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zenbabe 08-16-2006 05:48 PM

Cultural Diversity
# Despite education campaigns by women's groups, about one-fourth of girls in Cameroon still undergo ritual "breast-ironing" at puberty as their families attempt to squash their developing bosoms to make them sexually unattractive to boys and reduce their temptation to marry.

The most popular "ironing" instrument is a heated wooden pestle, mashed painfully against the chest. Some girls are supportive, however, like the one who told BBC News in June that she just "wanted to (stay in) school like other girls who had no breasts." [BBC News, 6-23-06]


Jaime 08-16-2006 06:00 PM

Oh, yuck, that's painful!

Things like this make me really, really glad that I live where I live.

auntie aubrey 08-16-2006 06:36 PM

dear cameroon: i spent 15 years of my life with boobs and no husband. you can do both.

zenbabe 08-19-2006 02:45 PM

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - An Indian businessman born with two penises wants one of them removed surgically as he wants to marry and lead a normal sexual life, a newspaper report said Saturday.

The 24-year-old man from the northern state of Uttar Pradesh admitted himself to a New Delhi hospital this week with an extremely rare medical condition called penile duplication or diphallus, the Times of India said.

"Two fully functional penes is unheard of even in medical literature. In the more common form of diphallus, one organ is rudimentary," the newspaper quoted a surgeon as saying.

The surgery was expected to be challenging as both organs were well-formed and full blood supply to the retained penis had to be ensured to allow it to function normally, he added.

The newspaper did not disclose the identity of the man or the hospital to protect the patient's privacy.

There are about 100 such reported cases of diphallus around the world and it is known to occur among one in 5.5 million men, the newspaper said.

It is caused by the failure of the mesodermal bands in the embryo to fuse properly. The mesodermal bands are one of three primary layers of the embryo from which several body parts are formed.

Jack Flanders 08-19-2006 04:58 PM

Hope they pick the right one! ;)

zenbabe 08-19-2006 06:04 PM

I would let him eat crackers in bed!;)

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