CIN (Circumcision Information Network) 1:16

Journal  Circumcision Information Network, Volume 1, Issue 16. Thursday, 20 October 1994.

Richard Angell

This weekly bulletin is a project of CIN, the Circumcision Information Network (formerly CIN CompuBulletin). The purpose of this weekly bulletin is to educate the public about and to protect children and other non-consenting persons from genital mutilation. Readers are encouraged to copy and redistribute it, and to contribute written material.
--Rich Angell, Editor.

The September issue of Men's Fitness featured several pages of an interview
with Dr. Dean Edell under Physician's Forum.  Dr. Edell was asked, "Is it
true that uncircumcised men are more prone to sexually transmitted disease
than circumcised men?"  Answer:

"The classic [medical] literature has said 'yes.'  But in the past,
uncircumcised men were often of a lower social class and had different sexual
and hygiene habits.  The newer literature is based on adult men who weren't
circumcised 20 or 30 years ago, so you're still talking about a different
period in history.  It's very difficult to assess.  But I've never seen
anything dirtier than a vagina, and no one's suggested removing them.
Sexually transmitted diseases come, obviously, from having unprotected sex."

A new human rights document has been released by Ecumenics International.
The International Human Rights Challenge of Genital Mutilation & the United
Nations is a 60-page blueprint for a global mission on abolishing all
practices of genital mutilation, female and male.  This impressive document
is available for US$29.95 plus S&H: Domestic $3.50, Int'l $5.00.  Prepaid
orders only.  Exclusively from EI Press.  Make cheques payable in U.S. funds
to Ecumenics International, POB 144, Sloatsburg, NY 10974-0144.  Tel/Fax
(914) 736-6307

Mary Fleming, NOCIRC of New York, is looking for an artist who will provide
his or her services for an affordable fee.  The project is a painting or
drawing of a putto (naked baby cherub with wings) which can be applied to
greeting cards and posters and used to give a positive, beautiful image of
the natural, intact body.  Contact Mary Fleming at 6485 Pittsford Palmyra
Rd., Fairport, NY 14450, (716) 223-4976.

Hustler magazine, September 1994, has an ad on page 147 for a vibrator wih a
"'foreskin' [that] rolls back like an uncircumcised penis" and an ad on page
159 for a vibrator "with somethnig you can experience the feeling
of natural, moving foreskin."  [Batteries not included.]
Playgirl, October 1994, has an ad on page 98 for a vibrator with a "soft
ebony 'foreskin' [that] rolls back like an uncircumcised penis."  It appears
as though the value of the foreskin is catching on.

The above information and much more are included in John Erickson's "Deeper
into Circumcision: An Invitation to Awareness...and Guide to Resources for
Researchers, Parents, Restorers, Activists, and the Merely Curious."  This is
"the most comprehensive resource guide available today," according to Marilyn
Milos, Founder/Director of NOCIRC.   For a copy, send $25 ppd (outside USA
add $5) to John A. Erickson, Dept. 18GA, 1664 Beach Blvd. #216, Biloxi, MS

Following is a message, slightly edited for brevity and clarity, from a
nurse, whose identifying information has been witheld for reasons of
confidentiality and to protect this nurse against retribution by the OBS or
the hospital.  

"I have been a neonatal nurse for 9 years.  Our obstetricians do our
circumcisions.  Only one will 'speak out' against them as unnecessary.
While the others may agree, little attention is paid to informing and
educating parents about this procedure.  While the vast majority of our
circs go 'well,' if one can call it that, there are those exceptions that
are so heartbreaking.  Unfortunately in my area, it is usually the same
OB's who end up with the 'butchered' results!  These are the babies whom I
am SO very concerned!  Colleagues should NOT allow that to continue!  They
treat it like a mere "BOO-BOO"!  It is not THEIR penises that have been
slashed and mutilated!  We have called attention to it more than once in a
professional manner. What is the big deal about an OB just saying he/she
needs to learn another (simpler) method or just refusing to do it
altogether?  An ego is a small price to pay for an infant's innocent
'surgical procedure' gone bad!  The Boys' Club needs to rethink their
priorities!  Ironically, one of these 'boys' is a female that just can't
seem to take constructive criticism from anyone. 

"Colleagues should step in for the sake of the infants!  I don't think a
review board is the answer because the infants go home so quickly now and
there is just no consistent follow-up.  Thanks for letting me ventilate as
well as share with you from this area of the wonderful world of

NOCIRC of Washington Presents an evening of Education and Support for the
Nurses of St. Vincent.  Come hear why these women feel strongly enough about
circumcision to put their jobs on the line.   The Northwest Premier:  The
Nurses of St Vincent Saying No To Circumcision.

A powerful documentary film showing why these women have challenged the
prevailing logic and medical ethics of infant circumcision. We invite you to
attend this important evening of information and sharing as we support these
courageous nurses in their action on behalf of male infants. 

Thursday, 10 November 1994, 19:00 at the Mountaineers Building, Skagit Room,
300 Third Avenue West, Seattle,WA. 98119.  $10 Donation proceeds go directly
to the nurses.  Contact NOCIRC of Washington for reservations, (206)

Special guest speakers:  Marilyn Milos, National Director and founder of
NOCIRC; Six Nurses:  Betty Sperlich, Mary Conant, Carol Alley, Mary Rose
Booker, Sara McMurray and Jessie Wind; Steve Scott, NOCIRC of Utah. 

A reader recently sent an E-mail message to CIN.  His three-year-old intact
son had a condition with his foreskin which was harmless, but a source of
concern.  His urologist, typically American, strongly recommended
circumcision in order to prevent future potential problems.  CIN recommended
that the reader find another doctor, and put him in touch with several
information resources in his area and with a doctor who knows better.  If you
have any questions or problems, don't hesitate to contact us.  We'll either
have an answer or guide you to one.

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