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Excision, Circumcision, Same Old Song, Same Fight!

"Cultures that tolerate within themselves the appropriation by adults of whatever part of the body of minors, do not deserve the name of civilization."

Circumcision babies

(PARIS, France) - The quasi-castration of the cut of the clitoris saves reproduction. Contrary to hasty affirmations, it is not a castration. But, in the majority of cases, pleasure is "castrated".

Nevertheless, on the psychological ground, not only that quasi-castration strengthens, for boys, the threat of castration that circumcision is, but also, when circumcision alone is operated, it is always considered by the girl, unconsciously, as a threat of excision, with all the deleterious effects of such a threat.

Under the guise of the noble aim to warrant and teach the respect of moral and law, sexual mutilation has the same nonuttered aim: ensure, through terror, the domination of adults upon children and that of the rulers upon their subjects, so traumatized for life.

Considering the deep rooting in mores of sexual mutilation, it is illusory to attack excision without in the same time doing it for circumcision, that is to say without getting to the root of the evil.

Or else, not only will the fight against deadly excision only progress in dribs and drabs, but also men, and consequently women, will be maintained under the yoke of an unacceptable violence.

Michel Hervé Navoiseau-Bertaux (Sigismond) is the author of "Sexual mutilation: excision, circumcision, the victims' point of view", for free at; he is an Independent psychoanalysis researcher (Chercheur indépendant en psychanalyse) based in Paris, France, who works with to help raise awareness of the massive societal problems connected to the blindly accepted, mutilating practice of circumcision. He says, "Non violence is as fundamental as violence, love and hatred, justice and injustice. But power is at the tip of the tongue and the sweet violence of speech, if one takes hold of it, can silence weapons."

(La non violence est aussi fondamentale que la violence, l'amour et la haine, le juste et l'injuste. Mais le pouvoir est au bout de la langue et la douce violence de la parole, si l'on s'en empare, peut faire taire les armes.)

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