Some people call it circumcision. I call it male genital mutilation.
In the name of being “normal, under the guise of dubious health claims, America has been waging a war on young men's bodies for decades now – but a new documentary is starting a conversation about why we’re mutilating babies, and I've been waiting for this to happen for years.
Today our guest is Brendon Marotta, the director of American Circumcision.
Like a lot of us, Brendon never really thought about circumcision for most of his life. It already happened and there’s nothing you can do about that, so why bother thinking about it? But this is the most common surgery in America, so it affects people on such a scale and in such a personal way that it’s crazy we aren’t thinking and talking more about it.
If there was another issue that affected, in some way, almost every single person in the country – whether you’re a circumcised man, a partner, or a parent – wouldn’t we be talking about it all the time?
We’re afraid to talk about it because it’s such a taboo subject – but today, we break that taboo and have a much-needed conversation about male genital mutilation.
TOPICS DISCUSSED ON THIS EPISODE:
Why Brendon first started investigating circumcision
What inspired him to start making the film
The process of foreskin restoration that some men are undergoing today, which allows them to partially restore that part of their body + other ways men are reclaiming sensation
Giving people permission to talk about this deeply personal subject
How “red pill” moments inspire us to investigate the truth
How society turns men into “success objects” and diminishes anything viewed as complaining
The incredible bravery of standing up to your tribe
How circumcision deprives men of multiple orgasms and a lot of pleasure
Soraya Mire, the heroic female genital mutilation survivor who helped pass the Federal law against FGM in 1996 (which has since been overturned, unfortunately)
The medical and religious history of circumcision
The kind of circumcision described in the Old Testament isn’t even the same kind of circumcision performed today – and in the New Testament, it’s called an abomination
Circumcision began as a cure for masturbation, meant to hinder future sexual development and pleasure
The fake AIDS testing done to prove this surgery’s necessity
What the procedure is like for baby boys (spoiler: it’s horrifying)
The PTSD and trauma that many men likely experience due to going through this painful procedure
Breaking down masculinity and toxic masculinity, and the role of empathy in masculinity
The backlash against American Circumcision and other similar films (like The Red Pill)
Learn more at https://www.brendonmarotta.com/
Watch American Circumcision: https://circumcisionmovie.com/
Read: The Girl with Three Legs: A Memoir by Soraya Mire
Watch: The Red Pill
Brian Earp: https://twitter.com/briandavidearp
Eric Clopper: Sex & Circumcision: An American Love Story
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