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Hard science from below the belt at FRINGE WORLD

Hard science from below the belt at FRINGE WORLD

Gorillas have a bone down there. Chimps have them too. But the humble Homo sapiens? Nuh uh.

Hard science from below the belt at FRINGE WORLD

There’s a lot to be said for the penis bone, and Kirsten Flint is keen to say it. She’s the brains behind sexy science comedy Where is my penis bone?, showing at Lazy Susan’s Comedy Den for FRINGE WORLD 2019.

The adults-only show opens on Valentine’s Day, a calculated move. “I’m not sure if ‘romantic’ is the word I would use to describe the content,” says Kirsten, “but knowledge is very sexy.”

"If you come along, you’ll learn some facts and be able to impress potential lovers. Think of it as a public service I’m providing.”

Indeed, the world would perhaps be a better place if people knew more about penis bones.

“There’s often a stereotype that science can be elitist,” says Kirsten. “I think combining comedy and sex is a really good way to break down some of those barriers. Generally speaking, society is better off when people are accepting of science and critical thinking.”

Penis bones are very real, natural features of many animal skeletons

Penis bones are very real, natural features of many animal skeletons

Science, no bones about it

Those who think critically about penis bones have several exciting theories for why human boners are boneless—and Kirsten will be sharing them live on stage.

For now, we must make do with enigmatic hints.

“The loss of our penis bone comes down to our mating behaviour,” she says mysteriously.

Why Gorillas & Chimps have bones down there, but the humble Homo sapiens do not.
Kirsten explains how the penis works
“It’s not necessarily an evolutionary advantage for humans to have a penis bone, but we’ve compensated in … other ways.”

And what are these elusive ‘other ways’?

You’ll need a ticket—and a probing sense of curiosity—to find out.

Behind the scenes with Kirsten Flint

Many readers will already know Kirsten from her poo-tacular work at Particle, including quoll sausage survival skills and that age-old question: is it really bad to drink blood?

As well as killing it at science communication, Kirsten comes from a long tradition of undergraduate theatre (“I was permanently a chorus girl”) and hard science (“I end up talking to people about penis bones at parties all the time”). She says she feels perfectly placed for a hit comedy show (“Terrified!”).

That’s because Kirsten also wields several secret weapons: a wicked sense of humour, jaw-dropping facts and sex.

“Survival of the fittest is all about sex.”

"A lot of evolutionary biology is just looking at sex and the bizarre lengths that animals go to pass on their genes to the next generation.”

Kirsten’s show is one of 10 FRINGE WORLD shows supported by Inspiring Australia in 2019.

“I’m hoping it’ll attract people who might be more interested in going to a comedy show than going to a science show. If I’m able to have a meaningful impact on just one or two people a night and they go away and talk about these ideas in a pub, then I’ll be happy.”

You can support Kirsten—and penis bones—by grabbing tickets here.

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