The Revolution Will Not Be Circumcised
Global Outlook: Human Rights | Thursday, October 10 from 3:00 to 4:15 pm | Room: CARTIER B
(EN) Presented by Glen Callender, Founder, Canadian Foreskin Awareness Project (CAN-FAP)
As Canada’s queers celebrate their hard-won equality rights, we must be reminded that queer women and men are still fundamentally unequal in a way that (literally) cuts to the core of our sexualities—in spite of a constitution that guarantees equal protection under the law, the Canadian criminal code protects female children from unnecessary genital surgery, yet fails to provide the same protection for young males. In “The Revolution Will Not Be Circumcised,” Canadian Foreskin Awareness Project founder and “Foreskin Pride” creator Glen Callender passionately advocates for the human right of all children—male, female, and intersex—to grow up with intact genitals. In an alternately hilarious and harrowing presentation, Callender stands up for foreskin the way homosexual-rights advocates stood up for Canadian queers in the not-too-distant past—exposing biased research and popular prejudices as red herrings that distract from the central issues of equality and human rights. Canadian men will not truly have sexual freedom so long as other people have arbitrary editing rights over their genitals when they are too young to defend themselves—and as the genital autonomy movement grows, it is becoming clear that the circumcision controversy will be a human rights issue that defines the 21st century.
Vancouver-based writer-performer Glen Callender is the proud owner of Canada’s most talked-about foreskin. In 2010 he founded the Canadian Foreskin Awareness Project (CAN-FAP) — Canada’s feistiest pro-foreskin advocacy group — and in 2012 he created FORESKIN PRIDE, a bold new Pride movement that is spreading like wildfire across the North American Pride landscape. Glen has dedicated his foreskin to combating anti-foreskin discrimination, and travels internationally to perform and make media appearances to educate the public about the value of foreskin and the harms of circumcision.