Re: the Salaciousness of Anthropology

Stephen Barnard (
Tue, 27 Aug 1996 18:56:12 -0800

Joel and Lynn Gazis-Sax wrote:
> OK, given that there have been many questions to describe the procedure
> (gulp) here goes. Not for the squeamish:
> Australian aborigines mark the passage into manhood by altering the
> penis. Unlike Jews and other peoples who are content with removing
> foreskins, the aborgines have a grand plan. Using stones knives,
> they open a slit down the bottom length of the male organ. For the
> rest of your life, this slit remains open, allowing the semen to
> dribble through it.
> I don't know or believe that they use any anesthetic when they
> perform this little operation. Pain is part of the rite of
> passage.
> All I can say now is: You guys asked for it.

That sounds like a lot of fun. Maybe it's a way to even the score with
the women who have to suffer through childbirth.

Steve Barnard