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Biblical Character
    Appears in the Book of Genesis
    Son of Judah
    Nephew of Joseph
    According to the Bible, ‘spilt his seed upon the ground’ rather than impregnate his wife Tamar
    He is famous for only one thing: masturbating.
    Since the Middle Ages, religious people have used his story to condemn masturbation, sex for pleasure, ‘coitus interruptus,’ contraception and homosexuality.
    Some say he ‘spilt his seed’ because he wanted to weasel out of supporting a child.
    His name inspired a euphemism for masturbation (‘onanism’).
    He probably has the most embarrassing story in the entire Bible.
    He was forced to marry his dead brother’s wife.
    God supposedly struck him dead for his ‘seed-spilling.’
    He may simply have suffered from premature ejaculation, a fairly common problem among men.
    After he died, his wife finally conceived a child by pretending to be a prostitute and seducing her father-in-law (but that’s another story).
    He’s been celebrated in songs, books and comedy routines.
    He may have been the first man to masturbate, but he was hardly the last.

Credit: Wieland Kalligaro


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