Workshop on psychological harm

Genital Autonomy has organised a workshop day “Understanding the psychological harm of male circumcision” for therapists at Keele University, Staffs, 16 January 2018.

The workshop at Keele aims to increase therapists’ understanding of the genuine psychological problems that can follow non-therapeutic male circumcision.

Men with physical problems as a result of non-therapeutic circumcision such as skin tags, bridges, narrowed meatus (narrow pee hole) or a bent or twisted penis are cared for by the medical profession.

Men who have psychological problems as a result of non-therapeutic circumcision, and report them, are often dissmissed being told something like “It can’t be that, it is something else that’s wrong with you”.

 

MDC interviewed on BBC Radio Nottingham

Following the Crown Prosecution Sevice’s decision to take no further action regarding the case of the Nottingham GP who circumcised a boy with no parental consent, MDC was invited to talk on the Verity Cowley programme on Sunday, November 12th. The link to the iPlayer should work until Saturday, December 9th, 2017. The interview starts at approximately 1 hour 9 minutes and 10 seconds.

The BBC News web site also carries this report about the Nottingham case. Top human rights barrister Saimo Cahal QC (Hon), pictured below, aims to take the case further.

Not drowning, paddling: The English Court’s slow row to genital autonomy

Barrister James Chegwidden takes us through the English Court’s current views on genital autonomy. The presentation was given at Keele University, September 2016. This video is essential viewing for anyone interested in child protection and the Family Courts in particular.

Male and female circumcision are equally wrong

Listen to this excellent interview with philosopher and ethicist Brian Earp on a podcast from the organisation Philosophy 24/7. Click the image to hear the podcast.

Female circumcision is regarded as a violation of a human right. The World Health Organization says “It reflects deep-rooted inequality between the sexes, and constitutes an extreme form of discrimination against women.” But male circumcision, practiced in various cultures and prevalent in various religions, barely generates any controversy. Brian Earp argues that the parallels between the two are much closer than people are usually willing to acknowledge.

Gender, Genital Alteration and Beliefs about Bodily Harm

Presentation by Brian Earp on the topic of non-therapeutic male circumcision, examining; cultural bias, medical ethics and harm. How do you assign values to benefits and risks? The talk was given to the 23rd Congress of the World Asociation for Sexual Health. In Prague on Monday 29th May 2017