Watch your dicks, fellas

Here’s a little article courtesy of Boing Boing about the hysteria over ‘penis thieves‘ in Africa. If you’ve never heard about it, it’s the modern equivalent of a witch hunt. It usually starts when panic is stirred up when baseless accusations are launched at undesirables. The whole thing usually ends up with a few deaths caused by an angry and frightened mob.

It’s an old superstition dating back to ancient myths about demons stealing a guy’s manhood away from him. It’s a metaphor for impotence, but the legend is taken as literal by many. There are always a few tragic deaths a year caused by these witch trials, which makes me embarrassed for the human race in general.

On a side note, I find it equally insane no one double checks when some dude blames a complete stranger for stealing his dick. I realize it might make a few squeamish people uncomfortable, but come on! Just yank down his pants and you’ll have your answer. I get the feeling some people just love a good excuse to beat the shit out of people, and this one happens to be a hometown favorite.

If you’re in Africa and some guy yells out of the blue that you stole his Johnson, run as fast as you can; you can’t talk your way out of this one, apparently!

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    Swedish guy

    Some parts of Africa are really fucked up (I come to think about the albino stories too).
    I’d be interested to hear a historian’s take on whether the white man is to blame for this because of all the shit we’ve done down there over the years (like the catholic church is partly to blame for the AIDS epidemic) or if it would’ve been just as fucked up without us interfering at all.

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