An Elephant in the Hospital

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Registered: 01-06-2002
An Elephant in the Hospital
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Sun, 06-26-2011 - 10:35pm

This is one of the best pleas for male genital integrity I have seen. The presenter is Ryan McAllister, Ph.D.

He doesn't have the skills of an 'After Dinner Speaker', but his knowledge and conviction makes up for this in a totally compelling manner which captivates his live audience. The video is 33 minutes long. I noted this and was prepared to shut down in short shrift when I began. I couldn't!

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Registered: 04-23-2010
Mon, 06-27-2011 - 3:34pm
I was a little disappointed that he didn't delve deeper into the analogy of female and male genital cutting. I find that if you don't thoroughly explain that the most extreme forms of female cutting aren't the only forms of it, then some people are going to immediately write it off as a false analogy and write you off as an extremist. When people hear "female circumcision" the image in their mind is of young African girls having their clitorises violently cut off by pseudo-surgeons and getting their vaginas sewn shut. The truth is though that people would be for the banning of many forms of female genital cutting less severe than that, if not any and all cutting, regardless of how minor. And there are less severe forms of female genital cutting (even ones that aren't practiced and are just theoretical) that are more analogous to male genital cutting. I think he risks losing some people by making this analogy without explaining this issue.

Other than that, I found it to be a great overview of the issue, it touched on many of the social, ethical, and medical aspects of it. This will definitely be a handy link.
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Mon, 06-27-2011 - 11:56pm

Mark, whilst I agree with you totally about the perceived, public view of FGM and the reality of some female circumcision as directly comparable to MGM, his intent was to concentrate on America's still present predilection for male circumcision.

This he does very well and persuasively.

Christopher

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Registered: 04-23-2010
Fri, 07-01-2011 - 6:25am
I'm just saying purely from a strategic pov, that you can lose people because of how powerful the social stigma against female circumcision is.
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Fri, 07-01-2011 - 6:57pm

I take your point entirely, but some loss is inevitable as a trade-off for the gains.

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Registered: 01-15-2009
Fri, 07-08-2011 - 11:53am

This video should be required content in ALL prenatal classes.

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Sat, 07-09-2011 - 6:39pm
Indeed.

Christopher

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