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The Penis-Care Information Gap

Preventing Improper Care of Intact Boys

Dan Bollinger

A penis-care information gap exists in North America where most physicians and parents do not know how to care for an intact boy’s penis, especially his foreskin. They lack basic knowledge and personal experience, which would allow them to advise or provide proper care for boys. Unless this gap is filled with reliable information, many boys are at risk for penile problems and perhaps even circumcision—something that the parents and the boy would like to avoid. The causes and problems resulting from this clear case of remediable medical ignorance are discussed, and solutions offered.

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Lost Boys

An Estimate of U.S. Circumcision-Related Infant Deaths

Dan Bollinger

Baby boys can and do succumb as a result of having their foreskin removed. Circumcision-related mortality rates are not known with certainty; this study estimates the scale of this problem. This study finds that approximately 117 neonatal circumcision-related deaths (9.01/100,000) occur annually in the United States, about 1.3% of male neonatal deaths from all causes. Because infant circumcision is elective, all of these deaths are avoidable. This study also identifies reasons why accurate data on these deaths are not available, some of the obstacles to preventing these deaths, and some solutions to overcome them.

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Jay Mechling

penises behind the symbol of the phallus, and in the case of Boy Scout camp, real boys’ bodies (and biologies and psychologies) behind the symbolic male body. In male friendship groups that strive to maintain a heterosexual identity (even if some of the

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Girl Constructed in Two Nonfiction Texts

Sexual Subject? Desired Object?

Mary Ann Harlan

: the act of penis-to-vagina penetration causes the loss of virginity. This narrow definition fails to incorporate the many other sexual acts in which one might engage. More importantly, it codes the loss of virginity as a heterosexual rite of passage

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Resisting the Demand to Stand

Boys, Bathrooms, Hypospadias, and Interphobic Violence

Celeste E. Orr

ableist pathologization. The urethral meatus (pee hole) of intersex boys with hypospadias is not at the exact tip of the penis. As a result, some of these boys need to sit to urinate. In doing so, they violate the masculine demand to stand to pee

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Michele Meek

you think I'm doing?” She then abruptly stops, presumably when she sees his penis (we see only a shot of her looking down). He asks, “Why'd you stop?” and she doesn't answer, but gets up, goes to the lobby, and calls her mom. Instead, she reaches her

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Becoming a Man

Trajectories of Young Gay Men in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

Wendell Ferrari and Marcos Nascimento

's desires. (Eduardo, 23) I am Black, and I work out. In the apps, they always ask me if I have a big penis. When I say that I'm passive, they block me. Being Black, [with a] fit body, and only passive is a sin: you are obliged to be active. It seems that I

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Who (the) Girls and Boys Are

Gender Nonconformity in Middle-Grade Fiction

Michele Byers

Shane is AMAB), he inadvertently sets up a situation of reality enforcement ( Bettcher 2014 ). By suggesting that the simplest way to prove Shane is a boy is by showing the rest of the team his penis, Josh inadvertently invalidates Shane’s gender

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“Stumbling Upon Feminism”

Teenage Girls’ Forays into Digital and School-Based Feminisms

Crystal Kim and Jessica Ringrose

-shaming cultures at school and to ridicule the ignorant response from a boy who compares his penis to a bra strap. Like Lobna, and in line with Rentschler and Thrift (2015) , we see Violet participating in a shared insider joke via viral feminist meme culture

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“Isn't That a Girl Problem?”

Boys, Bodies, and the Discourse of Denial

Michael Kehler and Chris Borduas

fully see what the other boys look like. As he understands “it,” he wants to verify or confirm whether his peers have the muscles that they talk about. His final comment may refer to the musculature of his peers or to their penises. Brandon refers to an