[Ads-l] intactivist

ADSGarson O'Toole adsgarsonotoole at GMAIL.COM
Mon Apr 6 01:52:47 EDT 2020


Back in 2011 Ben Zimmer posted a message to this list containing an
October 1995 citation.

Message Title: intactivist / intactivism
Message Poster: Ben Zimmer
Timestamp: Sun Jun 5 18:59:11 UTC 2011
http://listserv.linguistlist.org/pipermail/ads-l/2011-June/110119.html

Word Spy has an entry with a 1996 citation.

Website: Word Spy
https://wordspy.com/index.php?word=intactivist

[Begin excerpt]
intactivist
n. An activist who supports or lobbies for laws that ban infant circumcisions.
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Garson

On Sun, Apr 5, 2020 at 11:14 PM Laurence Horn <laurence.horn at yale.edu> wrote:
>
> 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.
>
> LH
>
>
>
> On Sun, Apr 5, 2020 at 10:57 PM George Thompson <george.thompson at nyu.edu>
> wrote:
>
> > - 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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> > The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org
> >
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