There are few things in my life that I am very passionate about. Breastfeeding, attatchment parenting and circumcision.
I was wandering around Mothering.commune today and finally came across the Penn and Teller Circ episode. I watched the half and hour program, I cried for the poor baby boys that were having parts of their bodies sliced off against their wills. I was checking out some other sites and some of the quotes on this one site http://www.sexuallymutilatedchild.org/ just cut me to the core.
In Memory of the Sexually Mutilated Child
In memory of all the children throughout history who have died at the hands of sexual mutilators; and in memory of those who almost died, those who wanted to die, and those who wished they had died; and in memory of those who never knew that a sexual mutilator killed a beautiful, wondrous, irreplaceable part of them.
"What happens to you here is forever." "Through lack of understanding they remained sane." George Orwell, 1984
"Mutilation ... implies the cutting off or removal
of a part essential to completeness, not only of a
person but also of a thing, and to his or its perfection,
beauty, entirety, or fulfillment of function."
Webster's Dictionary of Synonyms
Springfield, Massachusetts: G. & C. Merriam Company, 1968
"A piece of skin the size of a quarter
contains more than three million cells, 12
feet of nerves, 100 sweat glands, 50 nerve
endings, and almost three feet of blood vessels."
The Human Connection
Ashley Montagu and Floyd Matson
"Custom will reconcile people to any atrocity."
George Bernard Shaw
"There's something deranged about anyone who persists in
circumcising babies after being confronted with the facts."
"Carving, crushing, burning, and slicing a baby's penis,
reducing it to gore, getting his hands covered with penis
blood, and filling his ears with shrieks and screams of agony
and terror are the potent drug cocktail the serial circumciser
needs to make himself feel alive."
"I was never to see those beautiful,
mystic, Leboyer newborn-baby smiles again."
Rosemary Romberg, after the circumcision of her third son, eight days old
"Why didn't you tell me? Why didn't you talk me out of it? Why didn't someone stop me?" Mother and health care provider after watching a video about circumcision after her son had been circumcised
"It's absolutely horrible. I didn't know how horrific it
was going to be. It was the most gruesome thing I have
ever seen in my life. I told the doctor as soon as he was
done, if I had a gun I would have killed him."
Melissa Morrison, seven months after watching the circumcision of her baby son "The psychological impact of circumcision," by R. Goldman
"I'm sobbing. The baby's screaming. The doctor's cutting.
There's blood everywhere. And the doctor looked into my
face and said, 'There's no medical reason for doing this.'"
Marilyn Milos, RN, Executive Director, NOCIRC
"Circumcision meets the legal definition of sexual assault and child abuse."
Violating the Golden Rule -- George C. Denniston, MD
"I clearly violated, all in one instant, the Golden Rule (I certainly would not have wanted that done to me); the major tenet of medical practice, First, Do No Harm; and all seven
Principles of the American Medical Association's Code of Ethics."
Foreword to Circumcision Exposed -- Paul M. Fleiss, MD
"I now know that every baby I circumcised cried and that I never responded to their pain ... I then decided I was on their side; my job was to protect babies, not harm them."
Excuse me now... I have to go snuggle my very perfect, very whole little baby boy. And cry for the millions and millions of boys that have had this horrid atrocity done to them. *tears*