Some of those interviewed conflate female genital mutilation with circumcision. Circumcision is a loss of a small amount of extra tissue of an infant boy vs the heinous practice of female genital mutilation, done up to her mid teens, which is “all procedures that involve partial or total removal of the external female genitalia, or other injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reason” which renders the female incapable of enjoying sex. It is ridiculous to compare the two.
“…a deep body horror that infant boys are being mutilated, that they can feel the pain of the operation, that it is somehow traumatic despite the fact that infant brains cannot remember pain. “
Turning away from the documentary to do some research reveals the medical consensus that there is some benefit in disease risk mitigation that results from circumcision, but mostly in cultures where hygiene and education is less advanced than in the developed world.
As a circumcised male, I find the phrase “intact” as a reference to uncircumcised men to be pejorative and offensive. I have no memories of the procedure. I grew up thinking this is how we look out of the box. An early sex partner mentioned she thought I had a very lovely scar. I was not aware I had a scar, was ignorant of the whole situation. Being circumcised has had no impact on my life at all, as far I can tell. There are some young (and older) men in the documentary who, upon reflection, have found cause for rage and recrimination toward their parents for having it done. Each to his own, I suppose.
Using the term “intact” is certainly meant to persuade in this film, which is a propaganda piece against circumcision presenting anecdotal evidence and logical fallacies.
Life comes with many occasions for pain and discomfort. When the long term benefits clearly outweigh the short term pain we don’t think twice about submitting children to it and explaining it later. We also live in a culture where body modifications many would consider horrific are just fashion, though clearly appropriate only when self-selected by adults of age. The body horror argument is specious and unsophisticated. The film gratuitously shows an infant being circumcised. I daresay most of us do not have the medical training context or experience to watch any surgery, so this will naturally be disturbing and uncomfortable. It is not horror.