I will confess, this post is not directly about swinging, poly, etc. However, as a sexually liberated group, I felt like I needed to share my feelings on a particular issue with this readership. Penis size judgement.
I have fallen madly in love with the body-positive movement. Let's do away with body shaming of all kinds, and teach people who the only person who needs to love a body is its owner. Your value judgment is not a part of my body. I am in favor of this, and women everywhere are learning to embrace their ribs, their rolls, their nose hairs and the weird-shaped freckles on their nipples. We the body-positive are, slowly but surely, empowering the world. But we are falling down on the job in one crucial area.
I recently read an article online entitled Is a Small Penis a Feminist Issue? The writer of this article avers that while she really wants to be egalitarian, and tell men that all penises are equally beautiful and valuable, she can't because “preference aside, we all know that different dicks feel different.” What she's saying is not a lie, but she has utterly missed the point. Yes, it's true, different dicks do feel different, but that doesn't matter. The value of a penis is not its relationship to a vagina, or an asshole, or a mouth, or anything other than itself. Making someone else feel good does not determine whether a penis is good any more than being aesthetically appealing to a male determines whether a pair of breasts is good.
If we can shout from the roof-tops that all our bodies are beautiful, and all our bodies are good, why are we still treating penises like tools that only exist for their use-value? Women are embracing their vaginas for what they are, but penises are still viewed in light of what they do. It is true that there is a cultural idea that women are and men do. Women are for looking at. Men do things, make things, work. And because the idea of body-positivity is primarily centered around aesthetics, I suppose it is unsurprising that it caught on for women's genitals faster than men's. There are lots of books full of photos of vulvas, so that they can be looked upon and admired in all shapes and sizes. This is good. If there is a book like that of penises, someone please point me toward it. I want it for the human sexuality library at my job. Because I have never heard of such a thing.
I'm not trying to say that we don't have the right to preferences. I have them, certainly. I know what I like and what I don't, and I am allowed to have that. What I'm not allowed to do is act like my preference in what kind of penis makes my body feel good is the same thing as deciding what kind of penis is good. The author of this article tries to work her way toward this conclusion when she says that “like having fat, we tend to treat having a small penis like a character flaw. These aren't character flaws!” She edges her way toward the right answer, but winds up her article going right back to the issue of what women like as the judgment of whether the penis is good.
Her final conclusion is that “Sure, there are women for whom a small dick is not a problem. But just like a lot of men are attracted to women with huge, perfect breasts, a lot of women prefer a big dick.”
First of all, her use of the term “perfect breasts” made me die a little inside, but while it's a symptom of her overall misunderstanding of body positivity, it's not what I'm discussing right now. The question of whether or not having a small penis is a “problem” is answered solely in terms of what women prefer. Having a small dick is a problem for some women. That may be true, but that's the woman's problem, not the penis's. I wouldn't be able to survive in this world if I thought that the value of my breasts, or my vulva, or any part of me, was determined by how much another person liked it. No more should any man think that the beauty and value of his penis are determined by how well it can please someone else.
perfect breasts = nothing to do with size (at least in my book) just saying 🙂 but a nice write up.
Love, love, love the article. As a man, heck as a human, so many of us identify ourselves as what we do, or what we have and then judge ourselves against others. However, so many of us pass up the opportunity to celebrate who we are. Hmmm. Perhaps the world would be a much different place.
Thank you Star for a much needed breath of fresh air. I have been humiliated and judged a lesser man because of my barely average penis. I struggle with the pain at times but not all the time. I am married with kids but find myself in a mental situation I would rather not be. I will rise but I simply cannot stand the fact the we, as humans, judge each other based on things we cannot control. It is a sad world but perhaps there is hope. Thank you.
I appreciate the author’s perspective. I still think viewing a penis by its use value is ok to do. I’m a bi male size queen. I like both big penises and big vulvas that stretch easily around large things. They are both much more fun for me than average sizes.
As someone who has disliked their own average endowment, I do understand the body positive movement. It works for me partially. I’m shorter than average and have acne scarring that I accept and I now even appreciate my smaller stature.
I even now enjoy looking at pics of small penises. They could be fun and novel for oral and fondling. I can appreciate being penetrated by an average one, but it doesn’t turn me on as much psychologically. The power of a big penis can be even more on the psychological side of arousal than on actual physics. The basis of what we believe about sex will shape our opinions drastically.