Sixth International Symposium

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The Sixth International Symposium on Genital Integrity convened in Wesley College at the University of Sydney, Sidney, New South Wales, Australia on December 7-9, 2000.

Faculty

  • Seham Abd el Salam Muhammed, MD, research fellow, Department of Sociology-Anthropology, the American University in Cairo, member of the Egyptian FGM Task Force, founder of Resource Center of FGM Cairo, Egypt.
  • John Aldous, co-founder E.B.-N.O.R.M. (Everyman’s Birthright - National Organization of Restoring Men). Everard Park, South Australia.
  • Zenas Baer, JD, attorney concentrating on Federal Civil Rights Litigation. Hawley, Minnesota, USA.
  • Jeannine Parvati Baker, MS, co-founder, Six Directions non-profit educational organisation, author and lecturer. Joseph, Utah, USA.
  • Peter Ball, MA, MB, B.Chir., retired family practitioner, producer and director, non-surgical foreskin restoration video. Turnbridge Wells, Kent, UK.
  • Gillian A. Bensley conducted research study for Bachelor of Social Science(Honours) degree in Psychology. Bond University, Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia.
  • Daniel H. Bollinger, III, BA, founder and Director, Wabash Men’s Council,Indiana, USA.
  • Charles Bonner, JD, civil rights, personal injury, and medical malpractice attorney. Sausalito, California, USA.
  • Gregory J. Boyle, PhD, Professor of Psychology, Bond University. Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia.
  • Mary Conant, RN, conscientious objector to circumcision, co-founder, Nurses for the Rights of the Child. Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA.
  • Robert Darby, PhD, scholar and editor, researched the history of the rise and decline of routine circumcision in Australia for his book on the subject. Canberra, Australia.
  • Paul Fleiss, MD, MPH, paediatrician. Los Angeles, California, USA.
  • Tracey Gemmel, candidate for Postgraduate Diploma of Professional Psychology, Bond University. Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia.
  • Pia Grassivaro Gallo, PhD, associate professor, general biology, Faculty of Psychology, University of Padua. Padua, Italy.
  • Yngve Hofvander, paediatrician, Professor, International Child Health, Uppsala University, Sweden, consultant to the Swedish International Development Authority, World Health Organization, and UNICEF. Uppsala, Sweden.
  • Frederick M. Hodges, DPhil (Oxon), medical historian, co-editor, Male and Female Circumcision: Medical, Legal, and Ethical Considerations in Pediatric Practice (Kluwer Academic/Plenum Press 1999). University of Oxford, Oxford, UK.
  • LeYoni Junos, Director, Amnesty International Bermuda, Bermuda Human Rights Commissioner. Hamilton, Bermuda.
  • Michael Katz, MD, Vice President of Research for the March of Dimes. White Plains, New York, USA.
  • DaiSik Kim, PhD, Professor, Department of Physics, Seoul National University. Seoul, Korea.
  • Sae Chul Kim, MD, Department of Urology, College of Medicine, Chung Ang University, Seoul, Korea.
  • Tina Kimmel, MSW, MPH, doctoral candidate in public health, University of California, Berkeley, Director, NOCIRC of California – East Bay. Oakland, California, USA.
  • Peter Lawrence, MS, doctoral candidate, University of Sydney, counsellor,and founder of UNCIRC of Australia in 1994. Sydney, NSW, Australia.
  • Els Leye, Female Genital Mutilation Project Coordinator, International Centre for Reproductive Health. Ghent, Belgium.
  • Hanny Lightfoot-Klein, MA, cross-cultural sexologist and clinical supervisor,The American Board of Sexology, author, Prisoners of Ritual: An Odyssey Into Female Genital Mutilation, A Woman’s Odyssey into Africa: Tracks Across a Life, and Genital Surgery and the Rights of Children. Tucson, Arizona, USA.
  • Linda Massie, BSc, PG/Dip, founder and Director, NOCIRC of Northern Ireland. Glen gormley, County Antrim, Northern Ireland.
  • Brett McCann, Counsellor, Sexual Health Clinic, Sydney Hospital, President, Australasian Sexual Health Counsellors Society. Sydney, NSW, Australia.
  • Kenneth A. McGrath, VRD, Msc(Hons), LIBiol, MNZIMLS, RNZNVR (Rtd), Senior Lecturer in Pathology, Faculty of Health Studies, Auckland University of Technology. Auckland, New Zealand.
  • Marilyn Fayre Milos, RN, co-founder and Director, NationalOrganization of Circumcision Information Resource Centers(NOCIRC), Coordinator, International Symposia on Genital Integrity. San Anselmo, California, USA.
  • Pandy S. Ndimwibo, BA SWASA, DIP PPM, PGD Counselling,Chairman of the Uganda Reproductive Health Bureau. Kampala, Uganda, Africa.
  • Juliana Nkrumah, MS, Community Education and Development Officer, NSW Education Program on FGM, Ethnic Affairs Commission of NSW, Sydney, NSW, Australia.
  • Myung-Geol Pang, PhD, GenDix, Co., Korea, Institute of Reproductive Medicine and Population, Medical Research Center, Seoul National University. Seoul, Korea.
  • Shane Peterson, PhD, International Office for Men’s Health and Gender Studies, School of Nursing and Public Health, Edith Cowan University. Canberra, ACT, Australia.
  • Royal Phillips, CBE, international childbirth instructor, columnist, Montecito Journal. Santa Barbara, California, USA.
  • Samuel M. Ramos conducted research study for Bachelor of Social Science (Honours) degree in Psychology at Bond University. Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia.
  • Samuel Richmond, BA, MLS, librarian and Director, NOCIRC of California - Irvine. Irvine, California, USA.
  • William Sides, Managing Director of Sides Engineering, developed the “Pill Tube” foreskin restoration method. Wheelers Hill, Victoria, Australia.
  • Morris L. Sorrells, MD, retired paediatrician, consultant. Atherton, California, USA.
  • J. Steven Svoboda, JD, founder and Director, Attorneys for the Rights of the Child (ARC), Berkeley, California, USA.
  • Moisés Tractenberg, MD, psychoanalyst, author, Director, NOCIRC of Brazil. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
  • John W. Travis, MD, MPH, founder and co-director, Wellness Associates, author, Wellness Inventory and the Wellness Workbook, co-founder, International Coalition for Genital Integrity, co-founder, Alliance for Transforming the Lives of Children. East Gipsland, Victoria, Australia.
  • J. Neville Turner, LLB (Hons), BA, barrister and solicitor, authored six books and numerous articles on child and family law, board member and former president of Oz Child. Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
  • Franco Viviani, PhD, professor, physical education, cultural anthropology, and general biology, University of Padua. Padua, Italy.
  • Shelton Harrison Walden, BA, Executive Producer and host, Walden’s Pond, WBAI radio, teacher, High School for Environmental Studies. New York, New York, USA.
  • John Warren, MB, DCH, FRCP, founder and Director, National Organization of Restoring Men (NORM-UK), Director, NOCIRC of UK. Harlow, Essex, UK.
  • Norma Wilcox, RN, MS, Director, Urological/GynecologicalTeaching Associate Programs, Stanford University and University of California/San Francisco Schools of Medicine and Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine. San Francisco, California, USA.
  • George Williams, MB, ChB, FRACP, consultant paediatrician/perinatologist, founder and Director, NOCIRC of Australia. Menai, New South Wales, Australia.
  • Hugh Young, BSc, journalist and radio producer, Auckland, Whangarei, Honiara (Solomon Islands), Gisborne, and Wellington. Pukerua Bay, Aotearoa, New Zealand.
  • Avshalom Zoossmann-Diskin, PhD, Avraham Kahana, and Ronit Tamir, members, The Israeli Association Against Genital Mutilation. Avshalom Zoossmann-Diskin, PhD, currently a medical student in Australia is Director, The Israeli Association Against Genital Mutilation. Sturt, South Australia, Australia.

Proceedings

Program

Thursday, 7 December

  • Welcome and Opening Remarks
Marilyn Fayre Milos and George Williams
  • Keynote Address: Ending Enforced Genital Cutting of Children and Violation of Their Human Rights: Ethical, Psychological and Legal Considerations
Gregory J. Boyle
  • An Overview
George Williams, Moderator
  • Historical Revisionism in Recent Medical History: An Exposé and Analysis
Frederick M. Hodges
  • A Source of Serious Mischief: The Demonisation of the Foreskin and the Rise of Preventive Circumcision in Australia, 1880–1930
Robert Darby
  • Compulsion to Circumcise is Constant, the Reasons Keep Changing
Michael Katz
  • Legal and Ethical Considerations of Genital Mutilation
George Williams, Moderator
  • Comparative Legal Analysis of Body Mutilation Practices on Children
J. Steven Svoboda
  • Equal Protection Case Studies in the Scope and Limit of Gender-Based Discrimination Under State and Federal Constitutions
Zenas Baer
  • Human Rights of Children in the New Millennium: Legal Developments in the Fight for Children’s Genital Integrity Throughout the World
Charles Bonner
  • Doctors, Be Warned! Circumcise Today and You Could Be Sued Tomorrow!
J. Neville Turner
  • Religious Considerations
Tina Kimmel, Moderator
  • An Epistolary Debate with David Ben Gurion About Jewish Circumcision: The Psychoanalytic Outlook
Moisés Tractenberg
  • Attitude, Knowledge, and Change Among Israeli Jewish Students Regarding Male Genital Mutilation
Avshalom Zoossmann-Diskin, Avraham Kahana, Ronit Tamir
  • Bris Shalem: Toward a Covenant of Wholeness
Samuel Richmond
  • Limitations to Practices of a Belief or Religion in International Human Rights Law – Case Study: Genital Mutilation in the Judaic Tradition
LeYoni Junos
  • Breaking Through Medical and Media Bias
Tina Kimmel, Moderator
  • The White Coat of Silence: How to Create Change in Medical School Curricula and Survive Physician Opposition
Norma Wilcox
  • The Struggle for Media Access and International Recognition
Shelton Harrison Walden

Friday, 8 December

  • International News
Peter Ball, Moderator
  • A Review of Circumcision in New Zealand: “I never liked doing them and I was pleased to give it up.”
Hugh Young and Kenneth A. McGrath
  • Circumcision Rates in UK Males
John Warren
  • Prevention of Genital Mutilation: A Community Research and Development Project in Northern Ireland
Linda Massie
  • Circumcision of Boys in Sweden: Proposal for Government Regulation
Yngve Hofvander
  • Prince for a Day: The Sumbawa Circumcision Ritual
Royal Phillips
  • Female Genital Mutilation
Juliana Nkrumah, Moderator
  • FGM: Getting the Debate Happening at the Grassroots – The Australian Experience
Juliana Nkrumah
  • Egyptian Intellectuals and Genital Integrity
Seham Abd el Salam Mohammed
  • Female Circumcision: Its Effects on the Reproductive Health of Adolescents
Pandy Ndimwibo
  • The Struggle Against Female Genital Mutilation/Female Circumcision: The European Experience
Els Leye
  • Sunna Budnin: An Alternative Ritual to Infibulation, Invented and Carried Out in the Merka District, Somalia
Pia Grassivaro Gallo and Franco Viviani
  • Genital Mutilation of Children: Where Are We Now and Where Are We Going?
Hanny Lightfoot-Klein
  • International Symposia on Genital Integrity Award Presentations
Marilyn Fayre Milos, Moderator
  • Address of the Recipient of the Human Rights Award: Over 100% Circumcision Rate: The Short and Bizarre History of South Korean Circumcision
DaiSik Kim, Myung-Geol Pang, Sae Chul Kim

Saturday, 9 December

  • Psychological Aspects of Genital Mutilation
Gregory J. Boyle, Moderator
  • Sigmund Freud, Male Circumcision and the Mind: A Psychoanalytic Review
George Williams
  • Physical, Sexual, and Psychological Impact of Male Infant Circumcision: An Exploratory Study
Gillian A. Bensley and Gregory J. Boyle
  • Neonatal Circumcision: Long-Term Harmful Effects
Tracey Gemmel and Gregory J. Boyle
  • Ritual and Medical Circumcision Among Filipino Boys: Evidence of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Samuel M. Ramos and Gregory J. Boyle
  • Counselling Approaches for Acute Post-Circumcision Stress Disorder: A Case Study
Brett McCann and Peter Lawrence
  • How to Respond to the Doctor Who Says You Must Circumcise Your Son
Paul Fleiss
  • What Exactly Is Lost With Genital Cutting?
Morris L. Sorrells, Moderator
  • Separation of the Two Sensory Platforms of the Human Penis
Kenneth A. McGrath
  • A Novel Research Study in Assessing Penile Sensitivity/Insensitivity Without a Measuring Device
Peter Lawrence
  • Touch-Test Sensory Evaluation Research: Preliminary Findings
Morris L. Sorrells and Tina Kimmel
  • Addressing the Wounds
Peter Ball, Moderator
  • Assaulted and Mutilated: A Personal Account of Circumcision Trauma
Shane Peterson
  • Concurrent Session A: Male Genital Mutilation and Foreskin Restoration
Peter Ball, Moderator
  • Circumcision: A Festering Wound
Daniel H. Bollinger, III
  • Current Foreskin Restoration Practices in Australi
John M. Aldous
  • A report on the evolution and growth of foreskin restoration in Sydney Australia, since 1994
Peter Lawrence
  • Doctors, File Information, and Activists Can be Worse than the Circumciser’s Knife
William Sides
  • Foreskin Restoration: a video
Peter Ball
  • Concurrent Session B: The Role of Women in Ending Genital Mutilation
Jeannine Parvati Baker, Mary Conant, Linda Massie, Marilyn Fayre Milos, Moderators
  • Closing Keynote Address: Circumcision as a Part of the Normative Abuse of Children: Essentials for Transforming the Lives of Children
John W. Travis
  • Closing
Jeannine Parvati Baker

Publications

The proceedings are published in

Symposium organizers

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