Part One: It’s Deeper Than The Women
Recently I read a wonderful post by Peter Lloyd on the topic of male enhancement surgery and the huge surge of men rushing out to get it. The article touched on the self-image issues that many men have, especially in the penis size department and the drastic steps we take to get past it.
Mr. Lloyd’s points were solid, especially concerning the impact size has in the love life and personal life of men worldwide. But the one portion of his article that I couldn’t agree on was the assertion that it is the fault of women that we are so penis-conscious. I move that it is our own fault gentlemen, and it is something that we put on each other from the time that we are innocent children playing in the bathtub to adults comparing ourselves to 12 inch porn stars.
The Locker Room Argument
Of what I have observed of men and the locker room, there are generally only 2 types that are comfortable with being nude around one another. The first is the veteran (think athlete, ex-con, military personnel), having had to shower and be nude around other males in the past. The second seems to be the elderly man who has given up on the superficial restraints of societal bashfulness. Even as an ex-athlete myself, I tend to dress quietly in a corner, keep my eyes ahead of me, and refuse conversation whilst myself and another man is in the nude.
The reason why the average man shies away from seeing a man naked is because society has deemed it taboo. Naked men repulse us even though we ourselves are men; I believe it comes from a combination of homophobia and self-image issues. You have 5 men naked in a room and they are so stressed out about appearing gay that they get damn near hostile about it.
“hey man what the f-ck are you looking at?”
Yet the relaxation of the widespread popularity in homophobia will not fix our issues with nudity. It is a cultural thing that is so embedded into our society that it’s damn near a rule. Pee looking straight ahead, never mention another man’s package, and only rap about your penis if it’s 9.5 inches or longer. Notice that in all of this I have yet to mention a woman?
Where does the ridicule of women come in?
While it may seem that women sit around giggling evilly, talking about how their man isn’t long enough to “stretch their insides” and other such nonsense, women tend to have bigger complaints than your below average penis. Women swap notes yes, but only the girls we used to call ruined (the hotdog down the hallway theory) are sitting around stressing that their guys don’t go by names like Mr. Marcus, Lexington Steel or Peter North. I will elaborate on this in Pt.2.
Men, who frequently misunderstand women, have taken the insults of ex-girlfriends past and applied it to every woman and marked it off as fact. To think that some women complain that their guy is too big, hurts them when they go too hard at it, yet the man is supposed to take that as a compliment to his… manhood. Lets call it the Santino Corleone problem… for those of you who read The Godfather.
We men have now gotten to the point where a penis defines us. As a man you cannot imagine a super macho beast of a guy without thinking that he’s packing a lot in his pants. Think of the hilariously funny Black Dynamite played by Michael Jai White. Can you imagine B.D. not having a “woman killer” in his pants? No you can’t and the need for men to be macho and be as manly as possible leads to us growing up feeling less than in many ways due to underlying thoughts like this.
The other culprits are: our obsession with porn; our need for perfection; our fear of homosexuals, and much, much more. But I cannot fit it all into this one segment so please stay tuned.
There was a time when men could be nude around one another without the need for comparison checks, penile implants, and feelings of inadequacy. So what do you think my fellow denizens, am I correct that this is an issue that we have with ourselves and not so much a woman’s fault? Speak your mind, and tune in for Part 2 of The Real Culprit Behind Our Penis Issues.
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