There are 4 Chapters in this Book.
Each Chapter starts with a concise summary.

Chapter 1 : The Conditions - The various forms of Phimosis - Anatomical Facts of Life - Individual Treatment of Persistent Problems - Medical literature since 1920

Chapter 2 : From Innocence to Ignorance - Bizarre Initiations in the 20th Century - Personal Experiences - Psychological and Social Research.

Chapter 3 : Anthropology - The Origins of Routine Male Circumcision. - Anthropological literature since 1880 - Evolution - Chinese and European developments.

Chapter 4 : Solutions - An Appropriate Modern Initiation for our Culture. - Routine Medical Checks and Education - Research on Prevention.


MALE INITIATION AND
THE
PHIMOSIS TABOOS

The History of Phimosis
up until year 2,000

by Robin Stuart
(Qualifications)

Version 1.0 : February 22nd 1996
THE ORIGINS AND CONSEQUENCES OF A TABOO
Version 6.4 : Nov 2007
(almost) Last Version 6.9 : August 2014
Postscript June 2014

This site is totally against a full Circumcision of infants.
This site praises the intelligence of the partial circumcision and
other traditional cures performed by many ancient cultures. The modern world needs intelligent modern methods. Please see my future dream : finding a solvent for adhesions.

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2012 note from author: My previous heading "This site promotes Education and Monitoring Boys for Phimosis before Puberty" was appropriate only up until about year 2000.

The new easy possibility of internet videos, suggests the simplest, cheapest and appropriate modern method of prevention and education, could be boys checking themselves via internet videos, - Im not talking about morality, just whats happening anyway practically - (I always was!) Please see Postscript.

The normal foreskin can move freely and be retracted without any difficulty. A normal man can see and touch the entire penis, glans and foreskin, without pain or difficulty.

Phimosis, or "the inability to freely retract the foreskin" - inhibits the relationship between the foreskin and the glans. This functionally restricts the erection, causing pain and difficulty during masturbation or intercourse.

Due to the difficulties experienced when attempting to retract his foreskin, a boy may believe this act to be unnatural. As with many other inhibitions people avoid pain and difficulty; thus many boys and men simply do not realise that their erection is, in effect, 'anatomically inhibited'.

In the source studies on statistics a figure of at least 8% is reported for adolescents who have problems of foreskin retraction in the non-erect state.

Farm animals are examined early for similar problems as part of the Breeding Soundness Examination, because "Copulation failure in food animals can be economically devastating to producers." (32).

The young male of the human genus is not so lucky. Either a routine circumcision is performed, or the culture does absolutely nothing at all, until after a problem has occurred usually after several years difficulty. Operations occur typically during puberty or after the first attempts at intercourse.

The full extent of the effects of phimosis have only recently come to light, due to the anonymity of Internet where adult men have been able to relate their experiences openly for the first time.

This site researches the erectile effects of phimosis, analyses the information from over two thousand personal experiences, and then describes the influence of foreskin conditions on the sexuality.

I argue that a difficult or painful foreskin restricts the erection and when untreated this inhibits the sexual behaviour of a man. These pages illustrate aspects of human nature and experience which have never before been discussed.

The continuing taboos on phimosis and the century long debate on the pros and cons of routine circumcision has led to a minefield of wild speculations, rumours, and generations of puzzled parents who seriously ask the question "should boys be circumcised or not?"

My intention is to demystify this entire subject

With our culture`s attitudes towards early health care, it would be appropriate to educate boys about phimosis and when possible, routinely examine boys foreskins and prevent or treat any individual problems in good time, before puberty.