An Open Letter to the Author of ‘How Circumcision Broke the Internet’

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About Brian D. Earp

Brian D. Earp is a researcher in psychology, philosophy, and ethics at
the University of Oxford. He is also a professional actor and singer.
For more, visit: http://oxford.academia.edu/BrianEarp/About

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  1. The US the RIC capital of the western world, of all places that doesn’t understand body integrity. Still trying to figure out in 2014, ‘who owns your penis’ and men having to justify their right to an entire body. We were born with an entire penis, because that is the way it was supposed to be. My own real physcial problems with circumcision have made me an intactivist by default.

    • As a man who was genitally cut in an era when it was still fairly common in the UK, I am not offended to be told that I have a defective penis, I knew that already. It is the reason that I work towards the time when ALL children, regardless of gender, are legally protected against genital cutting. I was disgusted when in 1984, I was asked if I wanted my newborn son genitally cut. I retorted that if he wanted a damaged penis, he could wait until he was 18, I’d pay for it if needed, safe in the prediction that my money was safe. That very few men if left intact as children would ever want, or need, to have his foreskin cut off tells you all you need to know. Genital cutting has always been done to damage the penis and spoil sexual pleasure, And sooner or later it does. See what Dr J H Kellogg and Rabbi Maimonides wrote about it. After puberty, when I first learned from another boy what had been done to me, through married life when intercourse gradually became less satisfying, to the point where I cannot orgasm. That is why look forward to the time when genital cutting in conveyed to the garbage can of history where it belongs.

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