A groin attack
is an attempt to cause pain to the groin
area of one's opponent. The technique can be quickly debilitating, due to the large number of sensitive nerve endings
in the testicles
in males, as well as the vulva
in females. Despite popular portrayals in comedy, a groin attack is found painful by both sexes, and in some cases can be incapacitating.
A sufficiently powerful blow can fracture the pubic bone
, resulting in immediate loss of walking ability and damage to the abdominal
organs (which are supported by the pelvis), or (in males) prove lethal. Groin attacks are common among some children and adolescents. They have been popularised as a comedic device on programs such as America's Funniest Home Videos
The "low blow"
Groin attack is considered to be a "low blow
" not only in the literal sense, but also metaphorically. In a playful attack, or attack in the framework of a sport, a low blow is seen as unfair or improper. It is often considered dishonorable. Strikes to the groin are almost universally forbidden in martial arts
competitions, including boxing
, and mixed martial arts
competitions where full-contact strikes are normal and permitted. Testicle attacks were, however, allowed until the 1980s in Thai boxing (Muay Thai
). Many martial arts organizations require competitors to wear protective cups, as do many other sports. Direct strikes to the groin are generally considered illegal in professional wrestling
, as well; however, in certain "hardcore" matches where the rules are relaxed, such attacks are allowed.
In a hostile attack, a low blow may be considered more appropriate. The technique is often, though not always, effective. Women are taught that the groin attack is one of the key maneuvers in fending off a would-be rapist.
The groin attack, if used properly, generally results in temporary incapacitation of the victim due to the sensitivity of the testicles. In some extreme cases, from a very hard blow or squeeze, the testicle can rupture. In such cases hospitalization is necessary and if the testicle cannot be repaired, it must be removed.
The worst case scenario of a groin attack is observed in males - they can die of shock from having their testicles crushed.
The Old Testament, (Deuteronomy
25:11-12) states the following:
When men fight with one another, and the wife of the one approaches to rescue her husband from the hand of him who is beating him, and puts out her hand and seizes his genitals, you shall sever her hand; you shall have no compassion.
Rashi, the paramount biblical commentator, explains this as referring to "monetary payment, varying according to the one who caused humiliation and the one who suffered it. This is derived from the seemingly superfluous words, "you shall have no compassion." Just as these words are found by conspiring witnesses (Deut. 19:19), and monetary compensation is referred to there, it is also referred to here.
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