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Unspeakable Mutilations: Circumcised Men Speak Out Paperback – June 20, 2014
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In reality, circumcision is harmful, both physically and emotionally. The physical harm comes from amputating some of the most sensitive parts of the penis, foreskin and frenulum. Emotional harm comes from the realization that the victim has had his penis raped and mutilated. True, many circumcised American men state that they're just fine, because the thought of having been uselessly mutilated is too terrifying to face.
This is just for "good" circumcisions, but there are many botched ones, in which too much skin was cut off, or the glans inadvertently amputated. Doctors make mistakes too, and many treat circumcision as a minor and unimportant operation, performing it quickly and carelessly. After all, the patient cannot complain effectively. His cries of pain (anesthesia is rare in infant circumcisions) are ignored.
Later effects are not even considered.
This book contains first-person accounts of males, mostly American, whose lives have been harmed by circumcision. Some describe their circumcisions as "botched," explaining exactly how the surgery went wrong. Others describe the emotional harm, the feelings of inadequacy and inferiority, resulting from their newborn mutilations.
For the circumcised boy, it's immediately apparent that he's missing something: he's not the way nature made him. Many accept the rationalization that it was performed for his own good. Some, however, don't accept this and face the frightening fact that they were mutilated, and symbolically castrated. Individual stories by the contributors explain in detail the anxiety and grief resulting from the discovery of this mutilation, and how it affected their lives.
Every prospective parent in America should read this book. It would show them that circumcision is not the benign penile modification that doctors promote it to be.
Women need to read this book. At the hospital one day when I was a child protective services investigator I was there when a circumcision was being done. I doubled over in horror at the cry of that baby; he was in so much pain he almost couldn't cry. I was beside myself. I went back to the office and started to write a referral into the computer against this hospital then I realized it wasn't against the law.
I apologized to my son, but until this book I never fully understood. And I never understood but can see now how it impacted my life and the lives of other women as well I'm sure.
Women need to read this book and weep. If we don't get to the grief we can't get to the healing. I have women friends who are involved in stopping female mutilation who react negatively to me when I pipe up and say, "Hey, don't forget male mutilation in this country." If we can't get to the grief we can't speak up and demand the law makers in this country "stop mutilating baby boys!"
Women must stop looking away. The first person stories just brings it on home. The willingness of these men to tell their stories. These men are heroes. It takes courage to tell the secrets. Thank you.
I've placed an order for a hard copy of this book. I teach a class on recognizing child abuse. I'm adding this book; I will recommend my students read it.
Sorry, for such a short review. The other male reviewers have written theirs so well no need for my detail. I'll encourage women to read it.
As a man circumcised in infancy, I realize too that I have suffered the same problems as the other men who have come forward with their stories. I started masturbating when I was six years old due to the same problems defined in this book. I also have painful erections and I have never experienced a full body orgasm.
Now, evidence is beginning to emerge that the procedure of circumcision causes irreversible systemic nervous system damage to the male (assuming intense pain as the cause) both in infancy and adulthood; with or without sedation. But very few researchers are interested in genuine, honest, humanist centered research on male health (devoid of preconceived, destructive sociopolitical ideology). These crucial human studies must therefore languish in obscurity until those organizations, now enthralled by gynocentrism, realize the human worth of those studies; and fund them.
Hopefully Lindsay Watson's book will awaken the empathy and concern for men needed to make that research happen. Thanks to all the men who had courage enough to come forward to tell their stories of physiological strife and physical pain.
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