Thursday, June 15, 2006

A Cour Case to Watch

It's been a while since I updated, I know. I'll have more in the not too distant future. Until then, here's a court case to watch: a man in Chicago is suing to prevent his ex-wife from mutilating their 8-year-old son. Kudos to the man for the effort, and I hope he prevails.

Tuesday, August 02, 2005

Male Genital Mutilation Cuts AIDS Risk?

Then there's this older report which says that mutilating your sons might keep them from getting AIDS. Apparently, it drops the risk by about 70%.

You know what drops the risk by about 80%? Teaching them to use condoms!

You know what drops the risk by about 99%? Teaching them to use condoms and to stay in faithful, monogomous relationships!

You know what drops the risk by about 100%? Teaching them abstinance from sex and intravenous drugs!

All of these have better results, and none requires mutilation.

Repeat after me, kids: "I won't cut of part of my son's penis to keep him from getting AIDS. Instead I will teach him to protect himself."

Female Genital Mutilation Reduces Fertility

Unlike many who cover genital mutilation, I'm equally appalled when it occurs on either gender. Reuters reports today that victims of female genital mutilation are five to six times more likely to be infertile. A large part of that is probably due to the crude instruments and lack of sterility used to perform the mutilations in third world countries, but it's still a problem.

Parents, don't mutilate your kids - of either gender!

Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Day 82 - Taped Up Again

Got more tape yesterday, and it's in place again. I think the clasps on my strap may be wearing out as well, because they're starting to slip off occasionally. I may just make a new strap this weekend.

Tuesday, July 26, 2005

Day 81 - Out of Tape

Well, I ran out of tape today, so I'm not taped up. Progress seems to be moving along, albeit still slowly. I measured again on Sunday and still measured at 14.4cm, but since my previous measurements went up and down again I'm not too concerned about one that shows no growth. That's better than going back down again. Besides, subjectively I can tell the difference. I'm getting rollover more and more often now - often even while standing up, if I'm wearing tight underwear. It still only happens when I'm completely soft, but it's covering more of the glans now than it used to - more than half of it, now. I'm also now able to stretch the skin to cover more than half the glans when I'm hard and almost fully over the glans when I tape up. So I'm definitely making progress.

I'm going to have to adjust my strap, too. I think the elastic is starting to get stretched out, so it's probably time to trim some of it off so that I can keep enough tension in play. It's not quite bad enough to require getting new elastic, though.

Anyway, I bought more tape over my lunch break, so tomorrow I'll be back to taping up again. It's kind of nice to have a day off, though, as the tape is still a little uncomfortable. I doubt it'll ever be truly comfortable, but at least I won't have to wear it forever.