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Uncut Men: Boys in the Hood

by John Calendo
“For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.”
– Corinthians

Untitled - Robert MapplethropeWe know there are fanatics out there.

Guys who go off their nut, out of their skulls, totally bonkers for foreskin.

Guys who feel terribly deprived — more than that, outraged! — at finding themselves circumcised by some cruel play of fate and modern science, who try one sad scheme after another to grow back that silly little millimeter extra.

And yes, we plead guilty to catering to this obsession. In the lovely literature we publish in the back of the Inner Circle — those fiction tales designed to enlighten, teach and be read with one hand — nary a circumcised cock ever lifts its bare head in anything like triumph.

So it’s time we spent a few moments in heavy thought on — what else? — cock. The uncut kind.

We wonder if the mania for foreskin is little like the discrete charm of half-dressed men. When we wrote on that phenomenon, we concluded it was eye-hunger — the frank aggressiveness of the male gaze — that was more maddened, more stimulated, more challenged by what was unseen.

Man in a Polyester Suit - Robert MapplethropeBut let’s pull the … um, curtain back a bit further. Uncut cocks also suggest natural, unadulterated manliness. There is something of Maurice and the groundskeeper, of the duchess and the gardener, in the cut’s obsession with the uncut.

The uncut man seems more primitive, closer to the earth, unsoftened by civilization.

Translation, a really hot fuck.

And we brainy types need sometimes to be brought down to earth, no? A little ‘ol ass-whop never hurt anyone, yes?

This quest for authenticity in manhood would explain what has been called “The Restoration Movement.”

MSNBC reports:

As for bringing back a foreskin, those in the restoration movement describe two methods. They rarely discuss the first, perhaps because many harbor a deep distrust of doctors: skin tissue, usually from the scrotum, is surgically grafted to the penis shaft in a way that replicates the foreskin’s shape and function.

The other method essentially requires a man to stretch himself a new foreskin from his existing penis tissue. A variety of methods and devices help accomplish this — elastic bands, weighted metal containers, even special tape. Some are commercial products with names like P.U.D. (Penile Uncircumcision Device) and Tug Ahoy.

Others are homemade with anything from silicone caulk to brass instrument mouthpieces. Several ounces of weights are sometimes added to speed the process. …

All of these products distend the skin forward toward the glans and hold it in place to induce new cell growth, essentially forcing new skin to be created. Regrowth often takes years, with devices worn for 10 to 12 hours each day. …

Of course, it’s impossible to truly restore foreskin and restorers admit results are partial at best. Certain specialized nerve endings simply won’t return.

But fret not, O, ye of little foreskin. The health benefits of circumcision are well documented — despite all the melodramatic claims to the contrary made by the uncut fanatics.

The latest evidence appeared just last week and involves an issue that has touched most of us directly: AIDS.

From Reuters:

Circumcising men routinely across Africa could prevent millions of deaths from AIDS, World Health Organization researchers and colleagues reported on Monday. …

Profile - Robert MapplethorpeResearchers believe circumcision helps cut infection risk because the foreskin is covered in cells the virus seems able to easily infect. The virus may also survive better in a warm, wet environment like that found beneath a foreskin…

Last year, Dr. Bertran Auvert… and colleagues at WHO found that circumcised men in South Africa were 65 percent less likely to become infected with the deadly and incurable virus.

“In West Africa, male circumcision is common and the prevalence of HIV is low, while in southern Africa the reverse is true,” they wrote in the current report, published in the Public Library of Science Medicine.

“This analysis shows that male circumcision could avert nearly six million new infections and save three million lives in sub-Saharan Africa over the next twenty years.” …

“Male circumcision alone cannot bring the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Africa under control. Even circumcised men can become infected, though their risk of doing so is much lower,” the journal cautioned in a commentary.

The Stranger, an alternative paper in Seattle, offers this wry observation on the news:

But will Africa’s men sit still for the mandatory snip?

God knows that circumcision is, for all but the exceedingly unlucky, the worst thing that will ever happen to one’s genitals.

However, losing your immune system is worse, and here’s hoping Africa follows through with its 10-year Harvest of Foreskins.

And one more thing: in Bantu, a language family common to sub-Saharan Africa, the word for foreskin is — do strap yourself in — Oprah!

All images by Robert Mapplethorpe
from the book:
Pictures: Robert Mapplethorpe
by Robert Mapplethorpe

Top image: Untitled, 1981
Second image: Man in a Polyester Suit, 1980
Last image: Profile, 1981

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  • http://www.nightcharm.com Nightcharm

    Aztek, this entry is on foreskin, not black men. See explanation above.

    The title is a play on foreskin, not a reference to urban neighborhoods. We used the photography of R. Mapplethrope to unify the piece visually, not because we were writing in code. If we wanted to specify the foreskin of black men we would have written that plainly, same way we have specified the special virtues of redheaded men, Arab men, and so forth.

    We understand that many readers are turned off by this sort of objectification of men into types. So be it. Other readers are turned on by it. And just to be clear, it was not our intention, nor do we take lightly, the fact that you and other readers have seen something negative in this piece.

  • Jarrod

    well im am 19 years old…and i was born very very early baby and my real mother didnt want me and so i was adopted and my brothers were adopted too aswell…and i was born in Russia. And yes im am gay and i just want to be happy. And I im trying to find my mr.right and I just want to make a guys happy and i dont want to brake anymore hearts…and yes im very emotional person and im no jugemental eather. but yes im uncut and i do have my forskin too…and i know that most guys like to be top or buttom to have most sex and im kinda both ways to do with. But i just hope that they under staind where im coming from…my life is so not easy and im trying to be strong but its seems that im not good eanugh for them. I graduated from savannah high school class of 2009 and i do have facebook too so if u guys want to chat with me thats find with me if u want too…and my is jarrod sexton. and im telling u guys the truth of me…thanks for the talk u guys are amazing people to talk to..:)

  • I love dick

    I love dick

    Having a circumsized penis is good but if its uncut its more good im a girl and ive done a lot of blowjob every time im gonna blowjob with a circumsized boy i cant feel the skin up and down but it really look good if youre circumsized in the other hand if

  • gaybo112

    I love non circumcised dicks (personally)

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  • Tim

    I was circumcised at 28. I was born in the USA and wanted to be circumcised. I finally did it. Let me tell you it aint’t worth it. I would love to have my foreskin back. My dick is much less sensitive but I cum MUCH quicker than before. My wife says that she wants my foreskin back too because sex is now uncomfortable for her. Uncircumcised dicks are much better looking and sexier. Leave the boys alone. My sons are not circumcised. BTW, there are many, many more uncircumcised males in this country than we are led to believe. Circumcision was not widely practiced before WWII. Most of my friends born in the USA are uncut too. I was born in 1964. Most of the guys I grew up with are uncut. The circumcision rates are determined only by information gleaned from the largest hospitals. So boys born in smaller hospitals or at home are not included in the count.

  • Antonio

    I am uncut and I am very greatfull I am. The foreskin has a remarkable allure to the eyes. It keeps you looking. You cant take your eyes off it. Next thing you know, you like it. Its sexy. it protects the head. It keeps it smooth and moist. Perhaps more people would embrace the foreskin in time.

  • Antonio

    In film, its common to see bare breasts, butts, and even vaginas. I want to see more cocks!

  • craig

    i was cut at 2years old thanks mum and dad i have 3 sons all cut olds son thanks me all the time and his wife for having him done wife loves it

  • http://nightcharm.com Kushman

    I have an uncut cock and wouldnt have it any other way. I used to think it would be better to be like the majority and have it circumcised but I’m telling you the women just can’t get enough. They say it feels so much better inside them and uncut dicks do not stink. Only if they are not washed.

  • allan

    I am a gay man not circumcised. I am thankful I am not cut. I prefer my partners to not be cut. I find when they are cut the scar and dried out head are a huge turn off and find to me they look strange. I am glad I was left intact, and if others don’t like it its there problem. I am proud to be left intact