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post #41 of 77
First name, and any family details you want to share.

Melissa. I have been married for 12yrs. I have a dd 5yo (will be 6yo on the 6th oct.) and a ds 23mo (will be 2yo the 18th oct.) I have 5 cats 4 outside 1 inside (she is 12yo)

What state/province are you from?

East Tennessee on the Tn./Ky boarder above Knoxville. I have lived in this county all my life and hopefully will the rest of it


Briefly, what drew you to this issue?
I always felt that circ was wrong even tho my oldest half-brother was left intact at birth because the Dr who delivered him didnt believe in it : but at age 3 he had some issues and a cut happy Dr. got ahold of him It was very traumatic for my mom of course and my youngest brother was circed because she didnt want to risk going thru that again (cant blame her for that) even tho she has a half brother who is intact and they grew close she knew he was intact.

After having my son and finding MDC in nov. 2004 (thank you to the fertility friend mom who sent me here) I found out why my instincts were 100% right on. And have done all I can to help people know circ is wrong.


Particular interests? Special talents?

I love reading it keeps me from going : I love to sew by hand and with a machine. I quilt when I get the chance and do cross stitch.


What kinds of things are you doing to discourage/end RIC?
I of course visit here every day helping out when it is needed and IRL I leave little cards that I made up and leave them at gas pumps, Dr. Offices and anywere else people might see them. I also have 2 anti-circ bumper stickers on my van and a licence plate cover as well.

If you could give an expectant parent one link, what would it be?

I actually have the link to MDC attached under my anti-circ window cling.
post #42 of 77
First name, and any family details you want to share.
my name is mika, dp's name is brian and we have a little girl named roxie.


What state/province are you from?
maryland

Briefly, what drew you to this issue?

just being a mother and becoming more caring and sensitive toward children, i stumbled onto mdc and found out about this horrible thing that goes on in the world, : and want to do all i can to stop it.

Particular interests? Special talents?
sewing, cooking, attachment parenting, playing the guitar and drums

What kinds of things are you doing to discourage/end RIC?
i have links to a couple different anti-circ sites on my myspace, hoping that young people will click on them and discover the truth before they have a son. i also talk about it whenever the subject comes up with friends and family. my sister and a couple of people i have talked to said they would never do it to their boys.

If you could give an expectant parent one link, what would it be?
noharmm.org
post #43 of 77
[QUOTE=pdx.mothernurture;4869866]First name, and any family details you want to share.

Jen (26), mommy to Quinn (2 1/2) and dss Jon (15). Happily married to dh (36).

I can't believe how young you are I have envisioned you as an old wise, gray haired lady......WOW Your actually just a wise lady!!
post #44 of 77
First name, and any family details you want to share.
Dee, 1 DD 2.5yrs, WAHM, Married 8 years to DH steven
What state/province are you from?
Conncticut

Briefly, what drew you to this issue?

Growing up in a Jewish household, watching people celebrate hurting babies bothered me as long as I can remember. When my SIL (brother's wife) was pregnant 8 years ago, my mother was praying for a boy so she could have a bris. She even had the menu planned:PukeI informed her that I for one would not attend and we started arguing about it. I decided that aside from just knowing it was disgusting, I should be able to back up my viseral feelings about this and started researching. As the saying goes, the more you know, the worse it gets.
Particular interests? Special talents?
I'm a jewely designer and bead artisan. I also raise venomous reptiles.

What kinds of things are you doing to discourage/end RIC?
I keep a blog and belong to many mothering groups where I try to get the word out. I am also thinking about starting a nocirc chapter in my area. (all this is in addition to accosting pregnant woman)

If you could give an expectant parent one link, what would it be?
Depending on the reasoning, it would either be:
Jewish Circumcision Resource Center
or
Doctors Opposing Circumcision
post #45 of 77
First name, and any family details you want to share.
Krystal (26) happily married to Mike (30) for 4 years and expecting our second child, a son, in December. I say second rather than first because I don't like to exclude our first baby, who was lost to miscarriage last May.

What state/province are you from?
Oklahoma

Briefly, what drew you to this issue?
I didn't really feel comfortable with it, but was going to let my husband make the decision until I found out that we're expecting a little boy. After that, I decided to do more research and determined that come hell or high water, this boy would not be circumcised. Thankfully, my husband needed little convincing and it's now a decision we both feel very strongly about.

Particular interests? Special talents?
I'm a full-time psychology undergraduate student right now, but I plan to be a counselor specializing in pregnancy loss, infant loss, and infertility. My hubby and I are pretty much homebodies... so I read, play pen-and-paper RPGs, and video games when I'm not surfing the web.

What kinds of things are you doing to discourage/end RIC?
I just talk to everyone I know about it. I'm very vocal about our decision to not circumcise our son and I'm more than happy to explain why to anyone who will listen! I also post information and links on various other forums to encourage expectant parents to research the issue further.

If you could give an expectant parent one link, what would it be?
I generally direct them first to the AAP Policy Statement as it's least likely to be considered "biased" and will generally grab their attention.
post #46 of 77
First name, and any family details you want to share.
My name is Carly. I have a 16 (almost 17mo) son named Bram. He is the only male in the family that is intact that I know of. (That includes DP's family, my mom's family, bio-dad's family, AND step-dad's family.)


What state/province are you from?
Louisiana


Briefly, what drew you to this issue?
Someone on americanbaby.com posted some info and since Bram wasn't *yet* circ'd (it was put off due to birth defects) I was interested. I totally changed my mind for that day on and become more passionate about it every day.


Particular interests? Special talents?
LOL, I think my only hobby is buying cloth diapers. I want to start sewing (probably dipes and dipe accessories) though and become a WAHM.


What kinds of things are you doing to discourage/end RIC?
I like to explain how much *I* didn't know and what changed *my* mind... I believe it helps people get less defensive. Everyone always thinks that you're trying to talk down to them because they don't know what they don't know.


If you could give an expectant parent one link, what would it be?
I'm not sure! Probably The Case Against Circumcision article. I'm actually thinking about printing it out and highlighting the part about circ'ing NOT being cleaner for someone that told my sister that that's the reason Bram has a yeast infection. And she said that we *need* to get him circ'd. :
post #47 of 77

me:

First name, and any family details you want to share:
Kathleen, 35, child-right's advocate


What state/province are you from?

Midwest, born and raised. Transplant to San Diego Calif.


Briefly, what drew you to this issue?
Having a son


Particular interests? Special talents?
Politics, human right's, talents: proactive & paying attention


What kinds of things are you doing to discourage/end RIC? Talking about it to eveyone, everywhere. Bumper-stickers, I am also the Regional Director for www.nocirc.org. I am currently involved with an HMO defunding project.


If you could give an expectant parent one link, what would it be?

The link to the Graphic Circ video. It's an eye-opener!

http://video.google.com/videoplay?do...umcision&hl=en
post #48 of 77
First name, and any family details you want to share.
Josh, House building husband to Christy, DAD to DD Sage Marie (almost 3), Max, Rocky (Two big sheperd dogs), Snowy (one lazy. lovable, easy goin cat)


What state/province are you from?
born in missouri, raised in michgan, lived 13 years in florida, back in michgan since 03


Briefly, what drew you to this issue?
My own problems with my circumcision led me to research circumcision and find out what a lie a mutilation it really is.


Particular interests? Special talents?
Art/Drawing,
Videogames, House building/remodeling, Hunting, Gardening, Off-roading, Racing, Videogames lol


What kinds of things are you doing to discourage/end RIC?

NOT ENOUGH!, ive helped my brother and sister to see that circumcision is wrong and a few friends and coworkers.


If you could give an expectant parent one link, what would it be?
http://www.nocirc.org/

post #49 of 77
First name, and any family details you want to share.
My name is Rebecca. I am married to Tim and we have three boys and one girl. I am a SAHM/full-time student and I homeschool my crew.

What state/province are you from?
I live in Ohio.

Briefly, what drew you to this issue?
Yoshua

Particular interests? Special talents?
I am a law enforcement/criminal justice major, so I have this thing about investigations and crime scenes. I would like to end up doing crime scene investigation collecting evidence, but I don't want to be stuck in a lab somewhere.

What kinds of things are you doing to discourage/end RIC?
I found a board that I thought was unknown and have been working on my intactivist skills there, but it seems to have been invaded!

If you could give an expectant parent one link, what would it be?[/QUOTE]
Yoshua.com , but alas it doesn't exist. I usually send them here and invite them to view the stickies. I am not very familiar with the various links yet.
post #50 of 77
First name, and any family details you want to share.
Brie, married for 2 yrs, will TTC in maybe 2 yrs and have lots of babies!

What state/province are you from?
CA

Briefly, what drew you to this issue?
I never understood why every boy needed a piece of him cut off, and then I was asked to hold down my 1 yr old nephew so my mom and sister could "clean" his penis (ie, pull apart the left over foreskin that had adhered to the head). I didn't know what they were doing, and I didn't watch, but I knew it had something to do with his circ and that it was quite common. I cried while he screamed and still feel guilty for contributing to that.

Particular interests? Special talents?
I love to research stuff, which is how I came to MDC. I love to learn, I love babies and anything that pertains to babies! I'm a nanny to a wonderful 12 month old. I am also working on my BA in human development

What kinds of things are you doing to discourage/end RIC?
So far, I've talked to one sister and sil and convinced them both not to. Next I plan on speaking to my other sil's and sisters. I try to keep Fleiss's book in my car so if I ever give someone a ride, they ask about it. I started a group on facebook against circ, and I plan on putting some links about circ in my profile. I will also speak to my friend's, many are childless.

If you could give an expectant parent one link, what would it be?
This board
post #51 of 77
First name, and any family details you want to share.
Kira, mom to an almost 3 year old son, Dante...married to sweet Hong Kong stud-muffin Ho-Lam.


What state/province are you from?
BC, Canada


Briefly, what drew you to this issue?
I found out that people were still routinely doing this. (I seriously had no idea, I had this vague notion that Jewish people did it, but didn't know what the surgery involved or that so many North Americans were doing it) I watched a video online, read the Babycenter Debate Board for literally 2 and a half months straight and plowed through tons of medical studies....the end result is a hoppin' mad Intactivist who doesn't understand why people aren't screaming from the roof-tops for this violation to STOP.



Particular interests? Special talents?
The Human Rights aspect, for sure. I don't know if it's a talent, but I'm a graphic designer by trade so I've been trying to lend my abilities there to this cause by designing t-shirts, print material, etc.



What kinds of things are you doing to discourage/end RIC?
Letter-writing campaign to the College of Physcians & Surgeons of British Columbia, finding ways to bring up the topic with everyone I know & meet, posting on various internet boards to help people find accurate info, wearing one of my Intactivist T-shirts out in public at LEAST 2 times a week, like grocery shopping / the mall...


If you could give an expectant parent one link, what would it be?
http://www.cirp.org/library





- Kira
post #52 of 77
What state/province are you from?
I am originally from Panama. I live in PA, USA now.

Briefly, what drew you to this issue?
The horror I found when I came here. People cut of pieces off infant genitalia here for looks...they...cut...off....parts....I remember thinking things like this (I lived briefly in Denmark with my husband for his business and I actually started hearing of this issue there when an American family we knew wanted to circ their child. I didnt find out until coming here how many people actually did it)

Particular interests? Special talents?
I love reading and activism. I am big on human rights; I grew up under Noriega and lived through the US invasion. Those times changed me, even though I was young. I will never forget them. Human rights are not to be toyed with.


What kinds of things are you doing to discourage/end RIC?
Talking to whoever I can. Debating online hoping the lurkers are listening. Stickers and such on my bags and slings, hoping to spark conversation.


If you could give an expectant parent one link, what would it be?
Too many to choose from, but the link to the mothering article is a great one


oh and I have 2 girls and a boy :-)
post #53 of 77
Hi! My name is Andie, and unfortnately my dh is circumcised. I have a 5 year old daughter and 3 year old son, both fully intact.

What state/province are you from?
I live in MA, north of Boston

Briefly, what drew you to this issue?
Mothering Magazine. I read the circ. reprint when I was expecting my son and realized it wasn't going to happen to him.

Particular interests? Special talents?
I love to read, and I love to cook. I teach high school culinary arts, and I love working with kids and trying to work with them toward graduation instead of dropping out.

What kinds of things are you doing to discourage/end RIC?
Oh, I'll talk to anyone about it. And I do.

If you could give an expectant parent one link, what would it be?
http://www.jewsagainstcircumcision.org/ is the link I give out most often because of the circles I travel in. My favorite info in general is the Mothering special circ issue reprint. I can't imagine reading that and choosing circumcision.
post #54 of 77
First name, and any family details you want to share.
Alice- see my siggy for details!!

What state/province are you from?
Colorado

Briefly, what drew you to this issue?
I studied midwifery for a brief time and it was one of the issues I studied. I was really shocked to find out what it was, and even more so that it was totally unnecessary. Then I asked my mom about it and she told me about having my brother done and how she regretted it. Then, well, you know, the more I learned the worse it got.

Particular interests? Special talents?
I love music, I love animals, I want to have my own horse someday. I love the mountians and camping and hiking and skiing. I can't wait til the kids are a little older so we can do all those kinds of things together.

What kinds of things are you doing to discourage/end RIC?
I have information linked on my blog and I speak openly about it with anyone that asks. I have a bumpersticker too, but haven't cleaned the care yet so I can put it on.:

If you could give an expectant parent one link, what would it be?
http://www.mothering.com/articles/ne...ting-kids.html
post #55 of 77
First name, and any family details you want to share.
Lydia, mommy to 1 intact boy(2 yr.) and his baby sister (5 mo.).

What state/province are you from?
Texas

Briefly, what drew you to this issue?
Leaving Ds intact was a no brainer once I did the research. Now I want to have info to help other's make an informed decision.

Particular interests? Special talents?


What kinds of things are you doing to discourage/end RIC?
I am trying really hard to make it part of "normal" conversation with my friends. Some who have babies and others who are expecting. I think until we really start talking about this issue with some common sense it will not change. I have a whole packet of info that I give to friends who are expecting.

If you could give an expectant parent one link, what would it be?
the circumstition one
post #56 of 77
First name, and any family details you want to share.
Brandi, mom to 2 intact boys.

What state/province are you from?
California

Briefly, what drew you to this issue?
I learned about the "horrors" of female circ in college, and I could never understand why it was considered torture to do it to a girl, but perfectly fine to do it to a boy. When I got pregnant, I knew that I would not have it done, but I had to do the research to convince everyone around me that I wasn't nuts. (some remain unconvinced, and continue to believe I'm off my rocker) For me, its another case of the more you know, the worse it is.



What kinds of things are you doing to discourage/end RIC?
I let my boys show off their natural bodies at every oppurtunity. (Ok, I really have no control over that- they seem to want to do that anyway)
At the moment, I'm working to convince my brother & his wife not to circ, but they're firmly in the "she's crazy" camp. But, hey, I've got another 8 months, so who knows...

If you could give an expectant parent one link, what would it be?
Any site with a circ video. That's what ultimately won the battle between me & dh.
post #57 of 77
First name, and any family details you want to share.
Carrie.. Any other info? Check the sig.

What state/province are you from?
Texas.

Briefly, what drew you to this issue?
I was researching whether or not we were going to circ, since our insurance company didn't cover it. I stumbled upon Mothering, and an intactivist was born.

Particular interests? Special talents?
Artist. Cooking. Snuggling with my cuddle bug.

What kinds of things are you doing to discourage/end RIC?
I'm going to start writing my Reps about it, write letters to healthcare providers asking that they not perform this horrible surgery.

If you could give an expectant parent one link, what would it be?
mothering.com
post #58 of 77
First name, and any family details you want to share.

Robyn 28, married to Scott 30, and Mommy to Kya 4, Makena 3, and Keegan 6 months....who is HAPPILY INTACT! He is the first intact male in my family in 70-some years.


What state/province are you from?


Arizona

Briefly, what drew you to this issue?

Getting pregnant with my first child led me to research because it just seemed "Wrong" to me. My first ended up being a girl and at that time I still was unsure if I would have done it had she been a boy...EVERYONE circumcises, right? Thank goodness I met a few Mommy's when my first DD was a baby who made me realize that you don't HAVE to circumcise and it led me to research more. Now I'm glad my first was a girl...it left me more time to research so that my 3rd child, and only boy was spared the knife.


Particular interests? Special talents?

I LOVE to research and my family is always calling for advice when it comes to anything medical. I will be going to nursing school in the near future .....

What kinds of things are you doing to discourage/end RIC?


Well, nothing imparticular.....although I have thought about screaming form the rooftops. I want to get some magnets to put on my car, but I'm worried about offending people in my family who have circumcised. :

If you could give an expectant parent one link, what would it be?

Nocirc.org
post #59 of 77
First name, and any family details you want to share.
Renee, 26, married to my cute guy, 27. We have a 25 month old Ds and a newborn Dd. Both our kids are intact.

What state/province are you from?
We're in Illinois

Briefly, what drew you to this issue?
When I was pregnant with our son I knew I wanted to have a natural birth so I read everything I could about pregnancy and birthing. Dh introduced me to circumcision. He was already against it and after he told me what it was I was immediately opposed to it as well.

Particular interests? Special talents?
Petting kitties, making milk, and opposing all nontheraputic infant circumcision.

What kinds of things are you doing to discourage/end RIC?
*Run a NOCIRC that has helped two people so far. Yay!
*I'm very open with the fact that we left our son intact.
*We've bought a few used books and left them in public places.
*I have one shirt and want to get a few more.

If you could give an expectant parent one link, what would it be?
http://notjustskin.org[/QUOTE]

~Nay
post #60 of 77
First name, and any family details you want to share.

Sue- Teacher (34) dh Andrew - Hydrogeologist (32) dd Madelyn (almost 4), and Sam (15 mos.)

What state/province are you from?
Ontario, Canada

Briefly, what drew you to this issue?

When I was pg. after losing a baby, I came upon a db elsewhere and "met" some very informative, kind people. I was then introduced to mothering....

Particular interests? Special talents?
Reading, always reading. Raising 2 children with dh. Hoping to homeschool eventually.

What kinds of things are you doing to discourage/end RIC?
Discuss the issue with friends and family members who are pg.
Open with the fact that Sam is intact

If you could give an expectant parent one link, what would it be?

right to Mothering CAC
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