The first intensive exploration of the unrecognized psychological and social aspects of this increasingly controversial American cultural practice. Endorsed by dozens of professionals in psychology, psychiatry, child development, pediatrics, obstetrics, childbirth education, sociology and anthropology.
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"What's done to children, they will do to society."
"Parents do not know what they are choosing, and physicians do not feel what they are doing."
"In response to circumcision, the baby cries a helpless, panicky, breathless, high-pitched cry!...[or] lapses into a semi-coma. Both of these states...are abnormal states in the newborn."
"Doctors who circumcise are the most resistant to change. They will not admit that they made a critical mistake by amputating an important part of the penis."
"In this case, the old dictum 'If it ain't broke, don't fix it' seems to make good sense."
"A whole life can be shaped by an old trauma, remembered or not."
"If we are to have real peace, we must begin with the children."
"We are interconnected. When a baby boy's sexuality is not safe, no one's sexuality is safe."
Circumcision: Something Worth Talking About
Circumcision involves the welfare of children, ethics, health, parenting, and other issues that are of public concern. It touches on so many aspects of life—physical, sexual, psychological, social, religious, and historical, to name just a few—many find learning about the practice both engaging and challenging. Examining the practice of circumcision is a surprisingly rewarding path to learning more about ourselves.
The lessons of circumcision can teach us about social behavior, male-female relationships, American society, the limits of science, the world of the infant, and mother-child relationships.
A program on circumcision has wide appeal because it is not just about circumcision. More generally, it is about trusting our instincts, questioning some of our cultural values, and reflecting on who we are and who we can be as individuals and as a society.
If you are interested in a presentation that is different, stimulating, and valuable, contact the Circumcision Resource Center.
Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, MA
Seventh International Symposium on Human Rights and Modern Society, Washington, DC
Harvard School of Public Health, Boston
Boston University, Boston
Humanist Association of Massachusetts, Cambridge, MA
Birmingham Temple, Detroit
Brown University Judaic Studies, Providence, RI
Men’s Studies Association, Brown University, Providence, RI
Mensa Annual Gathering, Boston
Tikkun Conference on Jewish Renewal, New York
Third International Symposium on Circumcision, Washington, DC
Boston Association of Childbirth Educators, Waltham, MA
Interface Holistic Health Center, Cambridge, MA
Mainely Men Conference, Portland, ME
Massachusetts Men’s Gathering, Worcester, MA
National (Jewish) Havorat Committee New England Retreat, Boston, MA
Circumcision Resource Center,
P.O. Box 232, Boston, MA 02133
Upon request you will be sent more information.