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:

Intact vs. Circumcised: A Significant Difference in the Adult Penis: 

Why did circumcision start as we now know it in the U.S.? Hear from some original doctors on the matter:

Faith Considerations on Circumcision (resources by/for Jews, Christians, and Muslims):

Peer reviewed research (studies published in medical journals):

Are there medical benefits to circumcision? Read national medical statements from around the world:

Physicians' thoughts within the medical field today:

Well researched books written on the subject:

Dr. Ryan McAllister's Georgetown University video lecture, Elephant in the Hospital (also included on DVD in the info pack below):

Dr. Christopher Guest's video, Circumcision: The Whole Story:

Whose Body, Whose Rights? Award-winning circumcision documentary:

The Real Reason You're Circumcised from College Humor:

Penn & Teller: Bullsh*t Circumcision Episode:

Intact Care:
Circumcision Care:

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


Plastibell: [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):

Facebook conversations by men:

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:

8 articles published at Psychology Today:

For those with older sons who were circumcised: 
Public Page: 
Discussion Group:
Related items from others with circumcised sons: 

What does this have to do with WOMEN?
Book by same title:

How Male Circumcision Impacts Your Love Life:

Women's Health and Male Circumcision Resource List:

HIV/AIDS and the African Trials: and the HIV resource page:

50 Reasons to Leave it Alone: 

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:

Informational items (cards, stickers, bracelets, etc.): or at Etsy:

Please feel free to email 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.

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The Penis: Sex Education 101 with Marilyn Milos


Routine Infant Circumcision: Dr. Szasz Responds

"[T]he practice of routine neonatal circumcision rests on the absurd premise that the only mammal in creation born in a condition requiring immediate surgical correction is the human male. If the penile foreskin is not merely nonfunctional, but a biological disadvantage so severe as to justify its immediate surgical ablation, then surely, it would have atrophied by now." -Thomas Szasz, M.D. (born into a Jewish family) as presented in a lecture 1996.

Szasz, T.S. “Routine neonatal circumcision: Symbol of the birth of the therapeutic state," Journal of Medicine and Philosophy, Vol. 21, April 1996, pp. 137-48.

Just as a newborn monkey responds to sensation, so also does a newborn baby.

"There is not one single medical reason to circumcise a baby." -Dr. Christiane Northrup

Hear more from physicians in the fields of medicine, pediatrics, and health:



Welcome to Shark Week - #i2 Style!

Did you know...

Sharks range in size from the tiny Dwarf Lanternshark to the largest fish in the ocean - the Whale Shark! The human foreskin ranges in size too - and each is normal, natural, and benefits its owner for a lifetime. Find more fantastic functions of the foreskin here.

Shark Week graphic by Intact Rhode Island

Sharks or unnecessary infant genital cutting: Do you know which of these is responsible for more deaths? Each year, one claims the lives of 4.2 people worldwide, while the other claims the lives of 117+ babies in the United States alone. One is a tragic accident; the other is completely avoidable.

Shark Attacks vs. Routine Infant Circumcision

Shark Attacks: "Over the past five years (2006-2010), an average of 4.2 fatal shark attacks have taken place each year world-wide. Between 2006 and 2010, a total of 179 shark attacks occurred in the U.S., resulting in three fatalities."  Source:

Routine Infant Circumcision: "U.S. statistical analysis studies conducted on death from circumcision are drastically under-reported because hospitals are not required to log death due to genital cutting surgery. Genital amputation (circumcision) that causes heart attack, hemorrhage, coma, seizure, stroke, or infection may be coded inappropriately as 'SIDS' or 'heart failure' or 'seizure,' for example, but not specifically due to the bodily trauma experienced as a result of circumcision. Still, these studies have found approximately 230 baby boys die each year in the U.S. as a result of circumcision surgery. (1) Another study published last week found at least 117 boys die annually from circumcision surgery as it is reported by hospitals. (2) We're not alone in our estimation that there are likely at least twice as many deaths due to circumcision, because of our non-structured and easy-to-cover-up means of infant mortality reporting. But if we are only looking at research-based documentation, we find an average 174 boys die each year with the documented cause being circumcision surgery." Source:

Remember, a baby only needs to lose 1 ounce of blood to hemorrhage, and just 2.3 ounces to die as a result of this blood loss. It can, and does, occur at a frighteningly quick pace.

Shark Week graphic by Intact Washington

Shark Week graphic by Intact Michigan

Did you know... sharks have protective coverings that deploy instantly when attacking prey to protect their eyes. Humans also have a protective covering - the foreskin! This organ is present on all mammals on earth at birth, and on humans has over 16 functions, including protection from bacteria, dryness, and callusing.

Shark Week graphic by Intact Washington

The whale shark has 300 rows of teeth, but they are of very little use to this filter feeding shark. The foreskin, on the other hand, has 16+ amazing functions, and is one of a kind!



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i will not assume

By Michael Dulin © 2017

i will not assume

what man can assume he is intact 
when his existence 
is marred 
by a cruelty so profound 
that even he 
who bears the scars
is too ashamed to 
face the awful truth
look at what they did to me

-Michael Dulin 

Every day more and more men realize that what was done to their bodies was, in fact, Genital Mutilation. Remember, denial ain't just a river in Africa. I understand the need for denial; it's a natural mechanism that protects us for the harshness of reality, but who are we really protecting?

It's easy for people to make excuses when we use a Latin word for what they did to our bodies. The time for excuses is over. Men, it isn't easy to admit the bitter truth to ourselves, but for those of us that do, the freedom we experience is well worth the pain of discovery.

Awareness raising on topics of genital autonomy in Washington D.C. 

Also by Dulin:

Stop using the Latin word for Genital Mutilation

Genital Mutilation Doesn't Only Happen to Women

Speak Truth

Circumcised? Get over it!

Men Speak


Genital Mutilation Doesn't Only Happen to Women

By Michael Dulin

This is how William and I spent the day in Washington D.C. yesterday. The public's reaction was consistent with what I experienced in Detroit with my friend, Glen - ZERO resistance to our message.

Our signs and T-shirts only state a fact, and because we aren't using the "C" word, our message doesn't challenge anyone's beliefs in religion or medicine. No one made any excuses. The quotes by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. helped us in reminding people that equal justice and human rights are everyone's business.

At one point we had to duck into the National Gallery to get out of the rain. In the museum, we had to check our banners and signs, but because of our t-shirts, people approached us with words of support and encouragement. A security guard even put his job on the line to speak with us about our shirts and what they represent.

Education does not have to be painful.

Genital Mutilation isn't only done to females. William and I know because it was DONE to US.

Yesterday, William and I let other men know they are not alone.

Also by Dulin:

Stop using the Latin word for Genital Mutilation

i will not assume

Speak Truth

Circumcised? Get over it!

Men Speak


Coming Out Twice

By Brian Brown © 2017

I grew up in a small farming town in Connecticut, in a graduating class of less than 100.

I was called every name you might expect, bullied my whole way through. I had more than one tire of my car slashed on several occasions, but I always envisioned bringing a boy to the prom, despite the mishomonistic undertones that I was met with on a daily basis.

In 1997, I stood on our town green, hand in hand with my date, terrified for what people would think/do to us. Maybe I was simply blind to people's thoughts that particular day, but no one seemed to care.

In the 20 years since, I've experienced life as a cut man with both circumcised and intact partners. My first real boyfriend was whole, and it opened up a lot of questions about my own body. Despite my former confidence, it took me a long time to ask some questions.

A friend of mine has said that some men often have to come out twice -- the first as being gay, and the second as being against circumcision. I can vouch that the second is definitely the most difficult.

Finding Saving Our Sons took my life in a new direction, as a circumcised man, and as a gay man. I've helped bring a pro-intact voice to many places across New England, but the one I will never forget is New Haven Pride 2016. The organizers asked me, "Where have you been? We've been wating for an intactivist voice for so long!"

Today, I can unequivocally state that we have more gay men advocating across this part of the country than has ever been the case in the past. We are a growing voice, and I encourage anyone reading to be a part of it!

Here is more of my story: Finding My Voice: No Questions Left Unanswered. And I invite you to follow the chapters I direct regularly – Intact Connecticut and Intact Pride.

To those reading and wondering if you fit here, I promise you that I appreciate your voice, and yes, you are in the right place. 💖

Also by Brown: 

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Stop using the Latin word for Genital Mutilation

By Michael Dulin

Michael Dulin writes with his artistic rendition of this message:

When I stopped using the Latin word for what adults do to the bodies of children, and started calling it Genital Mutilation people stopped making excuses. Don't give people the chance to make excuses for this anymore. This is Genital Mutilation!

Dulin continues:

Genital Mutilation is what a man is forced to live with for his entire life. Genital Mutilation is what I call it because it is my experience. Like the female victims of Genital Mutilation, men are expected to let it go and to not think about it. Men daily have a visible and ever present reminder of what an adult did to their infant bodies.

Most men consider their mutilated condition normal, and they make excuses that reinforce it as "normal." When a man has the audacity to complain, he’s a cry baby; he should get over it, let it go.

How can we, the victims of Genital Mutilation, ever "let it go?" Would you ask the victim of a pedophile to "let it go," or a woman who was raped to "let it go." Can anyone whose human rights are violated, "let it go?" By not calling what they did to us - what it is - Genital Mutilation - we allow people to continue to make excuses for doing it to children.

I refuse to let the mutilator's word serve as a pretext. That word normalizes the atrocity. It sanctifies the crime, and it makes the mutilator a hero instead of a perpetrator because these adults are seen as doing it FOR the child, not TO the child.

How can any one of the victims, ever, "let it go," especially knowing that there is an adult, at this very moment, Genitally Mutilating a child?

I am a man, and Genital Mutilation was DONE TO ME. By not using their word I’m telling my culture that I refuse to accept what they did me, what they did to millions of us.

I refuse to allow them to continue to make excuses for Child Genital Mutilation.

My Baby, My Choice: Why I pierced my baby's dimple

By Enedina Vance © 2017

So I got our baby girl's dimple pierced!! 😲😍💗

It looks so cute, right?!

I just know she's gonna love it!!

She'll thank me when she's older! lol

If she decides she doesn't like it, she can just take it out -- no big deal. 😂

I'm the parent, she is MY CHILD, and I will do whatever I want!!

I make all of her decisions until she's 18.

I made her, I own her!!

I don't need anyone's permission. 

I think it's better, cuter, and I prefer her to have her dimple pierced.

It is NOT abuse!! If it was, it would be illegal, but it's not.

People pierce their babies everyday, this is no different.



Don't judge my parenting; we all raise our kids differently, and it's none of your business anyway!!


End Note: The above is a spoof ("a mocking imitation of someone or something, usually light and good-humored; lampoon or parody"). The author intends this as a satire of 'parental rights' and routine infant circumcision (male genital mutilation).

Related Reading:

• Routine infant toe removal has health benefits

• We're piercing my baby's tongue. Here's why.

• African study finds male circumcision lowers ebola risk

• Should I circumcise my baby? A decision making resource list

CNN Newsbrief on Vance's cheek piercing spoof

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To witness infant genital cutting: to witness sexual assault

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"It is virtually impossible to witness infant genital cutting and not recognize this act as a form of sexual assault." -Danelle Frisbie

The two most common forms of unnecessary infant genital cutting currently in practice in the United States include male circumcision by Gomco Clamp and male circumcision by Plastibell. If you've not previously witnessed how these surgeries take place, often without anesthesia, we invite you to research further, beginning with linked resources and videos below. 

Related Reading: 

The Plastibell Lie

The Perils of Plastibell Circumcision: A Mythical "No Cutting, No Risk" Method

Baby Dies Post Plastibell

Massive Infection Takes Over Body After Plastibell Circumcision

The biggest lie told to parents (a registered nurse speaks)

If this stained circumstraint could talk...

Intact vs. Circumcised Outcome Statistics 

Death From Circumcision

Should I Circumcise? The pros and cons of infant circumcision:


Finding My Voice: No Questions Left Unanswered

By Brian Brown © 2017

Shortly after I graduated high school, I met my first love. He came from a strict family. My family was different - my parents were newly divorced, and I found my rebellion by piercing various parts of my face and bleaching my hair blond. We were literally from different sides of the world - but together we seemed to work.

One difference that I was unprepared for was the most private part of our bodies. He had something that I did not. In my youthful naivety, I sincerely believed that this was merely because he was a different race. I legitimately assumed that this 'extra' thing that he had was just something that Asians had and White Americans did not. During this time, I passed health class in high school but was still none the wiser, because this was never addressed.

Alex went off to college and we eventually parted ways. It was years later that I learned the truth about his body; and it was an ugly truth about my own.

We were not different at all - I had this part also at one point, but it had been taken away from me.

I knew without question that his body was normal - not mine.

I briefly found solace in pretending I was normal. I used to hang out in internet chat rooms and pretend that I was intact. To lie to these strangers whom I would never meet absolved me of ever dealing with my own reality.

It was years later that my next door neighbor was having a baby boy. She and I were very close at the time and she reached out for advice. She was the first person that I ever shared my story with -- in its entirety -- with very personal, intimate details. Her response, after I confided everything to her, is one that I will never forget: "We are doing it, no questions asked." It was that point that I realized my own personal experiences would never truly matter until her husband was willing to deal with his own issues.

I needed the courage to continue to speak up, to press on, to educate, to make real change. This is something I am so thankful to have found in Intact Rhode Island. They empowered me in this way so that there are no longer any "No questions asked..." statements. I am providing the answers to these questions -- whether they are asked or not.

I am Intact Connecticut and despite widely spread efforts to hide the truth, I am not afraid of misconceptions about the male body anymore.

Also by Brown: 


Men Speak

The following items are by and for men on the topic of genital cutting and restoration.

SOS Men Speak album on Facebook: https\://

My Story of Ritual Abuse:

Foreskin is Better: From a Man Who Has Experienced Both:

Men Ask 'Why was I circumcised?':

Mum, why was I circumcised? (video documentary)

Circumcision: Our Bodies, Our Choices:

The Circumcision Secret:

Stop Using the Latin Word for Genital Mutilation:

This is who I am:

To the Happily Circumcised American Man:

Men Do Complain (site):

The Lost List (What is lost to circumcision for adult men):

Global Survey of Circumcision Harm:

Real Men Protect Babies - Fathers Breaking the Cycle photo album: https\://

Circumcision Class Action Lawsuit: http\://

Circumcised - Sues and Wins (video clip): http\://

Vulnerability of Men: http\://
If link does not work, email or pdf at The Vulnerability of Men by Vincent Bach - Colorado NOCIRC

Birth of an Activist: Reflections from David Wilson of Stop Infant Circumcision

Realization of Circumcision

I don't want to be an intactivist...

Removing Pleasure: Male Genital Mutilation

Circumcision: Will you make the cut?

Intact vs. Circumcised: A Significant Difference [Photos by men for this article; composed by female scholar in the field of human sexuality]:

★ Penn Jillette of Penn & Teller on Circumcision and 'Matching Penises'

★ Dr. Ryan McAllister's Georgetown lecture "Elephant in the Hospital":

★ Dr. Christopher Guest's video "Circumcision: The Whole Story" http\://

★ The Real Reason You're Circumcised from College Humor:

Foreskin Restoration Resources:

Beginner's Guide to Restoring Foreskin:

"I still PROFOUNDLY resent that my human right to a whole body, to choose how I express my religion, and to choose how I experience sex for the rest of my life, was ripped away with the flesh of my genitals, when I was helpless to do anything in protest but scream! Stop Routine Infant Circumcision!" -Garrett Wolfe

"The only voice I had during my circumcision was my screams of pain." -Travis Wisdom

Mario Lopez - an intact celebrity who is always speaking up!

"I endured [circumcision] when I was a little over 3 years of age. It is brutal, painful and barbaric. Please don't do this to your sons." -Andy

"[My mom] expressed sadness while recalling how she saw me being tortured and cut against my will..." -Chad

Nickolas K. - Circumcised at 18:

Eddy's powerful montage with the phrases "I didn't consent" and "Intact Genitals are a Human Right."

"That first betrayal hurt the most... I'd rather be intact." -Garrett Wolfe, who says he does not wish to be an 'intactivist' and explains further:

Genitals should not have unnecessary scars.

"Last night I flipped through the Dec '12 issue of Playgirl, wondering where all the intact men were, and came across an article with the title '25 Must-Try Sex Moves.' The very first point reads: 'Honor The Foreskin: If your man is lucky enough to still have one, he's got a pleasure center at the tip of his penis that circumcised guys can only imagine. Take full advantage of it. He'll be glad you did.' I thought it was really awesome to see the truth being shared! Every little bit helps!" -M.

"When I see a circumcision video, I see myself being strapped down to a cold board. When I hear a baby shrieking in pain, I imagine that I must have shrieked the same way while someone's hands ran a blade across my genitals. And each time, I am reminded that this was an intentional wound. A wound that was discussed, planned, bought and sold. And yet I am forced to face the reality that there will never be justice for victims such as I." -Jonathon Conte, during the one and only time he 'suited up' in bloodstain to bring an idea to the U.S. that was carried out in artistic performance in Berlin.  Photo by Cynthia, Intact Louisiana.

Go Intact - and don't look back! via the men at

"This is me and my husband with Penn Jillette (of Penn and Teller). We went to his Las Vegas show this week and brought a sign with his quote 'Put down the knife, step away from the baby and do no harm!' for him to autograph. He loved it! Told me it was beautiful and then wanted to hold it for the photo." -Melynda Petersen

Hear more from Penn on the subject of circumcision:

Imagine this exam was answered in such a way by a woman who was a survivor of genital cutting... it is unlikely she would be deemed 'paranoid' and 'delusional' for seeing circumcision as trauma inflicted upon her body. Why are men denied the same processing of what was done to them? Make no doubt, it is another form of sexism - one we often do not recognize as a society when we deny men the ability to express and work through what was done to them, and their varied responses to such assault.

"Another year has passed and still my foreskin hasn't tried to kill me." -Jeremy K.

One gentleman wrote today to ask that his reflections and experiences be shared anonymously. The belittling of men's experiences of sexual assault and the aftermath of such things is never okay on any level. Just as we would afford a woman who lived through circumcision and its impact on her body/life a voice to express herself in whatever fashion suited her, so also are men deserving of the same. "The Lost List"

Author and journalist, Bill Coles, writes, "Of all the ludicrous pieces of claptrap that I have heard spouted about Prince George, there is nothing quite so bonkers - so utterly fantastical - as this idea that the boy is going to be circumcised. Where has this nutso idea come from? I know exactly where: the United States.

Over in the US, it is quite common for wee boys to be circumcised, whatever their religion. Well good for them. But because circumcision is rife in the US, some doltish royal commentators have got it into their heads that it's happening all over the world. I can just imagine the newsroom conversation: "Hey! American boys get circumcised - so when's this Prince Georgie going to be done? Who's gonna do it? What will happen to the royal foreskin? Find out - now! The public has a right to know!"

Ahemmm! Do I need to spell it out? Circumcision is a rarity in the UK - and is generally only done for religious or medical reasons. To think that Prince William and Kate are even considering having their boy circumcised is just crackers. [...] You might as well speculate that Wills is going to have George's name tattooed onto his bicep..."

"I still remember my circumcision agony. I was 5 years old, four adults held me down while another sliced my foreskin, I was still awake and the pain was unbearable. I still cry when I think about it sometimes. What angered me even more was learning that circumcision was not going to give me any real benefits, and that the procedure could have killed me. I will never forgive my parents for putting me through that. I'm very happy to see that there are people who are speaking out against this atrocity. No child should have to suffer what I suffered. That was in Pakistan, I live in New Zealand now where male circumcision is less than 7% and nearly all doctors here refuse to do it. I will certainly not be circumcising any of my children. Long live intactness." -Mohammed

More men are speaking up each and every day to abolish the outlandish myths that surround the intact male body in North American culture. It is no surprise that the vast majority of those who have retained their full genitals for a lifetime have *never* experienced the 'problems' that fairytales of a cutting culture invent. Functions of the Foreskin:

One truth about today's men who were circumcised as infants is this: they did not consent to having a part of their genitals permanently removed from their body. Here, Eddy reminds us of this fact in photographic representation. Please allow your son to grow into a man who maintains full agency over his body and his genitals.

"I only date circumcised women. It just looks better." Supporting male genital mutilation is sexist. T-shirt from Made By Momma's intact advocacy collection.

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