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Intactivist Outcry Imposes Withdrawal of the AAP's Clitoral 'Nick'; the Turn of the 'Snip' Now!

The AAP recommends substituting an allegedly symbolic threat for castration of the clitoris.

Dr Judith Palfrey, the President of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), and Dr Errol Alden, its executive director. Photos: AAP
Dr Judith Palfrey, the President of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), and Dr Errol Alden, its executive director.
Photos: AAP

(PARIS, France) - Were Dr Judith Palfrey, the President of the AAP, and Dr Errol Alden, its executive director, part of the Committee who decided the appalling last AAP's policy statement, we do not know. However, under strong intactivist pressure, they both opposed what has to be considered a gross violation of the right to autonomy and physical integrity of little Afro-American girls, and obtained the abandonment of the disputed policy:

However, in the statement that provoked that scandal (see the link to it in our preceding article on the topic:, the AAP's Committee admitted the fact that circumcision is more extensive than the clitoris pinprick.

Moreover, joining the small group of American "DOCS Against Circumcision" (, the Dutch Royal Association of medicine has just issued a policy statement that strongly deters from circumcision:

"The official viewpoint of KNMG and other related medical/scientific organisations is that non-therapeutic circumcision of male minors is a violation of children’s rights to autonomy and physical integrity. Contrary to popular belief, circumcision can cause complications – bleeding, infection, urethral stricture and panic attacks are particularly common. KNMG is therefore urging a strong policy of deterrence. KNMG is calling upon doctors to actively and insistently inform parents who are considering the procedure of the absence of medical benefits and the danger of complications."

The Dutch Royal medical association so is the first in the world to take a stance in favour of "a powerful policy of deterrence" motivated by: "children’s rights… not (to) be subjected to medical proceedings that have no therapeutic or preventative value", "complications, both minor and serious, which can occur as a result of circumcising a child", and at last the concern to suppress the "discrepancy" between excision and circumcision, "as the two have a number of similarities".

Shouldn't the AAP also advise its members and the general public against non-medical circumcision?

Michel Hervé Navoiseau-Bertaux is an Independent psychoanalysis researcher (Chercheur indépendant en psychanalyse) based in Paris, France, who works with to help raise awareness of the massive societal problems connected to the blindly accepted, mutilating practice of circumcision. He says, "Non violence is as fundamental as violence, love and hatred, justice and injustice. But power is at the tip of the tongue and the sweet violence of speech, if one takes hold of it, can silence weapons."

(La non violence est aussi fondamentale que la violence, l'amour et la haine, le juste et l'injuste. Mais le pouvoir est au bout de la langue et la douce violence de la parole, si l'on s'en empare, peut faire taire les armes.)

Michel Hervé Navoiseau-Bertaux is also known as Sigismond.

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jakew October 29, 2010 9:53 pm (Pacific time)

There are some of us who do get erotic and sexual gratification out of not only the finished product, but also the procedure itself. As a Circumsexual (please, don't call us "circumfetishists"), I understand the sexual pleasure obtained through watching circumcisions, performing them, and having one done on yourself. I was 5 years old when I discovered this desire. I now edit Wikipedia FULL TIME to reflect my sexual preference, and have been doing so for the last 5 years. See my Wikipedia edits here:

Bob Thompson June 20, 2010 1:49 am (Pacific time)

The medical procedure performed on males of all ages should only be referred to hence forth as "Male Genital Mutilation" as this is the only valid way to refer to this barbaric procedure. As a victim of this procedure and a member of the few who've successfully restored a foreskin through non-surgical means, I'm still deeply saddened to know that the foreskin that was stolen from me during infancy can never be completely replaced. The new one I've grown does go a long way toward banishing the numbness from my glans that gradually overwhelmed my member by my mid-30s. A much better scenario would be if I and the millions of American men and boys, had never been mutilated in the first place. This procedure needs to be made criminally illegal as a crime against humanity and punishible by fines, imprisonment, and restitution to the victims, both past and present. There needs to be AT LEAST EQUAL outcry in the world press on the topic of Male Genital Mutilation and that the procedure has no place in this century regardless of race, creed, religion, or gender. Nobody else should have to spend years of their lives enduring the stretching of the shaft skin to regrow a foreskin as I have.

Jack June 11, 2010 7:26 am (Pacific time)

The US medical organizations (AAP in particular)must come out and say that male circumcision is harmful. It is harmful when it is done (MRSA and so many complications including about 120 US males babies dying each year) and it harms the male for life. Male circumcision is nerve damage -- a cutting off about 20000 fine touch and stretch sensing nerve endings and removing a source of pleasure from the male FOR LIFE. This is 2/3 of the total pleasure source amputated! This is nerves, blood vessels, protective covering and pleasure zones taken away from a human before the human can experience this. The dynamics and function and pleasure from sex and masturbation of the penis is harmed for good. Stop pretending this bad thing is good for a baby boy.

Matt June 4, 2010 5:57 am (Pacific time)

The AAP needs to lose the hypocrisy and join the rest of the first world in condemning infant circumcision. I wonder if Doctors' Palfrey and Alden have read the KNMG statement on circumcision? The credibility of the AAP on this issue is in the balance. They need to come down against infant circumcision or they will be seen as culturally biased and/or unreliable by the rest of the civilized world.

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