Letter from Stan Emerson to Frontline

Thursday, 21 Jan. 1999

David Fanning, senior executive producer, Frontline
Michael Sullivan, executive producer, Frontline
125 Western Ave.
Boston, MA 02134-1008
E-mail: frontline@wgbh.org
Fax: 617-254-0243

Dear Misters Fanning and Sullivan,

I have a story idea for you. As you might know, on Friday, 15 January 1999 ABC News did about a 15 minute segment in their 20/20 TV show on infant circumcision in the US. What 20/20 actually covered and presented was bad, incomplete, misinformative and deceptive since they failed to reveal to the US public the notable human rights violation of this senseless, violent, in fact medically contraindicated, involuntary, non-therapeutic, unethical, nature-insulting, degrading, humiliating, destructive, mutilating, and lifelong harmful surgery, and 20/20 failed to interview any of the growing number of angry, damaged, and disgusted US born men who were forced in infancy to undergo this horrendous and anti-human practice posing as medicine and still presented as medicine to an unsuspecting, unaware and controlled US population.

The US medical industry for the past 130 years has been removing part or all of the external sex organs of children of both sexes. This is a great shame and disgrace of US medicine. Eighty-five percent of the worlds males have normal, natural intact penis, but 85% to 90% of US born men were forced to have for life a partial, man-damaged, desexualized, emasculated primary sex organ. I ask Frontline to investigate the history and continuing deception, fraud, absence of ethics and greed in the US medical industry on this matter.

Though still inflicted/performed on 60% of US born baby boys (down from a high of 90% in the 80s, but still 90% or more in large areas of the US), this surgery permanently damages the penis, and guarantees sexual dysfunction (of a physical/mechanical nature) and limits, controls, restricts and damages male sexual pleasure. The denial of the harm, the lying that goes on in US medicine, and the fear of both the shocking history and the sexual, medical, physical, emotional, psychological and self-esteem forms of harm done to boys and men by infant circumcision keep this horrendous practice alive (along with all the myths, notions, superstition (religion), homophobia and psychopathology surrounding this abusive sexual perversion inflicted on the helpless).

The entire US medical database on infant circumcision has been corrupted due to: 1) the appalling ignorance of US doctors and the failure of US medical schools to present and teach what is known in the world medical literature on the value of whole sex organs, on the damage done by genital surgery inflicted on unconsenting, healthy children, and on the effective, non-surgical treatments for the rare to uncommon foreskin problem, 2) the fear of the anger of parents, men, and the religionists whose perversion is protected by the so-called medical infant circumcision. (Incidentally, there are Jews angry at having been sexually mutilated at birth, and Jews have long been writing important books and articles against infant circumcision. Semitic fundamentalists have successfully crushed in the past the noble efforts to end this atrocity and fraud inflicted on helpless boys.), and 3) the desire to protect US MDs and hospitals from lawsuits that would result if the public knew the truth about this shame and disgrace of infant circumcision sexual mutilation, the stigma of a sick, violent, religion-damaged US.

Since the US medical database has been corrupted, the best source for information on this problem is the Internet. Here are some websites that offer the best information on this awful problem. Ive added the names and phone numbers of experts you should contact and interview:

The National Organization of Circumcision Information Resource Centers
(Marilyn Milos, RN, founder and director; phone 415-488-9883, in San Anselmo, CA)

NOHARMM, the National Organization to Halt the Abuse and Routine Mutilation of Males
(Tim Hammond, founder; phone 415-826-9351, in San Francisco, CA)

Circumcision Information and Resource Pages
(award-winning site having the most comprehensive information of all aspects of the problem of "infant circumcision"; includes full-text medical papers)

Circumcision Resource Center
Ronald Goldman, Ph. D. (psychology)
(Ronald Goldman, director; phone 617-523-0088, in Boston, MA)

D.O.C. (Doctors Opposing Circumcision)
George Denniston, MD, MPH, President of DOC; phone 206-368-8358, in Seattle, WA)

Circumcision, the first peer reviewed online journal
(Robert Van Howe, MD (pediatrician); phone 715-358-1000, in Wisconsin)

Mothers Against Circumcision

In Memory of the Sexually Mutilated Child


Muslims Against the Circumcision of Boys and Girls

Voices Intact- Circumcision Education

NORM, the National Organization for Restoring Men

Foreskin curriculum: for anyone studying the healing arts

The End of Circumcision in America

Circumcision: A Medical or a Human Rights Issue?, by M. Milos & Donna Macris

Nurses for the Rights of the Child

The Valencia Declaration on Sexual Rights

Comprehensive lists of circumcision websites

The American Academy of Pediatrics [AAP] will around 1 March 1999 release a new position and policy statement on infant circumcision surgery. Its felt that due to the shamefulness and the great control of this evil and lifelong harmful practice, due to the psychopathology ensured by this problem, due to the loss -- for MDs and hospitals -- of between 500 and 800 million dollars per year in the US, and due to the fear of lawsuits from the US public, the AAP will not condemn this surgery, claiming, once again, possible medical "benefits".

The US public deserves a proper examination of this shame and disgrace of US medicine. Please examine a copy of what 20/20 presented so that you do not make the same mistakes and failures of presentation that they did recently.

I and other Americans respect what Frontline has done to reveal fraud, deception and shocking practices in government, business, and medicine. Please continue this excellence by presenting a more than one hour program on this problem of medically contraindicated and unethical -- yet inflicted/performed -- infant circumcision surgery.

Sincerely yours,

Stan Emerson
POB 3024
Madison, WI 53704-0024

Be ashamed to die until you have won some victory for humanity.

Horace Mann (1796-1859, American educator)

We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark;
the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.


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