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Uncut Many Sydney gay men -“ and some straight women -“ prefer their sexual partners to be uncut (uncircumcised) while others prefer them cut (circumcised).

Some people like a bit of extra colour and movement, while some prefer the minimalist approach. There are gays who like to stick to their own kind, while for others opposites attract.

Historically, circumcision has occurred for thousands of years and is thought to have been a hygienic measure for communities living in dusty, dry environments. About 100 years ago circumcision had a boom in popularity and by around 1950 it was a routine practice in most English-speaking countries.

By 1980 the rate fell dramatically when it emerged there was no medical reason to do it. Having said that, uncut men are slightly more prone to urinary tract infections and penile cancer, although the latter is considered incredibly rare.

Some studies have shown cut men in sub-Saharan Africa are less likely to contract HIV, but there seems to be little link between circumcision and HIV in developed countries such as Australia.

According to the Royal Australasian College of Physicians, today only 10-20 percent of newborn males are circumcised in Australia, so it won’t be long before the uncut penis reigns supreme.

The circumcision rate is around 60 percent in the United States, 30 percent in Canada, six percent in the UK and less than two percent in Scandinavia.

Uniform There’s always been something about a man or a woman in uniform. For a community that loves dressing up as much as ours, it comes as no surprise so many people smile guiltily when asked if they have a uniform fetish.

A uniform fetish can take any form, be it police officers, military, parking inspectors, fire brigade, rugby or netball uniforms.

A friend regularly tries to pick up bus drivers, admitting it is their uniforms that does it for him, while one prominent community member once admitted that she knew she was a lesbian at high school as she loved the tuck-shop ladies, all in a row, wearing those zip-up factory smocks.

The school uniform has played strongly for some but, in these volatile times, with all kinds of inappropriate connections made, maybe it’s best to point out the fetish is more often about what the person is wearing rather than the age of inhabitant.

A uniform fetish also reveals an interesting side to the psyche of what most of these uniforms represent for both the wearer and the person attracted to them -“ authority and control in some degree.

Even Sleaze Ball got into the act very successfully in 2002 when In Uniform was the theme. Partygoers clad in police officer, security guard and air force garb were seen dancing from hall to hall, although the lad in the McDonald’s counter boy uniform took the theme to a twisted new level.

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