Discusses his awakening understanding about genital integrity and autonomy, developing skills for talking with people about the issue, and how it affects everyone.
Discusses personal issues around forced genital surgery and working with the issues of genital integrity, body ownership and foreskin restoration in his art.
Teen battles depression after his circumcision
"I’m 19 years old. Because I’m circumcised, I need three surgeries before I can have sex. I'd be happy to share my story. I don't mind talking openly about it anymore."
"I am victim of genital mutilation. I was not given a choice. Rather, it was forced upon me as a helpless baby. I was not born diseased. They had no right to amputate the most sensitive part of my body - my foreskin. The foreskin is a normal, healthy, functioning body part. Everyone is born with one. Even girls! (It's called the clitoral hood in girls.) Circumcision has caused my glans to become dry and keratinized, resulting in a loss of sensitivity, loss of normal sexual function, and left me with an ugly scar. Some men have lost their penis altogether due to botched circumcision (David Reimer, for example.) An estimated 200 baby boys die from circumcision every year in the US alone. There is no need for it. It is totally unnecessary, unethical, harmful, painful and sometimes fatal. It needs to come to a quick and complete end! Just imagine if girls were being circumcised. It was legal until 1997. Imagine being a victim of genital cutting. Try to put yourself if my shoes. Genital cutting is a human rights violation of bodily integrity."