I'll show you mine if you show me yours
I'll show you mine if you show me yours is a game in which young children compare their genitals. It is driven by curiosity and the thrill of breaking the taboo of private parts; concerned parents tend to view it as a sexual game.
Eric Berne suggested that it was a site for 'swindles...very common in children's sex play. In You Show Me Yours and I'll Show You Mine, played two-handed, A shows his, but B doesn't show hers, or vice versa'. In the three-handed version Berne called 'Rat Fink Potato Sandwich... A shows his and B shows hers, but when C's turn comes she runs home and tells mother instead'.
The phrase "I'll show you mine..." has become a catch phrase and is often used for metaphorical purposes among adults.
- Lamb, Sharon (2001). The secret lives of girls: what good girls really do - sex play, aggression, and their guilt. New York: Free Press. p. 15. ISBN 9780743201070.
- Eric Berne, Sex in Human Loving (Penguin 1970) p. 174
- Berne, p. 174
- Partridge, Eric (1985). Paul Beale, ed. A Dictionary of Catch Phrases: from the Sixteenth Century to the Present Day (2nd ed.). Taylor & Francis. p. 232. ISBN 0-203-37995-0.
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