James Michener’s Claim, In “The Covenant”, That Bushman Had Permanent Erections Irks Me.
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The ‘Tsodilo Hills’ cave paintings in Botswana.
The basis for this claim.
Others have fretted about this too …
NO. It is NOT penile (or erection) envy! I will get to that ‘shortly’ — and as you will see I, if anything, should be one to believe this claim.
So, why does it irk me. Because it is NOT truly substantiated. The cave paintings only show them when they are CELEBRATING after an hunt (or participating in a hunt).
Michener prides in the huge amount of research he does, the experts he collaborates with. With ‘The Covenant‘ he ‘coerced’ a South African journalist to read the book SEVEN (7) times — sometimes the two of them together, reading out ALOUD. With that type of investment and commitment … he still makes such a claim.
I do NOT buy permanent erections.
I am willing to concede semi-erect ‘chubbies’ for prolonged periods of time. But, that is not a permanent erection.
So, here is why this had nothing to do with penile envy.
In my late-teens into my early 20s, I walked around most days with a ‘chubby’! In those days and for many decades later, I could get an erection on demand — without pills or mechanical aids. Remember, I have always advocated ‘An “O” a Day‘ and that requires a steady supply of erections! So, this is kind of personal.
The current consensus is that permanent erections could not have been real. But, it is possible that they had permanent chubbies and could get an erection with ease.
Well, I had to vent. This bothered me when I read it. I am, of course, enjoying the book, BUT this was definitely a blot.