The letter calling for an end to Male Genital Mutilation, which the newspapers wouldn’t publish

We’ve spent some time over recent weeks developing a ‘Letter to the Editor’ for publication in a national newspaper or periodical, in the week preceding the Conservative party conference, which starts next Sunday. The letter has been signed by some of the world’s most well-known anti-MGM campaigners, researchers, and anti-MGM organizations.

None of the numerous national newspapers and periodicals we’ve approached offering exclusivity (one after another) have been willing to publish the letter, so we’ve decided to publish it here. It takes up the remainder of this post:

Dear Sir / Madam,

We call upon the government to specifically proscribe the non-therapeutic circumcision of male minors (henceforth male genital mutilation, MGM). This would give male minors the same legal protection as that enjoyed by female minors since the passing of the Prohibition of Female Circumcision Act 1985.

The original purpose of this obscene practice was to diminish sexual pleasure in adult men. It detrimentally affects many men’s physical and mental health, blighting their lives, and sometimes leads to suicide.

This mutilation of healthy minors’ bodies has always been illegal under Common Law. It is illegal under the Offences Against the Person Act 1861, as well as a plethora of more recent legislation, which, inter alia, protects the basic right of the individual to bodily autonomy, until that person reaches an age to make an informed decision. MGM also breaches UN and EU conventions.

MGM is directly comparable to Type 1a and Type IV FGM. There are no medical benefits which bear close examination. It is ethically and morally indefensible. This barbaric practice must be banned at the earliest available opportunity.

Yours sincerely,

Mike Buchanan
Party leader
Justice for Men & Boys (and the women who love them)

Brother K
Founder and Co-Director
Bloodstained Men

Tim Hammond
Survey Programmer
Global Survey on Circumcision Harm

Jack Cohen
Honorary Professor
Institute of Mathematics, University of Warwick

Dr John Warren
Retired consultant physician
Chair, 15 Square (formerly NORM-UK)

David Smith
Chief Officer
Genital Autonomy

Patrick Smyth
Men Do Complain

Professor George Denniston MD MPH
Doctors Opposing Circumcision (USA)

Natasha Philips
Legal Researcher
Researching Reform

Linda Massie
National Organisation Circumcision Information Resource Centre of
Northern Ireland (NOCIRC-NI)

Ian Tyes
Solicitor (retired)

4 thoughts on “The letter calling for an end to Male Genital Mutilation, which the newspapers wouldn’t publish

  1. It would be immeasurably easier to introduce a blanket ban if dogs were also subject to the same mutilations as men – were that the case then the tweed twin-set and pearls brigade women would be marching on parliament, and it would only be necessary for men to be quietly added to the bill as a footnote. ‘A Private Member’s Bill For An End To The Genital Mutilation of Dogs (oh, and Men too).’

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