‘Bloodstained Men’ host circumcision protest in Manhasset on Sunday

‘Bloodstained Men’ host circumcision protest in Manhasset on Sunday
The Bloodstained Men group protested at a busy Manhasset intersection on Sunday during their foreskin awareness tour around the state.

At the busy intersection of Northern Blvd and Port Washington Blvd, a protest by the California-based non-profit group Bloodstained Men caused a commotion Sunday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Motorists passing by honked, shouted and exchanged both support and opposition with the protesters, who were wearing white outfits featuring a vibrant red spot over the crotch area. The purpose of the protest was to raise awareness about circumcision and advocate for the preservation of the foreskin.

The Bloodstained Men group, formed in 2012, is currently touring New York and chose Manhasset’s bustling intersection for its visibility and impact. Their signs carried messages like “blood rituals are not medicine” and “I want my foreskin back.” They’ve been traveling across America in Chicago, Boston and other major cities.

Manhasset motorists honked at the protestors with some in favor and others against the movement. One driver shouted “die” at the group while another produced an enthusiastic “yes.”

David Atkinson, the president and CEO of Bloodstained Men, was among the protesters who took to the streets with the intention of increasing awareness among “intactivists.” These are individuals who believe in the right of a person to not be subjected to involuntary, non-herapeutic modification of their genitals. Atkinson, who started participating in the group in 2014, said their aim is to prevent future generations from undergoing non-consensual genital cutting.

In an interview with the Manhasset Times, Atkinson said, “The foreskin is a normal, healthy, valuable part of the human penis, and the European medical community has condemned American doctors for tampering with the genitals of perfectly healthy baby boys. So, we’re here to encourage American parents to educate themselves about the functions of the foreskin so that they have the resources and the confidence to protect their children from anyone who would try to cut off part of their children’s penises.”

Atkinson said the two main problems related to circumcision are ignorance about the value and function of the foreskin and denial of injury resulting from circumcision. He claims that ignorance exists even within the medical profession itself, attributing it to the tradition of American doctors not having the foreskin.

Drawing an analogy to female genital mutilation, Atkinson argued that such practices are illegal in the United States and should be, as no one should tamper with the genitals of a healthy infant.

The Bloodstained Men group also referenced other intactivist organizations such as Attorneys for the Rights of the Child and Doctors Opposing Circumcision, all of which share the same advocacy for protecting children from non-consensual circumcision.

The genesis of the Bloodstained Men’s distinctive outfit and creation dates back to 2012 when intactivist leader Jonathon Conte protested at the American Academy of Pediatrics Convention in New Orleans. That year the AAP updated their statements and asserted that the benefits of circumcision outweighed the risks.

“Specific benefits identified included prevention of urinary tract infections, penile cancer, and transmission of some sexually transmitted infections, including HIV. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists has endorsed this statement,” the AAP said in its 2012 statement.

In response to the AAP’s statement, Atkinson asserted, “They were immediately condemned by the European medical community in the pediatrics journal and the AAP’s own journal a few months later.” He said that one committee member published an article in 2016 claiming the AAP’s statements were primarily based on cultural and religious factors rather than medical considerations.

In recent years, the debate surrounding circumcision has gained traction in public discourse. In 2020, presidential candidate Andrew Yang expressed his opposition to the practice, and if he’d been elected, it would have been a part of public policy.

David Wilson, an intactivist for over 35 years, said he still feels incomplete due to his circumcision nearly 70 years ago. He started protesting in front of the U.S. Supreme Court in 1992, the same year he founded the Stop Infant Circumcision Society, and continued to protest with the Bloodstained Men group.

“I knew something was missing that I needed or wanted,” said Wilson, “and the best way I thought I could do it is to be vocal.”

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  1. Good for them! Three national medical organizations (Iceland, Sweden and Germany) have called for elective infant male circumcision to be *banned*, and two others (Denmark and the Netherlands) have said they’d support a ban if they didn’t think it would drive the practice underground.

    “Routine” circumcision *is* banned in public hospitals in Australia (almost all the men responsible for this policy will be circumcised themselves, as the male circumcision rate in Australia in 1950 was about 90%).

    If it weren’t a religious thing, elective circumcision of boys would have been banned in lots of countries decades ago, same as it was for girls.

  2. I appreciate these men speaking out against this practice. I don’t like that I had a piece of my genitals cut at birth and I know many men feel the same way but don’t feel comfortable speaking up

  3. 1: Most american medical associations, the Center for Disease Control and the World Health Organization recommend it!
    2: Circumcision prevents diseases like HIV, HPV and many STI’s and promotes better hygiene (no wrinkles for bacteria to flourish)!
    3: It looks better!
    4: Circumcised penises are socially acceptable and don’t have the fishy smell!
    5: No matter what the ethical background or culture 80 plus percent of women prefer it!
    6: Once someone is exposed to a circumcised penis they typically prefer it and it becomes ingrained in their culture.
    7: Those who are unlucky might need it done as adults and that is why many ancient cultures like the Jewish people do it! It is a act of mercy and compassion against future problems.

    The grass is always greener on the other side till you need to get it done as a adult!

    • Sorry to have to point out your lie. NO medical association (not even Israel’s IMA) endorses forced genital cutting of males, females, or intersex children. Informed adults can decide for themselves.

      Cut guys have no idea what they’re missing. Foreskin feels REALLY good. Most of the world is intact.

      I think the main reason the American Academy of Pediatrics and American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists have not more forcefully condemned infant circumcision is because it would expose their members – who have cut about a million babies per year for decades – to liability claims.

  4. If you were to ignore the triviality the pro-circumcision cabal has foisted on US men, you would need to see, any doctor who cuts into a child at his/her profiteering or parental acquiescence, is guilty of sexual battery and assault. The late Christopher Hitchens has written and spoken extensively about the practice. See You Tube for some of Hitch’s interviews. Also the so called STD prevention excuse is so perverse and outrageous. What parent thinks their newborn is doing to have unsafe sex? Leave the choice to the man, not a doctor or a parent.


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