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« Reply #15 on: October 16, 2006, 04:02:49 PM »
I don't find "that took balls" a whole lot more sexist or offensive than "women's intuition".  We all seem to think our sex provides us with perks.  :)

As for the balls themselves, there was a guy on my residence floor whose unthinking habit of wandering about wearing only a loose robe, porn-star style, had us all off kiwis for a whole year.
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« Reply #16 on: October 16, 2006, 04:17:47 PM »
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It’s not just grabbing their balls either, men also have an emotional attachment to their balls it’s where they believe their masculinity lies there nestled in the comfort of the sperms that surround it. It’s like their balls are the very essence of their being.



In a way, not very different from women who believe their feminity lies in their ovaries and the reactions and trauma they have when having a hysterectomy or similar 'no more baby making' issues.

Ive heard several complain that they were 'no longer women' in such a case (and a few who said what a relief and the pressures off)
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« Reply #17 on: October 16, 2006, 04:38:45 PM »
Well, y'know ... two weeks after my hysterectomy, I learned that I was suddenly already a cancer survivor, so it just never occurred to me to worry about whether I was still "a woman" or not.

My uterus never meant anything to me while I had it and it don't mean much to me now that it's gone, except it was a health threat -- I always did vaguely feel that, I suppose.

I never felt that my femininity resided there, but maybe that's because I couldn't scratch it or display it. Uteruses are well hidden. Unless you're pregnant, they don't seem to be there at all. I, at least, never had any relationship at all with mine until it decided to threaten my life, which I had always sort of suspected it might do, and eventually, it did.

I was a woman before and I am a woman now. I suppose the biology was part of that once -- how very odd that it doesn't matter any longer.

But it doesn't. I'm still me. I still look very like a girl. I still am a girl. And I did not find the transition traumatic at all.

Mind you, I had other things to think about at the time.

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« Reply #18 on: October 16, 2006, 04:52:15 PM »
Well I didnt say all women  :)

Ive had 2 male friends who have lost a testicle or two. One thought it a loss of manhood, the other merely thought it was kewl how the prosthetis is the inside of a golf ball so I guess it does vary between people. Ive seen the phenomenon in women who have had masectomies and men who have had vasectomies but as for me, Im me regardless of what I have or have lost (and Ive lost quite a bit)
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« Reply #19 on: October 16, 2006, 05:06:18 PM »
I know, Bacchus, and I didn't mean that entirely as a reaction to your post. It was just a kind of general sentiment.   :wink:

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« Reply #20 on: October 16, 2006, 05:10:22 PM »
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even when they’re about to lose one half of their balls they feel the need to announce it to the world—remember Lance Armstrong? He made little yellow bracelets to remind us of his ball loss.


Huh.  I'll have to remember this in case a female friend loses a breast to cancer.

"Big deal honey.  You get two.  You want I should wear a pink ribbon or sumthin'?"  

Did a giant pair of balls teabag her family or something?  What an offensive thing to say about a guy who raised a fair amount of awareness and money for cancer research.
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« Reply #21 on: October 16, 2006, 05:19:18 PM »
Interesting question. Is that the parallel?

One ovary or two? Who will notice?

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« Reply #22 on: October 16, 2006, 06:00:06 PM »
My remaining ovary is like my fridge -- a receptacle for old eggs. Seriously, I feel no less feminine but I had already resigned myself to not having children (perhaps that's the difference).

As for balls, I find them fascinating and try to picture what it would be like to have dangling bits to contend with when dressing. (I'm amazed at the different preferences there are among men.)
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« Reply #23 on: October 16, 2006, 11:07:26 PM »
My preferences is preferably not crushed  :D
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« Reply #24 on: October 17, 2006, 02:25:13 AM »
re: the scratching - it's not always scratching. i mean sometimes it's just scratching, but often it is repositioning. y'see, balls move. and i don't mean they just swing from walking or such. well, they do, but they also just move. on their own. and sometimes, they move into uncomfy positions, and need to be reset.

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« Reply #25 on: October 17, 2006, 02:25:27 AM »
Of course not crushed, but left or right or up or down?
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« Reply #26 on: October 17, 2006, 09:12:40 AM »
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re: the scratching - it's not always scratching. i mean sometimes it's just scratching, but often it is repositioning. y'see, balls move. and i don't mean they just swing from walking or such. well, they do, but they also just move. on their own. and sometimes, they move into uncomfy positions, and need to be reset.


Which is why boxer shorts are better than briefs, my dear fellow.

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« Reply #27 on: October 17, 2006, 09:27:37 AM »
Well, I'm not an owner of a set of balls, but someone I know well who is says the opposite, that le slip keeps them well positioned.

Sort of like whether women are comfier avec ou sans a bra...
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« Reply #28 on: October 17, 2006, 11:47:37 AM »
Maybe it's the European/N. American divide like with speedos vs. boxer style swimwear.  Any guy I know prefers boxers or none at all.

I'm reading this thread and feeling really happy to be a woman not having to figure out the nuances of adjustment of these permanemt attachments.  Balls are nice on men but I'm glad I don't have them.

lagatta, that's interesting about bras.  I couldn't imagine going for a run without a proper sports bra.  I just wouldn't be able to do it at all.  No way.  But other times no bra is the comfortable way to go.

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« Reply #29 on: October 17, 2006, 02:18:33 PM »
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My ex-husband is Metis and his first nations grandmother taught him and his brothers how to "suck them up" and carry them inside when playing hockey.  He, of course, wore the usual protective cup with his hockey gear but he said he had the added protection of keeping them inside.  His grandma told them that the Iroquois warriors kept them inside any time there was any fighting.  I don't know if that's true or one of the "in the olden days" stories.

He did not teach our sons the trick.  He said he had been told it could reduce fertility.  
His GRANDMOTHER taught him how carry his testicles inside him?!? :shock: How would she know?
I have never heard of such a thing. I am male and have had 2 testicles all my life and not once has anybody ever advised me how to do this and it never occured to me to try it.
I hope this story is not true and I think it's more likely that if the Iroquois warriors wanted to keep their penis and testicles in place and stop them flopping about they would have worn something similar to a 'jock strap'.
Maybe this falls into the category of 'Strange Beliefs Some Women Have About Men', like the Jewish woman I met who expressed the belief that men with intact foreskins are incapable of sexual intercourse. She was wrong.

 

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