This site discusses phimosis in its specific forms of phimotic ring, frenulum breve, adhesions or skinbridges. During erection these conditions inhibit the relationship between foreskin and glans. This functionally restricts the erection, and thus has an effect on the sexuality. With our culture's attitudes on health care, it would be appropriate to encourage early prevention.

Jan 2021 : Please read the new summary.

Chapter 2:
20th Century Initiations

This chapter is the original and central piece of this project. The Background describes my first steps pre internet, questioning my first sample group and writing to health authorities. The Cultural Taboo attempts to expose: "a general or collective repression of the phenomenon."

The central file: The Passages to Manhood. is a collection of email quotes illustrating a variety of embarrassing and alarming common experiences. Many letters indicated that when doctors have interfered they have done damage.

Sometimes a full circumcision is performed previous to the mother holding her new born baby. This most extreme form of routine male circumcision, appears anatomically to cause many new problems, mostly due to the lack of post op. check-up. On the other hand, until recent years some doctors have advised forcing the foreskin back, many letters showed this has traumatic consequences.

Phimosis becomes "active" and worrying around puberty . Up until puberty, gentle prevention is all that is required.

Around puberty, when left to nature, it appears boys run around a 10% risk of suffering a degree of phimosis. Problems are treated following infections or experiences of pain, difficulty or discomfort during masturbation, or after difficulties during intercourse.

A young boy experiencing pain or difficulty with his penis will be worried, embarrassed, or maybe even scared that his penis is somehow "wrong". On the first steps to manhood such pain can have far reaching consequences.

However, in some cases our brave explorer simply does not realise that retracting his foreskin is possible, normal or desirable. He intuitively avoids any approaching pain and he adapts to his limitation without experiencing it as a difficulty. He grows accustomed to his body as it is, never questioning nature. Himself subject to the taboo.

If he is lucky he will discover his condition following failure or pain during first intercourse. However, often he will enter adulthood adapting his self image and behaviour to accommodate his anatomical limitations, creating a basis for confusion and distress in all his intimate relationships.

When boys are left alone with such problems it means that many will have a fully distorted first impression of sex and manhood. An absurdly mismanaged passage to manhood, arguably more bizarre than any primitive customs.

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