Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Custom of the Day: Imperial eunuchs
For centuries in China, the only men from outside the imperial family who were allowed into the Forbidden City's private quarters were castrated ones. They effectively swapped their reproductive organs for a hope of exclusive access to the emperor that made some into rich and influential politicians. —Emma Graham-Harrison reporting in "China's last eunuch spills sex secrets"
Though the custom may have been abandoned in China, we note that toadies without balls are still a commonplace in the executive mansions of the West and receive the same benefits.