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2018-02-08 New Male Studies International Journal - MALE CIRCUMCISION GRIEF: Effective and ineffective therapeutic approaches

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  • 2018-02-08 New Male Studies International Journal - MALE CIRCUMCISION GRIEF: Effective and ineffective therapeutic approaches

    Our friend Lindsay Watson (creator of Unspeakable Mutilations: Circumcised Men Speak Out) has co-authored a piece in New Male Studies about acknowledgement of circumcision-related grief.

    See: http://newmalestudies.com/OJS/index....ticle/view/261 for the full article as a PDF

    Abstract

    Cultural circumcision has been an under recognized cause of male body-loss grief. Male circumcision grief is now being more commonly expressed. We evaluated the experiences of 22 men who sought therapy for circumcision grief. We found that therapists were reluctant to accept that the grief was real, were unaware of foreskin functions, denied circumcision had physical or psychological sequelae and minimized patient grief using humor, cultural aesthetics, controversial health benefits, sexism and an erroneous understanding of penile anatomy and sexual function. Male therapists were more likely to deny that circumcision is harmful and to be less empathetic than female therapists. We discuss methods to help make circumcision grief therapy more effective for men.

    Keywords: male circumcision, therapy, body-loss, grief, cultural bias

    See http://www.newmalestudies.com/OJS/in.../issue/view/27 for full index of Vol 6 Issue 2 of New Male Studies. It also features an article discussing anthropological origins of male circumcision vs those of female genital cutting.
    -Ron Low
    Service@TLCTugger.com
    847 414-1692 Chicago
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