After all, he looks like something straight outta a live-action Hercules flick. Or that college jock who locked you in your dorm closet, stole your girlfriend and Periscoped the entire ordeal last spring-but a much nicer version. His gray and blue blazer hardly contains his biceps while sitting in East Williamsburg's Variety coffee shop, a moody Tuesday afternoon passing by outside.
And sure, your take might charm the avid weightlifter. But Mr. Olympia conventions aren't in Losquadro's front vision. Rather something more important-a calling, if you will. This Queens native has dedicated his life to battling one of the most common-and hotly debated-medical procedures in Americana: routine infant circumcision.
"I was following it online for a while, and doing my research and learning the background information on what they did to babies and how it affected men later in life," he says in his Adam Sandler-esque Noo Yawker accent.
A longtime Howard Stern listener, Losquadro learned more about the practice from the self-proclaimed "King Of All Media," who has dedicated much airspace to slamming circumcision. From then on, the questions grew. "That made me more curious to research it," he adds.
In 2009, when private citizen Charles A. Antonnelli introduced Bill S.1777, the Massachusetts State Prohibition Of Genital Mutilation Act-which would ban circumcisions on any individuals under 18 or non-consenting adults in the state-he went online to find groups willing to testify about it. Losquadro traveled to Boston in March 2010 to answer the call.
"I am here today to discuss a medical procedure-the most frequently performed elective surgery in America-an issue whose time has come, that we need to step back and examine," he told the Boston Senate. "And an issue that may be currently considered one of the most important human rights issues in America today."
"Circumcision-it's medieval, it's barbaric, it's a billion dollar industry. It's quick, it's easy, and it's a bread and butter staple for the medical profession in hospitals."
Though the bill ultimately died, "that was kind of like my first real involvement in the genital integrity movement," he says. His inner intactivist (the term for activists fighting against RIC) came to life as he prepared to make his speech. Losquadro has also orated his experience confronting the doctor who circumcised him.
"I didn't know if they were gonna applaud me or grab me by the back of my neck and throw me out. But I think I gave some really good, persuasive testimony; the only reason it wasn't adopted is because it's not politically fashionable right now to support genital integrity."
Undeterred, Losquadro, created Intaction with friends in June 2010. The Brooklyn-based volunteer advocacy group spreads information about genital awareness and circumcision's possible effects.
Their primary weapon? The Mobile Unit.
The 27-foot long, 13-foot high GMC diesel truck features a 60-foot LED screen, 600 feet of billboard space and a four-speaker sound system.
Pictures of men holding images of themselves as babies, with the tag "Circumcision: I Did Not Consent line both sides; a side container holds pamphlets about the procedure, near the circumstraint exhibit, which shows how doctors usually perform circumcision. The latter even has actual scalpels, clamps and probes used to circumcise.
A more recent addition is the electronics package, featuring three twenty-second clips representing circumcision's three stages, along with actual infant cries during each part.
Another genital awareness group gave him the idea for the vehicle.
“I was trying to find a way where we could raise awareness-in a cost-effective manner-in an ongoing basis within the means of our financial abilities and our resources," Losquadro, who once managed a trucking business, said.
"Intact America had used a billboard truck for a protest down in New Orleans on at least one occasion. That was just for two days."
"I started to think, 'Well, what if we had something that was full time?' Once you have that resource, it's always available, as much as we wanna use it."
Weather and time permitting, Intaction takes the vehicle to city hotspots including Union Square and Columbus Circle. Occasionally, they'll travel to out of state places including New Jersey and D.C. Once they arrive at a location, they park and begin face-to-face outreach with curious onlookers.
"It's had a big impact already," Losquadro adds. He says most passerby react positively to the truck and are eager to learn more.
Last year, the truck made appearances at Pope Francis' Central Park motorcade, New York Comic Con and the Brooklyn Baby Fest.
Which is all fine and dandy. But what about the benefits associated with circumcision?
After all advocacy groups extoll the practice as being cleaner, lowering a male's risk of getting urinary tract infections, penile cancer and even HIV. When you look at it that way, who wouldn't want to have their newborn infant strapped down before doctors force a probe in between his foreskin and glans, and violently crush and rip the foreskin away?
Case closed? Cut dicks are better for everyone? Not so fast.
Cleaner? Is the average American man that incompetent that he can't learn to clean his own foreskin?
The Canadian Pediatric Society, which examined the study showing lower UTI rates among circumcised males, turned down the procedure, concluding that "as the present information available concerning the risks of urinary tract infections and transmission of sexually transmitted diseases in relation to circumcision are not sufficiently compelling to justify a change in policy, the Committees maintain that no change should be made to the CPS recommendations concerning routine circumcision."
Doctors Opposing Circumcision, a group of medical experts condemning the practice, have also noted serious flaws in the UTI study, and question circumcision's benefits.
The American Cancer Society has essentially found the penile cancer claim to be, well, nonsense. Not to mention, no medical society on the planet recommends routine circumcision. Add this response to the AAP's 2012 statement that RIC's health benefits outweigh its risks, as well.
And, of course, the claim circumcision reduces a man's risk of getting HIV. The National Center For Biotechnology Information found the African trials showing a 60% HIV risk reduction in circumcised men problematic at best. America-which has among the highest rate of circumcised men in first world countries, also has the most HIV cases of advanced nations-significantly higher than Europe, which seldom performs the practice.
And couldn't these issues apply to women as well? Women receive far more UTI's, are at risk for vaginal cancer and conditions including vaginitis, vaginal thrush and bacterial vaginosis. And there exists ways to treat those conditions without circumcision (women do have a foreskin-the clitoral hood)-in the same way parents can treat male foreskin issues without circumcision.
Cultural reasons abound, too. Namely the idea that boys need to look like their fathers down there (When company comes over, does Jimmy's dad go, "My son is a chip off the old block! Jimmy, come over here, pull down your pants and show that cut penis?").
So, why the insistence on cutting for these complications, setting aside the possible money angle?
Losquadro blames media manipulation. "They're good headline readers," he says of pro-cutting doctors. "They love to read headlines, but they never really go further in-depth as to what's being reported in the media. And what the media reports is press releases from various groups that may or may not have an agenda."
This leads to a cognitive dissonance of sorts, Losquadro says: "They're taking all this information and mishmoshing in their minds and they're coming to these conclusions that foreskin makes you more likely to have STI's or infections-all these things. And they're really not digging in to where this information is coming from. If they're citing studies, who's doing the studies? How credible are they? What conflicts of interest are in their studies? They don't go into all that stuff."
"All these (health) claims, they're just claims to maintain the status quo-which is promoting genital cutting."
Though some consider intactivists a nutty fringe group, Losquadro sees those comparisons as just people processing unconventional information.
"That's just a knee-jerk reaction to an uncomfortable situation," he says. "We hear that quite a bit. If somebody doesn't wanna deal with the issue, they say, 'Why don't you do something more important? Like world hunger or whatever?”
"That's just their knee-jerk reaction to an issue they never thought of before. And the realization they do have to devote some attention to the issue. It is an injustice, and they never thought of it before."
He isn't alone in that view.
"I couldn't admire him more," said Georgeanne Chapin, Intact America's founding executive director who met Anthony during the Boston hearings, concerning his work. "He's absolutely fantastic."
While circumcision remains a hot topic, Anthony wants people to know he's not worried if you think he's right or not, but about men yet to be born.
"We need to talk to future parents so their kids don't come back to them, 10 years from now, 20 years from now, 30 years from now and say, 'What the hell were you thinking?' So we don't like to think of telling people what to do. But we are telling people maybe they should think about it a little bit more."
For more information on Intaction and their upcoming actions, visit their Facebook page and website.