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Showing the Penis, Hiding the Phallus, a Cinematic Rupture with the Mythic Representation of Male Nudity

Hanieh Bakhtiari

was at least an NC-17 rating (a rating between R and X, signifying no one 17 and under is admitted), which meant the film would be refused by many entertainment media and video outlets. The penis finally graced the screen in the late 1960s. However

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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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The Tiger Penis Project

Kuang-Yi Ku

such a system is traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) and its use of the tiger penis to increase virility. At the same time, the huge demand for wild animals in TCM poses a threat to endangered species—and TCM may offer other benefits beyond those offered

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Phallus in the Practice of Brahmacharya

Sohini Saha

penis retraction” where the penis is tightly tied up in the langot ( Alter 2011: 79 ). Covering one's body with the akhara mud has been a significant part of wrestling tradition. It is argued that the mud not only has antiseptic value but also helps

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The Experiences of First Ejaculation among Taiwanese Men

An Exploratory Study

Herng-Dar Bih

be shaped by varying cultural and social taboos and discourses. In Taiwan there is very limited research concerning spermarche. Most research about young men in Taiwan and the penis are usually clinical in nature and are focused on medicalized

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Masculinity, Sex, and Dicks

New Understandings of the Phallus

Andrea Waling and Jennifer Power

This special issue brings together interdisciplinary work exploring the relationship between bodies, masculinity, and the penis or phallus. The symbolism, significance, and meaning of the phallus or penis has varied historically and across

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The Normal Foreskin

Puberty, Adolescence, and Growing Up

Jonathan A. Allan

Warning: This article includes images of the circumcised and intact penis taken from puberty books. The Circumcision Debate Debates and questions over circumcision are not new, and in many ways the debate seems far from over. Circumcision

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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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About the Cover Image

Andrea Waling and Jennifer Power

image is telling us. What does it represent? What is the story? It is perhaps ironic that the image we found most appealing is a device designed to prevent a penis from functioning. In the late nineteenth century, masturbation was believed to cause

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The Cum Shot (Re)Interpreted in Terms of Contamination and Control

James K. Beggan

, penis, and whether the ejaculate is actually semen. One of North's selling points is the authenticity of his cum shots. One of North's most noteworthy facial cum shots occurs in a video called Pick-Up Lines #2 featuring a relatively obscure actress