broody boys


The tendency for men to become broody when women were nearing childbirth has been noted since ancient times. In a Basque custom the husband of a woman at the end of her pregnancy would take to his bed and pretend to be lying-in. Sometimes he would dress in his wife’s clothes and simulate the cries of labour. While in this condition he would be treated with great consideration, forbidden to handle tools or undertake hard work and given the most delicious foods. When the child was born he would nurse it in bed and receive congratulations from relatives and friends.


Marco Polo write of this after observing the people of Zardandan.

“After giving birth the woman gets up and goes about her normal chores while her husband retires to bed for 40 days with the baby by his side. All his relatives come to visit and keep up a great festivity because as they say “the woman had had a hard bout of it and ’tis but fair the man should have his suffering too

The Huichol Indians had a different technique for dealing with labour pains

During traditional childbirth, the father sits above his labouring wife on the roof of their hut. Ropes are tied around his testicles and his wife holds onto the other ends. Each time she feels a painful contraction, she tugs on the ropes so that her husband will share some of the pain of their child’s entrance into the world.


I can’t imagine many men these days allowing a labouring woman to rope their testicles up. The designers at BenjaminMales have come up with this modern day version but whether it will prove to be any more popular remains to be seen.

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  1. Long years of being a geezer have left me with the firmly held view that women are far, far better than men at many things – but specifically: having (and caring for) babies, choosing curtains, and going to bed early with a headache. I don’t want to experience any of those.

    • You’ve just reminded me… I must get some new curtains for summer

  2. Not being a mother, I am(perhaps) not qualified to comment. But I most certainly remember a husband who, in the late 1950s, was (being a very macho bloke!)playing in an away rugby league match when his wife went into labour with child # 3. A “star” winger, known for his speed, George suddenly doubled up on the field, missing a crucial pass.
    The medics stretchered him off and took him ,howling his agony all the way, to hospital. Tests revealed no injury, but his howls and cramps continued for over 6 hours and subsided at the time his wife delivered.

    • Seriously? What team did he play for?

      • A little country rag-tag one in very rural (and bloke-y!) NZ.

  3. Great post. Gotta love those Huichol Indians. . .

    • Wait, I was going to say. . . If that was the custom here (roping testicles for the laboring woman to pull on) perhaps we wouldn’t have so much teen pregnancy.

      • Let’s tell Sarah Palin!

      • If only she had testicles that we could rope.

  4. Pulling the testicles really doesn’t cut it. Insertion of a watermelon into a nether cavity would be more like it…

    • Oh I dunno daisyfae….. some boys get very precious about their ballocks. I don’t think they’d like either of those ideas

  5. I agree, the man should suffer as much as the woman.

    • 40 days in bed is not really suffering though is it?

    • Don’t you think trying to nurse a kid is suffering?

  6. i partied like a rock star the night before Kid A was born and had little sleep (he was early i wasn’t expecting him) does that count for suffering? and i used to pierce my scrotum for fun, had three hoops at one point, great for parties and picking up kinky women.

    • and these last two posts were brilliant by the way.

      • Spot on, Kono. Still got those hoops handy? Rrrr.

  7. Eddie Izzard is SO pretty. Not sure about their birth rituals, but I so would like to live in a place called Zardandan.

    • Zardandan means “gold teeth”

  8. How tight do they rope up those testicles? Because you can rip a man’s ballsack right off with your bare hands with the right amount of force. Or perhaps that whole rope thing was to make sure this couple didn’t have anymore kids.

    • Suddenly I feel quite faint…..

    • i was once told (in a women’s self-defense class) that all it took to remove a man’s testicles from his body was 2 pounds of (pulling) pressure…

      • Suddenly I feel quite faint…

      • Twin, we call that move “The Lawnmower” in my class.

  9. Aussie men would just go to the pub and get sozzled! Mind that there are a lot of football players dressing up as women lately. I don’t know if that has anything to do with your story, or, perhaps they’re just getting in touch with their feminine side?

    • I seem to recall when my youngest son was born that was exactly what my then-husband did. Go to the pub I mean, not dress up in ladies clothes

  10. What the hell…? How did I not know about this before?

    Well, you know what I’ll be Googling the rest of the day…

    • I expect to see an art work based on your research in the very near future bschooled

  11. We already have a modern version of the rope-around-the-testicles thing – it’s called “alimony”.

  12. Honestly, it’s bad enough the fuss that goddesses make about giving birth – involving the peabrains is just ridiculous – I’ve had two children with no trouble at all ….

    • I don’t know how TG gets through the day.

  13. My sister had both her children by elective caesarian. She drove herself to hospital and stopped for a cappucino and cake on the way. Go girl!

    • Chocolate cake?

  14. I’m going to go through legal proceedings to try to become an official Huichol Indian. How awesome was that idea????

  15. Eddie Izzard is so awesome!

  16. I would like to tie ropes around some men’s testicles… What a creepy photo of the man as baby. Yeeew! We were watching March of the Penguins this weekend and it was amazing to see how brooding those men can be.

  17. And what of Marco Polo now?

    A children’s swimming pool game.

    I don’t make the news, I report it.

  18. Ouch?

  19. Dang school me again!

  20. I’ve heard of sympathy pains but really!!!!!

  21. It’s good to know that there is an option for vengeful and petty women who want to hurt their mate instead of trying alleviate their own suffering.

    I wonder how many men that go through these shared pain rituals leave or beat their wives.


    I’m speechless!

  23. Haha I can imagine that a lot of Huichols were only children!

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