Flesh and Blood

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Book Data
Title Flesh and Blood
SubtitlePerspectives on the Problem of Circumcision in Contemporary Society
AuthorDenniston, George C., Hodges, Frederick Mansfield, Milos, Marilyn Fayre (Eds.)
Pages XVI, 254
First Edition2004
PublisherSpringer US

Flesh and Blood: Perspectives on the Problem of Circumcision in Contemporary Society is a compilation of the proceedings of the Seventh International Symposium on Human Rights and Modern Society which convened in the Georgetown University Conference Center in Washington, DC, USA on 4-7 April 2002.

About this book

Who owns your sex organs? Different cultures today and in different epochs have given a variety of answers to this question. It may seem self­ evident that every individual owns and has sovereignty over his or her own body parts, such as the head, legs, nose, stomach, pancreas, and other body parts. The sex organs, however, seem to be an exception. Even though they are as much an integral part of the individual as a leg or a liver, the sex organs are unique in that many cultures have established laws and taboos over the use and even the mere display of the sex organs. Thus, certain cultures have placed constraints over the individual's ownership of his or her sex organs and actively regulate and restrict the individual's access and use of those organs. In other cultures, the question of ownership of the sex organs is more decisively answered. In any culture where circumcision to any degree of either the male or female is practiced, permitted, encouraged, or even merely tolerated, it is clear that the individual is not considered to own his own sex organs. In the United States today, the medical establishment has created an is considered acceptable and desirable that anyone for environment where it any reason can authorize or execute the amputation of the foreskin from a male child's penis.

Table of contents

  • Bodily Integrity in the Biotech Era
Hodges, Frederick Mansfield
  • An Analysis of the Accuracy of the Presentation of the Human Penis in Anatomical Source Materials
Harryman, Gary L., M.A.[a 1]
  • The Importance of the Foreskin to Male Sexual Reflexes
Meislahn, H. S., BA[a 2], MBA[a 3] (et al.)
  • Circumcision and Sexual Pleasure
Denniston, George C., M.D.[a 4], M.P.H.[a 5]
  • Conservative Treatment of Primary Preputial Stenosis in Adolescents
Beaugé, Michel, M.D.[a 4]
  • Penile Torts in the Courts
Llewellyn, David, J.D.[a 6]
  • The Activist’s Rights in the Workplace
Bonner, Charles, J.D.[a 6]
  • Educating the United Nations about Circumcision
Svoboda, J. Steven, J.D.[a 6]
  • Circumcision of Boys
Hofvander, Yngve, M.D.[a 4]
  • Anthropology and Female Genital Cutting (FGC)
Sarkis, Marianne M., M.A.[a 1]
Grassivaro Gallo, Pia, Ph.D.[a 7] et al.
  • Something Less Than Joyful
Glick, Leonard B., Ph.D.[a 7], M.D.[a 4]
  • The Growing Jewish Circumcision Debate
Goldman, Ronald, Ph.D.[a 7]
  • My Painful Journey
Reiss, Mark D., M.D.[a 4]
  • North Carolina Medicaid and the Funding of Routine Non-Therapeutic Circumcisions
Craig, Amber, M.A.[a 1]
  • Adoption
Hartley, Gregory J., BSc, PE
Lewis, Van

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