Intactivist rebuttals to PPC arguments

John Adkison, creator of the Genital Autonomy Society website, has developed a simple chart to aid intactivists when they are confronted with a "parent's choice" argument. My analysis follows. Religious freedom belongs to the individual. A brit milah (Jewish circumcision ceremony) consists of the circumcision procedure and religious prayers and rituals. I would ask Adkison to identify which part of the ceremony violates religious freedom. The result of a brit milah is indistinguishable from a hospital circumcision. Since intactivists have not made the case that a circumcision performed for a medical reason by a secular doctor in a secular hospital violates religious freedom, the procedure i

The wrong side of history

In the previous post we discussed problems associated with the tipping point theory and the assumption that success is inevitable for social change movements. In this post, we'll discuss a related "inevitability" fallacy. Some circumcision opponents say that those of us who defend the procedure are on the wrong side of history. They say that in 10 or 20 or 50 or 100 years, circumcision will be viewed as morally wrong, if not evil. At that point in time people who currently support circumcision will be viewed the way we today view people in earlier times who defended segregation or slavery. Rebukes about the wrong side of history are based on three faulty assumptions. First, that the proposed

Is there an intactivist tipping point?

Updated June 10, 2020 Earlier this year Brendon Marotta, the producer of the anti-circumcision documentary American Circumcision, suggested that an expression of support by U.S. presidential candidate Andrew Yang was an indication that the intactivist movement had reached a "tipping point" with the expectation that support for the movement will begin "to landslide through the rest of the population." [1] What did he mean? What is a tipping point? "Dramatic shift in public acceptance" Intact America strategy advisor Dan Bollinger first proposed a tipping point strategy in a 2013 paper. Bollinger cited several writers who analyzed American social change movements, such as abolition, women's s

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