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Topic: Why Thai women cut off their husbands' penises

beckyderp !CaTLdYmooc started this discussion 2 years ago #23,538

http://www.guardian.co.uk/education/2012/nov/19/improbable-research-thai-women-cut-off-penis
About once per decade, the medical profession takes a careful look back at Thailand's plethora of penile amputations. The first great reckoning appeared in a 1983 issue of the American Journal of Surgery. Surgical Management of an Epidemic of Penile Amputations in Siam, by Kasian Bhanganada and four fellow physicians at Siriraj Hospital in Bangkok, introduces the subject: "It became fashionable in the decade after 1970 for the humiliated Thai wife to wait until her [philandering] husband fell asleep so that she could quickly sever his penis with a kitchen knife. A traditional Thai home is elevated on pilings and the windows are open to allow for ventilation. The area under the house is the home of the family pigs, chickens, and ducks. Thus, it is quite usual that an amputated penis is tossed out of an open window, where it may be captured by a duck."

The report explains, for readers in other countries: "The Thai saying, 'I better get home or the ducks will have something to eat,' is therefore a common joke and immediately understood at all levels of society".

The bulk of the paper reports how the doctors and their colleagues learned, over the course of attempting 18 reimplantations, how to improve the necessary surgical techniques. Unambiguous photographs supplement the text.

"Interestingly", the physicians remark at the very end, "none of our patients filed a criminal complaint against their attackers."

An article called Factors Associated with Penile Amputation in Thailand, published in 1998 in the journal NursingConnections, explores the reasons behind that. Gregory Bechtel and Cecilia Tiller, from the Medical College of Georgia (in Atlanta), gathered data from three couples who had been part of the epidemic. The couples, by then divorced, discussed their experience calmly. Bechtel and Tiller report that in each case, three things had happened during the week prior to dismemberment: (1) a financial crisis; (2) "ingestion of drugs or alcohol by the husband immediately prior to the event; and (3) public humiliation of the wife owing to the presence of a second 'wife' or concubine".

In 2008, the Journal of Urology carried a retrospective by Drs Genoa Ferguson and Steven Brandes of the Washington University in St Louis, called The Epidemic of Penile Amputation in Thailand in the 1970s. Ferguson and Brandes conclude that: "Women publicly encouraging and inciting other scorned women to commit this act worsened the epidemic. The vast majority of worldwide reports of penile replantation, to this day, are a result of what became a trendy form of retribution in a country in which fidelity is a strongly appreciated value."

Killer Lettuce !!iNo3FkiZx joined in and replied with this 2 years ago, 3 minutes later[^] [v] #367,906

This question has been confounding me for years. Thanks for finally answering this conundrum for me, OP.

beckyderp !CaTLdYmooc (OP) replied with this 2 years ago, 4 minutes later, 8 minutes after the original post[^] [v] #367,908

@previous
I didn't read it I just posted it

henn joined in and replied with this 2 years ago, 1 minute later, 10 minutes after the original post[^] [v] #367,909

Better get home or the ducks will have something to eat!

Negi Springfield !ATxpNDGx1Q joined in and replied with this 2 years ago, 5 minutes later, 15 minutes after the original post[^] [v] #367,910

Image went missingI don't even.


I would never cheat on my waifu.

beckyderp !CaTLdYmooc (OP) replied with this 2 years ago, 1 minute later, 16 minutes after the original post[^] [v] #367,912

@previous
but it's just a picture

Killer Lettuce !!iNo3FkiZx replied with this 2 years ago, 1 minute later, 18 minutes after the original post[^] [v] #367,914

@367,908
Your're missing out. It's riveting stuff.

Negi Springfield !ATxpNDGx1Q replied with this 2 years ago, 4 minutes later, 23 minutes after the original post[^] [v] #367,915

Image went missing@367,912
I know.


It's just funny in a weird sort of way.

Anonymous E joined in and replied with this 2 years ago, 2 minutes later, 26 minutes after the original post[^] [v] #367,916

I've always wanted to feed my severed penis to a duck.

beckyderp !CaTLdYmooc (OP) replied with this 2 years ago, 59 seconds later, 27 minutes after the original post[^] [v] #367,917

@previous
May I assume you're a furry?

Anonymous E replied with this 2 years ago, 10 seconds later, 27 minutes after the original post[^] [v] #367,918

Wait, wasn't Depressionman brutally sodomised by a duck during his recent trip to China?

this explains everything

green joined in and replied with this 2 years ago, 1 minute later, 28 minutes after the original post[^] [v] #367,919

@367,916

Ducks are the holy guardians.

Killer Lettuce !!iNo3FkiZx replied with this 2 years ago, 1 hour later, 1 hour after the original post[^] [v] #367,970

@367,918
That must be why we haven't heard from him for so long...
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