Maro (who regularly visits Spain) writes:
I have met circumcised Spanish guys - it seems like neonatal circumcision is unusual but middle-class Spanish guys often have it done.
Roger (who grew up in Spain) writes:
In early '60's, we were regularly checked for phimosis, undescended testes and hernias at school medicals from around 10 to 13 years of age. The doctor would cover our eyes with one hand whilst he had a quick check around with the other. He'd skin it back, then cup them and say "Cough please". Whole thing would take about five seconds.
Seems that this is still going on in some schools. About seven years ago at 12, a friend had a dorsal slit, after the school doctor concluded his foreskin was too tight and contacted his parents about it.
I once met a Spaniard who told me he had been circumcised in the army when doing his military service. It is apparently an option offered to men when they go for their military service, especially if they are suffering with phimosis or a tight or non-retractable foreskin. He told me the reason routine infant circumcision is not practiced is that most of the parents are too poor to pay for their sons' circumcision
A Spanish friend told me that RIC was unusual in Spain but he had been cut at 15: he said this was common for adolescents with tight foreskins.
Went to the sauna at Luton yesterday it was "Bear's" day. Must have been over 100 guys, obviously I couldn't see all their equipment but quite a good percentage of cut including two Spanish! I didn't get chance to speak to them about it so don't know if they were RIC's or later ones. Things seem to be looking up!
First we saw that Antonio Banderas (Spanish born actor) was nicely, if loosely, circumcised. Now we find that Playgirl's Man For February 1997 (Orlando Navarette), who was born & raised in El Puerto De Santa Maria, Spain, is also circumcised. One of our members lives in that part of Spain and he states that in Barcelona, the circumcision rate is between 15% and 20%. It is particular higher among younger males (18-25) and the wealthy Spanish frequently circumcise their sons. Who says Europeans and Hispanics don't circumcise?
Spanish Terms For Circumcision
The following are the terms used in Spanish with talking about circumcision.
Circumcised: "circuncidado" (some say "circunciso", but it is not correct)
Foreskin: "prepucio"; colloq: "pellejo", "cuero" (skin)
Glans rim/corona: "corona"
Shaft: <no specific term>
Penis: pene; colloq: "verga", "pija", "pito", "pico" (dick/cock)
Testicles: "testiculos"; colloq: "cojones", "bolas" (balls), "huevos" (eggs)
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