We are again very honored that In Search of Fatherhood magazine (http://globalfatherhooddialogue.blogspot.com) has featured me on the cover (along with a couple other activists) and has published, in its Autumn 2012 issue, my article on genital autonomy, that is, on the importance of protecting all children from genital cutting regardless of whether they are male, female or intersex. The article also looks at the practice of cosmetic female genital cutting by consenting adults. The article is titled, “Promoting Genital Autonomy by Exploring Commonalities between Male, Female, Intersex, and Cosmetic Female Genital Cutting,” and is adapted from the paper I presented on September 1, 2011 at the conference held at the University of Keele in England on “Law, Human Rights, and Non-Therapeutic Interventions on Chidren.” This is the same article scheduled to be published soon by Global Discourse(http://global-discourse.com).

I have four other papers in progress and due to be completed and published in the coming months, including one expanding on the e-letter recently cited by the German pediatric organization addressing the August policy statement and technical report by the American Academy of Pediatrics, one based in part on my presentation at the Helsinki symposium and examining the legal decision in Germany this past June and subsequent developments, one addressing human rights violated by circumcision, and one examining problems with informed consent in general and as applied to infant circumcision.

More details on all five papers will be provided later.

We owe a big debt of gratitude to In Search of Fatherhood for having featured our work and having discussed intactivism in detail no fewer than four times (and three times this year). Anyone interested in a sample copy or a subscription to In Search of Fatherhood can contact editor Diane A. Sears at insearchoffatherhood@gmail.com.

Steven Svoboda
Attorneys for the Rights of the Child