June 20, 2011
A note of support
I'm glad to see there are people shedding
light on this barbaric practice. Many parents simply go along with
the tradition without giving any thought to the necessity or wisdom
of removing a part of their son's penis. I wish you the best in your
endeavor to have circumcision outlawed as the genital mutilation
that it is.
P.S. There is no such thing as bad press.
I only became aware of your effort because of the outrage from the
Jewish community. The more people become aware of the actual history
of how the practice of circumcision became widespread outside the
Jewish community, the more outrage there will be how the medical
community has been duping parents for years.
June 18, 2011
Thoughts on "Foreskin Man"
As a fellow California intactivist, I
commend you on your efforts to help eliminate the practice of male
infant circumcision. At the same time, I'd like to mention some
concerns about the way you're going about it and suggest some
Although I'm not a comic book aficionado,
I recognize "Foreskin Man" as an excellent and totally professional
example of the genre. You're a talented man. But some of the content
of the second issue disturbs me. When your hero is blond and
blue-eyed and the villains are ugly Jews with side curls, you're
providing ammunition to those who see intactivism as anti-Semitic
and your comic as reminiscent of Nazi propaganda. That doesn't do us
As I'm sure you know, there are movements
within Judaism, small but growing, to eliminate the Brit Milah. We
need to encourage these enlightened people, not alienate them. I for
one am a secular Jewish atheist (not an oxymoron), and although I'm
no fan of Hasidism or orthodoxy or religion in general, I found some
of your characters offensive.
As an antidote to perceptions of
anti-Semitism, how about introducing some sympathetic, if
improbable, Hasidic characters complete with tzitzis, side curls,
fur hats, and prayer shawls, who have seen the light and are now
working to change this outmoded tradition? I think that kind of
counterbalance would go a long way to eliminate the distractions
that undermine your message.
One more thing: For me, the most potent
argument against infant circumcision is that based on civil rights.
What more basic right is there than the right to your own body? When
I was eight days old, a normal part of my anatomy was cut off and
thrown away, and I will never get it back. I'd like to see you hit
that blatant insult to freedom hard in FM--it's a powerful argument.
Thanks again for your efforts, and
continued success in the ongoing battle.
June 9, 2011
I am writing to say "thank you" for your
courageous stand against circumcision. Your cartoons are not anti-Semitic,
because they are not meant to literally depict the brit milah
in that manner. They can best be interpreted as hyperbole.
What is literal is the damage done by male
circumcision. It is the worst thing that has ever happened to me. I
had no complications and there is no "problem" with the work. The
right amount of skin was taken off and there is a good cosmetic
appearance. I just don't want this and the lifetime of reduced
sexual gratification that even properly done circumcisions bring.
I want choice!
Thank you for saying what needs to be said
and for taking a stand despite having unpopular views. You are
Matthew, you are not only Foreskin
Man...you are Superman.
June 9, 2011
Symbols used in circumstraint pyre
Could you please explain the symbols you
used to construct the circumstraint pyre. I thought these looked
Hebrew, but I couldn't find them.
Beautifully drawn, by the way. I'll always
I'm glad you asked! The symbol mounted on the fire pit stand is the
The outer edge of the logo represents a protective shield. The "I"
stands for "Intactivist" and also symbolizes the shaft of the penis.
The shape around the "I" represents the foreskin and also roughly
forms the letter “U”, which stands for “Underground”.
June 7, 2011
Thank you for fighting against
circumcision in a most clever and artistic way. I've just begun to
view your comics, and they are awesome and colorful. I was
circumcised (without my knowledge or consent, obviously) and I hate
the end result of a dry stick instead of a normal, fully functional
penis. Keep up the good work! Reason has to prevail someday. Also,
barbaric religious practices must be stopped by whichever religion
perpetrates them. People who attack you are most ignorant and must
be defeated and stopped by legislation from harming newborn males.
Los Angeles, CA
December 4, 2010
I just wanted to let you know that I love
your comic. I haven't been particularly well lately with my ability
to deal with the issue of circumcision - frequently the memory of
"It was an aesthetic choice," and other blind deflections from my
consenter(s) echo and infuriate me. Discovering your comic this
morning resulted in the first time I have ever laughed and smiled so
much with regards to it. Despite the debates of implication on your
facebook page, the
comic exaggerations of themselves are refreshingly humorous and
over-the-top - a parody of appearances because in reality, the
philosophical and physical issues are not exaggerated enough. I love
the directness with which you defy the clutter of P.C. bullshit and
get straight to the point of protecting children. Keep doing what
July 31, 2010
Issue No 1
What a terrific first edition...
congratulations on telling a serious story in an entertaining and
Like most people who think through the
issues involved, I'm totally opposed to infant circumcision. In my
view, the procedure should only be available to adult men who can
make informed decisions about what they want done to their own body.
Until then... leave that kid alone!
All power to you.
July 31, 2010
Thanks a ton!
I am so glad I found this site today.
Being a 32 year old uncut guy from the deep South, I know what it's
like to be around many cut men and never really getting to know what
it's supposed to feel like as an uncut male in society. It took
many years to meet other uncut men from different nationalities to
understand what I have is a great thing. Thanks a lot for creating
a hero for us.
Thanks for writing,
Wes. As an intact man, you are one of the lucky ones!
July 26, 2010
Genius... Sheer genius.. Virulently funny
concept. "Flesh out" the story line. Seriously, I can see this being
made into a movie. Also I agree that circumcision is nothing more
than westernized genital mutilation on par with clitorectomies - a
crude a barbaric cultural throw back.
Foreskin Man: The Movie? It does have a certain ring to it. Maybe
Hollywood will come calling one day... -Matthew
July 25, 2010
Thank you for leading the good fight
against circumcision. I was wondering if perhaps you can sell
T-shirts with your logo - I would very much like to buy and wear
Also, would it be possible to translate your comics to Hebrew?
Lastly, do you have some sort of mailing list or RSS feed?
Keep up the good fight
Yes, t-shirts (and
other merchandise) are now available at
CafePress. At the
moment we don't have plans to translate Foreskin Man into different
languages, but you can follow us on
July 23, 2010
Someone yesterday sent me a link to your
comic. I think it's fantastic! I liked the "monster" getting attacked with a
circumstraint but I especially liked the Batman-style symbol on the hero's
shirt. I see the mag is labelled "Volume 1, Number 1" (so I'm glad I haven't
missed any) but when will the next one be out; is it a weekly or a monthly
publication? Look forward to hearing from you.
(A circumcised Brit living in Germany - you
can imagine how out of place I am!)
I’m glad you enjoyed our first issue! A follow-up
story has already been written, and the pencilling is now underway.
Good art takes time, though, so it will be a few months until
Foreskin Man #2 hits the stands.
July 23, 2010
loved the comic, except . . .
I have always been opposed to circumcision in
any form, and I appreciate your contributions toward fighting against it.
Reading the comic, though, I wondered why you
don't give a more empowering role to the parents. No matter what sort of
scientific information is out there, and no matter what doctors believe or say,
it's always ultimately going to be the parents' choice. Why do you present them
as passive? At least have the mother making the phone call. If Jenny's going to
be playing a role (beyond romantic interest, which just seems random in the
context) it ought to be in teaming up with the mother and taking that dude down.
I also think that giving a father a thoughtful role would be beneficial in
influencing people's opinions.
I hope that you do another issue, and that if
you do you'll think a little bit about the roles that your characters play and
how those roles could be positively extended to real life.
I think you are going to like Foreskin Man #2 when it
July 23, 2010
All the hype
of the name "Foreskin Man" lead to quite a disappointing read when
you realize Foreskin Man doesn't have any sort of powers relating to
his foreskin. It should grow out of him and wrap around opponents or
shoot lazers or SOMETHING. I'm sure this would be pretty disgusting
to draw but hey, it would be a hell of a lot more interesting.
It's true - Foreskin Man has no super powers. Instead he must rely
on his own intellect and physical strength...and advanced technology.