Olga Spessiva in Swan Lake costume, 1934 / photographer Sydney Fox Studio, 3rd Floor, 88 King St, Sydney
Image by State Library of New South Wales collection
For the sad life story of Olga Spessivtzeva (billed Spessiva for phonic simplicity or maybe to make the name more the same length as "Pavlova" who had toured six years before on her Australian tour); and the part Australia played in her life, see the Valerie Lawson article: The life of Olga Spessivtseva: spies, delusions and the comfort of dolls ( dancelines.com.au/research/the-life-of-olga-spessivtseva-… )
Note on the name: Spessivtzeva has signed the photogrpah "Olga Spessiva"
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Penis health is technically a man’s issue, but as most women know, men do not always stay on top of their personal health issues the way they should. Therefore, it’s beneficial for a woman to know a little about male organ health, if for no other reason than to know whether to worry when her guy says he has a sore penis. Proper penis care can become a team effort between a man and his partner. That not only ensures that his member will be in optimal health, but it can provide a bonding experience for the man and woman as well.
It’s not always ready for action.
Men like to make out that they are so sex-obsessed that their penises will spring to attention at the drop of a hat. While it’s true that men like sex (a lot!), it’s also true that sometimes the penis doesn’t always jump to an erect state at the slightest stimulation. This is not usually a comment on how alluring a woman is; it may mean that the man is tired, stressed, uncomfortable, not feeling in the best of health, sad, or preoccupied with other thoughts at the moment. In some instances, it can mean that there is a physical cause, such as anemia or diabetes. Sometimes, medications that a man is taking can also cause erectile issues.
Firmness can vary.
The firmness of a man’s erection can vary significantly from one time to the next. If a woman is used to a man having a very firm erection, she should not worry if it is not always as engorged; however, a woman should take note if loss of firmness – or, as above, lack of readiness for sexual activity – continues for an extended period of time. This could mean there is a physical issue that a doctor may need to look into.
Penis odor is common.
The pubic bush causes the crotch to be warm, a situation which is worsened by the penis being kept hidden behind two layers of clothing. Sweat accumulates easily, and even men who wash thoroughly and regularly may find that they carry a certain aroma with them more than they would like.
Penis skin is sensitive.
As many women have noticed, the skin on the penis is very thin, especially in men who have been circumcised and lack the protective foreskin layer. This by itself makes the penis skin sensitive to chemicals, so that many soaps and detergents can cause a skin issue to flare up. Skin rashes, pimples, and spots are common on the penis and the surrounding area.
Some blemishes are not unusual.
There are several common penis blemishes that many women (and men) think must be harmful but are in fact harmless. Hirsuties coronae glandis, more commonly called Pearly Penile Papules or PPP, are very common. PPP is a row (or rows) of small, raised bumps that typically form a ring around the bottom of the glans penis. Fordyce spots are small sebaceous glands that look like tiny little white or red dots.
Slight bends are okay.
Some penises are straight as a ruler, but most have some bit of curvature to them. Unless the bending is extreme (called Peyronie’s disease), it is fine; however, sometimes bending occurs because of a build-up of scar tissue, which can have a negative effect on penis sensitivity and function.
One thing men need to do to maintain penis health is to daily use a superior penis nutrient cream (health professionals recommend Man 1 Man Oil). A cream with vitamin A can help to address unwanted penis odor, while one with a high-end emollient (think Shea butter) is excellent for damaged penis skin. And if impaired sensitivity is an issue, a cream with acetyl L carnitine, which is neuroprotective, should definitely be used. The best help a woman may be able to give her man is to make sure he uses a quality cream regularly.
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