Bulistan. A country with very particular views on homosexuality.
Within Bulistan’s society, homosexuality is accepted as an every day reality, dating back to ancient times. It is not frowned upon, and in some areas it is actively encouraged.
The common Western notion of ‘versatility’ in homosexual males is not understood or accepted in Bulistan society. Gay men are either active or passive. It is not within the vocabulary of the Bulistan male to be both. Such a notion would be viewed similarly to someone who believed themselves to be both genders simultaneously. It would be regarded as a curious anomaly.
In this respect homosexual relationships exist much like heterosexual ones. It is understood that the active partner will be the “man” and the passive partner becomes much like the “woman,” although such terminology is not used. The term “altub” is applied to the passive gay partner. It does not have a literal translation into English; it can be loosely understood to mean “man who renounces his genitals.” It has also been translated as “male supplicant.”
It is understood in the collective psyche of the Bulistan male that some time within the first five years after puberty, the gay male associates either with his male genitals or his “female” ones. If it is the latter he is an altub. While it is understood that some may continue to use their male genitals for masturbation past their teenage years, it is something that is not accepted and will be kept a secret. It is documented that such an altub male, while experiencing the thrill of orgasm through self-stimulation, firmly believes himself to be committing a sin. In most the feeling of guilt is so strong enough as to eclipse the desire for orgasm.
It is easy to spot an altub male. In a country of exaggerated masculinity - dark features, excessive body hair, a tendency towards a “heavyset” frame - the altub male will endeavour to tame these masculine traits. Body hair is either removed completely or trimmed to almost nothing, the musculature of the body is sculpted in such a way to draw attention, especially to the posterior.
A typical Bulistan male:
Note the excessive bodyhair:
And enlarged genitals:
While a typical altub is lean, hairless, with a pronounced posterior:
Bulistan is a country where masculinity is celebrated and the male genitals have never been a hidden or secretive thing as they are in the West. It is common to see a man sporting an erection in his linens on a crowded train or even openly freeing an erection from swimming trunks to prevent chafing on a beach.
A country that celebrates masculinity, it would be a common sight to see something like this in a neighbourhood cafe:
Westerners visiting Bulistan are often shocked at such sights in public places such as lifts and trains:
This would be a typical sight in a waiting room or barbershop as a Bulistan male casually checked his messages:
The altub male can be identified by the simple body language of one who is not proud of their genitals and keeps them as masked as possible. An erection would bring them deep shame.
“Genital erasing” underwear is commonly available in Bulistan Menswear departments:
Even in a swimwear context the altub male endeavours to “erase” his genitals as best possible:
Unlike the “ladyboy” culture of Thailand it is not a femininity that is desired in the altub male, but has been equated with a “boyishness.” Masculinity is still encouraged, though it is of the type more commonly associated with the teenager; that is to say, no longer a young boy but not yet a fully developed, mature man. It is the transitional period between the two that is recognised as beautiful. An altub male aspires to that type of beauty his whole life.
Here we see a typical altub; sculpted musculature, with bodyhair removed:
As a consequence it is easy to spot homosexual couples. It is a common sight to see one of Bulistan’s hyper masculine males - those of such exaggerated features as to have even been described as “brutish” by Westerners - with the younger altub. Beaches will see the man, typically of large proportions, covered from head to foot in dense bodyhair, genitals bulging prominently, hand in hand with the smooth athletic altub.
The union of such couples takes a particular form. Marriage is permitted on the condition that the couple connsumate their relationship by having the obsolete genitals of the altub removed or “converted;” this is dependent on their financial situation. Modest, financially constricted couples will simply have the altub’s penis and testicles removed, and the wound stitched up, merely leaving a cleft for the passing of urine. He will continue to use the anus for intercourse.
Altubs from poorer parts of Bulistan will merely have the genitals removed. Once healed they are purely flat in the groin:
In these instances the anus is still used for sexual intercourse:
Wealthier couples will have the male genitals of the altub surgically converted into “female” ones, allowing for more traditional love-making in the vein of heretosexual couples.
Here we see a fully converted altub sporting his newly acquired genitals:
Prior to marriage the altub takes steps to make his anus look like converted genitals. A dating website would typically see the altub displaying his work for the satisfaction of the men browsing:
It is again to be stressed that the focus here is not about changing gender as in the traditional understanding of a “sex change”, but merely securing the bond between the two parties with a procedure from which there is no return. Hormone treatment, breast implants, or any other form of cross-genderisation are not invloved in any way. The altub remains male, merely having his genitals - which have been obsolete and have hung limply since shortly after puberty - removed or “adapted” to aid and encourage love-making.
The altub remains male; it is merely his genitals that are converted:
The spiritual significance of Bulistan’s approach to homosexuality echoes that of uncircumcised adult males wishing to convert to Judaism. A non-circumcised Jew is considered “spiritually cut off from God and the Jewish people,” and in order to be fully accepted into the Jewish community he will usually undergo the surgery. Here, though without the religious connotations, the relationship of the two males is not officially recognised until the surgery has been undergone. Marriage is not permittied without it and indeed, Bulistan society would view the marriage of “two penises” as abhorrent, as many of its neighbouring countries would. Once the procedure is complete the union is considered consummate and viewed as equal in every aspect to heterosexual ones.
The practice has received criticism from Western societies, branding it as “brutal”, and has been compared to the female genital mutilation seen in many societies where the clitoris of the woman is removed. Bulistan has caused uproar in Men’s Rights groups. While the procedure may shock, it is important to point out that it is entered into willingly, something that the altub male aspires to from an early age. The erogenous zones are kept intact and the altub is still able to achieve orgasm only now is completely dependent on penetration as his “G spot” is no longer external to his body.
After marriage the altub now becomes as proud of his groin as the rest of Bulistan males. It is easy to determine an official married altub, not only by the ring on his finger, but by the way in which his body language proudly draws attention to the flatness of his groin.
The married altub now displays his groin as proudly as the rest of Bulistan males:
Again, on Bulistan’s many famed beaches, the altub will wear the tiniest of speedos highlighting the complete absence of any bulge within. The juxtaposition against their partner, whose male genitals are so prominently on display, can be very striking. Many resorts will see the night-time love-making on moonlit beaches between the two males as indistinguishable from male-female couples as the missionary position is favoured, the altub underneath with legs open. It is often only possible to determine the gender of the shadowy couple by listening to the utterances that omit from them.
Here we see a typical Bulistan homosexual couple proudly highlighting their groins with the use of lycra. Note the prominient phallus of the man, the flatness of the altub: