Subincision is a form of body modification consisting of a urethrotomy, in which the underside of the penis is incised and the urethra slit open lengthwise, from the urethral opening (meatus) toward the base. The slit can be of varying lengths.
Historically, subincision is traditionally performed around the world, notably in Africa, South America and the Polynesian and Melanesian cultures of the Pacific, often as a coming of age ritual. In recent years, however, the practice has been taken up by some gay men in the western world for the purpose of sexual pleasure or aesthetics. As subincision removes a mans ability to pass urine or ejaculate from the penis, his penis is left as an object of pleasure only.
Disadvantages include the risk of surgery, which is often self-performed, and increased susceptibility to sexually transmitted infections (STIs). Among heterosexual men, the ability to impregnate (specifically, getting sperm into the vagina) may also be decreased.
Subincision greatly affects urination and requires the subincised male to sit while urinating. The scrotum can be pulled up against the open urethra to quasi-complete the tube and allow "normal" urination, while a few subincised men carry a tube with them to aim.
- Splitting the urethra only to the base of the glans is called meatotomy.
- Some people split the top of the penis as well, to achieve genital bisection.
- Splitting the glans, but not the shaft, is known as headsplitting.
- Splitting of the top of the penis only is known as superincision.
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- Some medical research on this matter
- A mention of penile subincision in Hawaii during the early Twentieth Century
- A mention of penile subincision among Papuans
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