Some countries use painful exam to ‘prove’ homosexuality
Anal examinations are commonly used against homosexual men in, among other places, Egypt, Tunisia, Uganda and Turkmenistan.
To perform an examination, the examiner uses a gloved and lubricated finger and sometimes inserts tubes of varying sizes. The examination can be so painful that it draws blood.
But the overwhelming weight of medical and scientific opinion holds that it is impossible to use these exams to determine whether a person has regularly engaged in same-sex conduct.
This argument is based on long-discredited 19th-century science. Six “characteristic signs” of “habitual pederasty,” were established by the celebrated Frenchman Tardieu in a book published in 1857. He believed that in addition to their elongation, the anuses of homosexuals also don’t clench when touched or don’t contract as tightly. They are smooth and lack the wrinkles found on normal anuses.
Forensic experts are also working on developing new methods to detect homosexuality involving the use of electricity. Researchers experimented with inserting hypodermic needles into the muscle of the anus in “unanesthetized humans” which claimed to demonstrate that gay men’s anuses conduct electricity at a different rate.
In 2010, the Czech Republic announced that it would stop subjecting gay refugees to a practice called “phallometry” or “penile plethysmography” — which involves attaching a pressure-sensing device to the refugee’s penis while he is shown heterosexual pornography — after it was denounced as “degrading treatment” by the United Nations Refugee Agency.