November 21, 2011

Guerilla Intactivism

This blog was born of a screw up on my part.  I was in line at a store with a young pregnant woman who, through a bit of light conversation, was having a boy.  To my horror, I didn't have anything to give her about leaving her son intact...I had no idea what to do or say because I'd never gotten around to ordering some info cards from The WHOLE Network...nor did I have so much as a pen and piece of paper to scrawl the web address onto.

I failed that baby and at that moment I vowed to never be without information to hand out again.

That night, at 4am, I ordered info cards on my phone from bed....and I started thinking up other cheap or, better yet, FREE ways I could make a difference in the fight for genital integrity - enter Guerrilla Intactivism

From Wikipedia:
"Guerrilla warfare is a form of irregular warfare and refers to conflicts in which a small group of combatants including, but not limited to, armed civilians (or "irregulars") use military tactics, such as ambushes, sabotage, raids, the element of surprise, and extraordinary mobility to harass a larger and less-mobile traditional army, or strike a vulnerable target, and withdraw almost immediately."
Obviously this is not a physical war, but a war of information.  Intactivism as a whole is a small grassroots effort that has made great strides in recent history, particularly online.  However, not everyone uses the internet in such a way that they will ever run across this information on their own.  What the movement needs is more local, tangible efforts to spread our message...and in a way that is both doable and affordable.  I don't know about you, but my funding is limited.  I try to save my nice info cards to hand directly to parents.  So how else can I get the message out there?

Honestly, there are about a million different ways!  You just have to think of them...which is why I'm here to think of ways to do this and pass it on to you, as well as use my abilities with computers and such to provide my fellow Intactivists with free printables and images for us online.

Join me in this's time to misbehave. :)


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