Democratic Presidential candidate Andrew Yang has said he opposes circumcision, and publicly aligned himself with the Intactivist movement.
It all began when Andrew made it clear he opposed circumcision in a Twitter exchange:
Later, the Daily Beast followed up with an interview, and got a full quote from him.
“I’m highly aligned with the intactivists,” Yang said. “History will prove them even more correct.”
Yang said he had initially planned to have his sons circumcised, fearing they’d be “self-conscious” if they still had their foreskins. But his wife convinced him otherwise.
“From what I’ve seen, the evidence on it being a positive health choice for the infant is quite shaky,” said Yang, who did not address whether he’s circumcised himself.
To my knowledge, this is the first time a major party candidate has addressed the issue of circumcision, let alone directly endorsed the Intactivist movement. The closest previous candidate was Austin Petersen of the libertarian party.
Many in the conservative media are trying to use Yang’s stance on circumcision as a way to attack him. However, Yang’s stance is highly informed, and backed by the facts. By attacking him on this issue, conservative media is pushing the issue more mainstream and exposing more people to the truth about circumcision.
If you’re interested in learning why a major Presidential candidate opposes circumcision, check out my documentary American Circumcision, currently available on Netflix and everywhere else movies are sold.
Update: Andrew has since backtracked on his original circumcision position, after receiving massive criticism from opposition media: