Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Morning Edition - 5/17/06

AIDS Walk This Weekend
This weekend the NY AIDS Walk will snake its way through 6.5 miles of the city. Thank you to all who sponsored me for such an important cause. Initially, I set my goal at $500, but just 24 hours after I began my drive, your support surpassed that amount. Within a week you helped me raise $700. By press time this morning, your sponsorship reached $900. Your dollars will help people living with AIDS find treatment, food and resources for this devastating disease. I am humbled by your support and proud to have such a generous group of individuals to call friends.

Driving You Crazy
Road rage is a serious problem affecting most major cities in America. With more and more folks taking to the road, the incidence of those who are rushing to their destination or simply too inconsiderate to drive carefully, road rage is fast becoming a leading cause of death on our nation’s roadways. AutoVantage recently released a survey ranking the cities with the most serious cases of road rage. Topping the list as the number one place drivers experienced some form of road rage is Miami. New York ranked number three and Washington DC was a respectable number six. Chicago and Atlanta ranked 13 and 16 respectively, with Minneapolis rounding out the top 20.

Know the Facts Before Yelling, “Cut!”
Circumcision is one of the most common surgical procedures practiced in the United States without anesthesia. The foreskin – the portion of skin covering the glans or head of the penis – is cut off leaving the head exposed. The American Pediatrics Association and the American Medical Association both say the procedure is purely voluntary and poses no medical benefit. Yet, American parents have their children circumcised more often than not. The foreskin provides the penis with a supple sheath (coating) and also keeps it moist with a secretion known as smegma. This secretion is now thought to have an antibacterial affect. Unfortunately, there is an odor that can also be associated with smegma and it can be fairly pungent. Doctors say it is completely natural. Doctors now believe that a good amount of sensitivity is lost when the foreskin is removed. It is believed that 12 bands of receptors are located in the foreskin and work in conjunction with the sensitivity of the head of the penis to produce pleasure. Without the foreskin, the head of the penis (the corona) is said to have poor sensitivity. Conversely, the incidence of penile cancer is three times greater in men who are not circumcised. Ultimately, it may come down to a cosmetic decision. Do you want your child to look different from his peers? Also, if you opt to let the boy keep the hood, it is recommended that you teach him proper hygiene to minimize the incidence of rude odor.

On Blast
Women and gay men: Do you have a visual preference for a circumcised or uncircumcised penis? Will you avoid either when engaging in oral sex?

Straight men: What drawbacks do you see for an uncircumcised man living in American society? Do you think that the straight male population notices another man’s penis – in locker room situations, etc.? As an adult would you change the choice your parents made with regard to being circumcised or uncircumcised?

Keep passin’ the open windows…


KahluaLoverInVa said...

I once had a friend that I quietly referred to as "Terry: Uncut"...when I got my first look...I just couldn't bring myself to go down there...I'm a sensory-driven person...things have to look, feel, taste, smell and sound pleasing for me to enjoy them. It just didn't look right to me---I mean it FELT okay (blushing) but I didn't bother with the rest of the senses...and I stopped seeing him eventually.


Cocoa Rican said...

This can be a sticky subject – no pun intended. First, the major difference for me (answering as a gay man) is that a cut (circumcised) man can go a lot longer without a basic shower than an uncut counterpart. To put it bluntly, some uncut men experience a strange, yet distinct, aroma wafting from their penis even when they have good hygiene, while some uncut men have virtually no smell in that area. Go figure, I don’t know what the deal is. I liken and uncut penis to a woman’s vagina – sometimes naturally funky, sometimes clean and fresh; regardless of hygiene. Either way, cut or uncut they look basically the same when erect, so the key difference is when they’re flaccid. Also, uncut men tend to have a more “raw” lookin’ head when the foreskin is pulled back, since it’s not naturally exposed and has much more tender skin than a cut & dry one. I don’t think I can mess with an uncut penis orally. My stomach would hurt and I never was good at the crap-shoot (enough said.)

As far as the whole men-observing-men, on purely the hetero level, men look and judge each other. Yes, they notice how they rank among their peers and I suspect they also judge the appearance – cut or uncut.

petite morceau said...

Go, Cocoa, Go! LOL - we love and support you! I'll be thinking about your buff self walking for the cause this weekend!

As for my preference for cut or uncut...aesthetically speaking uncut just looks more appealing but standing at full "attention" they all look the same lol. As long as the "conductor" and his two hairy friends are washed and kept in clean clothes, then there shouldn't be a problem with hygiene.

That natural musky smell, to me, is sexy. Nature intended for it to be an aphrodisiac, not a deterrent lol.

I think those who are squeamish about "natural" men just haven't given them the proper chance :)

Hotomali said...

Hey my freind! I to will be apart to the snake of folks walking for this wonderful cause! I hope to cross paths with you during the walk on Sunday

Tammy said...

i dated a fellow a long time ago, who was not circumcised. when i decided to give the brother some i pulled back the skin of his penis, and the funkiest odor i have eva smelled emitted from his penis!!! suffice it to say he didnt get any...and i was disgusted and through with him. nasty azz self. so i prefer circumcised brothers.

Cocoa Rican said...

Dav! You have to call me so we can walk together... I just have to do a photo-op with my firm's group and then J'Moo and I are skipping the 6.5 miles to the nearest watering hole. Hey, after raising funds and feeling good about doing good, I like to throw back a few! LOL.... :)

caspar608 said...

tammy you are too funny.

caspar608 said...

so you are not going to actually WALK? Is that what you are putting out there now?

Cocoa Rican said...

No Cas honey... I said, I'm skipping the 6.5 miles to the nearest watering hole. Meaning, I am walking the 6.5 miles then celebrating with my fellow walker J'Moo.... don't be triflin'... this is one cause that means a great deal to me. I mean damn... so much for Catholic schools.

caspar608 said...

Don't skip ... its bad for your back. And I am not trifling. But Catholic Schools are....See no evil, won't you speak no evil, don't you play no evil over me....You're gonna burn in Hell (Twisted Sister).
"We're not gonna take it, no we ain't gnna take it....we're not gonna take it anymore" - that was Hectors theme song back in the day. Sho nuff.