For some reason, Washington, D.C. has one of the highest rates of circumcision of newborn males in North America. Danelle Frisbie, a birth worker in Washington, D.C. started this conversation on her Facebook page:
Danelle Frisbie loves hearing from moms who say, “My 2nd/3rd/4th sons are intact – I became wiser as I got older” but hopes to someday hear the same for son #1. 🙂
K. S. my first son is intact!
C.C. All 3 of my boys are!
K.K. Both of my boys are intact!
S.G. I only have girls, but they’re intact too.
E.P.D. If we are ever blessed with a son, he will remain intact!
S. E. My only son is intact. I couldn’t imagine anyone doing that to my baby. People would ask me when I found out I was having a boy “Are you going to have him circumcised?” My answer…”Over my dead body!”
V. L. My first son is intact! In fact, ALL of my husband’s boys are intact. 🙂
J. T. All of my sons are intact, and my grandsons will be intact, too! My 21-year-old has already assured me that none of his sons will be cut, and my 10-year-old son has marched with me at the intactivist demonstrations in D.C. I’m hoping that by the time the 10-year-old is old enough to be a dad, circumcision will be unthinkable.
D. F. J., LET’S HOPE this will be true when the time comes for your 10-yr-old to become a father. 🙂
And thanks everyone for sharing!!
C. W. A. My first (and only) son is intact. =)
Michelle Richardson: I’m so happy for you all. Reading this makes me feel so incredibly sad and downright ANGRY that my first son was circ’d. At least I questioned it and told the nurses I didn’t think it was a good idea. Instead if properly informing me or my severely sleep deprived husband (been up for three days) they drugged me and did it anyways. I’d about chewed her a new ass when she opened his diaper to show me his new raw and bloody penis and his entire body was completely swollen and purple. That moment will haunt me to my grave. I gave birth to the rest of my babies at home and now have two intact sons and 5 children who will go on to have intact sons (hopefully, with me as an intactivist they will).
D. F. Oh, Michelle, I cannot even imagine the horror of that sight. Your poor, poor little man. Thank you so very much for all you do today – so no other mother and her son have to endure the same.
Michelle Richardson: And, that’s why I do this. I do not want another mother to go through unrelenting guilt, knowing that her son had been sexually tortured and raped and skinned alive or another child to endure the agony of the knife against his most sensitive sexual organs when no one is saving him from the pain. My son has expressed a sincere desire to sue, “because he doesn’t want her to do this to another baby”. There isn’t a “consent form” in any of the records. He is 9 right now. When he is able, I will help him win!
Michelle Richardson: I’d like to add: After my other boys were born I’d have sweaty nightmares that he had been taken to have his penis reduced only to wake up in relief that he was still intact. Those dreams lasted for four months (something about postpartum hormones). I’d snuggle them tight thanking God that my baby boy didn’t go through this insane cultural practice. If I could, I’d have 5 more boys just to populate America with more intact boys! But I have a strong feeling my children will carry on the legacy of not only keeping their children intact but to teach them to teach their children the value of being intact….
J. S. All my children are intact !
J. J. My first 17 years old and second 2 are both intact
J. M. My first and only boy intact and perfect!!
J. C. Michelle, I hope your circ’ed son makes his case and wins. Bless his heart.
M. M. makes me want to adopt 20 baby boys and start to restore ASAP.
L. W. T. My first is intact as well as my 2nd!! I’m so thankful for obsessively reading while pregnant.
D. F. Michelle, – I hope he wins his case as well. He CERTAINLY deserves it (and much more).
L. – I, too, am so thankful for obsessively researching before pregnancy. It is true – the MORE you know about circumcision, the WORSE it is.
S. M. K. My first son is intact. We had made that decision when I first got pregnant with our first baby 10 years ago.
V. D. number 1 is intact!
J. M. Michelle, – and any other mother who had a similar experience : my heart goes out to you – we all have to keep bringing this issue to light so other baby boys aren’t brutalized like this anymore!!!! So barbaric and tragic, I strongly believe it’s why so many young men act out violently in their early puberty, as a result of coming to terms with their own first interpersonal contact between their sexual organs and another human being. Sad sad sad!!!!
W. N. I am one of those moms. My oldest is 14, and when he was born, I didn’t even know to question the practice. The good news is, he’s so miffed that it happened to him that he is now an outspoken advocate against it!
Gloria Lemay: what amazing brave voices. Everyone brings something to this movement to end male genital mutilation. Thanks for sharing everyone. www.nocirc.org
(I have used full names with permission of the writers.)