"The whole of anything is never told."
Henry James

[To the best of my knowledge, all of the books below, except where noted otherwise, were in print and available as of May 2000. Many are available from Amazon.
     I see pro-circumcision literature -- especially contemporary pro-circumcision literature -- as documentation of a foreskin extermination conspiracy -- although it is still taboo, even among those who share this view, to openly refer to it as such. I think this malicious, destructive, anti-human literature and those who propagate it should be exposed, not suppressed. The books below that advocate what amounts to foreskin amputation by force (the circumcision of babies) are marked with an asterisk.
     Searching Amazon "Books" for "circumcision" 6/1/00 yielded 102 hits, including many about female genital mutilation. --JAE]

Adam London Circumcision Lawsuit (Legal Brief).

As Nature Made Him: The Boy Who Was Raised As a Girl, by John Colapinto. Harper Collins. 2000. [Penis burned off during laser circumcision in infancy.]

Awakenings: A Preliminary Poll of Circumcised Men (Revealing the Long-Term Harm and Healing the Wounds of Infant Circumcision). Report of the Harm Documentation Survey, by Tim Hammond. San Francisco: NOHARMM. 1994.

BJU International. Circumcision Supplement. British Journal of Urology. Volume 83, Supplement 1, January 1999. (Contents and ordering information)

Circumcision: A Book for Victims and Activists, by Sean B. Keen. Albuquerque, New Mexico: Supernova Press. 1999. $13.50 plus $3 S/H. Supernova Press, POB 14422, Albuquerque, NM 87191-4422.

Circumcision: A History of the World's Most Controversial Surgery, by David L. Gollaher. Basic Books. 2000. ISBN 0-465-04397-6. [Amazon's best-selling book about circumcision, 5/25/00.]

*Circumcision: A Parent's Choice for Life, by Aaron J. Fink, MD. Mountain View, California: Kavanah Publications. 1988. 143 pages. 180+ references. Out of print.

Circumcision: An American Custom, by Mary Milvitch. Snowmass, Colorado: Privately printed. 1995.

Circumcision: An American Health Fallacy, by Edward Wallerstein. New York: Springer Publishing Company. 1980.

Circumcision: An Ethno-Medical Study, by A. Thomas. Third edition 1995. "Published by Tony Acorn." 264 pages. ACORN, PO Box 113, WESTON super MARE, Avon BS23 2ED, Great Britain.

*Circumcision: Frankly Speaking, by Gerald N. Weiss, MD. Fort Collins, Colorado: Wiser Publications. 1998. Wiser Publications, POB 273085, Fort Collins, CO 80527.

Circumcision: The Hidden Trauma, Ronald Goldman, PhD. Vanguard Publications. 1996.

Circumcision: The Painful Dilemma, by Rosemary Romberg. South Hadley, Massachusetts: Bergin & Garvey Publishers, Inc. 1985. ISBN 0-89789-074-4. Out of print. CD-ROM version scheduled for 2000. More information available from the author at

Circumcision: The Rest of the Story, edited by Peggy O'Mara. Santa Fe, New Mexico: Mothering. 1993. Out of print.

Circumcision: What Every Parent Should Know, by Anne Briggs. Earlysville, Virginia: Birth and Parenting Publications, Inc. 1985. ISBN: 0-9615484-0-1. Out of print.

Circumcision Exposed: Rethinking a Medical and Cultural Tradition, by Billy Ray Boyd. Freedom, California: The Crossing Press. 1998.

The Circumcision Instinct, by Kenneth David Hopkins. Unpublished manuscript. Copyright 1980. Ten untitled chapters. 148 pages plus 13 pages listing 237 references. Includes thought-provoking speculations about Jack the Ripper and other men who cut up or fantasize about cutting up women. Several passages about female genital mutilation. Clear half-size photocopy. $20 to U.S. address. Outside U.S. add $6. John A. Erickson, 1664 Beach Blvd. #216, Biloxi, MS 39531-5351.

Covenant of Blood: Circumcision and Gender in Rabbinic Judaism (Chicago Studies in the History of Judaism), by Lawrence A. Hoffman. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. 1996. Documents that the real history of circumcision in Judaism is quite different from the history commonly espoused and believed.

Decircumcision (Circumcision Practices and Foreskin Restoration Methods), by Gary M. Griffin. Los Angeles: Added Dimensions Publishing. 1991.

Deeper Into Circumcision: An Invitation to Awareness and Guide to Resources for Researchers, Parents, Restorers, Activists, and the Merely Curious, by John A. Erickson. Biloxi, Mississippi: Privately printed. 2000. 250+ pages. 8½x11". Spiral bound. $40 postpaid to U.S. address. Outside U.S. add $5. John A. Erickson, 1664 Beach Blvd. #216, Biloxi, MS 39531-5351.

Foreskin Restoration (Uncircumcision), by Mark Waring. New Orleans: Privately printed. 1988.

Foreskin: A Closer Look, by Bud Berkeley. Boston: Alyson Publications, Inc. 1993. ISBN 1-55583-212-1.

*In Favour of Circumcision, by Brian Morris. University of New South Wales Press. 1999. ISBN 0-86840-537-X. 104 pages. 170 references.

The Joy of Being a Boy, by Elizabeth Noble with Leo Sorger, MD. Harwich, Massachusetts: New Life Images. 1994.

The Joy of Uncircumcising!, by Jim Bigelow, PhD. 2nd edition. Aptos, California: Hourglass Book Publishing. 1995.

Making America Safe for Foreskins (Selected Letters Published and Unpublished) and "Elvis Presley's Foreskin" and Other Letters (both in one volume), by John A. Erickson. Biloxi, Mississippi: Privately printed. 1992. Softcover booklet. 40+ pages. $5 postpaid. John A. Erickson, 1664 Beach Blvd. #216, Biloxi, MS 39531-5351.

Male and Female Circumcision: Medical, Legal, and Ethical Considerations in Pediatric Practice -- Procedings of the Fifth International Symposium on Sexual Mutilations, University of Oxford, England, August 5-7, 1998. Edited by George C. Denniston, Frederick Mansfield Hodges, and Marilyn Fayre Milos. New York: Kluwer Academic / Plenum Publishers. 1999.

Natural Man Photos: The Photography of Sherwin Carlquist

Questioning Circumcision: A Jewish Perspective, by Ronald Goldman, PhD. Vanguard Publications. 1997.

Routine Circumcision: The Tragic Myth, by Nicholas Carter. London: Londinium Press. 1979. Out of print.

Saharasia: The 4000 BCE Origins of Child Abuse, Sex-Repression, Warfare and Social Violence in the Deserts of the Old World, by James DeMeo, PhD. 1998. Over 100 maps, photos, illustrations. Complete citations and indexes. Hardcover $90; softbound $34. Orgone Biophysical Research Lab, POB 1148, Ashland, OR 97520.

Say No to Circumcision! 40 Compelling Reasons, by Thomas J. Ritter, MD, and George C. Denniston, MD. Second edition. Aptos, California: Hourglass Book Publishing. 1996.

Sexual Mutilations: A Human Tragedy -- Procedings of the Fourth International Symposium on Circumcision, Lausanne, Switzerland, August 9-11, 1996. Edited by George C. Denniston and Marilyn Fayre Milos. New York: Plenum Press. 1997.

To Mutilate in the Name of Allah or Jehovah. Legitimization of Male and Female Circumcision, by Sami A. Aldeeb Abu-Sahlieh. Amsterdam: MERA, Middle East Research Associates. 1994. ISBN 90-72985-26-5. Softcover booklet. 45 pages. MERA Occasional Papers, PO Box 10765, 1001 ET Amsterdam, the Netherlands. "New enlarged edition, July 1994," as well as other documents pertaining to genital mutilation, available from the author: Sami Aldeeb, Rue du Centre 74, 1025 St-Sulpice, Switzerland.

Treatise on the Diseases Produced by Onanism, Masturbation, Self-Pollution and other Excesses, by L. Deslandes, MD. Translated into English from the French. 2nd Edition. Boston: Otis, Broaders, and Company. 1839. Out of print. 258 3x4" pages photocopied on 65 8½x11" pages. $15 to U.S. address. Outside U.S. add $3. John A. Erickson, 1664 Beach Blvd. #216, Biloxi, MS 39531-5351.

The Wages of Sin: Sex and Disease, Past and Present, by Peter Lewis Allen. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. 2000. Documents the mutilating surgeries, including circumcision, performed on children to stop them from masturbating.

You Call This Love? The Real Reason Women Don't Like Sex, by Lisa Bisque. 2000. 132 pages. $10.95. Available from For names of chapters, excerpts from each chapter, and ordering information, do a title or author search.]

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