semenarche

semenarche

(se'men-ar?ke) [? + arche, beginning]
During puberty, the beginning of the production of semen.
See: pubarche; thelarche
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One of my indelible memories of the Buffalo conference (a memory shared by Enid) was a presentation by a young scholar, Loren Frankel, who introduced his doctoral research on boys' semenarche as a socio-biological rite of passage.
It does seem to be forced on him by nature--when the phallus comes to have a life of its own--and it feels great, but if semenarche and the phallus are no longer confirmed or celebrated by culture, what has the event come to mean?
5) Sociological studies of the experience of male semenarche (first ejaculation) are few and augmented by only a few scattered ethnographic remarks.
Despite finding that Nigerian participants reported lower levels of curiosity about semenarche than American participants, the Nigerian research determined that over half of Nigerian participants told someone of having experienced first ejaculation.
As anticipated, in this study boys generally avoided informational disclosure after semenarche, and none told friends:
This difference in research findings between menarche and semenarche highlights how the overtly sexual nature of semenarche relegates the experience to a distinctive place in human development.
Although there are similarities between semenarche and menarche, these are overshadowed by the sharp differences between the two pubertal phenomena.
There would be significant differences between parental reports of attitudes about semenarche (as assessed in this study) as compared to menarche (as assessed in this and other studies).
HYPOTHESIS ONE: ASSESSING THE DISTINCTIVENESS OF SEMENARCHE AS A PUBERTAL CHANGE
Inquiring about parents' future plans to talk with sons about semenarche yielded similarly inconsistent results.
This inconsistency implies that parents may not be reliable information sources about the importance of semenarche.
It was anticipated that parents' responses would indicate that semenarche is not comparable to menarche.