If there is one thing that all men, straight, gay, bi or asexual, obsess over, it is penis size.
This week, Conner Habib is back with a brand new ask the sexpert, where he addresses one reader’s concerns over his tiny penis. Turns out, we may all have a little bit of body dysmorphia when it comes to that organ.
Drew Rowsome for FAB
No Fab body issue, especially one containing the 2013 Fab Gay Sex Survey, would be complete without a long and hard-hitting discussion of the penis. Fortunately, penises seem to be a regular topic du jour at Fab.
First to arrive at the office was a new app called The Predicktor, which purported to forecast penis size. The interface is fun and fast, so we entered our colleagues’ stats — height, ring finger size, shoe size, butt size (?), gay or straight, et cetera — and then gleefully compared the resulting estimates. We were intrigued to discover that the Fab office has a larger than average number of larger than average members.
Dr Christopher Culligan, the creator of The Predicktor, explains: “I’m not saying that there aren’t guys with eight- or nine-inch penises, but most guys don’t know that five and a half inches is average. Guys are so exposed to porn from such an early age that people think 10 inches is normal, eight inches is normal.” That being said, gay men’s penises are, according to Culligan’s research and the Kinsey Institute, longer and wider, on average, than the straight variety.
Culligan believes we are in the grip of an epidemic of small-penis syndrome. “I keep finding in my practice that more and more boys are coming in and saying, ‘My penis is small.’ I want to reduce that anxiety, make people feel better about themselves. There are tons of articles and studies out there, and there is no way to make a penis larger except the surgery that cuts the anchoring ligament. You’ll get more length flaccid, but you’ll just be flapping in the wind.”
Having chronicled my own misadventures with a penis-enlargement device [“When Size Matters: Investigating a New Penis Enlarger and Its Effect on One’s Head,” Fab #394, March 17, 2010], I can commiserate. Culture, especially gay culture, does put an emphasis on size. In Fab’s four previous sex surveys, only one respondent, at 14 inches, complained of being too large. And while the majority claim to be happy with their penis size, the comments contain many variations on “I wouldn’t complain about having a bit more” or “Who is really?”
Culligan seems to have hit the zeitgeist; The Predicktor is, at the time of our interview, the top-grossing paid app on Google Play. Yet Culligan is not sure he is having the right effect. “It’s meant to tackle stigma, a way to reach people. People purchase it thinking they’re going to look at their own penis or predict the size of strangers’. The real idea is to have fun with a bunch of guys, interact with it, take the myths out and expose them. I want to make it more social, break the taboo. I envisioned a group-fun app for use in the cafeteria, bar or schoolyard to make people feel less angst.” Fab certainly had fun with The Predicktor, and I’m pretty sure all of us were a little more proud of our little soldiers after the congenial cyber comparisons.
The emphasis on size is strange to Culligan (perhaps it takes a gay man, or at least a bottom, to appreciate the difference a mere half inch can make). “It’s like straight guys wanting big breasts. What do you do with them? It’s almost like a collector looking for that rare thing. Like a hunter keeps gunning for a rarer and rarer beast to shoot and hang on their wall.”
Culligan’s mission is noble and complements his other apps that predict alcohol abuse, anxiety and depression — all three of which can be brought on by small-penis syndrome. He admits that The Predicktor is “titillating and will help the others get attention. But hopefully, it will also be one more little positive thing for a kid in Sudbury.”
Culligan is not alone in his quest. Dr Dudley Seth Danoff sent Fab a copy of his new book, Penis Power: The Ultimate Guide to Male Sexual Health. The book is breezy and self-helpy but also makes some pertinent penile points. Danoff believes that men have unrealistic expectations of their penises and are psychologically destroyed when the little brain has a mind of its own. “If you become absolutely at ease with your penis, the quality of your life will dramatically change for the better,” Danoff writes, before exploding myths about size, premature ejaculation, erections and just about everything penis-related. Men are fed so much misinformation and have such inflated expectations that they are bound to feel inadequate, he says. “Accept and enjoy” is his advice.
Danoff wants all men to experience “penis power” and to become what he dubs “Superpotent Men.” Penis Power and The Predicktor do cause one to reconsider one’s relationship with the body part that rules the roost from inside one’s pants. Talking about our penises can only do us good, and the 2013 Fab Gay Sex Survey is the ideal place to start. We’ll show you ours if you show us yours.
Leonardo da Vinci wrote the little text “Della Verga” in his notebooks:
“[The phallus] confers with the human intelligence and sometimes has intelligence of itself, and although the will of the man desires to stimulate it it remains obstinate and takes his own course, and moving sometimes of itself without license or thought by the man, whether he be sleeping or waking, it does what it desires; and often the man is asleep and it is awake, and many times the man is awake and it is asleep; many times the man wishes it to practice and it does not wish it; many times it wishes and the man forbids it.”
“It seems therefore that this creature often has a life and intelligence separate from the man, and it would appear that the man is in the wrong in being ashamed to give it a name or exhibit it. seeking rather constantly to cover and conceal what he ought to adorn and display with ceremony as a ministrant.”
Bel Gris is a straight porn dude who has been making videos in Spain. He lives in Barcelona. Love to get my lips around that massive cock of his! No, he isn’t some super studly guy, just a healthy boy with the schlong of a god (he just has to stop his singing).