A woman from Southern California had been accused of getting rid of her husband’s penis using a 10-inch knife after tying him up in bed as a safety precaution. The husband must have gone for it willingly. (I mean the tying not the cutting, silly). He must have thought of a special treat awaiting him that would spark their waning marriage. Either that or, as the police allege, she had spiced his dinner with an unknown substance to tame him and weaken his resistance. For now, nobody really knows. we’d have to wait for the National Enquirer to give us the lurid details in a coming edition.
In the meantime, the Orange County superior court has scheduled the woman’s arraignment for September with the bail set at $1 million. She’ll be formally charged with torture and aggravated mayhem. If convicted of all counts, she faces the possibility of life in prison without parole.
Out of sympathy for the victim, the mostly patriarchal members of the media didn’t release his name to protect his identity. At the same time, they didn’t hesitate to give the accused woman the publicity fit for a superstar, spreading her name and picture all over the place.
Since I believe that both the accused and the victim are entitled to the equal protection of the law, I haven’t followed the media’s lead. I have gone in the opposite direction and respected the privacy of the accused instead. I have kept her name secret and hidden most of her face from the curious and the worldly.
This incident reminds me of the story of Samson that happened long before TV and newspapers came about. It was said that Samson was, in his prime, the strongest man alive. He was unbeatable until he met his match in Delilah. Seduced by this woman, he revealed to her the secret of his strength. Once she knew that the secret was his hair, she cut it while he lay asleep.
Through the centuries, future descendants of Delilah have discovered that a man is more than the sum of his hair. They have learned through trials and errors how to cut him in various ways to achieve revenge, equality, superiority, or whatever suits their fancy. These include cutting his throat or, as in the case of the Southern California woman, cutting off his penis and throwing it in the garbage disposal.
It’s small wonder that men have become protective of themselves. Some have chosen to remain celibate and entered the monastery. Some have engaged in same sex relationships. Some who can’t resist the company of women have gone to bed with a gun under their pillow. Of course, it’s foolish to think that a gun can actually protect them from attack while they’re snoring and deep in the dream state.
I guess the best protection for a man to keep himself whole is simply to give his woman the love, respect, and consideration that she deserves. The sooner he learns that, the sooner he can be capable of sleeping with peace of mind in his own bed.
And how about the unconscious habit of groping his manhood when he wakes up in the morning to make sure it’s still there? Trust me, that, too, will be a thing of the past.