Sexual Mutilations: A Human Tragedy

Proceedings of the Fourth International Symposium on Sexual Mutilations

August 9-11, 1996, Lausanne, Switzerland

Edited by George C. Denniston, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington, and Marilyn Fayre Milos, National Organization of Circumcision Information Resource Centers, San Anselmo, California

Plenum Publishing Corporation, 1997
ISBN 0-306-45589-7

237 pages.
$79.50 plus $3 S/H ($7 outside U.S.) from NOCIRC, POB 2512, San Anselmo, CA 94979-2512


Voices in Support of The Ashley Montagu Resolution to End the Genital Mutilations of Children Worldwide: A Petition to the World Court, the Hague

I. The Geography of Male and Female Genital Mutilations - J. DeMeo

II. A Short History of the Institutionalization of Involuntary Sexual Mutilations in the United States - F. Hodges

III. Jehovah, His Cousin Allah, and Sexual Mutilations - S. A. Aldeeb Abu-Sahlieh

IV. The Skoptzy: The Russian Sect of the Castrated - D. Diers and X. Valla

V. Functional and Erotic Consequences of Sexual Mutilations - G. Zwang

VI. The Human Prepuce - M. M. Lander

VII. NORM UK and the Medical Case Against Circumcision: A British Prospective - J. P. Warren

VIII. Circumcision: An Iatrogenic Epidemic - G. C. Denniston

IX. Why Does Neonatal Circumcision Persist in the United States? - R. S. Van Howe

X. Learned Helplessness: A Concept of the Future - M. Odent

XI. Long-Term Consequences of Neonatal Circumcision: A Preliminary Poll of Circumcised Males - T. Hammond

XII. Similarities in Attitudes and Misconceptions about Male and Female Sexual Mutilations - H. Lightfoot-Klein

XIII. Female Genital Mutilation - B. Ras-Work

XIV. Epidemiological Surveys on Female Genital Mutilation in Italy - P. Grassivaro Gallo, F. Viviani, M. Livio, R. Corsaro, F. De Cordova, G. Fortunato, S. Beccacini, and S. Salad Hassan

XV. Female Genital Mutilation in Germany: An Update from (I)NTACT - C. Muller

XVI. Redefining the Sacred - M. Pollack

XVII. Challenging Circumcision: A Jewish Perspective - J. Goodman

XVIII. The Wound Reveals the Cure: A Utah Model for Ending the Cycle of Sexual Mutilation - J. Parvati Baker

XIX. Nurses for the Rights of the Child: An Update - M. Conant and B. Katz Sperlich

XX. NOCIRC of Australia - G. Williams

XXI. Circumcision: Are Baby Boys Entitled to the Same Protection as Baby Girls regarding Genital Mutilation? - Z. Baer

XXII. Routine Infant Male Circumcision: Examining the Human Rights and Constitutional Issues - J. S. Svoboda

XXIII. The Ashley Montagu Resolution to End the Genital Mutilation of Children Worldwide: A Petition to the World Court, the Hague - J. W. Prescott

Appendix 1: Declaration of Genital Integrity

Appendix 2: Resources




John A. Erickson
Three Zones of Penile Skin 1. The area between the groin and the upper line is the skin covering the shaft. The area between the upper line and the lower line is the foreskin's outside fold.
Three Zones of Penile Skin 2. The foreskin retracted about half an inch.
Three Zones of Penile Skin 3. The foreskin everted.
Three Zones of Penile Skin 4. The foreskin everted farther. Almost the entire shaft is now covered with foreskin.
Three Zones of Penile Skin 5. The foreskin everted as far as it will comfortably go. The entire penile shaft is now covered with foreskin.
Prepuce of adult male
Ridged band, displaced behind corona glandis, of everted prepuce
Ventral view of frenulum and contiguous ridged band of everted prepuce
Eversion of the prepuce 1. Preputial orifice slightly dilated. Mucosal fold of inner prepuce exposed, but still closed
Eversion of the prepuce 2. Preputial orifice more widely dilated. Meatus slightly exposed.
Eversion of prepuce 3. Preputial orifice dilated, prepuce everted.
Ventral view of the pitted and scarred surgically externalized glans penis of a 28-year old American male circumcised at birth (2)

Hanny Lightfoot-Klein
Genital-rectal area of a 25-year-old married Sudanese woman, showing introitus, urethral opening, and pharaonic circumcision scar

Shaun Mather
Normal, natural, healthy, intact penises of two hearty Australian boys

Tom Reichfelder, M.D. (Courtesy of John Money, PhD)
Total amputation of the penis [of a baby] by circumcision
Extensive injury and suppuration of newly circumcised penis
Destruction of the penis by electrocautery circumcision
Skin bridge with inserted probe on circumcised penis
Total destruction of the penis of neonatally circumcised American baby from gangrene resulting from infection of circumcision wound

Saturday Evening Post
Baby strapped onto an immobilizing restraining board in preparation for circumcision
Baby enduring the agony of unanesthetized penile mutilation

John R. Taylor, M.D.
Normal penis of human baby
Two intact boys
Meissner's corpuscle and myelinated nerve fibers in crest of preputial ridged band

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