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Circumcision; Frankly Speaking
by Gerald N. Weiss MD and Andrea W. Harter. A book for parents considering circumcision for their son. Read the complete book review and get ordering information here
Circumcision in Man and Woman: Its History, Psychology, and Ethnology
by Felix Bryk. New York : American Ethnological Press; 1934. Includes sexual practices among primitive and civilized races.
Circumcision: A Pictorial Atlas of its History, Instrument Development, and Operative Techniques
by Elliot A. Grossman, MD, FACS. 95 pages, 115 B&W photographs and drawings. 3 pages of references. Paperback, 5.5 inches x 8.5 inches. First Edition, 1982; Second Edition,1990 (ISBN 0-89962-246-1).
Circumcision: A Parent’s Decision for Life
by Aaron J. Fink M.D.
Published by Kavanah Publishing Company, 2500 Hospital Drive, Mountain View CA 94040
History of Circumcision, from the Earliest Times to the Present
by P. C. Remondino. Moral and Physical Reasons for Its Performance, with a History of Eunuchism, Hermaphrodism, etc., and of the Different Operations Practiced upon the Prepuce. Published: 1974.
In Favour of Circumcision
by Dr Brian Morris. This book expands on the information in the author’s website, including many personal stories from men circumcised as adults, as babies and who are uncircumcised. A book review appears here
Surgical Guide to Circumcision
, Bolnick DA, Koyle M and Yosha A (Editors). A lavishly produced but expensive volume published in 2012 by Springer; essential reading for urological surgeons and their medical students. Circlist’s own review appears here
. Also available as an electronic download.
Rugrats (Cartoon) Movie
The movie contains a scene early on where a young (presumably female) baby says to another in the hospital nursery “They cut my cord”, looking at her bellybutton. The boy in the next bassinet looks down his diaper and says “You should see what they cut off me!”. A good starting point for family talk about circumcision.
In the USA the movie is called “Europa, Europa” but it is also known in Europe by the alternative title "Hitlerjunge Salomon". Co-written and directed by Agnieszka Holland, it was scripted in the 1980s, filmed in 1990 and in 1992 it won the Golden Globe award for Best Foreign Language Film. It was also nominated for an Oscar. It features the young German actor Marco Hofschneider who portrays a Polish Jewish boy named Salomon Perel.
Circumcision is a central theme in the movie, showing the young boy’s bris as a new born, the Nazi occupation of Poland, his separation from his family and finally him being taken in by a German military unit. The commanding officer sends the boy back to Germany to live, where he is enrolled in a posh school for Hitler Youth. All through this, the boy is constantly terrified that someone will see him naked and discover he’s circumcised and Jewish, not an Aryan hero of the Fatherland. At this school he even tries to tie the remains of his long-severed foreskin forward over his glans, with rather disastrous results.
In an interview, Hofschneider said the part was originally cast with his elder brother in the role but that production was delayed and by the time filming began his brother was too old. He said that he was surprised to get the role because he is not circumcised and that in the film he wore a prosthesis of a circumcised penis in order to make him appear circumcised.
“Hitan” - The circumcision of a Turkish boy living in Germany
The film collates opinions about and experiences of circumcision amongst Muslim immigrants living in Germany. The sound track is in the German language. The circumcision of a Turkish boy of about 12 is filmed in some detail, including showing that a number of his relatives attended the part-medical, part ceremonial procedure.
“The Perfumed Nightmare” - (Original Title: Mababangong bangungot)
The film commences with an overview of life in a rural village in the Philippines as it was in the 1960s and early 1970s. The village circumcision ceremony is recorded in graphic detail, showing the local style of a dorsal slit. One of the boys, seduced by Voice Of America radio broadcasts in general and accounts of the US space program in particular, becomes determined to emigrate. The latter part of the film follows the ups and downs of that ‘Perfumed Nightmare’.
“Halfaouine: Boy of the Terraces” - A ground-breaking insight into Muslim Arab culture
This truly taboo-breaking film chronicles a 12-year-old boy’s sexual awakening in Muslim Tunisia. Small for his age, Noura has always accompanied his mother to the ladies’ Turkish baths. But now he’s not so young and his eyes wander to the half-naked women who ignite his imagination. Too old to spend much time with the women who have pampered him for years, he’s still too young for the company of men. When released, Halfaouine was celebrated for the way it broke new ground in Arab cinema. But with its earthy sensuality, compassion and humor, Halfaouine also became one of the most exquisitely told coming-of-age tales of recent years. It includes a circumcision ceremony, despite which the video/DVD was passed by censors in many countries including the USA. This film gives the viewer an insight into an Arabic community that most Westerners will never experience in person.
VIDEOTAPES TO BUY
Adult Circumcision Video - The Gilgal Society
A video account of the elective circumcision of a 23-year old British man with a frenulum breve using the Forceps Guided technique under local anaesthetic. Available on VHS tape in both NTSC (North American) and PAL (Rest of World) video formats. For price and full ordering details see http://www.gilgalsoc.org/
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