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 The Procedure / Being Intact / Religion / About Sex / Psychological Aspects / FGM

The Complete Book of Pregnancy & Childbirth
Sheila Kitzinger  Hardcover 1996

"Men who were circumcised may affirm that it never did them any harm. Some want a son circumcised so he can be the same as 'everyone else' - an argument also used to support female circumcision in Egypt and Somalia."  Sheila Kitzinger


The Procedure

Circumcision Exposed: Rethinking a Medical & Cultural Tradition
Billy Ray Boyd, Paperback 1998
Debunks the medical reasons for infant male circumcision and places them in a cultural and historical context. Examines the health and sexual consequences of circumcision, while highlighting the possibilities of healing. Explores male & female circumcision in the context of human & body rights.  Foreword by Paul M. Fleiss, M.D.

The Joy of Uncircumcising! Exploring History, Myths, Psychology, Restoration, Sexual Pleasure & Human Rights 2nd Ed.  Jim Bigelow, Ph.D.  Paperback 1995

"Urologists should read this book, which should make them consider alternatives... before offering circumcision...and take seriously the wishes of the troubled patient who asks to have his mutilation corrected."

British Journal of Urology

Say No to Circumcision: 40 Compelling Reasons
Thomas J. Ritter, M.D. & George C. Denniston, M.D.
Paperback 1996

"All of the Western world raises its children uncircumcised and its seems logical that, with the extent of health knowledge in those countries, such a practice must be safe." C. Everett Koop, M.D., former Surgeon General of the United States

Circumcision: Frankly Speaking
Gerald N. Weiss/Andrea W. Harter, Paperback 1998

This book will delight the circumcision advocate but disappoint the serious scholar. Unlike books opposing circumcision, which substantiate their claims with generous published medical references, 'Frankly Speaking' provides no such references. Outdated claims are based on studies from 1989 back to the 1930s.  Weiss, however, does offer a fascinating opportunity to examine how some men resort to science, culture and religion to rationalize their own mutilation and to justify further violation of children's rights.


Circumcision: What Every Parent Should Know
Anne Briggs 1985

"Parents continue to request this operation for vague, if not erroneous, reasons and physicians continue to perform it - disregarding medical fact in favor of conformity.

It is time for health professionals to take the lead in educating parents."  Robert W. Enzenauer, M.D. This book may be out of print, but Amazon can possibly locate a copy for you from a used bookstore or check your local library.

Circumcision : An American Health Fallacy Edward Wallerstein
This book is out of print, but Amazon may be able to locate a copy from a used bookstore or check your local library.
Review from a reader posted on Amazon: The best anti-circ book of all. In 1980, a secular Jew and retired electronic engineer published this book, reporting on nearly a decade of work critically reviewing the medical literature research on routine infant circumcision. This was at a time when over 90% of infant boys born in USA urban hospitals were routinely circumcised, and the practice was not in the least controversial. The result was a damning indictment of the practice.

Circumcision: The Painful Dilemma
Rosemary Romberg This book is out of print, but Amazon may be able to
locate a copy from a used bookstore or check your local library.

Being Intact

The Joy of Being a Boy Elizabeth Nobel and Leo Sorger, M.D. 1994
A book to reassure boys that an intact penis is normal.

Circumcision is a decision that parents make for their sons without access to the facts. This little book of photos explains that to remain as nature intended is the best way.

The Male Herbal

The Male Herbal: Health Care for Men & Boys James Green, Herbalist   Paperback 1991

In the section "Circumcision - common form of disregard for men's rights" the author discusses health care for the intact penis and outlines a number of effective herbal remedies that make surgical intervention (circumcision) virtually obsolete.



Questioning Circumcision: A Jewish Perspective by Ronald Goldman, Ph.D., Paperback 1998 or support the Circumcision Resource Center when you buy this book from the publisher.

Endorsed by five rabbis "...(A) thoughtful, provocative book on a difficult subject. Dr. Goldman challenges us to reexamine long-held assumptions and to reconsider the practice of milah in light of contemporary evidence." Rabbi Jonathan Kraus, Beth El Temple Center

Jewish Women Speak Out: Exploring the Boundaries of Psychology, Kayla Weiner / Arinna Moon Paperback 1995

Contains the chapter: Circumcision: A Jewish Feminist Perspective by Miriam Pollack - "...(I)t is not possible to violate or suppress the sexuality of one gender without doing harm to the other. Opposing circumcision is men's work; but it is also most profoundly, women's work."   Miriam Pollack

About Sex

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Shows conclusively that circumcision has untold adverse effects on the sexuality of both the man and his female partner and profound detrimental consequences on the way they experience intercourse, diminishing their pleasure to an astounding degree.   But wait!! There's a solution for the millions of circumcised American men (and the women they share their bed with).  This book is available directly through the publisher (as linked above).  It is less expensive there than through Amazon.  However, you might want to look it up at Amazon just to read the positive reviews.

The Guide to Getting it On!
Paul Joannides, Paperback 1998

Informative book for all adults, especially parents. It offers a thorough and often humorous look at human sexuality. "Circumcision-The Penile Calamity" is a refreshingly accurate and honest chapter about circumcision harm and the value of genital integrity.


Psychological Aspects

Banished Knowledge: Facing Childhood Injuries
Alice Miller, Paperback 1991

Excerpt: "What eventually happens to the person who was mutilated as a child? As a rule, children who were once injured will later injure their own children, maintaining that their behavior does no harm because their own loving parents did the same."

Breaking Down the Wall of Silence
The Liberating Experience of Facing Painful Truth
Alice Miller, Paperback 1998

Excerpt on genital mutilation: "By repressing not only the pain but also their anger and desire for revenge, they have banished consciousness, even idealizing the custom. Today, as a result of their repression, they justify the procedure as harmless and necessary. They cannot recall their repressed anger and have never grieved what happened to them. Consequently, they inflict the same ordeal on their children without wishing to acknowledge what they're doing to them."

Circumcision: The Hidden Trauma How an American Cultural Practice Affects Infants & Ultimately Us All-Ronald Goldman, Ph.D. Paperback 1997
or support the Circumcision Resource Center
when you
buy this book from the publisher
"...of riveting interest to all who have ever wondered about circumcision or who are looking for clues to explain certain male feelings, attitudes and behaviors."
Myron Sharaf, M.D., Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School 

The Myth of Male Power

The Myth of Male Power
Warren Farrell, Ph.D.  Paperback 1996

"What is the long-term impact? ...America's reflexive continuation of circumcision-without-research reflects the continuation of our tradition to desensitize boys to feelings of pain, to prepare them not to question the disposability of their bodies any more than they would question the disposability of their foreskins."

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The Warrior's Journey Home: Healing Men, Healing the Planet
Jed Diamond, L.C.S.W.  Paperback 1994

Including: The Silent Knife: Why isn't circumcision a men's issue?

"In order to begin healing our wounds we need to remember what happened to us and name it correctly. Cutting the genitals of newborn male babies is child sexual abuse."

Why Men Are The Way They Are
Warren Farrell, Ph.D.  Paperback 1990

"Their penises are taken to the blade of a knife and cut. This is done to the male child prior to the age of consent. The fact that we do not know the long-term impact of this surgery, and have not asked to know, tells us about our attitude toward males."



Prisoners of Ritual

Prisoners of Ritual: An Odyssey into Female Genital Circumcision in Africa
Hanny Lightfoot-Klein (Editor) Paperback 1989

Contains the chapters: Male Circumcision and Overview, both of which examine the similarities in the personal and cultural psychologies that permit anachronistic genital mutilation rituals to be perpetuated onto the helpless bodies of non-consenting children of both sexes.

Do They Hear You When You Cry?
Fauziya Kassindja, et al. Hard Cover 1998

The author's Muslim father instilled in her a distrust and fear of female circumcision, a controversial procedure still performed in many parts of the world. She would flee the country just hours before her own circumcision, eventually arriving in the U.S., where she faced an immigration nightmare. Her initial naïveté in assuming that she would automatically gain asylum only adds to the tragedy of her story, as she instead faces strip searches, isolation, religious persecution in high-security prisons and a terrible sickness that was ignored by prison staff.

Cutting the Rose : Female Genital Mutilation:
The Practice & Its Prevention
Efua Dorkenoo Paperback 1996

Despite a denial that male circumcision damages sexual function, and failure both to convey how it distorts heterosexual relations and to explore how male genital mutilation customs (which teach power and control) reinforce FGM (which teaches submissiveness), 'Cutting the Rose' explores basic similarities between the two. It offers useful insight into the human and cultural dimensions of all genital cutting customs and their eradication.

Stop female genital mutilation : women speak : facts and actions
Fran P. Hosken

Covers the health facts and the overview of the distribution (epidemiology) of FGM in Africa and worldwide. One chapter deals with politics of FGM and human rights. Fran P. Hosken is an international journalist (accredited to the United Nations) and has covered all United Nations Women's Conferences. She is the editor and publisher of Women's International Network News (WIN NEWS), a quarterly journal by, for and about women and development that reports worldwide and is sent over to over 50 countries.

Possessing the Secret of Joy by Alice Walker, Paperback 1993
The stunning New York Times bestseller from the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Color Purple. This is the story of Tashi Johnson, a tribal African woman now living in North America. As a young woman, a misguided loyalty to the customs of her people led her to submit to the tribal initiation rite of passage. Severely traumatized, she spends the rest of her life trying to reconcile her African heritage with her experience as a modern woman in America.

Warrior Marks by Alice Walker, Paperback 1996
Part memoir, part travelogue, part photographic journey, this is an investigation into the subject of female genital mutilation, the ritual circumcision whose victims number more than 100 million in the world today.

Sexual Mutilations : A Human Tragedy
George C. Denniston / Marilyn F. Milos, Editors Hardcover 1997
Proceedings from the Fourth International Symposium on Sexual Mutilations
(Lausanne, Switzerland - 1996)

"Circumcision is a brutal ritual rooted in superstition and should be abandoned... What is called for is a well thought out approach to eradication of antiquated beliefs and practices which cause so much needless suffering, mutilation, tragedy and death." Ashley Montagu, Anthropologist, and Humanist of the Year, 1995


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