which is healthier? i put my son in boxers because they allow more natural movement and air circulation. i think briefs provide an airless breeding ground for bacteria that i wouldn't want near my son's genitals regardless of whether he was cut or not. (which of course he isn't).
my dad hates boxers and insists i could not possibly know anything about boys underwear because i am a woman. he swears briefs are safer and more comfortable, and that my son will be unhealthy unhappy and seen as some kind of a freak if he wears boxers because "all men know briefs are better." he even went so far as to purchase a six-pack of briefs and sneak them to my son with instructions to wear them anyway even if i give him boxers.
my son, btw, seems to like both boxers and briefs. he'll wear the briefs because his grandfather has convinced him its "normal" and he likes the comfort of lounging around and sleeping in soft, clean boxers. the one thing he _doesn't_ like are the so-called boxer-briefs.
it seems silly to be arguing over underwear, and to be honest, if he weren't trying to interfere with the underwear issue, my dad would be showing me how wrong i am about some other lifestyle choice, like homeschooling or vegetarianism or the fact that ds isn't circumcized. he claims he's not cut either and therefore knows more than any woman ever could about such things (including my son's female doctor.)
ds does occaisionally admit to irritation, which his pediatrician says is due to pulling the foreskin too far back while washing - although ds is going through a shy spell where he won't let anyone see it except parents and grandpa and so would undress for our last visit. my dad insists it's due to not washing enough and boxers.
end the great underwear debate: boxers or briefs or does it really matter?