Treaty of testicular disarmament? When? Was it universal?
November 7, 2008 1:40 PM Subscribe
Does anyone know about a past or present culture or subculture where it is acceptable to start or end a fair fight with a cockpunch?
posted by Free word order! to Society & Culture (11 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
I'm wondering if cockpunch
is indeed a (rare) universal taboo - in controlled male violence - and the idea is so funny because of that. I know that in martial arts, there are moves aiming for the maximum testicular damage, but they seem to be emphasizing martial life or death -situation. Most of the violence is strongly codified; so is there a culture where f.ex. good kick in the nuts is the aim, but bruising the face is out of the question?
Since much fighting happens between siblings, there could be some complex mathematical reasons where possibility of hurting your brother's genetic material is worse in the long term than cost of upholding the taboo. If there are traditions where low blow is acceptable and in use, then this theory can be put to rest.