Skip navigation! Story from Health Trends. The penis carries a lot of baggage. In pop culture, it's often depicted as comical how many comedies are powered by male nudity gags? Perhaps it's causing its owner grief in some way — by failing to perform sexually, for example — and is a spectacle for onlookers to ridicule. Rarely is it presented as just another body part — sometimes sexual, yes, but also functional in other ways, and most of the time just there, one among many parts of a body that belongs to a person with a mind that is not, in fact, controlled by genitals.
And it's time we looked at it this way. Outside of porn, or maybe art museums, we have few opportunities to witness penises in this way if we do not either have one or have a partner — at the very least, a sexting partner — who does. The scarcity of explicit representations of male genitalia in mainstream media led to an internet frenzy when Game of Thrones ' latest episode featured a close-up of a penis , held by its owner as he inspects it for warts.
Reactions to the new cast member were mixed. One Twitter commenter argued that "a closeup of a flaccid penis being examined for genital warts is not 'equal-opportunity nudity. The argument offers an interesting study in our relationship to nudity — especially male nudity.
But penises, she continues, are portrayed as "instruments of power" and "symbols of virility and strength" — and people who have them are left wondering whether they measure up. Wade says. A respect for individuals' personal relationships with their penises guided Geoffrey Berliner when he shot the 14 following penis portraits, accompanied here by the subjects' thoughts on their genitalia. Berliner — the executive director of the Penumbra Foundation , a nonprofit devoted to photography education, research, and outreach — developed these portraits as tintypes through the Penumbra Tintype Studio , hand-pouring chemicals on thin metal plates to create direct positive images of the penises.
It's a technique that was popular during the Civil War, and a far cry from the iPhone dick pics to which some of us may be accustomed. Each person had a particular attitude toward his penis, moved it a certain way, held it a certain way. Wade says that depictions of genitalia that fall outside of power-and-humiliation narratives could help people of all gender identities develop better relationships with their bodies.
Showing the penises as they were, in an artistic sense, [and] connected to a person is a way of normalizing the way we look at the human body. Wade adds. Maybe we need [more diverse] representation particularly because these body parts are so powerfully symbolic. Click through for 14 portraits of penises, along with some thoughts from the people to whom they are attached.
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