Beginning in the 1970s many of lay anti-circumcision organizations
with picturesque acronyms have sprung up. The longest -
lived and probably largest is NOCIRC (National Organization
of Circumcision Information Resource Centers). Others include
NOHARMM (National Organization to Halt the Abuse and Routine
Mutilation of Males), NORM (National Organization of Restoring
Males), RECAP (Re-cover A Penis), and BUFF (Brothers United
for Future Foreskins). A San Francisco magazine, Foreskin
Quarterly, aimed at gay men, focuses on the sexual advantage
of the foreskin. These activist organizations, particularly
NOCIRC, mainly using anecdotes and testimonials, have gained
a good deal of media attention and have had a misguided
influence in discouraging newborn circumcision, particularly
in middle class educated parents.
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