INTACTIVIST OF THE MONTH: Robin Banks Beatty
One of Intact America's greatest strengths is the diverse and supportive intactivist community. Our "Intactivist of the Month" series highlights some of the most ardent opponents of infant and childhood circumcision, whose tireless efforts will ensure a future where all babies are kept intact.
DECEMBER 2013: As we head into the holiday season, thoughts turn to giving, to both our friends and loved ones and to our community. Within the intactivist community, generosity from donors is what makes possible the work we do. This month, Intact America is honored to celebrate one such generous donor, Robin Banks Beatty.
Robin’s introduction to the question of circumcision came via a relationship with an intact man. “When I was 21, I was dating a guy from Austria. That’s when I found out what circumcision was. I’d never heard it mentioned before, and as soon as I heard about it, I was opposed to it.”
A mother of three, Robin says her reaction to circumcision was intuitive. “I didn't need facts to know that it was wrong and abusive. I had two daughters and never even considered circumcision. Many years later I had a son, and it was while he was a baby that I noticed how most of the baby boys I was around were circumcised. I brought the subject up gently with other moms and discovered the anger and discomfort that often surround discussion of the subject.”
That’s when Robin began speaking out at every available opportunity. She attended her first demonstration this past March in Washington, D.C. for Genital Integrity Awareness Week, and she’s become profoundly devoted to protecting baby boys’ rights. Earlier this month, she made a significant donation to Intact America, her second, through a family foundation.
Support from people like Robin helps Intact America to be as effective as it is today. Thanks to our donors, our reach is broader than ever. And every day we hear from people who’ve learned from the information we share about the importance of protecting the bodies and rights of babies.
Robin is no exception. “I found out about Intact America from doing a web search to learn more about the facts regarding circumcision. I had the great pleasure of finally meeting Georganne in Washington last March. What a wonderful feeling to be around other like-minded people who are passionately devoted to bringing awareness and education on this important subject! As an intactivist, I help support Intact America financially, and educate people whenever I can.”
“I can’t express how moved I was to meet Robin in person,” says Georganne Chapin, Executive Director of Intact America. “We were walking next to each other in a crowd of around 150 people carrying signs printed with intactivist messages, going from the Capitol to the White House, when Robin introduced herself. Of course, I knew her name immediately, as the benefactor of a significant early donation to Intact America.
“The late Margaret Mead, American anthropologist, is famous for having said, ‘Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.’ She was talking about people like Robin Banks.”
And she was talking about YOU! As Intact America prepares for 2014 – battling the media’s continued pro-circumcision bias, fighting the medical establishment’s guilt- and profit-fueled obsession with cutting boys’ genitals, and educating future parents – we ask that you join Robin in helping to make our work possible, helping to change the way America thinks about and promotes circumcision, and, yes, helping to change the world. Please give whatever you can. Every dollar counts – in fact, if you make a donation before midnight on December 31, your help can go twice as far, because all gifts will be matched dollar-for-dollar, up to $25,000.
Visit our Intactivist of the Month Archive page to read about previous intactivists we've highlighted.