regarding circumcision and intactness - the writings of vincent bach

by Vincent Bach

writings of vincent bach

About 26 years ago as an 11 year old boy growing up in Indiana, I realized something truly odd about the world I lived in. Although I was born in the Midwest in the 1960s at a time when almost all males were circumcised just after birth, in a fluke of fate I was left intact. This fact was explained to me at such a young age that it seems I have always been aware of it. Since my older brother, father and, for all I knew, seemingly every other male in the whole Country was circumcised I became more curious about just why this is done. As far as I could tell, all my parts worked and it wasn't immediately apparent just why this is done to boys. I found it to be a curious phenomenon to say the least and began to look into it. That was over twenty-six years ago and I have learned a little about it since that time. It didn't take me very long to figure out that circumcision of males is done simply out of cultural habit. I continued to find the subject fascinating from a sociological and psychological point of view, but generally remained quiet about this issue. I'm not much of a busybody and generally like to adhere to a "to each their own" policy when it comes to individual personal decisions. A couple of years ago, I began to change my view. It finally occurred to me that I know more about this than most Americans and I'm one of the few Americans who inherently know just what is lost to circumcision - just how much harm is done. I believe that if parents knew what I have come to learn about this, most would never consider doing such a thing to their male children. That's when it hit me that I owe a debt. The debt I owe is to all those boys yet to be born who have a right to keep all the body parts they were born with - just as I was able to keep mine.

Below you will find a series of articles I have written regarding circumcision and intactness. The cultural and historical aspects of this subject are such that it takes some effort to figure it all out. I've been looking into it for many years and my views are continuing to evolve even today. I've tried to list the articles and other content in order of understanding. If you're relatively new to this issue, my writings will make more sense if you start at the top and work your way down. Don't stop reading though until you've figured out why it is that I know you should not be doing this to your son. Please feel free to e-mail me if I can be of further help. I'm familiar with all of the existing credible medical literature regarding circumcision and intactness as well as many other great related resources of information on the Internet and elsewhere. I'll be glad to help.

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You Want to Cut Off What???
Let's start with the basics. Why in the heck are we doing this to baby boys anyway?
The Science of Circumcision
Why do we do this to babies? Are there health benefits? Circumcision of male infants was first medicalized in the United States back in the late 19th century as a way to discourage little boys from masturbating. Obviously that didn't work. But why did the practice continue beyond the Victorian age? The answer may surprise you.
The Bias of The American Academy of Pediatrics
The AAP is the organization that all other American medical organizations look to for guidance on health issues relating to children. So what does the AAP have to say about the issue of infant male circumcision? Whose interests are they trying to protect by encouraging parents to permanently alter the genitals of their male children for mere cultural and ethnic reasons - children's or their own? You be the judge.
The Vulnerability of Men
Do fathers really want their son's penis to look like theirs? Is your husband more adamant about this issue than any other facet of your birth plan? Find out why and learn the secret to helping him understand why you need to reject circumcision for your son.
More Skewering of the AAP
The AAP has publicly deemed circumcision to be a reasonable choice for parents to inflict on their sons. Believe it or not, they also consider it to be a harmfully painful injury.


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