From The Don’t-Try-This-At-Home Department: Sex Change Operation

Man cuts off penis

Another day, another man tries to cut off his own penis. Recently in Hong Kong, as Shanghaiist tells us via (belonging to the Oriental Press Group), 29-year-old Mr. Luk from Hong Kong tried to castrate himself with pair of scissors.

His subsequent scream woke his father, who immediately called the police and sent him to hospital. Police arrived and thought it was a suicide case until Luk confessed, “I don’t want to be a man! I want to be a woman!”

Emergency surgery restored enough genitalia so that he can urinate properly, but he’ll never fully recover, and might become impotent. Maybe the next step is to get him actual sex-change surgery, preferably performed by a medical professional.

If you’ll recall, in November there was the case of a 17-year-old in Anxi, Fujian province who tried to cut off his own penis because he was ashamed of his erections. But no matter how many cases of self-castration penectomy you encounter, it doesn’t get any easier to read.

Also, I’d like to point out that this rather phallic picture accompanied the original Chinese article:

Building in Hong Kong self-castration

C’mon, guys — really?

Hong Kong man castrates himself in attempted home sex change (Shanghaiist)


    3 Responses to “From The Don’t-Try-This-At-Home Department: Sex Change Operation”

    1. P.

      Attempted suicide? Really? I think the real story here is determining at what point how many amateur castrati bled out before Hong Kong’s finest began to write them off as suicides. Or maybe death-by-castration really *is* the preferred exit plan for many a woeful chap in the SAR. Either way, what a weird initial reaction to a seemingly cut and dry case.


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