My Life as a Eunuch

What's a man to do if he doesn't want his balls hanging around? Simple: Just find someone to cut them off.

These days he's a reluctant cutter, because he doesn't trust his own motives. For him the act of cutting is half altruism, half sexual fantasy. In his book it's OK to help someone out. This is why he performs castrations for free -- notwithstanding small "gifts" that might help defray the cost of traveling. But if he cuts because it's a turn-on, he's crossed a line.

The distinction became clear for him a few years ago when he castrated an S&M "slave" at the behest of the slave's master. "Whose idea was it," Gelding asks rhetorically, "the slave or the master? Is the slave fixing something and is it a good thing to do, or is this an idea that comes from the master? In this case it was the master's idea, and he had set up the whole scene, the whole situation. He explained to me in a logical, plausible manner that it was the boy's idea, that he wanted to make the ultimate sacrifice to bond their relationship."

This turned out to be a lie. Soon after the operation, the master dumped the slave, and Gelding blamed himself for castrating someone against his will. "I made a mistake," he says. "I could have done something different. I go over it again and again, and there are so many places I could have asked questions, and I didn't."

Some men are "smooth," and some, like Gelding, are hairy "bears"
Some men are "smooth," and some, like Gelding, are hairy "bears"
Some men are "smooth," and some, like Gelding, are hairy "bears"
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Some men are "smooth," and some, like Gelding, are hairy "bears"

There is also a good legal precedent for Gelding to be skittish about identifying himself as a cutter. Consider the case of Ed Bodkin.

Bodkin, age 56, was arrested in February 1999, in Huntington, Indiana (hometown of Dan Quayle), and charged with practicing medicine without a license. Acting on a tip, seven police officers knocked on Bodkin's door. He answered in the nude and didn't resist when they asked to search his apartment. On a small table close to the refrigerator, the cops found nine small jars, each containing a fleshy lump floating in clear liquid.

He was a tabloid reporter's dream, a loner who drifted from town to town in the Midwest, drinking by himself in bars and nursing a lifelong obsession with castration. By the time police caught up with him, he had castrated five men. He videotaped his handiwork and sold copies on the Internet via a distributor. The tapes apparently detail a remarkable progression in technique. At first Bodkin used an orange-handled art knife and manicure scissors. Later he graduated to surgical equipment purchased through veterinary-supply stores.

Bodkin, Gelding opines, was a hack. "Meatball surgery," he says, stroking paint on the wall above the bathroom mirror.

This, according to Gelding, is the proper way to perform a castration:

First thing you do is you shave the area, or if he is already shaved, that's fine…. You scrub the area very well with antibacterial soap, and dry that off with nice, clean, very hot, dry towels. As sterile as you can get them. A friend of mind likes to bake his towels for a couple hours in the oven. Says it helps. Probably does.

Then you scrub down the skin with sponges, or bandages, soaked in Betadine, a disinfectant. It is purple, and it stains terribly. You use sterile procedure gloves, which guys who don't know any better often don't do. You can get them through medical-supply stores. They come in specially wrapped packages. You unwrap them and use the wrapping to lay down on the table so that, if you want to put anything down, you have got a sterile place to put it.

Then you very carefully make an incision in the scrotum, just off center, using a scalpel. If you are doing a bilateral orchiectomy [the medical term for castration], you go down the center line. If you are just taking out one, then you go down the center of that side. Then you pick up your sterile, sharp-tipped surgical scissors, and you begin removing tissues which overlie the testicles.

The object is to expose the cord that connects the testicles to the body. "The cord actually consists of two cords close together: One is the vas deferens [which carries the semen], and the other one is the blood supply. Surgeons cut the two apart, but it is just as simple just to tie them off…. Really, the best thing to do with the cord is to suture it to the scrotum. Loose cords can cause problems."

Gelding climbs down off the stool to get more paint. The chain dangling from the end of his penis scrapes against the floor as he squats to refill his bucket.

"So," he continues, climbing back up the ladder, "you have got the cord tied off, then you check for hemostasis, which is control of the blood, because you don't want the poor guy bleeding after you cut the cord. So you nick the side of the cord below the sutures to make sure they are not leaking. If it leaks, you haven't tied it tight enough. Once you determine there is no bleeding, at that point you can go ahead and snip. That's it. One is off."

Repeat for the second testicle, then suture the scrotum closed. Typically it takes about seven stitches, he says.

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