Sunday, September 2, 2012
I SEE PENIS: MEKONG DICKHEAD
A recently discovered fish in the Mekong Delta of Vietnam lives up to the common epithet "dickhead" in more ways than you might expect. "Phallostethus Cuulong" carries its penis on its head . . . along with it's anus and a sharp hook used to grabs females during sex.
As Meagan Gannon, the LifeScience editor of HuffPost describes, "The more technical name for the male fish's penis is the priapium, a complex, muscular organ that looks like it's attached to the fish's chin. The priapium includes the urogential opening and the anus, as well as a bony rod and a sawlike hook, used to clutch on to the female during mating, the researchers said. The female fish's genital opening is also located at her throat. . . The hook may sound sinister but it seems to serve a practical function. For most fish, fertilization takes place outside the female's body, but for the Phallostethus cuulong and the rest of the family, the eggs are fertilized inside. Hooking on to his mate during sex probably ensures that the male fish will have more success in fertilizing her."
If we have to redefine "rape", maybe we should redefine "dickhead" too? What do you think Paul Ryan?