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.
There is no order to my archives.
There’s no master sheet with precise locations of each individual item. No logbook or cataloguing system. It all just is. Proper archivists/librarians would be horrified at how it’s all set up. But I have to admit that it’s a lot of fun to open a box to see what’s in it and discover a sixteen year old CD-Rom backup of some uncompressed, unbranded spcOnline content. Some of it never ended up on the website; I had been contracted to shoot a few tattoo conventions for BME and having submitted the finished photos only some were used. The rest have been on that disc for a decade and a half. I found some great pictures- a client with some amazing cutting by Raelyn Gallina & Keith Alexander, a tight lacing devotee who I’d seen in Fakir’s Body Play & Modern Primitives Quarterly and, surprisingly, this 30 odd second import of an 8mm tape from the Jack Yount Collection that I had started working on in 1998.
The very brief snippet includes Jack and R.S. doing a show & tell of their modifications; in Jack’s case that included a full subincision and glans splitting and extensive silicone enhancement, and for R.S. it was a fully bisected penis and scrotum. This footage was filmed in San Diego before the gentlemen went for a visit to Dr. Ronald Brown for some surgical work. The rest of the tape exists and will hopefully one day be converted for preservation.