Leaked audio from a panel at the 2013 Pitts Lectureship in Medical Ethics at the Medical University of South Carolina reveals that some on the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) task force on circumcision believe men do not value their foreskins.
This audio comes from the open comment period of the conference, where Dr. Michael Brady and Douglas Diekema of the AAP task force on circumcision spoke with Steven Svoboda from Attorney’s for the Rights of the Child, and several other human rights activists. One of the human rights activists was asked to film the conference, but their camera was shut off after the first day. Thankfully, audio was still running, and this recording was obtained by the documentary film American Circumcision.
During the open comment period, one doctor asks why doctors don’t do pro-prophylactic breast bud removal to prevent future disease the same way they do circumcision.
One of the doctors replies that women value their breasts, while men do not value their foreskins. The other doctors – including those on the AAP circumcision task force – agree.
Some estimates put the number of men practicing foreskin restoration at a quarter of a million men worldwide. Foreskin restoration is a tissue expansion method that can take several years, whereby men regain a facsimile of the foreskin that covers the head of the penis and does some of the function of a regular foreskin.
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Most intact men do not chose circumcision in adulthood. Outside the latest AAP conference this year, there were protests by human rights groups.
Is the AAP right that men do not value part of their penis?
Previous stories on this audio:
- Leaked: Potential president of doctors group admits he doesn’t know functions of foreskin
- Leaked: Does human rights matter to doctor’s groups deciding on circumcision?
- Leaked: Doctor admits circumcision reduces sexual sensation
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