I’ve been slowly working on editing an 8mm video sourced from the original cassette of RS having his bisected penis/scrotum reworked by Dr. Ronald Brown into a vagina for the last few weeks. It’s a daunting process, two hours of video with each uncompressed clip ranging from 10gb to 45gb that’s taxing the limits of my steadily aging MacBook Pro. I never met RS in person; our interactions were through honest to goodness pen and paper correspondence, so I never had the opportunity to ask him why, after years of self surgery fully bisecting both his penis and his scrotum, he decided to have the while works turned into a vagina, but I’m willing to bet the answer is as simple as ‘because I wanted to’ or ‘because I can’ which I’ll gladly take.
Dr. Brown explains in the tape that the procedure he uses relocates glans tissue to provide a functional clitoris, and erectile tissue from the shaft to allow for outer labia that engorge when erect. One of the benefits of Brown’s outlaw surgeries was that he could deal in experimentation; if he had a patient who wanted a penectomy he could offer them a free procedure in exchange for their consent to perform it in stages, allowing him to hone new techniques for his SRS patients.
I wrote about the leftovers from RS’s surgeries back in 2008 on BME/NEWS: The Curious Case of the Human Shiitake. It seems that the photo attachments are broken, but it’ll give a little backstory on what happened after the procedure that’ll hopefully be worth a laugh.
When it comes to adding video content here on the SD blog I usually go for no frills; present the information without much flair with the goal of preserving the footage on older unstable formats like 8mm and VHS and archiving it for future generations. But sometimes there are parts that need trimmed or blurred that can’t just be removed from the finished video and I’ve sort of hit my wall with what I can do in iMovie.
So while you folks are hopefully doing something more fun, I’m reading the Final Cut Pro X Cookbook by a gentleman named Cox. Cox’s Final Cut could inspire so many juvenile jokes given the focus of our site but I’m going to take the high road and refrain.
The video that’s in editing is a ‘show & tell’ with one of Dr. Brown’s more extreme silicone clients. While most of the men who came to Brown for the procedure wanted just a little enhancement, some wanted to dramatically distort their genitals to an excessive degree, which the Doctor was happy to accommodate. The silicone could only be injected into certain types of tissue, which left the glans of the penis a ‘normal’ size in comparison to the penis and scrotum mass.
Injecting silicone into the body is extremely dangerous. I’m presenting this material for the sake of documentation and am not able to recommend any practitioners willing to perform this modification.
On ethical responsibility.
While I’m still not certain how to progress with video content on the site, I still edit captured footage for archival several times a week. I’ve always consciously shied away from posting any of the ModCon footage for several reasons- firstly because I truly believe that ModCon existed only for attendees and that our shared experience should have never been released outside of the group, but also because the content I have is straight up procedural footage. I was against the VCDs and DVDs circulating during their original release but I’m at least comforted by the fact that not many are floating around these days and as such they’ll never be used as a how-to guide for the next Instagram superstar. But what about other content?
As I was working on an archival project today I was becoming excited to share it with Sacred Debris readers. Edited together content from several silicone enhancement procedures (scrotum and penis) with an amazing monologue from Dr. Ronald Brown about his background and how he came to be the famed/reviled Modification Doctor and World’s Worst Surgeon.
It’s great stuff, especially Brown’s truly genuine concern for clients who’s needs fell outside of the medical status quo, particularly those who were seeking SRS.
But it’s also an up close look at the mechanics of silicone injection on a professional level.* In the year that we’ve been online, searches for some variation of silicone injection have accounted for 10k+ visitors, so there’s clearly a market for the procedure and very few people performing it.
Those who do offer it are often worse that Dr. Brown; peddling their services to anyone who can afford it and using non-biocompatible materials like mineral oil and even cement. Most of these butchers are working in the transgender community and not on modification fans looking for the kind of work shown in the video, but technique is technique and this would be Silicone 101 for folks looking for an instruction manual.
I’ve wrestled with this before- where does my ethical obligation lie when it comes to putting this sort of content online? Would I feel differently if it were a subincision procedure? Scarification? An implant? Obviously I think there’s room for a sliding scale of good idea/bad idea but where should the line be drawn?
I love posting the before & after interviews with the clients who’ve had these procedures done, but I’m just not sure that anything would be served with this kind of content being included here on the blog. Behind a walled garden like /extreme over at BMEZINE, maybe, but certainly not here.
What do you folks think?
I know we don’t get a lot of comments here, but if you have thoughts on this, let me know. And defend your position; if you’re a piercer who feels that it’s ok to show procedurals, would you film a piercing start to finish for the Web?
These are the things I think about at 4am.
*One could argue that, with the dangers associated with silicone enhancement there IS no professional level.