My one year anniversary working as a director at Intact Houston is coming up in just two months! I’ve learned a lot in a year (and to think I believed I already “knew it all” back then)…
- I learned… we don’t “leave” babies intact, we “keep” them that way.
- I learned… it’s more correct to use the term “intact” or “natural” as opposed to “uncircumcised.”
- I learned… peaceful, gentle advocacy is more effective at saving babies than harsh pressuring.
- I learned… the difference between the terms “genital integrity” and “genital autonomy,” and when it’s most appropriate to use each. (Integrity describes the whole, intact nature of the body part, while autonomy refers to the body part owner’s self-government of it).
- I learned… how to talk to people about this in person with sensitivity and compassion for the history they bring to their views.
- I learned… why it’s important to prompt these discussions even with people who decide to keep their babies whole because improper foreskin care is a dangerous epidemic in America.
- I learned… about the many circumcised American men who are reaping the benefits of foreskin restoration.
- I learned… what the hashtag #i2 means.
- I learned… that I’m in this fight for the long haul, no matter how long it takes, until our boys are afforded the same basic rights to bodily autonomy as our girls.
These are just a few things I figured out in the past year beyond the months of research into the basics of circumcision that I’d done before taking on Intact Houston directorship (I also help co-direct Intact Texas, Intact Austin, and mentor for Texas’ newest chapter Intact Beaumont).
If you’re new to the topic or wondering where to find answers to any questions, a great resource to start clicking around is Saving Our Sons. (This collection of links in particular is a perfect starting point).
Keep reading to find out how I became an intactivist…