UNLIKE the group that created the 2011 San Francisco ballot initiative that would have made circumcising a male under age 18 a misdemeanor, punishable by a fine of $1,000 or up to one year in jail, with no religious exemptions permitted, those gathered at CU Boulder July 23-26 for the 13th convocation of the International Symposium on Genital Autonomy and Children’s Rights indicated an interest in education over legislation.
“Whole Bodies, Whole Selves: Activating Social Change” brought together organizations and individuals from around the world for “interdisciplinary dialogue about genital cutting . . . and strategies for protecting children from medically unnecessary genital alteration,” and included experts in the areas of anthropology, bioethics, children’s rights, foreskin restoration, healthcare law, medicine, midwifery, pediatrics, psychology, psychotherapy and sociology, many of whom identified as Jewish.