Genital Autonomy (book)

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Book Data
Title Genital Autonomy
SubtitleProtecting Personal Choice
AuthorDenniston / Hodges / Milos
Pages 252
Format16x24 cm
First Edition2010

Genital Autonomy: Protecting Personal Choice is a book by George C. Denniston, Frederick M. Hodges, and Marilyn Fayre Milos.


Circumcision affects 15.3 million children and young adults annually. In terms of gender, 13.3 million boys and 2 million girls are subjected to the involuntary removal of part or all of their external sexual organs every year. The problem of female circumcision has been addressed on an international level, but male circumcision remains a controversial subject that many academics have been reluctant to examine.

Circumcision is tolerated today because it has been practiced for millennia by a small but vocal minority of religious and ethnic groups, however, when the practice is examined through the lens of modern legal, ethical, and human rights advancements, no place remains in civilized society for this body-altering ritual.

In Genital Autonomy: Protecting Personal Choice, international experts address various types of genital modifications, the impact of these harmful traditional practices on the child, on human rights, and on the development of the concept of bodily integrity. The papers presented in this volume address these topics from a variety of angles. They question and dissects the true motivations of the doctors, witch doctors, and “holy men” who promote and profit from circumcision.

Table of contents

  • “Three-Fourths Were Abnormal”—Misha’s Case, Sick Societies, and the Law
J. Steven Svoboda, Pages 1-13
  • Older Minors and Circumcision: Questioning the Limits of Religious Actions
Marie Fox (et al.), Pages 15-38
  • These Goalposts Don’t Move: Non-Medical Circumcision of Boys in the Tasmanian and Australian Context
Paul Mason, Pages 39-47
  • Mass Campaigns of Male Circumcision for HIV Control in Africa: Clinical Efficacy, Population Effectiveness, Political Issues
Michel Garenne, Pages 49-59
  • AIDS XVII, Mexico City: Reason for Hope or Panic?
John Geisheker, Pages 61-66
  • Circumcision Psychopathology
George C. Denniston, Pages 67-73
  • Physical Effects of Circumcision
John Warren, Pages 75-79
  • Complications of Circumcision: A Urologist’s Viewpoint
James L. Snyder, Pages 81-84
  • NOCIRC of Italy: Scientific Activities 2006–2009
Franco Viviani (et al.), Pages 85-94
  • A Project About Male Circumcision in the Veneto
M. Gloria Bernardo, Pages 95-96
  • The First Survey on Genital Stretching in Italy
Pia Grassivaro Gallo (et al.), Pages 97-101
  • Knowledge and Opinions of North Italian Health Operators About Female Genital Mutilation
Pia Grassivaro Gallo (et al.), Pages 103-110
  • Stretching of the Labia Minora and Other Expansive Interventions of Female Genitals in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC)
Pia Grassivaro Gallo (et al.), Pages 111-124
  • Preventing Infibulation: Mana Sultan Abdurahman Isse at Merka, Somalia
Pia Grassivaro Gallo (et al.), Pages 125-135
  • Writing Rites Gone Wrong: Autobiography, Testimonials, and Their Relevance to the Debate Around Genital Alterations
Chantal Zabus, Pages 137-148
  • The Impact of Neonatal Circumcision: Implications for Doctors of Men’s Experiences in Regressive Therapy
Robert Clover Johnson, Pages 149-165
  • Circumcision Memory
Thomas W. Hennen, Pages 167-187
  • Foreskin Restoration 1980–2008
R. Wayne Griffiths (et al.), Pages 189-198
  • Restoration: The Foreskin and the American Dream
Ron Low,Pages 199-210
  • Genital Autonomy: The Way Forward
David Smith, Pages 211-215
  • Circumcision
George Wald, Pages 217-239

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