Comments of Individual Endorsers of the Montagu Resolution

Below are the public comments made by endorsers of the Montagu Resolution. Feel free to browse through the list using the letters above and below the table of comments.

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Name—Country Comment
Raabis, Bernice—Canada Male genital mutilation deserves the same focus that we in the West put on female genital mutilation. We speak out about FGM, freely condemning it's perpetrators which predominantly reside non- industrialised cultures, all the while turning a blind eye to it happening every day within our own communities. We are guilty of hypocrisy and arrogance, and it must stop for the sake of the thousand of little boys who never had a chance.
Raabis, Christopher—Canada My foreskin as taken without my consent. I would never have given consent. My human rights were violated. All genital mutilation must be stopped.
Rae, Bleu—USA Circumcision is a violent assault upon ANY child and should not happen.
Rafferty, Carolyn—USA Whatever altercation done to ones body for other than true medically indicated concerns should be left entirely up to the individual and not his/her parents; this is my personal belief. I believe nurses who agree should go on record and help to educate and inform parents as well as to protect the infants they care for. The issue is deeply personal, however, while respecting individual patient rights, a nurse as a great deal of power to simply inform and shed light on a topic that sometimes has not really been well enough considered for a parent to make the irreversible decision to remove a part of their child’s body. True informed consent IS a part of our responsibility as nurses. We must always advocate for those without voices.
Ralston, Alexander Circumcision is a serious issue, and if someone wants to permenantly damage their genitals then they should be able to do it when they want to. Permenantly scarring a child's genitalia should be no more acceptable than tattooing them without their conscent.
Ramsey, Sadie —USA We need to protect our boys!!
Rau, Keith—USA I feel robbed of my dignity and the right to choose what happens to my body.
Rauitenbach, Vaughan—South Africa Irrespective of religious tradition, it should be a choice by the man after the age of 16, not an imposition before then.
Rausch, Martin—Switzerland Quote Mitch Hall: Child abuse is the main cause of the different forms of violence, gender abuse, structural violence (harmful inequalitities of wealth, prestige and power) or cultural violence (myths, symbols, and ideologies that justify violence). Genital Mutilation is one big step in dehumanizing a human being, one big step in diminishing self-worth, one big step of diminishing the value of being human and of being alive. Abused children are at high risk of becoming either self-destructive, violent toward others, or both.
Reed, Aaron—USA LEAVE ALONE - DONT CUT ANYTHING OFF!
Reich, John—USA It is unethical and immoral to amputate the foreskin of any new-born unless medically indicated. Routine Infant Circumcision is indeen genital mutilation.
Reich, Wilhelm—Austria Wilhelm Reich was a brilliant pupil of Sigmund Freud. Born on March 24, 1897, he died in a US federal prison on November 3, 1957. He wrote many books, and strongly opposed circumcision which he considered one of the worst possible treatments of children. Read more about him at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wilhelm_Reich
Reid, Brian To force a defenseless human being to undergo medically-unnecessary surgical alteration of their genitalia that has significant but often denied negative consequences is abhorrent. That we of western nations call ourselves humane when we still force many of our newborn sons to have as one of their first experiences in life the sadistic amputation of a perfectly normal and sexually integral part of their penises, is sickening beyond words. Everyone human (not just girls) deserves the right to decide what happens to their own body.
revelle, keith—USA restoring late in life and thereby restoring myself to life in the wholeness with which it should be lived. educate those who know no better, hold to account those who know what they do and have done, and always aim for the day when genital mutilation will be a horrible page in past, not present, not future, history.
Rhodes, Frederick—USA Jesus said circumcision does no good for the gentile. Abraham either lost his foreskin from some childhood mishap or cut it off himself as an adult to make a covenant with his god. Doing it to infants against their will is a deal breaker and has negative side effects. Delayed post traumatic stress disorders resulting in brain chemistry malfunctions from severed nerves leads to depression, schizophrenia, suicide, erectile dysfunction... The prefix Apo- means to take away from, the root word -calypse as its masculine gender means as a noun, a mans cover, or verb, to cover. Apocalypse means circumcision. Calypso mean discovery or revelation, calyptra is a female veil. The botanical term calyx is a flower's prepuce for protecting the plant's reproduction organs. John's Book of revelations is a schizophrenic nightmare of how he felt people would take it when they find out exactly what is going on. Someone or something is trying to manipulate our sex drive. Divorce yourselves from your parent's ways. Tear down your churches, mosques, and temples of the man gods. Then there can be peace in the world In memory of two of my brothers who chose suicide over a Life of Erectile dysfunction forced on us by our misinformed parents. I wish I could have got the opportunity to teach them how to restore as I learned. It really works with time. The younger you start the quicker the results. Tell every pregnant woman you see I am your child Put no god before me
Rice—USA Feel that circumcision alters the bonding process when done in infant males..
Rice, Kelly—USA As a "circed" person, I demand the government and people of the USA wake up and stop this outrageous violence. We recently, had a publicized case of a botched circumcision here locally, and it took a microsurgeon to sraighten it out. I question whether these doctors who perfom these procedures are even qualified. I thank you from the bottom of my heart, for your activism and defense of the powerless.
Richardson, Christina—USA I had my son this past December and until then I never thought twice about circumcision. As a matter of fact, I was planning to have it done. I decided to research it a little bit and understand exactly what he would be going through and the reason this is done. After finding out the facts and having the myths revealed I was horrified. I could not believe it. I was so thankful for the websites that have gone into such detail on the subject. I would not have been able to look at my son if I had gone ahead with the procedure and found out later how unnecessary and horrible it is. My little boy is intact and I am proud of the decision I made. Until something is done to stop this painful, mutilating 'procedure', I think all parents should be made to be fully aware of the procedure and have to be told by the doctor performing it that it is totally unnecessary. After hearing the facts, they should watch a video of a baby boy being circumcised, using the EMLA cream (which is strongly recommended to not be used on newborns), and after that ask them if they can sit beside their son and have this done to them. Why do most parents do it? It's socially acceptable for a boy to be circumcised. That's sick and it needs to be stopped.
Richardson, David—USA This cause is long overdue. I salute your efforts.
Richey, Greg—USA To me, this is an issue of choice. No one should have body parts cut off without their permission.
Richmond, Ethel—USA My 8 year old son's rights were recently violated, when he was forcibly retracted and injured by his healthcare provider. I have spent two weeks educating myself about this issue. I am inspired to learn more on what I can do to help.
Richmond, Ronnie—USA I am opposed to anything regarding mutilation of the genitals. I am strong minded individual and the mere thought of perverted acts like circumcision in my mind should be considered sacrilegious.
Richmond, Samuel—USA It has been suggested that whatever controls your life is your religion. Accordingly, the impulse to attack the healthy tissue of the genitalia of a child, male or female, however informed by medical consensus, creed or superstition, is inevitably a form of religious violence. Ending circumcision is thus a small but significant part of a broad and compelling challenge: to confront, eradicate and transcend the scourge of religious violence in all its forms-- political, intellectual, and economic-- before it overwhelms and vanquishes every last brave tenuous attempt at human civilization.
Rickards, Laura—USA I am a mother of an uncircumcised boy... I wouldn't have it. My cousin has worked in the "circ room" and told many a tale of horror... to much cut, screaming, the trash bin full of little bloody rings of flesh... No way!
Rijk, Ron—Netherlands It's an outrage of mutilation of the body of a child, wich didn't had the choise when it was circumsized. Wich religion grounds will follow ? A religion who says you don't need 10 fingers, so you must cutt of one of them to become a member of the religion ? It makes me even more furious if a parent did it, because " i find it beautiful to see when my son is circumsizes ". Give me such parent for a while in a closed room.....
Rinkenberger, Stephen—USA Childhood circumcision is RAPE - - done without consent of the victim, despite his protest, committed by force (restraint, sometimes drugs, even alcohol), done by those who are powerful against those who are weak, and in most cases, the pedophiles who do it hide safely behind medical masks. And, like most rapes, this goes under- reported; indeed it's almost never reported at all. And why don't most adult victims complain? The answers are extremely complex, but that's the nature of human sexuality. Profound loss involves grief. One primary response in the grief process is DENIAL - - in this case: "they couldn't really have taken anything important away from me, because they loved me - right?" (Well, maybe Mom and Dad had an ignorance that medical folks promoted and exploited.) For most adult victims, denial IS the resolution, one that never really fits, because to question it opens an emotional Pandora's Box, and most men don't have the fortitude to question Mom, Dad, and "the Doctor". Further, social mores don't ALLOW men to speak out. Few men are willing to present themselves as less than perfect physical specimens - - they'd rather remain candidates in the gene pool. Fewer men want to argue against the popular "medical wisdom" that says American doctors are so smart, so well educated, so wise, that they can readily and routinely see God's and Nature's error in the design of the human male body; Doctors are, after all, the priests in a secular society, aren't they? (But then, we know priests can be pedophiles, don't we?) And fewer still are willing to face the humiliation the medical community is poised to hand out should an adult victim cry foul and ask for help in any restoration process. Adult victims are lonely indeed, and largely unable to find a voice, because, given current social mores, it's hard for them to find each other without seeming somehow "gay". This isn't a "gay" issue; it IS a human rights issue, and men (and the wives of damaged husbands) need to find each other, unite, and scream that message loudly, so that deaf physicians and parents-to-be can hear the message. Stephen Rinkenberger SPMGM@aol.com
Ritchie, Brian—USA I was circumcised as a child and in my opinion parents should have to go to jail for this mutilation. I feel like my basic civil rights have been violated as well as many others. My nephew was spared this shame and sadly feels that he is the odd man out because his friends have brutal parents who believe in such practices.
Ritchie, Steven—USA I feel violated. I wouldn't even know what was done to me if I were not homosexual and saw what an "uncut" penis looked like. I believe when I found out it made a very negative effect on my life for example I havent spoken to my parents in 11 years and I have developed a great hatred towards them. Everyday of my life when I urinate, shower, or have sex it pops into my mind what was done to me it makes life much more difficult than it should have to be.
Rivera, Chad—USA I support an immediate end to genital mutilation of both genders - including circumcision. Religion can no longer be used as an excuse for mutilation.
Robbins, Deborah—USA I am the mother of five children, four girls and one son--born gently at home and fully intact. I feel that circumcision is an unecessary, brutal mutalation of the human infant and fully support The Ashley Montagu Resolution.
ROBERTS, LARRY—USA Parents do not 'own' their kids, and have NO RIGHT to permit UNNECESSARY Surgeries on them. Foreskin is as important as eyelids are to eyes (and exactly the same kind of skin!), and only the owner of same, ater he has reached FULL mental and emotional Maturity (I propose 20 years of age), should ever have the authority to allow his foreskin's alteration or removal. Jews are well-meaning but NO RELIGIOUS 'beliefs' can justify torture and permanent mutilation of innocent youths. CONTEMPTIBLE! Doctors -- Parents -- Jews who support and practice this vile, irreversable, unjustifyable, cruel action should all be ASHAMED!
Roberts, Rickie—USA I don't see how any self-respecting mother can find hemorrhage, sepsis and death acceptable risks to her newborn son even if she believes the mutilation might prevent an easily treatable UTI.
Robinett, Patricia—USA All people deserve to feel safe and free from the threat of physical, mental, emotional harm.
Robinson, Frank—USA Routine Infant Mutilation is an abomination and an atrocity, an unforgivable violation of human rights. Should be made illegal, carrying severe penalties.
Robinson, Frank—USA Infant circumutilation is a medieval atrocity that should be outlawed...with severe penalties. NO ONE HAS THE RIGHT TO MUTILATE INFANTS' GENITALS...!!!
Rodriguez, Abigail—USA It's abusive torture,mutilation and painful suffering that is unexcusable!
Rognsvoog, Anthony—USA Circumcision should be a choice made by men ather than be forced on boys as babies.
ROHDE, Sarah—USA I would be horrified if my parents had circumcised me as a baby girl. Thank God they didn't! Sex is a normal part of healthy lives and I am so proud that BOTH my children (one boy, one girl) are intact and will fully enjoy this part of their lives. The foreskin cannot be replaced. Would you cut off a child's pinkie finger if that was the social norm? Doesn't that sound ridiculous? Just because it's his penis, it's still ridiculous! Sarah
rolle, jonathan—USA Circumcision is not natural
Romagnoli, Amy—Canada The first and only rule to parenting: Dont hurt your baby. Period.
Romero, Jason—USA I believe that it is a crime against men. People of all races are being subjegated to the religious tyranny of the Catholic faith. Without consent of the person being abused, they under the guise of shaky medical doctrines convert people into their belief structure of mascocistic mutilation of babies.
Ronco, Jennifer—USA The basis of my decision is that it's not my penis and I can't make that kind of body altering decision for him without any medical cause. I'll support him if he'd like to be circumcised in the future.
Ronn, Olle—USA It makes me sick to know that Doctors performed and still are perfoming these kind of mutalations while hearing and seeing the baby scream and tremble in severe shocking pain.
Rose, Bruce—USA The whole body belongs to the individual.
Rosenfeld, Howard—USA Discusting, and should be banned and outlawed.
Rosich, Thomas—USA This is a childrens' rights issue. Since there is no medical necessity for circumcision, it is time for legislators to protect the rights of chidlren.
Ross, John—USA Circumcision is an archaic practice. The circumcision of infants and children is a form of child abuse. As such, it should be prohibited.
Rothenberg, Moshe—USA ...Judaism is not a monolithic, unchanging institution, but is instead an ever-evolving humanistic religion...The move away from circumcision is not a departure from the core tenants of Judaism, but instead a reaffirmation of the very values which form the foundation of Judaism.
Rothermel, Michael—USA Genital mutilation of children is criminal child sexual abuse on the part of parents and sexually violating malpractice on the part of physicians. It must be stopped worldwide. It is performed without the consent of the one person that it will damage for life. There is absolutely no "cultural" or "religeous" validation for this heinous violation of a child's human rights to bodily integrity. The choice is theirs to make when they become adults, but unfortunately my choice to remain intact was never considered before it was taken from me.
Rowland, Amanda—USA It's simply wrong.
Rowlands, Debra—USA I was told by my ex and my grandfather, 27 years ago when my son was born, that the circumcision was the best for my new baby. I was young and extremely uninformed, so the doctor performed the procedure the morning my son came home, at 2 days old. He was asleep when the nurse brought him in, for me to dress. I asked her if it had been done, and she told me yes. She left the room and I took his diaper off to see him. I will never forget that moment, ever. A single drop of blood was on the end of his penis, it looked horrible to me, and at that second, I would rather someone would have torn off my arm than for me to have done that to my baby again. Although there was never a problem with infection, thank God, it was raw and I knew myself it had to hurt...I am not a brain surgeon or a rocket scientist, but it would take a moron to think that it wouldn't hurt, as the medical profession leads uninformed people to believe. How could something like that be done and it NOT hurt? It has been something I have always had to live with, that I allowed such a horrible procedure to be administered to my newborn baby, someone I would rather have died for than to allow a second of pain, subjected to such a thing as this. I took the liberty of discussing this with my daughter about her soon to be born son, my first grandchild, and she quickly informed me that she and her husband had already talked about it, and Riley will not be circumcised. It was such a relief, and I know it is a wise decision. Fortunately, they are living in a time that they have more information, and they have made some informed choices. Unfortunately, there are many more people that are ignorant of the facts and choices, for this issue as well as others with labor and delivery, childbrith. I know from experience, people are taught not to question doctors, the medical field, and it has been my experience that doctors in general don't like to be questioned, they do not like for patients to have any amount of control, to ASK. That is why my daughter has chosen to have Riley at a natural childbirth center, even though it is 2 hours from our home. I cannot imagine the pain my newborn baby was forced to endure, it has been something that haunts me still, 27 years later. UPDATE: Riley Conner was born in April 2003, and his parents, my daughter and son in law, made the informed decision not to have Riley circumcised. My nephew, whose son was born a month later, chose to have his baby done against my pleas, and it looked terrible: swollen, purple. My daughter was horrified when she saw it at a family gathering as I changed his diaper. We are now making a concerted effort to educate my son and his wife who are expecting in July. So, this website DOES make a difference. While surfing the web one night, I happened upon it, and it went from there; my daughter seen it, who showed it to her husband, who was sickened that it had been done to him - they were determined that no one was going to do that to their baby son. It is important for family members to talk about this, to educate younger members who are going to have babies; they sometimes only know what others ( like doctors, most of whom want the almighty $$) tell them, and you have to let them know that this is not needed, it is a terrible , unnecessary mutilation and that the tradition of having it done in the U.S. must be broken. It will if young people are educated. Update- December 7, 2005 Genital mutilation is wrong, no matter if it is male or female. We in the US just take this horrible procedure for granted, and do it so casually, injuring our helpless infants, maiming them for life, and filling doctor's coffers with the help of our babies blood. It has got to stop. People have got to be educated that this mutilation is not needed, and does more harm.
Ruhl, Danielle—Canada This needs to stop. For all infants in the world, no just girls.
Russell, Mark—United Kingdom I am intact, and it appalls me that boys are circumcised for no other reason than 'it looks better', I don't think a ring of scar tissue looks better, especially when it reduces the sensations experienced, I think it's sick.
Russell, Timothy—USA In particular, routine infant male circumcision in the U.S. has at least partly, if not significantly, contributed to whatever social ill one could point out, be it drug abuse, property crime, violent crime, depression, over-eating, child abuse, the likes of Bill O'Reilly, or ignorance. In general, until we truly recognize by way of our social institutions, laws, holidays, religions, languages, mores, and customs not only that we are animals but how we are animals, anti-body practices like genital mutilation will be neither fully understood in their ramifications nor contested. Indeed, the social status and well-being of all living things on Earth would only benefit from a widespread change as such in human thinking.
Russell-Smith, Anthony—USA I fail to understand why the United States, in its hypocrisy, has made FGM illegal, while many government publications advise consideration of cultural norms before denouncing MGM. I find it ridiculous that a scoiety founded on the virtues of justice and equality has failed to protect it's most vulnerable members: its children.

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