[Ads-l] intactivist

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Mon Apr 6 03:13:56 UTC 2020

It's been around for awhile, actually, as has Intactivism for the
biophilosophical movement. This is from a posting by Hugh Young on the
(late, lamented) OUTiL [Out in Linguistics] listserv:

As you might have guessed, I am also in contact with the *Intactivist*
community (the word subsumes Female Genital Mutilation, Male Genital
Mutilation and involuntary sex re/assignment surgery).

Posted 06 Mar 2000, so the lexical item has been around long enough to
celebrate its twentieth anniversary.  I won't even try to check out what
the traditional gift for that one is.  I believe the inactivist community
would consider "circumcision" worse than a circumlocution.


On Sun, Apr 5, 2020 at 10:57 PM George Thompson <george.thompson at nyu.edu>

> - While wandering through the Web, looking for information on a book
> called A
> Surgical Temptation: The Demonization of the Foreskin and the Rise of
> Circumcision in Britain, I came upon the following, at the website
> https://circumcisionandhiv.com/2019/04/25/robert-darby-rest-in-peace/What
> is an intactivist?
> in·tac·tiv·ist [in-tak-tuh-vist]
> *noun*
> 1. an especially active, vigorous advocate of children's rights, especially
> the right to genital integrity or the right to be free from genital cutting
> (circumcision).
> *adjective*
> 2. of or pertaining to intactivism or intactivists: an intactivist
> organization for the right of male, female, and intersex children to be
> free from genital cutting.
> 3. advocating for children by vigorously opposing genital cutting
> (circumcision), especially the cutting of children who lack capacity to
> consent: Intactivist opponents of the American Academy of Pediatrics
> picketed their annual conference in New Orleans.
> GAT, who has always found his own foreskin to be as useful as it is
> ornamental.
> --
> George A. Thompson
> Author of A Documentary History of "The African Theatre", Northwestern
> Univ. Pr., 1998.
> But when aroused at the Trump of Doom / Ye shall start, bold kings, from
> your lowly tomb. . .
> L. H. Sigourney, "Burial of Mazeen", Poems.  Boston, 1827, p. 112
> The Trump of Doom -- also known as The Dunghill Toadstool.  (Here's a
> picture of his great-grandfather.)
> http://www.parliament.uk/worksofart/artwork/james-gillray/an-excrescence---a-fungus-alias-a-toadstool-upon-a-dunghill/3851
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