Circumcision as a Component of the Normative Abuse of Children

Introducing the Proclamation for Transforming the Lives of Children
  • John W. Travis


Cultural institutions in the United States have become progressively more intrusive and abusive in the way that they treat infants and children. While some current cultural parenting practices are ostensibly intended to “improve” children — making them “independent” more rapidly — these practices are becoming recognized as simply being more convenient to the parents as well as detrimental to the children. Early weaning, sleeping alone, high-tech births, daycare warehousing, etc., have become normalized, yet there is no evidence that these methods genuinely improve the lives of children. In fact, there is mounting evidence that these practices are detrimental. The estrangement perpetrated by these systems results in an authoritarian, fear-based society, where control rather than freedom is the norm. In the United States, male circumcision is the cornerstone of this anti-child system. As well as being one of the most blatant offenses against nature and its individual victims, it is unique as a cause of serious, lifelong wounding and physical impairment in a developed-world setting. It is necessary, however, to see circumcision as part of a larger system of institutionalized intrusions that discourage or prevent the individual from reaching full emotional and physical development. Beginning in 1997, a group of concerned health-care professionals and parents founded the Alliance for Transforming the Lives of Children. Central to their work is the Proclamation for Transforming the Lives of Children, which is presented as a model for attaining optimal human development.



Corporal Punishment Male Circumcision Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry Kangaroo Mother Care Infant Sleep 
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  1. 1.Alliance for Transforming the Lives of ChildrenUSA

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