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INTACT Art Book

$1,860 of $9,295 goal

Raised by 17 people in 13 months
INTACT: MEN AS THEY WERE BORN TO BE

The male foreskin is an absolutely normal part of the male body, which is why boys are born with it. Providing 16 functions for health and sexual pleasure, men need their foreskin. So why is male foreskin still so reviled and misunderstood in the United States?

Ignorance.

And why are we still circumcising babies who cannot consent?

Ignorance, lies, and money.

WHO
I'm Trish Causey, a writer, creator, and ArtistActivist.

WHAT
I am raising money to publish my book INTACT: MEN AS THEY WERE BORN TO BE. The $9,295.00 budget covers:

* the cost of layout and publishing via BookBaby,
* copyediting services,
* photography and graphic design work for the book,
* 3 months of press rep/marketing fees.

WHEN
INTACT: MEN AS THEY WERE BORN TO BE will be published by August 2018 – if the funding goal is reached in time.

WHERE
The book will be manufactured through BookBaby and released as both a hardbound, full-color book with dust jacket and as an eBook. Both will be available via all major stores and platforms.

WHY
This book explains the importance of male foreskin: the role foreskin plays in a man's overall health and how foreskin aids a man's sexual function. The information presented in the book is comprised of survey responses from men who were not circumcised as babies and from professionals in a variety of fields who advocate for boys keeping their natural anatomy -- and autonomy -- INTACT.

THE SURVEY
In 2017, I posted a 29-question survey for adult intact men to tell their stories about what it's like to still have their foreskin. For 15 months, I conducted in-depth conversations with these 159 respondents, who live in 28 countries, scattered all over the world. Those insights on male foreskin are the foundation of my book INTACT: MEN AS THEY WERE BORN TO BE.

This book presents the personal anecdotes – some hilariously funny and some heartachingly sad – of men whose survey responses help demystify the male foreskin that still shocks and befuddles so many Americans.



THE BOOK
The book will be a 10” x 10” hardbound book with dust jacket and full-color pages, displaying the survey responses, anatomical diagrams, and medical facts – all juxtaposed by the gorgeous, artistic display of men's normal anatomy.

INTACT is a full-color activist/art-project that bluntly delves into male anatomy, explains how intact sex is different, and puts the “fun” in the “function” of men's foreskin.

I balance the needed scientific and medical information with a light-hearted, artsy approach to illuminate the reader on the basics of penile anatomy and the sexual benefits of male foreskin. (And the human rights of body autonomy -- and children's rights to bodily integrity -- and the medical ethics that are violated by non-consensual circumcision -- the inherent sexism of male circumcision being legal while female circumcision is illegal.)

Some of the topics covered include the following:

* the natural penile anatomy – it's NOT just a flap of skin,
* why boys and men need their foreskin for basic health,
* daily hygiene (it's not that difficult!),
* bullying at school,
* dating and relationships,
* why they sometimes pretend to be circumcised to avoid ridicule,
* how sex with intact men is different,
* how women benefit from their male lovers having their foreskin,
* self-esteem issues of being intact in a cut culture,
* how Male Genital Mutilation (MGM) being legal is sexist when Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) is illegal,
* the intersectionality of Feminism and Intactivism,
* the erectile dysfunction drug companies and sex toy industries that profit indirectly from the United States' circumcision practices,
* the hospitals, cosmetic companies, and biotech industries that directly profit from selling and re-selling of baby boys' foreskin,
* and more....

I also interviewed a number of well-known intactivists on a variety of topics. Some of whom include the following:

* Ronald Goldman, PhD. – author and psychologist on the psychological effects of circumcision, both immediate and long-term,
* Robert Van Howe, M.D. – noted academic and pediatrician on the bogus HIV studies in the Africa,
* Ryan McAllister, PhD. – creator of The Elephant in the Hospital,
* Leah Torres, M.D. – an OBGYN and feminist who refuses to circumcise baby boys,
* David Llewellyn, J.D. – a lawyer who specializes in children's rights and cases dealing with circumcision,
* Lisa Braver Moss – creator of the Brit Shalom on why intactivism is not anti-Semitic,
* Brendon Marotta, B.F.A. – award-winning documentary filmmaker on the cult of American Circumcision,
* Marilyn Milos, R.N. – a long-time intactivist who advocates for the genital autonomy of children,
* John Geisheker, J.D. – director of Doctors Opposing Circumcision on the medical ethics of unnecessary surgery on patients who cannot legally consent
* and more to be announced.....

80% OF MEN IN THE WORLD ARE INTACT.
So foreskin can't really be all that bad. Unless you live in America....

People outside the United States are shocked by the U.S.' practice of circumcising baby boys who cannot consent to the unnecessary procedure. The human rights and medical ethics' aspects of non-consensual circumcision can no longer be ignored.

INTACT: MEN AS THEY WERE BORN TO BE will be a collector's edition-worthy activist/art-book that is bound to be a conversation starter at your next house party. No one has done anything like this before.

To get INTACT into print (and eBook), please pledge your donation to support this unique publishing project. Sure, you're supporting a beautiful book that is 15+ months and a LOT of work in the making, but more importantly, you are showing your support for human rights and the genital autonomy of all people. You'll sleep better at night. I promise.

THANK YOU!
trish
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Hey, y'all!

I just wanted to reach out to you before the year ends to remind you that publishing the INTACT book is still in the works. Donors in the U.S. will get a tax-deduction for donating to the book. So please donate before the end of the year if you need to rack up your tax-deductionable donations for 2018.

I had stopped sharing this link during the summer when the hurricanes devastated so many people. I didn't feel right asking for book donations when others were in recovery from natural disasters. (I went through Katrina. I understand.) But in order to move forward with publishing the book, I need to meet the goal. So if you'd like to donate and get a tax-deduction before the end of the year, please donate and/or share the link.

Thank you!
trish
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Thank you so much for supporting my book INTACT: MEN AS THEY WERE BORN TO BE. If you agree that people have a right to choose what happens to their bodies, then you agree that non-consensual circumcision is wrong, unethical, & has no place in our society.

This book shares the insights of adult men who still have their foreskin, who explain what its like to be intact. I cover the anatomy & function of the foreskin. I interview experts on the legal, ethical, & medical consequences of circumcision.

I appreciate each & everyone of you who donates to this project. I will combine donations so you reach higher Reward tiers. And if you are outside the U.S. & don't qualify for the tax-deduction, you can send your donation to my PayPal. Contact me for that information.

Please donate again, & share this link on all your social media.

Thank you!
trish
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Thank you so much for supporting my book INTACT: MEN AS THEY WERE BORN TO BE. If you agree that people have a right to choose what happens to their bodies, then you agree that non-consensual circumcision is wrong, unethical, & has no place in our society.

This book shares the insights of adult men who still have their foreskin, who explain what its like to be intact. I cover the anatomy & function of the foreskin. I interview experts on the legal, ethical, & medical consequences of circumcision.

I appreciate each & everyone of you who donates to this project. I will combine donations so you reach higher Reward tiers. And if you are outside the U.S. & don't qualify for the tax-deduction, you can send your donation to my PayPal. Contact me for that information.

Please donate again, & share this link on all your social media.

Thank you!
trish
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Hey, y'all! Thank you for supporting my book. There are expenses along the way (photographers, graphic design, press rep, copyediting, flyers, etc.) before the book even makes it to the printer. Using GoFundMe, I can start these processes & get the book ready for publishing in late July/early August. And remember, if you make multiple donations, I will pool your donations so you earn higher Reward tiers. Example: if you donate $35, then donate $35, then donate $45, I'll put you down for the $115 Reward which includes the hardbound book. :-)

THANK YOU!
trish
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$1,860 of $9,295 goal

Raised by 17 people in 13 months
$10
THANK YOU
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Personal "Thank you!" from me, Trish. This book has been in process for 15+ months. Thank you for helping to make the book possible!
$25
SHOUT-OUT
99 of 100 left
ALL ABOVE + Mention & Thank you! on my social media (can use a pseudonym). + Digital poster for the book as computer or mobile device wallpaper.
$35
eBOOK
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ALL ABOVE + The eBook when released. Many different mobile device platforms are available. This option is NOT available via Amazon, Kobo, Gardners, or Ebsco.
$50
VIDEO THANK YOU
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ALL ABOVE + Mention in an Instagram video (can use a pseudonym). I would be honored to let the world know you helped get INTACT published.
$115
BOOK + S&H
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ALL ABOVE + THE BOOK! Get a specially-signed copy of the 10" x 10", hardbound, full-color, art book. This INCLUDES the Shipping & Handling.
$200
SPECIAL THANKS
ALL ABOVE + Listed in the “Special Thanks” in the book (can use a pseudonym) + INTACT t-shirt (white text on black shirt).
$350
SKYPE W/ TRISH
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ALL ABOVE + 30-minute chat with me via Skype or phone + Special .PDF excerpt of the book before it is released!
$500
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
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ALL ABOVE + Listed in the “Acknowledgments” at the front of the book + “Foreskin Rocks” t-shirt. Sizes from S to XXXL in Men's and Women's (fitted).
$1,000
BACKERS' CLUB
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ALL ABOVE + Exclusive reception in Los Angeles (Backer provides own travel & accommodations.) + Listed in “Exclusive Backers' Club” in book.
$10,000
TRISH COMES 2U!
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ALL ABOVE + I will come to you & deliver your personal copy of the hardbound book in person. Yes, you read that correctly! I will come to you.
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