Marilyn Fayre Milos

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Marilyn Milos

Marilyn Fayre Milos, RN[a 1], (born 22 March 1940 in San Mateo, CA, USA), who has championed the rights of infants and children to bodily integrity and genital autonomy since witnessing circumcision as a nursing student in 1979, spoke at the WWDOGA in 2015. She studied at the College of Marin.


  • Co-founder, president, and Executive Director of the National Organization of Circumcision Information Resources Centers (NOCIRC), working to end the non-therapeutic circumcision of baby boys in the USA.
  • Co-editor of the proceedings of the international symposia, published by Springer,
  • Co-founder, president, and Executive Director of Genital Autonomy - America after NOCIRC name change in January 2016, to protect the bodily integrity and genital autonomy of every child — female, intersex, and male.
  • Coordinator of 15 International Symposia on Genital Autonomy, held from 1989 to 2018.
  • Coordinator of International Symposia on Genital Autonomy and Children's Rights at Intactivism
  • Member of the Advisory Board of Your Whole Baby
  • Member of the Board of Directors of Intact America, effective 1 July 2021.

Early life

Born in San Mateo, California, and professionally trained as a Registered Nurse at the College of Marin's School of Nursing, Milos started campaigning against elective non-therapeutic circumcision of baby boys when, as a nursing student in 1979, she witnessed the circumcision of a newborn baby boy. It was the moment she realized that her doctor had lied to her about what would happen to her own sons behind closed doors. Once she researched the issue and realized that most of the world's males are not circumcised, the important functions of the foreskin, and the harmful consequences of inflicting pain and trauma on a newborn baby, she began giving parents accurate information about circumcision. She was told to keep her mouth shut and, in 1985, she was forced to resign. She founded NOCIRC that same year, 1985.[1]

Support for genital autonomy

Milos, who supports genital autonomy for all children, bases her arguments on the fact that the foreskin is a normal body structure with protective, immunological, and sexual functions, and that every child has an inherent right to bodily integrity and genital autonomy (personal choice).[2][3] She also believes that circumcision of infants should be seen as a human rights issue:

Milos serves on the Board of Directors of Intact America.


Only by denying the existence of excruciating pain, perinatal encoding of the brain with violence, interruption of maternal-infant bonding, betrayal of infant trust, the risks and effects of permanently altering normal genitalia, the right of human beings to sexually intact and functional bodies, and the right to individual religious freedoms can human beings continue this practice.
– Marilyn Fayre Milos[4]

Award for intactivism

Milos was chosen "Intactivist of the Month" by Intact America.


  • Informed Consent, created by Marilyn, Sheila Curran, RN[a 1], with Dr. Edward Boyce performing a circumcision, and narrated by Troy Christian.
  • The Phil Donohue Show, 17 June 1987.

Standard work



  • The Maurine Ricke Award, California Nurses' Association Award for Clinical Excellence in Perinatal Nursing "for her dedication and unwavering commitment to righting a wrong", 9 April 1988.
  • NurseWeek magazine's Nursing Excellence Award for Patient Advocacy, 11 May 2001.
  • Mothering Magazine's "A Living Treasure" recognition, March 2008 issue.
  • Intact America Award for Humanitarian Service, 2009.
  • The Trust Birth Initiative Lifetime Achievement for Protecting Newborns, 12 March 2010.
  • In May 2015, Milos was honored as a "Living Legend" at the 2015 BirthKeeper Summit[5] in Berkeley, California for her work to end male, female, and intersex genital mutilation.

See also

External links


  1. a b REFweb Registered nurse, Wikipedia. Retrieved 11 January 2021.
  2. REFweb Doctor of Philosophy, Wikipedia. Retrieved 16 June 2021. (Also abbreviated as D.Phil.)


  1. REFbook Glick LB (2005): Marked in Your Flesh: Circumcision from Ancient Judea to Modern America. New York, NY: Oxford University Press. P. 4.
  2. "Marilyn Milos and Donna Macris note that some have claimed that the foreskin provides a protective covering for the glans, making the uncircumcised penis more sensitive during sexual activity." Stephen Garrard Post, ed., Encyclopedia of Bioethics, 5 vols (3rd edition; New York: MacMillan Reference, 2004), vol. 1, p. 422
  3. ; see also REFjournal Sorrells ML, Snyder JL, Reiss MD, Eden C, Milos MF, Wilcox N, Van Howe RS. Fine‐touch pressure thresholds in the adult penis. BJUI. 19 March 2007; 99(4): 864-9. PMID. DOI. Retrieved 10 January 2021.
  4. REFjournal Milos MM, Macris D. Circumcision: A Medical or a Human Rights Issue?. Journal of Nurse-Midwifery. 1992; 37(2, sup. 1): S87-S96.
  5. Facebook page of the Summit