Male Circumcision: A Humanist Perspective on the Removal of Foreskin

Dr. Hernando Chaves #cconmale CatalystCon East, Saturday March 16, 2013


  1. Male circumcision has been practiced for thousands of years. Traditionally, it has been incorporated into spiritual, religious, and cultural aspects of numerous societies. Today, those traditions are being challenged by the Intactivist movement, those against the removal of male foreskin. With modern sex research, we have begun to challenge the historical assumptions of the necessity of male circumcision beyond tradition, culture, and faith. What does the research community, the medical profession, and the field of sexology have to say? How often is male circumcision practiced? Does foreskin removal affect penile sensation and/or affect sexual pleasure? Does removing the foreskin prevent or reduce the likelihood of medical issues such as penile cancer, urinary tract infections, and sexually transmitted infections including HIV? What are the ethical implications associated with removing a body part without individual consent, which is the case for the majority of foreskin removals?  This presentation will also include a 2-minute video of a male infant being circumcised, which happens behind closed hospital doors more than one million times in the US each year. This presentation aims to discuss both sides of the argument and challenge attendees to look at their own views and opinions on male circumcision.