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 monitor boys before puberty and encourage early prevention.

2012 : note from author: My previous idea of monitoring boys before puberty is impractical, unecessary and now only of historical interest. please see Postscript.


Part One: Childhood Traditions
Part Two: Puberty Rituals
Part Three: Adult Initiations

Thank you to all those who have provided personal information. Any experience which further describes or contradicts these stories would be very welcomed.


Part 1
Childhood Traditions

Among young children, the practical difficulties are from severe degrees of phimosis resulting in ballooning or infections.
Ballooning of the foreskin occurs when the urine flow is restricted by a tight phimosis, the embarrassing consequences of spraying, wet trousers etc. should not be underestimated ex.1. Ballooning occurring over a period of time is widely reported to result in a weak bladder.

Infections develop well in hot moist enclosed environments, one ideal area being between the foreskin and glans. It seems once infections have occurred the area is then vulnerable to reoccurrences. A child is conscious of such intimate problems and finds them disturbing.

The Passages to Manhood - 1 of 12