This did not sit well with the men who then went from laughter to rage accusing the man still active as being a battyman among other colourful Jamaican parlance; due the area the men tried to physical reprimand him and by this time the man had stopped and sat up. At least two of the men manage to find stones and hurled them at the man who in turn though thought a ‘madman’ retaliated by taking up the very stones thrown at him and flung them at the men, the other man of the three found a piece of board but according to the eyewitness realised he could not get to close proximity to the naked man armed with the previously thrown stones. So called ‘madmen’ have had a fear of them by members of the public as some of them are indeed insane so I guess the standoff was a precautionary measure.
The melee lasted for some ten minutes and two old women who were making their way to the Drug Serv Pharmacy to join the sometimes long line of persons to collect a number who wait for the 8:30am opening got scared and ran back to where they were walking from towards the Half Way tree road side of the horse-shoe/cul-de-sac. The now angry naked ‘madman’ was furious hurling a string of expletives and by this time other guards from offices and the supermarket nearby came out to inquire of the commotion. Apparently the guards were used to the man’s self pleasuring over time and laughed at the situation while encouraging the angry three to leave the naked man alone and he will not harm anyone. The men insisted he should be beaten as he had his finger “inna him batty” and they continued “a battyboi dat” suggesting that the act of masturbation in and of itself was not the issue but the anal pleasuring component. Of course the physiological arrangements of the body have sensitivities between the anus, erection influence and overall arousal. A previous case in 2014 of an exhibitionist comes to mind where he too was stoned and chased though not homeless along Water Lane in downtown Kingston even as his workplace was nearby and he was deemed off his rockers as he is known in the area.
The naked man incident soon calmed and the man took his cardboard bedding, got dressed in a pair of pants and went away murmuring angrily under his breath and as other onlookers came by as daylight broke. This goes to show the deep seated or engrained homophobia on the national psyche given the strong resistance to male masturbation as well, nothing is said in terms of women masturbating in form, songs have been written on this often combining decrying or ‘burning out’ in kind of triage homosexuality, ‘backing dem fist’ and indeed rape. Sizzla’s “Nah Rape” (not raping a woman even if wants her p***y) where declares “haffi get the pussy but mi nah rape........” declaring virility and bravado but staying clear of homosexuality and masturbation as the rest of the track hints to. Beenieman’s “Man a nuh fag” (he is not a faggot or gay) also employs the triple or quadruple combo condemnation as it were towards the aforementioned sins but equally raises to acceptance early sex with teen girls, multiple partnering, unplanned children, permitted misogyny and overall virility and bravado, power in the penis.
Privately however that is another matter as in prison situation for example it is well known men relieve themselves when they can, at home men help themselves or by cybersex, phone sex or at sex shops deceptively framed or advertised as massage parlours in voyeurism driven cheaper services. Hope no more ‘madness’ attends to this and that good sense prevails.
Peace & tolerance