Sex is in the mainstream news, which for Americans means going beyond the drivel we’re fed in the U.S. and reading The Guardian and other U.K. papers. Today’s Guardian features a comprehensive review of a new book, Manhood—100 photos of penises and interviews with the men they’re attached to (Me and my penis, May 27). Can you imagine a mainstream U.S. publication tackling a topic like this? With pictures, no less?
The book is a follow-up to author Laura Dodsworth’s 2014 book on breasts, Bare Reality, about women’s relationships to their boobs. For Manhood, she took photos of the dangly bits (no faces) of 100 men and interviewed them about what they think about their cocks. Turns out, most men are good interviews after you ask them to take off their clothes and pose their dicks for a picture. Her big takeaway?
“A lot more men feel a sense of shame or anxiety about their size, or an aspect of their performance, than I would have thought,” Dodsworth said. “What really moved me is how much that shame and inadequacy had bled into different parts of their life.”
Interesting, but no surprise, considering the dimensions of the cocks on display in mainstream porn (and they’re always hard!). Any man with a dick smaller than his forearm would feel inadequate compared to what you see on the internet.
So, again, hat’s off to the Brits for treating readers like adults. But…the article (and the book) could have gone further. Question: What’s a penis used for? Answer: Sex (and pissing your name in the snow). This reader would have found it a lot more interesting if Dodsworth had included pictures of erect cocks along side the same soft cocks (y’know, before and after). Frankly, 100 dangling flaps of skin ‘n’ scrotums did nothing for me.
More sex news: Pornhub, which boasts 75 million visitors a day (think about that), celebrated its 10th anniversary with some interesting statistics, reports RT (Pornhub celebrates 10 years online with release of viewers’ dirty-minded habits, May 27). Nothing new here, but the number-one search item continues to be (drum roll) lesbian (followed by MILF, amateur, teen, mature…). I’ve commented before on why lesbian porn is so popular (and rued why lesbian erotica isn’t) in True fact: Straight women dig girl-on-girl porn). Nice to see lesbians still rule (at least in porn).