“Junk” or “Jewels”: The Answer is Obvious

Andrew Siegel MD  12/10/2022 This is my 600th blog entry!

“Junk” is a commonly used slang term referring to the male genitals. Alternatively, “family jewels” is another slang phrase that refers specifically to the testicles but is also sometimes used to indicate the entire male package. Junk and jewels are virtual opposites yet refer to the same area of male geography. Go figure!

Family jewels — when used as a non-slang term — denotes valuable items of jewelry belonging to a family that are handed down from generation to generation.  The slang term “family jewels” follows the same line of reasoning: the magical body parts that confer the capacity for reproduction and the passage of genetic material down from one generation to the next. 

What gives? Why should the penis, testicles, and scrotum be referred to by the disparaging term “junk” that means “old or discarded articles that are considered useless or of little value”? Is that an appropriate term?  I cringe whenever I hear anyone refer to his manhood by the pejorative term “junk,” since in my humble opinion, I consider “family jewels” to be a much more appropriate term.

I am forever in awe of the brilliant design and engineering of human form and function.  The genital region is invaluable human real estate, containing structures that should be admired, revered, respected, and held in the highest of esteem, and never ridiculed, belittled, and vilified. 

The penis is an extraordinary multi-functional appendage with an impressive ability to multitask, arguably man’s most precious accessory. It is truly a remarkably organ in terms of its versatility, responsible for an array of vital functions including urinary, sexual, and reproductive. In the words of Eric Gill: “The water tap that could turn into a pillar of fire.”

There are about 14,000 urologists in the United States available to manage the urinary, sexual, and reproductive problems of the 333,000,000 USA population. Much of urological practice deals with when men have trouble urinating, have issues obtaining or maintaining an erection, or cannot impregnate their partners.  Jewels, not junk!

On a final but related note, “dick,” another common slang term for a penis, is often used in a derogatory and insulting context: “What a dick!”  Does this really make any sense?

Please see a previous blog entry: The Curious Use of Genital and Anal Slang

Bottom Line: You will never hear me use the term “junk” to refer to male genitals.  “Family jewels” is a much more apt and suitable term for this valuable and precious anatomy that provides urinary, sexual, and reproductive functions, and when malfunctioning –as often happens — keeps me gainfully employed.

Wishing you the best of health,

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Dr. Andrew Siegel is a physician and urological surgeon who is board-certified in urology as well as in female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery.  He is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Surgery at the Rutgers-New Jersey Medical School and is a Castle Connolly Top Doctor New York Metro AreaInside Jersey Top Doctor and Inside Jersey Top Doctor for Women’s Health. His mission is to “bridge the gap” between the public and the medical community. He is a urologist at New Jersey Urology, one of the largest urology practices in the United States.  He is the co-founder of PelvicRx and Private Gym.  His latest book is Prostate Cancer 20/20: A Practical Guide to Understanding Management Options for Patients and Their Families. 

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Video trailer for Prostate Cancer 20/20

Preview of Prostate Cancer 20/20

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PROSTATE CANCER 20/20 is now available at Audible, iTunes and Amazon as an audiobook read by the author (just over 6 hours). 

Dr. Siegel’s other books:

THE KEGEL FIX: Recharging Female Pelvic, Sexual, and Urinary Health

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MALE PELVIC FITNESS: Optimizing Sexual and Urinary Health

PROMISCUOUS EATING— Understanding and Ending Our Self-Destructive Relationship with Food

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