To Tiger and EVERYONE: A Repeated Plea to Reflect Upon Our Board and its Value

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To Tiger and EVERYONE: A Repeated Plea to Reflect Upon Our Board and its Value
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Sun, 07-31-2011 - 9:02pm

Below I copy my reply to Tiger from the thread

"Education is the discovery of our own ignorance." Will Durant


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To ALL...

For a name to replace this board, or a new group with a new name, leaving this board as it is...

CircLeak is the latest 'xyzLeak' innovation on the internet and I believe it may be here to stay for some time.

"Education is the discovery of our own ignorance." Will Durant


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A title suggestion –

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Aubrey, thank you for the link and your excellent article.

Thank you, too, for your title suggestion. The term 'genital integrity' has been around for a long time in circumcision circles and it hasn't hit mainstream yet. (You penned your blog over a year ago.) I have used the phrase myself from time to time. Unfortunately its meaning is either not understood, which you acknowledge, or is itself a little ambiguous.

I'm reminded of being gently 'corrected' when I first spoke of a "normal penis" - meaning with its foreskin. I was told that because most American males are circumcised, a normal penis is without its foreskin. Ever since I have used the word 'natural' to avoid ambiguity.

Genital Integrity has similar connotations. It fits perfectly when referring to females, but not so flawlessly with males. 'Integrity' means honesty, truthfulness, honour, veracity... and so on. I have seen the word used in pro-circumcision circles when discussing the 'normal' American penis.

Okay, so I'm nitpicking here and I know it!

I'm very happy to use 'Supporting Genital Integrity' - but not on its own. It needs qualification: something that indicates our awareness of opposing views among parents with boys because their focus is on what they want - circumcision.

As parents we are the arbiters of our children's decisions. It's a responsibility with life-changing ramifications. I would hope to see this discussed too, in a new group... in anticipation of visitors who are undecided.

Christopher

"Education is the discovery of our own ignorance." Will Durant


"Almost any manmade phenomenon i

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Genital Integrity in a Culture of Infant Circumcision

Bringing Up Boys with Foreskins - a Dilemma or Delight?

Families with Boys and Supporting Genital Integrity

The Child's Case Against Circumcision - Bringing Up Boys

They Circumcise Boys, Don't They? A Plea for Genital Integrity

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It's time to make a submission to iVillage. I will wait a couple of days for any further response from others and then contact Jen. She understandably has not responded to this thread, but she will have noted it.

Christopher

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"Almost any manmade phenomenon i

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Bumped to show some edits to title suggestions.

Christopher

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