Re: violence...

codehead@ix.netcom.com
Thu, 30 Sep 1999 19:58:37 -0700

Brian S <ender_ctc@yahoo.com> wrote:
>
> --- "J. R. Molloy" <jr@shasta.com> wrote:
> >
> > Well then, if human patients (baby boys in the case
> > of male genital mutilation)
> > cannot hope to experience protection as good as that
> > provided to animals, that
> > supports my contention that this instance of
> > violence toward men and masculinity
> > (amputating the prepuce) exemplifies hatred (or at
> > best, indifference) toward
> > male sexuality. The absence of any research studies
> > to determine the
> > psychological effects of circumcision provides
> > further evidence of aversion to
> > the subject of men's issues.
> >
> > --J. R.
>
> Actually, I think this is just a case of tradition
> being very hard to overcome.

There may be less of a tradition there than you think. In a very casual search of under five minutes, I found numerous references to the topic area. A real effort at scholarship would probably turn up a broader array of references. The belief that there is an "absence of any research studies to determine the psychological effects of circumcision" does not appear to be the case.

A simple 30 second web search on go2net.com (formerly metacrawler) revealed over a hundred entries, including:

Psychological Impact of Circumcision AltaVista: BJU International, Volume 83 Supplement 1, Pages 93-102, January 1, 1999. The psychological impact of circumcision. R. GOLDMAN Circumcision Resource... WebCrawler: BJU International, Volume 83 Supplement 1, Pages 93-102, January 1, 1999 The psychological impact of circumcision GOLDMAN Circumcision Resource Center, Boston, Massachusetts, USA Yahoo!: - discusses the psychological impact of male circumcision on infants, children, parents, adults, medical doctors, and s... 1000, http://www.cirp.org/library/psych/goldman1/ (AltaVista, WebCrawler, Yahoo!)

(http://www.cirp.org/library/psych/ contains a number of different studies on the topic, some of them going back decades.)

RECENT MEDICAL STUDIES ON CIRCUMCISION Excite: CIRCUMCISION RESOURCE CENTER P.O. Box 232 Boston, MA 02133 Tel/Fax (617)523-0088 crc@circumcision.org www.circumcision.org Recent Medical Studies On Circumcision Infoseek: P.O. Box 232 Boston, MA 02133 Tel/Fax (617)523-

0088 crc@circumcision.org www.circumcision.org Recent Medical Studies On
Circumcision Circumcision Results in Significant Loss of Erogenous Tissue
A ... WebCrawler: CIRCUMCISION RESOURCE CENTER P.O. Box 232 Boston, MA

02133 Tel/Fax (617)... 768, http://www.circumcision.org/studies.htm

(Excite, Infoseek, WebCrawler)

CIRP: Circumcision Reference Library This is the top index page of the Circumcision Reference Library. The Library is an online collection of abstracts, full text articles, and other material relating to male circumcision, including psychological effects.

                      474, http://www.cirp.org/library/ (WebCrawler) 

Proceedings of the Second International Symposium on Circumcision AltaVista: PROCEEDINGS OF THE SECOND INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM ON CIRCUMCISION. April 30-May 3, 1991 San Francisco, California. Bonner, Charles, J.D. Circumcision: The. Excite: April 30-May 3, 1991 San Francisco, California Bonner, Charles, J.D. Chamberlain, David B., Ph.D. Denniston, George, M.D. Larue, Gerald A. Ph.D. Montagu, Ashley, Ph.D., D.Sc. 368, http://www.nocirc.org/symposia/second/index.html (AltaVista, Excite)

(Also worth checking is the first, third and fourth symposium's proceedings.)

Academic NATIONAL RESOURCES INDEX ElderLogo2.gif (5932 bytes) ABUSED MEN ACADEMIC/EDUCATIONAL ADDICTION CIRCUMCISION FATHERING FA 338, http://www.themenscenter.com/NMR02.htm (Lycos)

(The above includes pointers to the American Psychological Association member Ron Goldman's studies on the long-term effects of male circumcision as well as other academic studies.)



A 2 minute search of Medline (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/) revealed over 2,000 articles on circumcision, of which approximately 200 discuss the psychology and psychological considerations and effects. The overwhelming majority of these articles address male circumcision issues.

A 20-second search of InferenceFind
(http://infindv2.infind.com/infind.rdc?query=circumcision&type=Brief) listed numerous references to sites where cites to relevant literature can be found.