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The Sciences

Eunuch for love

Gene ExpressionBy Razib KhanJune 1, 2009 5:00 PM

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Family axes wedding plans, Egyptian cuts off organ:

A 25-year-old Egyptian man cut off his own penis to spite his family after he was refused permission to marry a girl from a lower class family, police reported Sunday.

This kind of reminds me of self-castration for religious reasons. It is a reality that in many parts of the world children are property a very tangible way. Their marriages are arranged for the benefit of the lineage, as determined by the pater familias. Honor killings in fact show a face of this reality which comports with the most grisly functions of the classical Roman Republican ideal, where the pater familias had the power of life and death over his children. H/T Talk Islam

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