Presentation given to the Intaktiv – Genital Autonomy conference. Frankfurt 9th May 2015.
An interview with a General Practitioner from the Midlands giving his views on circumcision as it is practiced in 21st century Britain.
At a conference in Frankfurt this May the phrase “fair weather child protectors” was used by Christian Bahls of MOGiS in his presentation to the conference. What he meant was that there are organisations that claim to protect children but when the abuse strays into controversial territory then the organisation concerned turns a blind eye to the abuse. The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) is just such an organisation.
When the video, a frame of which is shown below, was posted on Facebook the NSPCC demanded the removal of the video. The video shows a crying baby being held by the arms and repeatedly dunked into a bowl of water and the NSPCC quite rightly regarded this as a cruel practice.
There is no doubt that the cutting of any child’s genitals without an immediate medical imperative is a cruel and anachronistic practice and MDC hopes that the NSPCC will review it’s current position on the cutting of children’s genitals and will come to a gender neutral position and protect all children whether they be intersex, girls or boys.
Should anyone wish to see a video of a boy’s genitals being cut there are several available at circumstitions.com. Just the descriptions of the video content available on the site is scary enough, you have been warned.
In a link to an article analysing the judgement given by Sir James Munby on a recent case involving female genital mutilation we posted a graphic and upsetting image of the aftermath of a circumcision ceremony. The photo showed the male victims lying clutching their ceremonial gifts, semi naked with their wounds visible. Facebook told MDC that the photo did not comply with their policy on nudity. There is a need for people to understand the obscene reality of male genital mutilation and MDC recommends that everyone should read the article in Researching Reform where the photo came from.
The venue was the Lancaster Hotel in London. The event was the NSPCC’s fundraising “White Hat Ball.” This was just a few days after Sir James Munby, one of the country’s top judges, pointed out in a recent judgement that some forms of FGM (female genital mutilation) were less damaging that male circumcision (MGM). The authorities will eventually have to recognise that if you cannot photograph a child’s genitals; you cannot tattoo a child and you cannot touch a child’s genitals, except for cleaning or medical examination, then how is it possible that society can permit the excision of healthy tissue from the genitals of any child, boy, girl or intersex?