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CuriousityKnocks
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I'm an 18 year old straight female, but whenever I see a penis (real or fake) I am disgusted. I know that its natural for guys to have, but for some reason it still freaks me out. I am attracted to guys, but this could be a problem... and I don't know why it bothers me so much. Has anyone else had this problem? If so, what helped you get over it?
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Heather
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Well, the penises that you have seen: have you wanted to see them? Was that a kind of intimacy you were open to with that individual person, and felt comfortable with beforehand?

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CuriousityKnocks
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Most only in movies, I only saw one real persons. I was mostly comfortable with intimacy, we were honest with each other and respectful, but I did feel that full nudity was too early, and that made me feel uncomfortable. So I suppose the answer is no
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Heather
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So, it sounds to me like you don't actually have that much of a sense, save one experience (and I assume, then, you didn't have siblings or parents whose bodies you saw then growing up, either?), how you feel about someone's body parts, specifically.

In other words, you had one person where you feel that happened too soon -- and that can certainly feel uncomfortable for anyone -- and then only images, probably in pornography or medical photos, of people you don't even know.

In terms of the latter, I think it's safe to say a whole lot of people don't feel comfortable looking at body parts in those contexts.

As well, if you grew up without seeing any genitals at all save your own, or vulvas, I'd expect it might take you a bit longer to feel comfortable with them as you grew up.

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Thats true, and I was pretty sheltered as a kid so i never even saw one (save in anatomy books) until a few years ago. Thank you very much for responding! I feel much more reassured now
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