In Cyrano’s The Other World, the narrator notices the planet’s inhabitants wear something other than their sword on display to show their rank and honour. When questioning this he is told the following:
My little man, the nobles of your world are mad to parade an instrument which is the mark of a hangman, which is only forged for our destruction and is indeed the sworn enemy of everything that lives! And just as mad to hide a member without which we should be in the category of things that are not – woe to the country where the marks of generation are ignominious and those of destruction are honourable! You call that member 'the parts of shame' as if there were anything more glorious than to give life and anything more infamous than to take it away.