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Subject: Re: Operation Tuli (public circumcisions in the Philippines)


Author:
George (Spelvin)
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Date Posted: 18:33:31 12/31/19 Tue
In reply to: Rodrigo 's message, "Re: Operation Tuli (public circumcisions in the Philippines)" on 17:10:33 12/31/19 Tue

Hello again, Rodrigo!

I realize you are doing the best you can for me and I appreciate that.
I hate to be a nag, but I'm frustrated.
Whenever adults of any culture force boys to show their bodies in public,
I want to know the reason.
Here is what is in my collection so far:

--The boys in Orchid Island, a province of Taiwan, give dance, dramatic, and musical performances wearing only loincloths.
Any girls in those performances are dressed from head to foot.

Fishing is Orchid Island's main industry, and only the men fish.
Long ago, the people of Orchid Island found loincloths to be practical for fishing, so loincloths became standard men's attire, and hence standard boy's attire.

So it's not just to entertain the girls.

--In Japan, boys perform in traditional drum ensembles, wearing a garment which conceals the genitals and mothering else.
It is said that the playing of those drums requires considerable muscle power.
It is also said that the minimal garment was first worn by adult male drummers in order to show their manly sinews.

So it's not just to entertain the girls.

--By this time, you undoubtedly know that boys were at one time forced to swim naked in my own culture.
There are two major explanations for this.
One is that the adults were trying to take over the dying custom of unsupervised skinny dipping.
Unsupervised skinny dipping wasn't so traumatic for the boys, so the adults didn't think YMCA nude swimming would be traumatic either.
But it was.

The other explanation is something about swim suits clogging up the filters or something like that.

So it was not just to entertain the girls.

So can you please, please, pleeeeeeeeeeease find a reason for the boys to race naked on Independence Day?

Or is it just to entertain the girls?

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