We petition the obama administration to:
My name is Jonathon Conte. I am a victim of male genital mutilation and I'm an intactivist.
I first learned of circumcision when I was about maybe 14 or 15 years old. I saw a picture of an intact penis on the internet. It puzzled me a bit, because it was something that I had never seen before. I didn't quite understand what I was looking at.
Then we have another whole issue of, as I've said it's a procedure in search of a disease. And all of the diseases that it's been purported to cure, from masturbation to epilepsy to schizophrenia, to urinary tract infections, or cancer of the cervix... cancer of the penis. None of them have held up to scientific scrutiny.
Circumcision removes vital skin structure and function. The foreskin is not just unnecessary skin. It is an important, complex structure that contains an elaborate network of nerve endings, making up about half of the erogenous tissue of the penis. The foreskins purpose during infancy is to protect the glans (the part of the penis inside the foreskin) from infections from urine and feces. In adulthood, it enhances sexual pleasure due to the intact erogenous tissue and provides lubrication for the mans sexual partner.