Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Penis theft in the Congo  

I never thought that in addition to the rape crisis in the Congo, there would be a mass panic over penis theft. Seriously, this is fucking bizarre. Police arrested 13 sorcerers accused of using black magic to steal or shrink men's penises. Apparently, "penis-snatching" is not uncommon in West Africa. Men have claimed that sorcerers will merely touch them to cause their penises to disappear or shrink.

These beliefs are shockingly prominent in the Congo... and they can be quite harmful. When I was watching "The Greatest Silence: Rape in the Congo," rapists were interviewed and asked why they committed rapes. Some of them responded that they had a magic potion to cure their nation, and that the potion only works if they rape women. Yeah, seriously.

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