I’ve written about the morality of circumcision from a secular standpoint, as well as the medieval sages and Victorian doctors who advocated circumcision because it makes sex less pleasurable. I say there’s no justification for circumcising infants who can’t consent, and if you happen to agree with me, here’s your chance to do something about it.
The filmmaker Francelle Wax is directing a documentary titled American Secret: The Circumcision Agenda, about how circumcision became a common practice in America and how it lingers on due to religious and cultural inertia, in spite of a paucity of evidence for any clear medical benefit. She’s previously been interviewed on Friendly Atheist about the project. (My friend and generally awesome person Katie Hartman is also helping out.)
Many of the important interviews have already been shot, but everything that’s been done so far has been self-financed by Francelle, and now they need some help to finish the project. They’re seeking to raise $55,000 on Kickstarter by the end of the month, which will pay for professional editing, additional interviews, and hiring actors to shoot reenactment scenes. In my opinion, this is a project that deserves our support – especially since, the way Kickstarter works, they have to raise the full $55,000 or else get nothing at all.
If you’re willing and able, please chip in and help them out!
UPDATE (6/25): The Kickstarter has been fully funded! Thanks to everyone who pledged.