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Re: Glasses

Posted by Acme on April 18, 2004

In Reply to: Re: Glasses posted by Shae on April 18, 2004

: : : : : I know this phrase refers to masturbation and, I am thinking the book "Rape of the A.P.E." discussed its origin to a degree but I haven't been able to relocate a copy of the book. Does anyone happen to know more about this phrase outside of being a deterrent for a teen-age male to do this?

: : : : The idea, though maybe not the exact words, goes back more than 100 years. I think parents issued some such warning to small children, not just teenagers.

: : : : Two entries from Eric Partridge's "Dictionary of Catch Phrases American and British":

: : : : "I don't care if I do go blind." A defiant rejection of the once gen. statement that masturbation, whether frequent or even occasional, caused blindness: late C19 - mid 20. Brian W. Aldiss, 1978, adds: 'Ideally accompanied by a brisk slapping of the back of the neck. Words and action generally provoked by a (probably inaccessible) woman'.

: : : : "I don't want to be a sergeant-pilot, anyway" was, c. 1935-55, a joc. RAF catchphrase, alluding to masturbation, which has so long been reputed to impair one's mental and physical powers.

: : : :: In the 50's we had an answer for everything. So, when this particular warning was issued, we'd say --"I'll just do it 'till I need glasses."

: : Any idea of how the "go blind", or vision thoughts, become part of the warning thougts?

: Compared to other bodily fluids, semen has a very high concentration of zinc. Zinc deficiency causes, among other things, visual impairment.

:::Linda Lovelace probably had very good vision.