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February 08, 2017

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R. Sherman

And that's different from promising unlimited, state of the art health care while reducing costs by $2,500 per year, per family precisely how? I'd rather take my chances with a genie.

Joan

I'm just relieved it was a fake penis.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

"A doctor examined the teenager and discovered a fake penis tied to her waist,"

The diagnosis of "string" should always be left only to trained professionals.

David

It’s surprisingly easy to forget that, in parts of the world, the distant primitive past still exists.

R. Sherman

You can provide a dildo to a poor Bangladeshi child for just pennies a day, or you can turn the page.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

It’s surprisingly easy to forget that, in parts of the world, the distant primitive past still exists.

True, but we're talking about Bangladesh, not places like Portland, Seattle, or Luton.

David

or Luton.

Never been there so I can’t vouch.

Theophrastus

The modern Western Left relies heavily on magical thinking; so such behaviour is by no means always distant, though it's certainly primitive.

Sporkatus

I assume (since the family were purporting to make use of said genie), that the genie was not meant to be a western-style wish-twisting "Literal genie" - though malign interpretation of "I'd really like a bit of dick" almost makes more sense. "Oh, I'm fine just the way I am, but I'd like a penis, please." Was Freud actually onto something?

Criticas

And that's different from promising unlimited, state of the art health care while reducing costs by $2,500 per year, per family precisely how?

One is accomplished by lying with a fake dick, the other is accomplished with lying by a real dick.

David

Ba-dum tisshh.

Anna

In other, other news.

David

In other, other news.

I hear there’s a lot of that in Luton.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

I hear there’s a lot of that in Luton.

I understand they are not too keen on pigs in Luton these days. On the other hand, in Portland, the savages engage in probably NSFW primitive behavior.

Daniel Ream

Was Freud actually onto something?

In addition to primitive, magical thinking, we're also talking about a part of the world where female children are considered expendable and less desirable than male children. The genie healed their daughter of the "disease" of being female.

ACTOldFart

Nothing to do with Islam, of course

Daniel Ream

It's not exclusively due to Islam. The devaluation of female children is common to any largely agrarian subsistence society. It happens in India and China as well (thanks to the one child policy).

bobby b

Clarke's Third Law usually proves true in backwards countries: "Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from a fake penis."

fnord

I'm given to understand that in a muscle powered agricultural society females use as many resources as a male but are able to produce noticeably less. If so then their relative value has a basis in fact.

Theophrastus

Congratulations, David, and thank you!
Donation to follow.

Theophrastus

Sorry, wrong thread...

Sporkatus

a part of the world where female children are considered expendable and less desirable than male children

I'm quite aware, just having a light jab at the sense of the actual usefulness of what was supposedly produced (arguably, the same mere daughter but-now-with-penis rather than a "proper" son). Makes for a comic "what every woman wishes for is a-penis-and-just-a-penis" surreality, hence Freud.

Lionel Ebb

And speaking of medical woes... http://bit.ly/2k7stXt Euww! As I believe they say in America.

Hopp Singg

Just a penis, sans the accessories? Am I allowed to say "tip off?"

Ccs

Well Hopp Singg, they did mention circumcision...

Rich Rostrom

Daniel Ream: It's not exclusively due to Islam. The devaluation of female children is common to any largely agrarian subsistence society. It happens in India and China as well (thanks to the one child policy).

Correct; the highest rates of sex-selection abortion are in non-Moslem societies, notably China and Korea, IIRC. It's also prevalent among high-caste Hindus.

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