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Intactivists spend Independence Day at Berkeley Marina

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Human rights advocate group Bay Area Intactivists was among those lining the shores of the Berkeley Marina as part of the 4th of July festivities. Its members, wearing messages such as "Intact genitals are a human right", spent the sunny day in the East Bay explaining the functions of the foreskin and how circumcision impairs them. As families strolled by, kids often darted for the orange Bay Area Intactivists wristbands sitting upon a table in the intactivists' booth. Besides working to end routine infant circumcision, Bay Area Intactivists also opposes other forms of non-consensual, unnecessary genital cutting such as sex-normative surgeries that are sometimes forced upon intersex children. To that end, the group makes a broad range of materials available to the community at no cost with the hope that through education, parents will be convinced to protect their children from forced genital cutting.


Families attending the Indepedence Day celebration at the Berkeley Marina stroll past the Bay Area Intactivists booth.
A banner on the back of the Bay Area Intactivists booth that reads "Circumcision violates human rights" is legible from quite a distance.
A variety of literature printed on bright orange paper sits upon a table at the Bay Area Intactivists booth.
Members of Bay Area Intactivists prepare to greet visitors to their booth at the Berkeley Marina.