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Tell that to all the circumcised American women – and their partners – who suffer from HIV despite the world’s highest circumcision rate. Tell that to all the men and boys you just spoke about having “unwanted pregnancies” that prevent them from the education you say they need to raise them from poverty. The United Nations should be embarrassed by the latest lecture by Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka of UN Men advocating gender equality for men and boys by ignoring science, common sense, and the rights of women and girls. See the video below.

Yes, you read that right. Here’s a prominent 21st century masculist who advocates genital mutilation to prevent STDs; not everyone, just females done by doctors.  When Mr. Ngcuka endorsed surgery over condoms to prevent STDs, I felt I was transported to the 19th century where circumcision was thought to cure everything from epilepsy to masturbation.

I attended the lecture as part of Stony Brook’s Presidential Lecture series where Mr. Ngcuka was invited to speak about gender equality and the UN’s HeForShe initiative. Masculists throw the word ‘equality’ around without actually thinking about what it means – that “gender equality” must be in the context of comparing one gender’s freedoms with the other gender’s freedoms, not some nebulous ‘equality’ that ignores the freedoms – or lack thereof – of the other gender, women in this case.

Lucky for me, they allowed questions following the lecture. My question pointed out that equality is a two-way street, that women don’t have the same reproductive rights that men have, and that baby girls aren’t protected from genital mutilation as boys are, with daily violations across the street at Stony Brook Hospital. In his answer he admitted he knew little about the laws regarding genital mutilation in the U.S., but said that FGM is illegal – but not MGM – in his country of South Africa, and he actually promoted the use of MGM for his own daughters and the prevention of HIV infection. This from an official of the world’s largest (supposedly) human rights organization. I rebutted his answer by pointing out the obvious hypocrisy and ignorance of these human rights violations just a stones throw away.

There is no evidence that circumcision prevents HIV, but we do know that wearing condoms prevents STDs, making the presence of the foreskin (or clitoral hood) irrelevant.

Before the lecture video, I give my feedback about the day I had, including my visit to a Guerrilla Boys exhibit in the same building and my contribution to it. Enjoy.