“VOICES”

Each personal story is a priceless gift when shared with others who may be going through something similar. No matter what role circumcision has played in your life, your experiences matter, which is why we created the “Voices” series. Your experience, your story shared with the public, will help America to reach a tipping point.

Personal experiences bring the issue into focus: the parents who questioned medical practice and prevailed (or, perhaps, did not); the midwife who used to perform circumcisions, but stopped; circumcised men or their partners dealing with sexual problems resulting from an involuntary surgery that took place decades ago; the regret mom who rejected advice of friends to spare her son from the procedure, or who consented to her son’s circumcision out of concern for her husband’s feelings. Perhaps it is a story about how the circumcision debate disrupted family relationships, or actually brought people closer together. Or maybe you’ve questioned circumcision for a long time, but just recently started speaking out and want to talk about how it’s going. All of their voices should be heard. 

Interested in telling your story? Send an email to [email protected] giving us a brief summary of what you would like to write about. Each story is about 500 words. You can write it, or with the help of our Voices editor Sally Parker.

Voices — Sergio Serratto

When my first child was on the way, we met with the doctor for the usual checkups to make sure the pregnancy was going smoothly. In all those months, we never thought about circumcising the baby if it turned out to be a boy. At all. It never came up in our meetings...

Voices — James F. Verrees, M.D., FACOG

A number of years ago, I remember delivering a baby boy, and the first thing the father asked me was, "When can he be circumcised"? The father seemed panicked. I'd never seen anything like it before. He truly seemed in an uproar that something was terribly wrong with...

Voices — H Smith

I was born and raised on an isolated farm in East Africa, a descendant of a Boer War veteran who settled there in the early 20th century. My younger brother and I seldom saw other children. At the age of six, I was sent to boarding school. I can still remember the...

Voices — Amanda Bunch

I believe strongly that baby boys should not be circumcised. For me this is an issue of personal choice, a basic human right that a baby can’t claim for himself. I first thought seriously about this in my twenties when I read an article in a body modification e-zine....

Voices — David Arnold

I am 77 years old. It has taken me a lifetime to deal with the consequences of the trauma of my circumcision as a newborn infant in 1942. For most of my life, the earliest memory I had of my mother was when we were traveling on a railroad train across the western...