Sex education for boys is woefully inadequate in the United Kingdom. This statement was clearly demonstrated on the Graham Norton Show (BBC) when it came to light that Sir Patrick Stewart did not know until late in life whether he was circumcised or intact. Please see this report of the program in the Telegraph.
There is a lot of anatomical detail passed down to girls in sex education but virtually none passed down to boys. The problem with anatomical detail and boys is that any discussion of the foreskin and what it is for (it is not just spare skin), will swiftly lead to the undermining of all the usual excuses and justifications given to boys for the removal of their foreskins. Are sex educators prepared to perpetuate the current myths and poor science that allows society to continue the practice of removing healthy functional tissue from boys’ genitals? Or will sex educators try to move society towards a world where all children are free to grow up with the genitals they were born with?
We made this silent video, below, as a call to action. Please play it and if you have the stomach for it you can find a version of the video with the sound of a real baby having his foreskin excised here, it is a sound that should ring alarm bells inside any compassionate human being.
The majority of cultures that cut the genitals of children cut the genitals of both genders. The excuses vary from culture to culture and from situation to situation. In the article below, from the “i” newspaper and reported elsewhere, the justification is of a religious nature.
It is likely that the only way to bring an end to the practice of cutting or modifying the genitals of children will be when it is understood that all children have the right to grow up free from the physical and psychological abuse that is the consequence of such adult-lead interventions. All children boys, girls and intersex should be allowed to grow up without non-therapeutic invasive treatment so that they have the ability to make their own choices when they reach the age of majority.
According to a poll reported in CPH Post online nine out of ten Danes would support a ban on the circumcision of boys under the age of eighteen years.
Lena Nyhus, the chairwoman of Intact Denmark, is quoted as saying:
“For us, it is important to ensure the individual’s right to decide over his body and his genitals”.
In the light of a recent judgement given by Mrs Justice Roberts in the Exeter High Court Richard from Men Do Complain was invited to appear on the Jeremy Vine Show to comment and react to the contents of the judgement. The programme is no longer available on BBC iPlayer.