2017/04/men-speak.html
Facebook conversations by men: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.487363627949430.115346.166998263319303

Over 250,000 men are restoring some of what was lost to circumcision. It improves sex in a wide variety of ways. Google 'foreskin restoration' and check out any of these resources: Savingsons.org/2009/10/foreskin-restoration.html

8 articles published at Psychology Today: Savingsons.org/2011/10/psychology-today-circumcision-series.html

For those with older sons who were circumcised: 
Public Page: FB.com/FutureSons 
Discussion Group: FB.com/groups/FutureSons
Related items from others with circumcised sons: Drmomma.org/2010/05/i-circumcised-my-son-healing-from.html 

What does this have to do with WOMEN? 
SexAsNatureIntendedIt.com
Book by same title: http://astore.amazon.com/savingsons.org-20

How Male Circumcision Impacts Your Love Life: Drmomma.org/2009/10/how-male-circumcision-impacts-your-love.html

Women's Health and Male Circumcision Resource List: Drmomma.org/2009/07/how-male-circumcision-impacts-women.html

HIV/AIDS and the African Trials: AIDSCirc.org and the HIV resource page: Drmomma.org/2014/01/hiv-aids-circumcision-resources.html

50 Reasons to Leave it Alone: Drmomma.org/2010/11/50-reasons-to-leave-it-alone.html 


The Info Pack (includes a DVD with several videos and full length articles); the smaller Expecting Pack; Postcards for friends; or have a professional exchange online correspondence: Savingsons.org/p/info-pack.html

Informational items (cards, stickers, bracelets, etc.): Savingsons.org/p/info-cards.html or at Etsy: Etsy.com/shop/SavingOurSons

Questions? 
Please feel free to email SavingSons@gmail.com at any time. Several clinicians volunteer time to field questions, and if we're not able to answer, we'll seek out a place to go for further information.

If you find these resources to be of use, please help support Saving Our Sons and work we do. We continue solely by volunteers' time and generosity. See current needs at: Savingsons.org/p/sponsor-son-waiting-list.html or give directly: https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=VQSSUQFGLFZXQ


The Penis: Sex Education 101 with Marilyn Milos



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AMAZON





Shopping Amazon?

You can support the baby-saving efforts of Saving Our Sons in the process! Bookmark this page as your Amazon tab and click through any button here when going to browse and shop. Your entire experience remains the same, and a small percent goes back to SOS.

While this isn't much, it helps to curtail costs of the work of SOS:

• the many maternity and baby expos and events we host throughout the year, solo and with individual Intact Chapters

• awareness raising rallies and educational events, including the upcoming SOS Odyssey, Genital Integrity Awareness Week, and The Grand Intact Stand

• the costs of maintaining a several pro-intact websites, and a positive, proactive online presence, as well as working to re-direct domains that otherwise lead to pro-cutting sites

• getting resources into the hands of families and friends who write to SOS to request intact care or circumcision information materials, and otherwise cannot cover costs

• the 'Do Not Retract' and 'Prevention' physician packs that go out each week to practitioners across the United States and beyond

Thank you for supporting the grassroots work we pour our hearts, time, and resources into!



If you're not an Amazon shopper, but would like to support SOS efforts, please join as an SOS Baby Sponsor: SavingSons.org/p/sponsor-son-waiting-list.html or make a one time gift here.





SOS Fall Benefit!



Saving Our Sons Benefit

To donate an item:

• Quality photo of your item(s)*
• Item value (retail + shipping)
• Item description (material, size, ingredients, etc.)
• Your shop name and website (if applicable) 
• Where you will ship (U.S. only, Canada, other nations)*

Email this information to SavingSons@gmail.com

*You may also ship donated items to SOS directly at the address below,
and we will photograph and ship to winning recipients.

Bidding goes live Nov 25, and ends Dec 1.
New items may be added through Thursday, Nov 30.
All donors agree to ship items to winning bidders no later than Friday, Dec 8.

Items will be highlighted with the Peaceful Parenting, Intact Network, and Saving Our Sons communities, among other parenting and human rights groups and social media networks.

To give in lieu of the auction, become an SOS Sponsor, donate,
or support the upcoming SOS Odyssey.

Saving Our Sons
P.O. Box 1302
Virginia Beach, VA 23451

Thank you for your generosity and support as we
work toward a future of genital autonomy for all.

Click on an item below to bid on Facebook or use the Win-It-Now option.

** NEW ITEMS ADDED DAILY **
All items include shipping in the U.S.
View full album on Facebook here.

New Baby Care Kit
Included with this bundle is an Expecting Mom pack of informational items, 25 Lanolin single use packets, 8 travel packs of Calmoseptine (good for 2-3 typical applications), The Windi (to relieve newborn babies of painful gas/gut issues), and a small breastfeeding journal with coupons from Boppy and Target.
Retail Value (with shipping): $13
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Circumcision? Never Again!
Share why you would make a different decision next time around, and spark conversation with parents-to-be. This canvas tote bag expands to hold 2 1/2 gallon jugs, plus extra, or plenty of groceries. It is also a good size to use as a quick school or gym bag.
Included is a matching button, two bracelets of your choosing, and a set of info cards or stickers of your choosing.
Retail Value (with shipping): $20
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Plastibell with Clear-Top Metal Tin
One new sealed Plastibell for use in education and at expos, in a clear-top metal tin that is perfect for display (so your Plastibell does not disappear at your next event). This item is meant for educators and those leading exposition booths.
Retail Value (with shipping): $15
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GIAW Commemorative T-shirt
Deep purple from Washington D.C.'s Genital Integrity Awareness Week and Worldwide Week of Genital Autonomy. Gildan Heavy Cotton
Winner may select from Small, Medium, or 2XL
Retail Value (with shipping): $15
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Tim McGraw & Faith Hill: The Rest of Our Lives
Newly released (Nov 2017) CD | Factory Sealed
Will be shipped with a stash of intact stickers or cards (winner's choice)
Retail Value (with shipping): $15
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Click Here to Win-it-Now ($12)

Sparkle Intact / Genital Autonomy Key Chain
Vinyl, Felt, Lobster Clasp
Winner selects color choice (blue, white, green, purple)
Donated by: Starlight Dragonfly
Retail Value (with shipping): $9
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Custom crocheted Saving Our Sons / Intact Symbol Ornament
Non-breakable | RedHeart Yarn
Retail Value (with shipping): $10
Donated by Made For You By Anu
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Placenta Encapsulation Package: $175 Gift Card
Whispering Willow Birth Services serves the Hampton Roads, Virginia and surrounding areas (including some of NE North Carolina). Included in this package are: • Placenta Pickup, • Placenta Encapsulation, • 2 Placenta Prints, • Cord keepsake, and • Return delivery to the client.
Retail Value: $175
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The Village Birth Center $1,000.00 Gift Card
The Village Birth Center is the first and only freestanding birth center in Hampton Roads, Virginia, serving all of Tidewater and surrounding areas. Midwife, Jennifer Rector, is the longest practicing midwife serving mothers in SE Virginia, attending births at home and at the birth center, and handling all forms of prenatal care. In case of transfer, The Village Birth Center is 4 minutes from a supportive major medical facility.
Retail Value: $1,000.00
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Rare YouTube Elephant in the Hospital Bumper Sticker
Extra Long - 22.5 inches | New Navy/White Outdoor Heavy Vinyl
Retail (with shipping): $22
*Winner agrees to share a photo of their new bumper sticker in action with donors
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Custom crochet GA Symbol slouchy hat
Superwash Merino Wool | Adult Size | Burnt Orange & Chocolate
Retail Value (with shipping): $40
Donated by Elvish Knittables
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Kinderpack - Infant/Standard
Brand new, tags attached. "The Good Fight" print.
Has attached matching Pink/White Polka-Dot hoody-hood.
Has seat 'cinch strap' and 6 strap size adjustments.
Fits babies 8lbs-35lbs (approximately birth to age 2).
Will ship with 2 "Born to Be Worn" babywearing bracelets.
Retail (with shipping): $179
Donated by Peaceful Parenting
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Click Here to Win-It-Now ($159)

Metal lift-lid carrying tin with 150 advocacy stickers
Winner may select an assortment of stickers, or choose the styles they wish to have included.
 Retail Value (with shipping): $20
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Black metal carrying tin with lid and 150 advocacy stickers
Winner may select an assortment of stickers, or choose the styles they wish to have included.
 Retail Value (with shipping): $20
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Metal slide-top carrying tin with 150 advocacy stickers
Winner may select an assortment of stickers, or choose the styles they wish to have included.
 Retail Value (with shipping): $20
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Calmoseptine - Large 4 ounce tube
Will come with intact care materials and a hospital/daycare pack if winning bidder wishes ($3 value).
Retail Value (with shipping): $11
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 Handmade Boobie Beanie - Brown/Chocolate - 0-6 months
Will ship with a breastfeeding packet of assorted items, coupons, samples
and a "peace love momma milk" bracelet (standard or small size).
Retail Value (with shipping): $22
Donated by Peaceful Parenting
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 Handmade Boobie Beanie - Beige/Brown - 0-6 months
Will ship with a breastfeeding packet of assorted items, coupons, samples
and a "peace love momma milk" bracelet (standard or small size).
Retail Value (with shipping): $22
Donated by Peaceful Parenting
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Two mOmma 5-ounce Lansinoh Bottles
Perfect for pumping moms or babies who are also breastfeeding.
Will ship with a breastfeeding packet of assorted items, coupons, 25 individual packets of Lanolin,
and a "peace love momma milk" bracelet (standard or small size).
Retail Value (with shipping): $20
Donated by Peaceful Parenting
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Custom crochet baby dress and hair band
Size 0-3 months | RedHeart Yarn
Retail Value (with shipping): $40 for combo
Donated by Made For You By Anu
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Custom Bunny Lovie
Made with RedHeart Yarn
Retail Value (with shipping): $18
Donated by Made For You By Anu
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Custom crochet baby hats
Hat One: 2 sided blues / Hat Two: with bear ears
Size 0-3 months | RedHeart Yarn
Retail Value (with shipping): $20 for combo
Donated by Made For You By Anu
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Custom crochet 2 sided hat
Purple/green and pink/navy
Hat size 0-3 months | RedHeart Yarn
Retail Value (with shipping): $15
Donated by Made For You By Anu
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Custom crocheted baby blanket
RedHeart Yarn
Retail Value (with shipping): $25
Donated by Made For You By Anu
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Custom Crochet Baby Booties
 Newborn - 3mo | Deep Purple-Pink with Chocolate | Acrylic
Retail Value (with shipping): $18
Donated by Elvish Knittables
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Custom crochet GA Symbol Pixie Hat
Superwash Merino Wool | Toddler-Child Size | Purple/Pink/Gray/Green
Retail Value (with shipping): $35
Donated by Elvish Knittables
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GA Symbol T-shirt
Size Adult Large (narrow fit) | TeeSpring | Black 
Reads: Circumcision is a Human Rights Violation
Will ship with a variety of #i2 stickers and cards
Retail Value (with shipping): $25
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Saving Our Sons T-shirt
Size Adult Small or Large (winner chooses) | White 
Will ship with a variety of #i2 stickers and cards
Retail Value (with shipping): $20
Donated by Saving Our Sons
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Saving Our Sons T-shirt
Size Adult XL (roomy fit) | White 
Will ship with a variety of #i2 stickers and cards
Retail Value (with shipping): $20
Donated by Saving Our Sons
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I Want My Foreskin for Giftmas (New) Hardcover Book
Will ship with a variety of #i2 stickers and cards
Retail Value (with shipping): $20
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Doctors Re-examine Circumcision (New) Book
Will ship with a variety of #i2 stickers and cards
Retail Value (with shipping): Unknown
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Miranda's Tangerine GA Lip Balm - 2 count
Lime Flavor | All Natural
Made with extra virgin olive oil, organic virgin coconut oil,
organic beeswax, and organic essential oils.
Two lip balms per set will ship with a variety of #i2 stickers and cards
Retail Value (with shipping): $10
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(winner selects cap colors while quantities last)


3rd Rock Sunblock!
The best natural sunblock available today.
Made only with natural, organic, toxin-free, food-grade ingredients. Baby safe!
PETA and Leaping Bunny approved. Non-scented. Learn more about 3rd Rock.
Each container of 3rd Rock Sunblock will come with an advocacy bracelet of your choice.
Retail Value (with shipping): $25
Donated by Peaceful Parenting
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BabyComfy Nose
#1 tested nasal aspirator recommended by Dr. Sears and other gentle parenting pediatricians.
Learn more about the BabyComfy Nose.
BabyComfy Nose will arrive with a small variety of baby care materials.
Retail Value (with shipping): $16
Donated by Peaceful Parenting
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Bebámour Diaper bag with changing pad and 2 insulated bottle totes.
Multiple compartments, brand new with tags attached.
Will come with 2 Lansinoh mOmma 5-ounce bottles for breastfeeding/pumping moms (if winning bidder is able to use them). $15 value
Will come with 25 Lanolin individual packets if winning bidder is able to use them. $9 value
Retail Value (with shipping): $70
Donated by Peaceful Parenting
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