The Blind Spot
It is clear with frenulum breve [passages
to manhood, Grewel], as with phimosis, [
Porst, Alexander, Osmond, Parkash, etc.] that at times the men
themselves are quite unaware of their conditions.
Physically a short frenulum is awkwardly hidden underneath and behind
the foreskin. Especially when erect the difficulty is totally hidden
and to discover the cause of the problem involves the sufferer in movements
which for him, are unnatural contortions: - pulling the foreskin backwards,
enduring the tension, then turning the phallus sidewards.
Men with severe phimosis often never experience any pain, they
simply find retraction impossible. On the other hand relative phimosis
is invisible when flaccid. Clemmensen wrote "The lesion usually
affects the inner blade of the prepuce, leaving for direct examination
only a nonretractable prepuce ... ." (94)
|All the possible problems exist between the glans and inner foreskin.
These conditions are physically quite simply difficult to see.
There is an area of his own intimate sexual world which a man with
these conditions either can't explore or is difficult to explore. His
experience is that the foreskin is designed to remain forward, or that
his glans is only revealed when flaccid. Retracting the foreskin appears
to be and for him personally is, an unnatural act.
Most boys in all cultures are curious to compare their genitals. Any
boy with any form of sexual inhibition does not look at or admire his
penis as much as he would without this inhibition. He is not as aware
of himself and in turn he is not as interested generally in comparison
or in pictures, information or education about the male phallus (especially
relevant in those countries without any public
He believes that all uncircumcised men cannot reveal their naked
glans and interprets pictures of the retracted foreskin as belonging
to circumcised men. Hearing he has a "glans", he often understands "glands"
are always some sort of secret essence.