SHARK WEEK!

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: http://oceana.org/en/our-work/protect-marine-wildlife/sharks/learn-act/shark-attack-statistics

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: DrMomma.org/2010/05/death-from-circumcision.html

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 
he 
who bears the scars
is too ashamed to 
face the awful truth
look,
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

Bearing Silent Witness in Boston: Male Genital Mutilation

Speak Truth

Circumcised? Get over it!

Men Speak



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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



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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.

MY BABY, MY CHOICE!!

PARENT'S CHOICE, PARENT'S RIGHTS!!

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


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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

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