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One Man's Struggle Against Circumcision
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What's Wrong with the Talkway.Com Ad?

NOTE: Links with a right-facing blue arrow will take you off this site.

talkway85.jpg (18KB) In the spring of 1999, the image to the left (with a band-aid over the penis) began appearing on billboards, bus shelters, postcards, and in print media from New York to San Francisco.

It was part of a media campaign to introduce the public to a new internet discussion site called

What better way to involve the public than to capitalize on a current social controversy?

We encourage people to think more about this issue and to get involved in discussions like those on Blue_ArrowD096.gif (140 bytes)

Before you go, however, consider these points that might interest your discussion partners.

The ad introduces a topic: circumcision. A fictitious respondent replies that s/he has heard that it's totally unnecessary. Then another fictitious respondent offers the advice to do it anyway ("before he has any memory cells")!

The final comment is representative of the lack of critical thinking surrounding all childhood genital cutting customs. Imagine how clear this would be to us if the focus of the ad were on female circumcision (removal of the female foreskin, "clitoral hood"):
- I heard there's no medical basis, that it's totally unnecessary.
- My advice: do it before she has any memory cells.

The final comment isn't just silly, it's dangerous to children. It leaves the public with the incorrect impression that newborns have no memory cells.

The articles below summarize what scientists now know about infants, pain, memory, foreskin anatomy and functions, and the consequences to men of infant circumcision. We suggest that you read these articles and share what you've learned by discussing it with others. Help to correct the dangerous notion that it's OK to cause unnecessary pain and mutilation to infants just because adults think that children won't remember the event.

And beyond pain, there is the inevitable lifelong mutilation and functional changes that occur after circumcision.

Blue_ArrowD096.gif (140 bytes)The Birth of Pain

Blue_ArrowD096.gif (140 bytes)Babies Remember Pain

Genital Pain vs. Genital Pleasure:
  Why the One and not the Other?

Blue_ArrowD096.gif (140 bytes)Pain of Circumcision & Pain Control

Anatomy & Functions of the Male Foreskin

Not Just a "Snip" - but 15 Square Inches

Preliminary Poll of Men Circumcised in Infancy or Childhood

Part of Us is Missing: The Ritual Mutilation of Male Children

More Pages Related to Male & Female Circumcision

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