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The Intactivist’s Pledge

I reject circumcision.
For girls. For boys. For women. For men.
For every human alive, or that ever lived, or that will live.

I reject circumcision for me. For my genitals.
For the genitals of my children. For my children’s children. And for their children.

I reject circumcision on behalf of babies.
On behalf of humanity. On behalf of myself.

I reject circumcision. For Abraham.
For Isaac. For Ismael. For Jacob.
For baby Jesus. For baby Mohammed.

I reject circumcision for my family.
For Africans. For Jews. For Christians. For Muslims.
For Americans.
For Everyone.

I reject circumcision because it is a violation of human rights.
Of human dignity. Of genital integrity. Of integrity.

I reject circumcision for human rights. For human dignity.
For human value. For truth.

I reject circumcision done for the tradition.
Done for the money. Done for God. Done for power. Done because they could. Done for their rights. Done for the rite. Done for wrong.

I reject circumcision for those who attend.
For those who assist. For those who participate. For those who perform.

I reject circumcision on behalf of my mother and my father. On behalf of my grandparents. And my grandparents’ parents.

I reject circumcision because it cannot prevent disease.
Because it is a disease. Because it must be cured. Because it must die.

I reject circumcision because it cannot make us safe.
Because it is not safe. Because it injures. Because it is a mutilation.

I reject circumcision because it did not fool me.
Because it has not fooled everyone. Because it never fooled everyone. Not then. Not now. Not ever.

I reject circumcision because it has not stopped.
Because it will not stop. Until it is stopped. Because I will not stop. Because we will not be stopped.

I reject circumcision because I can prevent one circumcision.
Because I can prevent ten circumcisions. Or ten thousand. Or ten million.

I reject circumcision on behalf of those who have been traumatized by it.
On behalf of those who have been wounded by it. And killed by it.

I reject circumcision done for “my own good”.
Done for “your own good”. Done for anyone’s “own good”. Done for no one’s own good. Done for no good.

I reject circumcision in the name of truth.
In the name of science. In the name of humanity.

I reject circumcision because when I do, others follow.
And a little bit of circumcision dies.

I reject circumcision by crying.
By laughing. By fearing. By trying. By failing. By succeeding.

I reject circumcision because it mutilates.
It dominates. It manipulates.

I reject circumcision when I’m by myself. When I’m with others. When I’m holding a baby. When I’m making love.

I reject circumcision because it had no legitimate purpose.
Because it has no legitimate purpose. Because it will never have a legitimate purpose.

I reject circumcision because I regret having someone circumcised.
Someone I love. Someone who loves me.

I reject circumcision because I should have known better.
Because I know better. Because I help others know better.

I reject circumcision because circumcision I was all alone.
Because I was in my living room. Because I was in the bush.
Because I was with my mother.
Because no one cared.

I reject circumcision because it cannot be used to prevent any disease.
Not now. Not ever.

I reject circumcision because I did not consent to the cutting of my genitals,
Because I could not consent to the cutting of my children’s genitals.
Because the doctor did it anyway. Because the mohel did it anyway.

I reject circumcision because I have suffered.
For all who suffered and lived. For all of us living.
For all who suffered and died. For all of the dead

I reject circumcision to redeem myself.
To redeem others. To end a man-made plague of six millennia.

I reject circumcision because I was involved.
Because I got involved. Because I am involved. Because we are involved.

I reject circumcision for sex.
For sex alone. For sex with others. For all sex.

I reject circumcision now. In the future. Forever.

I reject circumcision by speaking up.
By speaking out. By posting and emailing and mailing.

I reject circumcision because it is my moral duty to do so.
Because it is my right to do so. Because I am responsible. Because we are responsible.

I reject circumcision because it has no legitimate purpose.
Because it had no legitimate purpose.
Because it never had a legitimate purpose.

I reject circumcision because I regret being circumcised.
Because I regret having someone else circumcised.
Because I regret anyone having been circumcised.

I reject circumcision as an affront to human rights.
To human digitiy. To humans.

I reject circumcision because I give.
A damn. My money. My time.

I reject circumcision for the little children.
For the children I know. For the children I’ll never know.

I reject circumcision by rejecting the concept.
The tradition. The ritual. The procedure. The surgery. The fallacy.
For the Doctors. For the Rabbis. For Everyone. Forever.

This is my Covenant with myself, with my children, with children everywhere:
I reject circumcision.

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