What would you like to tell this teen?

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What would you like to tell this teen?
Fri, 08-19-2011 - 1:52pm

I ran across an interesting comment on an article (regarding circumcision reducing the spread of HPV) and was wondering what your advice would be to this teen and/or his parents?

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Registered: 02-10-2011
Fri, 08-19-2011 - 6:30pm

This coin has two sides,

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Registered: 02-10-2011
Sun, 08-21-2011 - 1:37pm

The other side of the coin, when a child is circumcised his choice is forever taken away.

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Registered: 01-15-2009
Mon, 08-29-2011 - 9:45am

As a teen, I am sure that he is interested in sex and has likely begun to masturbate. I would sit him down and explain what a foreskin is, how it works and explain that masturbation would be much more difficult without his foreskin.

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Registered: 12-18-2007
Tue, 08-30-2011 - 5:24pm
Good Reply please ever one talk about the foreskin and masturbation it part of like and renumber some of the first circumcisions ware done to stop masturbation after all
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Registered: 03-28-2003
Tue, 09-20-2011 - 11:02am

First of all, he lives in a different world from my teenage boys (17-yr-ols twins) - they have no idea if their freinds and classmates are circumcised or not, because they don't look and they don't ask.

I do find it curious that a boy whose parents were both comfortable with their decision to leave him intact doesn't have a good understanding of what his circumcised friends are missing. My sons learned about circumcision at age 8,a nd have been grateful ever since that it wasn't done to them.

I understand that kids get lots of odd ideas, but "he's embarrassed he doesn't look like his friends" seems a lot like BS to me, and being upset about having all his parts, in a family that supports bodily integrity, seems like BS too.

If it's all true, I guess I'd tell him that he can have whatever cosmetic surgery he chooses when he's 18, and I would help him research the operation.

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Sat, 10-22-2011 - 9:16am

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Registered: 01-06-2002
Sun, 10-23-2011 - 12:43am

Without reading any other responses at present, the subject of HPV infection, male to female, is very debatable in the context of the foreskin's culpability.

In the UK (flooded with foreskins from baby boys and into adulthood), the incidence of HPV is no more or less than any statistics from circumcising nations. That should speak for itself.

I would try to speak to any 13 year old boy in America - unhappy with his natural penis - with understanding for his 'difference' .... but explain to him how very special he is because he is like the tens of millions of boys worldwide who are exactly the same as him - and very happy with the way they are. I would ask him to think about his circumcised friends and keep them as his friends, explaining that friendship has nothing to do with the way they look 'down there' or in any other way.

He is America's future and when he is grown up he will be one of tens of millions like him!


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Registered: 05-28-2011
Wed, 10-26-2011 - 11:12am

I'd tell him no one cares, teens are dramatic about everything.