Support your wife during childbirth, let her yank on your testicles!
The Huichol people, descendants of the ancient Aztecs, who live in the mountainous regions in northern Mexico, have a pain relieving ritual where the woman gets to yank on the man’s testicles every time she has a contraction. Yowzers!
But why can’t I just “be there for her,” you know, and hold her hand and make her feel comfortable, maybe get some chips from the vending machine… I’m a little afraid to continue writing this as my future self may just show up and punch me in the face but here goes nothing.
What an incredible act of love and commitment! If the wife, the love of your life is going through pain, you want to be right there with her, in the thick of it. (This isn’t about forcing young uncommitted men to wear condoms, but it sure seems like a start). Anyway, what happens is, while the wife gives birth, the husband sits on the roof above with ropes tied around his scrotum. Upon each contraction she pulls on the rope so her man can share in the childbirth experience. This makes sense from a love standpoint because us men essentially get a free pass on the whole birthing process. Women carry the child for nine months then up until rather recently, risk their lives giving birth for the child that will have our name. If we need to take it back to religion from the previous post, women now share the duty of putting food on the table, therefore men should share in the “burden” of child birth. It only seems fair. Also, if men had to experience the utter pain that goes along with childbirth, maybe they would think twice about trying to control women’s reproductive rights.
Commitment can only be determined by the pain that the two share together, emotional, physical or otherwise and there is no other way to express that than by being linked while bringing another human into this world. Be a man, take the pain.