James W. Prescott, Ph.D.: Body Pleasure and The Origins of Violence

First published in The Futurist, April 1975, this version from The Bulletin of The Atomic Scientists, November 1975, pp. 10-20.  bulletin/article.html


Rabbi Nathan A. Barack and James W. Prescott, Ph.D. (1976).

Letter exchange about the article "Body Pleasure and the Origins of Violence". Published in The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, March 1976. On MAIMONIDES AND CIRCUMCISION.



The Universal Declaration on Circumcision, Excision, and Incision (1989)


James W. Prescott, Ph.D. (1989). Genital Pain vs. Genital Pleasure: Why The One and Not The Other? The Truth Seeker, July/August 1989, pp. 14-21 (last modified 2003/11/11).

This article deals with the problem of male and female genital mutilation within the pain/pleasure and moral conditioning that takes place in human cultures. The quality of mother-infant/childhood bonding and later sexual development of the culture are significantly influenced by these early life experiences.  truthseeker/genpl.html


James W. Prescott, Ph.D. (1989): Sixteen Principles for Personal, Family and Global Peace  The Truth Seeker March/April



Barbara Honegger (1989): A Proposed "Bodily Sovereignty" Amendment To The U.S. Constitution.

The Truth Seeker. May/June and statements by leading feminists, Abigail (Smith) Adams, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony and Margaret Sanger in defense of women's Constitutional rights to control her own body



Judge J. Flaherty (1978). In The Court of Common Pleas of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania. Civil Division. McFall v Shimp.  "For a law to compel the Defendant to submit to an intrusion of his body would change every concept and principle upon which our society is founded… Forceable extraction of living body tissue causes revulsion to the judicial mind.” The Truth Seeker.(1989) May/June. File contains opinion and additional commentary by James W. Prescott, Ph.D. letters/McFall_v_Shimp.pdf





Prescott, J.W. (1992): Consequences of Perinatal Trauma - Genital Mutilation / Circumcision - and Somatosensory Affectional Nurturance Upon the Adult Brain: Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) and Positon Emission Tomography (PET) Scan Evaluations of Brain Structure and Function.

Draft Research Proposal that describes the rationale and specific brain structures for scanning the genital sensory projection fields of cerebral neocortex and cerebellar cortex and related brain structures to determine structural and functional (fMRI) deficits consequent to genital mutilation.


Amnesty International, USA Resolutions on Genital Mutilation of Children 
(1992). - by Hanny Lightfoot-Klein, MA; Marilyn Fayre Milos, R.N.; James W. Prescott, Ph.D. 
(submitted to The 1992 Western Regional Conference of Amnesty International, USA, San Francisco, CA, Feb. 14-16)


Milos, M.F. (1992). NOCIRC Position Statement: 
 The Effects of Circumcision on Breastfeeding.


Ashley Montagu (1995). Mutilated Humanity (Presented at The Second International Symposium on Circumcision, San Francisco, California, April 30-May 3, 1991.)
(Published in The Humanist, July/August 1995)


The Ashley Montagu Resolution to End the Genital Mutilation of Children Worldwide: A Petition to the World Court, The Hague (1996)


Dr. Francis Crick Endorsement (1995). April 8.

Dr. Jonas Salk Endorsement (1995). April 19


James W. Prescott, Marilyn Fayre Milos and George C. Denniston (1999). Circumcision: Human Rights & Ethical Medical Practice.

The Humanist, Volume 59, Number 3, Pages 45-46, May-June


James W. Prescott, Ph.D. (2003). Our Two Cultural Brains: Neurointegrative and Neurodissociative that are formed by Pain and Pleasure Life Experiences encoded in the Developing Brain.  letters/Our_Two_Cultural_Brains.pdf



An essay in support of the Petition to the World Congress, 25th Anniversary of the Council for Secular Humanism. Unprinted manuscript.






James W. Prescott, Ph.D. (2005). Letter to Paul Kurtz, Chairperson, Council for Secular Humanism

Letter of 27 September 2005 for Secular Humanism's 25th Anniversary World Congress that requests the World Congress to endorse the Ashley Montagu Resolution To End The Genital Mutilation of Children Worldwide: A Petition to the World Court, The Hague. This action of the World Congress would reverse the egregious errors of the past by the Council for Secular Humanism, the International Humanist and Ethical Union, the American Humanist Association and the American Ethical Union that refused to endorse this resolution, which has been endorsed by Nobel Laureate Francis Crick; Nobel Peace Laureate Mairead Corrigan Maguire; Dr. Jonas Salk and many other distinguished humanists, citizens and scientists.



International Humanist and Ethical Union - General Assembly (2006) New York City Resolution on Male Circumcision. "Urges IHEU member organizations to oppose the practice of male circumcision for non-medical reasons." Click HERE for full statement.,, for additional information on circumcision,


James W. Prescott, Ph.D. (2007) Letter to Dr. Zerhouni, Director, NIH.

The evidence does not support the rush to judgment by the NIH for circumcision to be an effective treatment for the control of HIV transmission. There are no effective controls for personal genital hygiene in the studies reported. In letters to Dr. Zerhouni, Director, NIH, this author recommended that Medwipes in individually sealed packets with a microbiocide that would neutralize the HIV virus be distributed with condoms to be used daily and just before intercourse. This preventive strategy is easily implemented and cost pennies compared to the costly millions of circumcisions that would be required. Correspondence and related documents



James W. Prescott, Ph.D. (2007) Letter to Dr. Lawrence K. Altman, New York Times, 2 JUNE Letter and attachment of 13 March 2007 that alerted him to the lack of controls for personal genital hygiene associated with the WHO/NIH rush to judgment to embark upon massive circumcisions to control for HIV infection. No response has been received from Dr. Altman, as of 2 June 2007 nor has there been any evidence by WHO/NIH to establish extensive circumcision clinics for the control of HIV infection.



James W. Prescott, Ph.D. (2009). August 27. Letter to Attorney General Eric Holder.

Calls for a Declaration that the Genital Mutilation of Children is an Act of Torture within the definitions of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and U.S. Law; Declares that the Genital Mutilation of Male Children DEMANDS “Equal Protection of the Law”, as provided by the 14th Amendment and that gives the same protection given to female children under PL 104-208, which declares female genital mutilation (FGM) a crime; and pursue a "Bodily Sovereignty" Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, as proposed by Barbara Honegger.