Using the phrase “genital autonomy” to call for an end to infant circumcision is like using the phrase “labor autonomy” to call for the end of slavery. Technically, it is true and definitely a worthy goal, but as a name and as a message it suffers from several insufficiencies.
For a movement that spends so much time speaking of, and rightfully praising, the functions of the foreskin, it is odd that “autonomy” has now crept into the name of our events. A choice is what one makes when there is something to be gained. We are trying to preserve a boy's genitals, not his choice. No one is proposing to deny autonomy to an adult, nor grant autonomy to a child.