Steven’s talk at the Genital Cutting in a Globalized Age conference held in London on July 4, 2008, was extremely well-received by the mostly European, academic audience. The conference was held at the Royal Society of Medicine, which had published an article by Robert Van Howe and Steven Svoboda on HIV and circumcision in 2005. The talk, entitled, “Three-Fourths Were Abnormal—Male Circumcision, Culture, and Law,” presented an overview of male genital integrity including harm caused by the procedure, law, human rights, ethics, history of medicalization, lack of medical justification, mythologies including the HIV craze, cultural aspects, and connections with the other forms of genital cutting.
The conference was the first meeting ever to bring together activists working in many different areas: intactivism, female genital cutting (FGC), cosmetic female genital surgery, transsexual surgery, and intersexual surgery.
Steven Svoboda Presenting at London Conference