A new, power-packed little sticker has hit the press, and this time it is specifically for use on trash and recycling bins! The unique idea surfaced when Liz Biggs took a walk around the city with her husband, hand full of stickers, looking for appropriate places to plant them (matching each sticker's theme with its location). Noticing the large trash bins she immediately said, "I'd like a sticker that reads, 'Foreskin is not garbage!'" Her husband loved the idea, and they started to put the pieces together for its creation as soon as they arrived home.
It is a fitting message, indeed. Too often people assume that the prepuce [foreskin] is 'just a piece of skin' - something that could be discarded without notice and never missed. Certainly the majority of parents who opt for infant circumcision are unaware of just how valuable and necessary this organ is for normal development through childhood, and sexual functioning during adulthood. The foreskin is NOT garbage; in fact, it is very valuable!
In a morbid twist, those who amputate the prepuce from newborn babies know this to be true. While some may toss the severed organ into the hospital disposal, many other institutions sell infant foreskin for use in research, generation of new skin for burn victims, or powerful anti-aging lotions and cremes used in high end cosmetics, such as SkinMedica. The foreskin is also a valuable commodity online - with markets in which it can be purchased by anyone with the cash to do so.
The stealing of foreskin from its owner (most often from a newborn baby who cannot yet speak for himself beyond his screams of agony) is one reason Liz' husband, Ron, became involved in the genital autonomy movement. He had his foreskin stolen at birth.
"I have always been unhappy that my genitals were cut at birth," Ron says. "As a child, I would hide under the stairs and look at my scar and cry. It would peel, and my skin bridge would bleed. After finding the movement online it brought back all those feelings again. I was depressed over it for a while, and knew I had to speak out."
Ron and Liz became involved in seed-planting across their area, raising awareness and leading people back to intact information so that babies all across their city are spared the same struggles and loss that Ron survived. They use stampers, stickers, cards, signs and other forms of awareness raising, and reach hundreds each month in the process. Ron continues, "This has been theraputic for me as I know my direct actions will save others from this pain."
Ron and Liz initially produced 6,000 stickers that are making their way to advocates across the U.S. and Canada. As the "NOT GARBAGE" stickers are dispersed, Ron says, "We would love to see these stickers on every garbage can and dumpster in North America. It is a tall order, but if we all work together our message will be out in plain sight for all to see." You can help make this a reality, and order a set of your own here: SavingSons.org/2016/02/intact-info-stickers.html
If even ONE baby is spared the same pain, bleeding, emotional and physical scars that Ron and millions of other men have had to endure, these efforts will be worth it. We know that through outreach efforts such as this, the realities are that thousands will come to find the information they need before their baby is born, and as a result, not one, but countless, will grow up with intact genitals and respected autonomy.
Ron concludes, "We can do this. We can stop infant circumcision! We have already woke up so many people. My advice to new advocates is to learn as much about circumcision [and the foreskin] as you can. Know your facts and speak out. The circumcision game likes to hide in the shadows. It is time to shine the light right on it."
Got Foreskin? graphic originally by Intact Quad Cities
Volunteer with your local chapter: SavingSons.org/p/local-chapters.html
Foreskin and its 16+ Functions: SavingSons.org/2015/09/foreskin-and-its-16-functions-not-just.html
Circumcision: The Elephant in the Hospital (Georgetown University Lecture): http://www.library.georgetown.edu/gelardin/showcase/entries/circumcision-elephant-hospital
Foreskin Sale! http://www.atcc.org/ATCCAdvancedCatalogSearch/ProductDetails/tabid/452/Default.aspx?ATCCNum=PCS-110-010&Template=primaryCells
German Factory Uses Foreskin to Grow Human Skin: DrMomma.org/2011/12/german-factory-uses-infant-foreskin-to.html
Foreskin Facecream: http://thetyee.ca/Views/2007/01/30/Foreskin/
Stealing Foreskin: The Science of Skin Grafting: DrMomma.org/2009/12/stealing-foreskins-science-of-skin.html
The Foreskin in Oprah's Facecream: DrMomma.org/2009/10/foreskins-in-oprahs-facecream.html
Are YOU Paying for Infant Circumcision? DrMomma.org/2010/12/are-you-paying-for-infant-circumcision.html