Cari and my dh is Jay (Jacob) and we have three kids (see siggy)
Washington state, near Seattle
As far as what brought me to this issue....my ds wasnt circ'd simply because it wasnt covered under medicaid and I wasnt about to pay for it, lol. It did kind of raise a red flag in my mind that they didnt cover it because it was a cosmetic procedure, but I didnt put much other thought into it. Then, my poor nephew had all these problems with his circ and that kind of made me see that I was lucky my ds was intact.
I didnt actually do any sort of research into it until I met dh. He was very against circ and then as we got into a physical relationship we realised that his circ had cost him much of his sensation. This was basically the first time I did any sort of research into it. I know I had started reading mothering at some point before I met him but I hadnt run into the circ articles yet. Anyway, as time went on I really became an intactivist as did dh and of course, none of our boys will be circ'd. Oh, and ds is perfectly happy with his penis as is, lol.
My special interests....I have been in Tae Kwon Do since I was 12, off and on (since I had my first, kids kind of make it hard,
). I'm a surrogate too and I did an (one time!) egg donation. I'm working on my 2nd surrogacy
What kinds of things are you doing to discourage/end RIC?
Um, we have a bumper sticker, we (esp dh) talk about it whenever we have the opportunity, we printed up brochures to leave in random places, and dh is the WA rep for the MGM bill. We are also working on seperate legislation to require healthcare practitioners to have to provide FULL information for parents before they perform a circumcision, including current rates (a big help for us, since the rates are only about 30% here), risks, pain involved, etc.
If you could give an expectant parent one link, what would it be?
Well, I love mothering and send parents here all the time, but for circumcision alone, I like cirp as well as mothersagainstcircumcision. If they are Jewish, I send them to Jewsagainstcircumcision. Really it all depends on the person....I have also sent a few people to check out DOC because they seemed to be really medically oriented and I thought that it would strike a chord with them.