For men who worry about their penis size, a new study reveals that all of that anxiety doesn’t actually correlate to whether or not you’re large or small.
Researchers from King’s College in London have found that while some well-endowed men have “penis shame,” lots of men with smaller than average penises feel completely confident. “It’s an emotional feeling,” study leader and psychiatrist David Veale told LiveScience. The findings were published online last week in the Journal of Sexual Medicine.
To reach their findings, researchers recruited 173 men online and at the university to answer a battery of questions about body image, erectile function, and other concerns about their sexual parts. In addition, 46 men agreed to having their penises measured in both flaccid and erect states.
Results showed that 30 percent of the subjects reported dissatisfaction with their genitals, with only 35 percent saying that they were very happy with their penis size. Older men and gay and bisexual men reported higher levels of anxiety regarding their penis size, the findings showed.
Of the less confident men, “quite a few of them have been teased about their size either by an ex-partner or in the showers as an adolescent,” Veal said.
A study published in April in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences found that women prefered larger penises — with a special preference for tall men who were well-endowed.
Research published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine revealed that the average American man’s penis is 14.2 centimeters long when erect.
from The New York Daily News
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For men who worry about their penis size, a new study reveals that all of that anxiety doesn’t actually correlate to whether or not you’re large or small.
LOS ANGELES – A passenger spent “long periods” of a six-hour flight “masturbating and exposing his penis,” and United Airlines didn’t stop him, a teenage girl claims in court.
Monica Amestoy sued United Airlines and United Continental Holdings in Superior Court, alleging negligence, intentional infliction of emotional distress and false imprisonment.
Amestoy, 18, claims she complained to flight staff, but to “her horror” they neither spoke to the unidentified passenger, nor offered to move her to another seat – “forcing her to sit adjacent to a revolting and lewd display of sexual conduct.”
Amestoy, then 17, was returning to Los Angeles from a high school debate tournament in New York in October last year.
She claims she was in an aisle seat, and the male masturbator was separated from her “only by the width of the aisle.”
“After the plane took off, the plaintiff saw to her horror that the male passenger directly across the aisle from her had exposed his penis and was masturbating. That passenger had stationed his airline blanket in a way that concealed his activities from other passengers on one side of him. His conduct was very visible to the plaintiff, however,” the complaint states.
Amestoy says the passenger “suspended his offensive behavior” after she complained to a flight attendant. But the attendant did nothing but stand “in the vicinity of the offending passenger,” Amestoy claims.
“The United flight attendant soon decided to attend to other duties. When she did so, the perpetrator exposed his penis and started to masturbate again,” the complaint states.
Even though the flight crew knew of the criminal conduct, Amestoy says, no one talked to the man, or monitored his behavior.
“Later during the flight, the plaintiff got up to use the restroom. On the way to the restroom, the plaintiff passed by the same flight attendant to whom she had complained, and the flight attendant asked if the perpetrator was still exposing himself. The plaintiff said that he was. The flight attendant then stated that the perpetrator’s conduct was ‘disgusting,’ but took no other action. In particular, the flight attendant and/or crew took no action to relocate the plaintiff, to prevent the perpetrator from exposing himself or masturbating, or to report the offensive conduct to the flight deck,” the complaint states.
Amestoy adds: “She feared, among other things, that the perpetrator might ejaculate, and cause her to come into offensive contact with his sperm. United’s conduct toward the plaintiff was outrageous, and went beyond the scope of normal aircraft operations.”
United never contacted authorities, Amestoy claims. She says it was left to her father to report the incident to the police. The man was investigated, charged, and pleaded guilty to the alleged crimes, the complaint states.
Amestoy seeks compensatory and punitive damages.
United Airlines spokeswoman Karen May told Courthouse News in an email that the airline would review the complaint when it received it.
“The comfort and security of our customers is our top priority,” May wrote.
Amestoy is represented by Gloria Allred with Allred, Maroko & Goldberg.
from Courthouse News
An internationally-known MMA fighter … claims a gel that is supposed to enhance sexual performance has ruined his … claiming he now has a bum penis that can’t ejaculate.
Waylon Lowe claims in a new lawsuit … he bought a tube of Kama Sutra Pleasure Balm Prolonging Gel at a Philly sex shop — which is supposed to desensitize the penis and enhance stamina. He lathered the gel on his junk and then covered it with a Trojan Magnum latex condom and began having sex with his fiancee.
The sex didn’t last long, because their baby started acting up in the next room. While the fiancee tended to their daughter, Lowe claims he began experiencing excruciating pain in the penis. He removed the condom and says he was horrified to see a significantly swelled penis.
Lowe says he ended up in the ER and has suffered “catastrophic and permanent damage” to his penis. Among his many beefs:
– permanent scarring and disfigurement
– permanent loss of sensation
– permanent loss of functioning
– permanent nerve damage
– loss of life’s pleasures
– inability to ejaculate
Lowe is suing for a minimum of $50k … we’re guessing he wants a lot more.
Lowe strongly insinuates in the lawsuit … the damage was caused by placing the condom over the gel, despite the fact that the label gives users the green light to wrap it.
The Kama Sutra Company tells us the lawsuit is BS, claiming the product has worked safely without incident for 40 years.
Does the comfort and fit of condoms have an impact on safer sex among gay and bisexual men? In 2010, Hunter College’s Center for HIV Educational Studies and Training (CHEST) surveyed nearly 500 men in NYC to get some answers about penis size and condom failure rates. Dr. Jeffrey Parsons, CHEST’s director, says, “This type of public health research is very important, no matter how politically volatile. Studies like this allow us to better understand sexual health and risk so that we can address effectively the health needs of gay and bisexual men.”
What did Dr. Parsons and his colleagues seek to discover through their study? Dr. Christian Grov, the study’s lead author, says he had wondered if a “one-size-fits-all approach to condom distribution” might be inadvertently creating a group of men at risk for engaging in unprotected sex due to problems with condom fit. And the findings of CHEST’s study suggest his initial hypothesis may have validity: close to half of respondents reported condom slippage during sex and almost a third reported condom breakage in the previous three months.
There was also an association between condom breakage and unprotected sex, suggesting that some men may have unprotected sex simply because they cannot find proper fitting condoms. Less than forty percent of those surveyed said it was “easy” to find a condom that fit them.
“These findings indicate that the fit of a condom matters,” says Grov. “A client at an HIV service agency might see a bowl filled with ‘standard’ condoms and have to ask a provider if they have other sizes available. That extra step could make the difference between someone leaving with a condom—the right condom—or going home empty handed.”In recent years condom manufacturers have been expanding their selection to include different sizes. “Unfortunately, the default condom freely distributed by many health care providers is still a standard size,” says Grov. The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene has increased the distribution of condoms in a variety of sizes to health centers. However, the findings of the CHEST study show there is more work to do.
In the US, gay and bisexual men are among the most likely to be exposed to HIV. Condoms remain among the best strategies to prevent new transmissions. Offering a wider assortment of condoms could improve the ease and enjoyment – and thus likelihood – of safer sex practices.
About the study:
The results of this study titled, “Self-reported penis size and experiences with condoms among gay and bisexual men,” by Christian Grov, Brooke E. Wells, and Jeffrey T. Parsons will be published in the February 2013 issue of Archives of Sexual Behavior. Data were collected in 2010 from 463 gay and bisexual men in at large scale community events in New York City.
FLORIDA - When Luis Canelos was 9, he picked up his father’s rifle and accidentally shot himself in the groin.
The tragedy destroyed his genitalia except for a small part of his right testicle.
Now, 17, he has a chance to become whole again.
A doctor in Miami heard about Luis’ plight and reached out to his family.
In May, the teen learned he would undergo replacement surgery called phalloplasty.
The hope is that Luis will have a fully functioning penis once the operation is done, allowing him to father children in the future.
“I want to recover my body, be young again,” Luis said.
Luis and his father, Roger, 41, arrived in Miami July 16 thanks to a program called International Kids Fund Wonderfund, which is run by Jackson Memorial Foundation. The charity helps foreign kids get medical treatment and surgery they can’t receive or afford in their home countries.
Children are treated at Holtz Children’s Hospital at University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Medical Center and money is raised through private and public donations to help cover the costs.
The Wonderfund organization felt compelled to help Luis “not only because of the physical situation but also because of the emotional side effects that come with the situation,” said Executive Director María Luisa Chea.
Luis’ treatment will cost $50,000, an expense his family could not afford on their own. Ronald McDonald House, a hostel for visiting families near Jackson, is providing them housing.
“My family is a poor family. We don’t have a lot of resources,” Roger said.
The Canelos family lives in a straw house in a village of 10,000 in the rural Peruvian region of Loreto, bordering Colombia and Ecuador. They share a parcel of land with other families where they grow yucca, plantains, corn and rice, as well as raise small chickens, for their own consumption.
Loreto is isolated from much of the country, Roger explained. Ambulances, for example, arrive by river.
“Everything is jungle out there,” Roger said.
Luis and Roger had never left their village before. Their journey to the United States began when they took a small boat bound for Mazan, a town in the same province. Next they crossed part of the Amazon to arrive in Quito, Ecuador. From there, father and son boarded a flight to Lima, where they stayed for two weeks before departing for Miami.
Roger brought with him a camera to document the trip to South Florida, a metropolis unlike his village. So far he has taken pictures of Metrorail and large homes.
“I never thought I could get this far,” Luis said.
The group first learned about Luis through Dr. Christopher J. Salgado, associate professor of surgery and section chief of plastic surgery at the University of Miami, Chea said.
Luis said he has found a lot of support in his large family — his mother, father, one brother and seven sisters. Keeping in touch with the family from Miami has been difficult. Their home only receives electricity at night. If the family’s sole cellphone is out of battery, they’re virtually out of reach. Luis said he misses them and wants to spend time with them again.
Luis hopes the surgery will allow him to move on with his life, or “ seguir adelante,” as he said in Spanish.
During the surgery, two medical teams will build a penis using a fibular bone from a cadaver, a procedure Salgado has performed before successfully, Chea said.
After completing his remaining two years of high school, Luis would like to attend college in Peru and become an engineer. With the help of scholarships from the local government, Roger said his son’s dream will become a reality.
In the meantime, Luis said he is calm and happy. His father noted he is very grateful to both God and the organization “that opened doors for us and has a big heart.”
If all goes according to plan, Luis should undergo surgery in August and be back in Peru around mid-September, Chea said. Once back in Peru, doctors there will help Luis recover.
from The Miami Herald
Turns out it’s legal to have a weapon of mass conception at the airport.
Jonah Falcon was stopped and frisked by the TSA at the San Francisco International Airport on July 9 because of a bulging package hidden in his pants. But the 41-year-old New Yorker wasn’t packing a dirty bomb, drugs or a Costco-sized tube of toothpaste. The New Yorker has the world’s largest recorded penis.
In an exclusive interview with The Huffington Post, Falcon described his hard times with security guards after his extra carry-on became suspect.
“I had my ‘stuff’ strapped to the left. I wasn’t erect at the time,” said Falcon, whose penis is 9 inches flaccid, 13.5 inches erect. “One of the guards asked if my pockets were empty and I said, ‘Yes.’”
Falcon said he knew that his interview was about to get a lot more personal when he was led through one of the X-ray body scanners and passed a metal detector.
“Another guard stopped me and asked me if I had some sort of growth,” Falcon said, laughing.
Indeed he did have a growth.
By the age of 18, Falcon knew he had something special when his manhood reached a whopping 12 inches. His family jewel was hailed as the world’s largest on record after an HBO documentary featured him in 1999. The Guinness Book of World Records does not record such feats, but Falcon did show his standout feature to Huffington Post Executive Crime/Weird News Editor Buck Wolf.
Falcon has been contacted by porn companies (though he’s never accepted) and has been featured on just about every talkshow in the country.
As he passed through airport security, Falcon said a younger security guard felt threatened by his “very noticeable” package — and interpreted it as a biological threat.
“I said, ‘It’s my dick,’” Falcon said. “He gave me a pat down but made sure to go around [my penis] with his hands. They even put some powder on my pants, probably a test for explosives. I found it amusing.”
The screener gave up the extensive search without so much as a blush or a smile. Falcon made his flight back to New York on time.
But he learned something that day. The hardened traveler has a new game plan for airport security.
“I’m just gonna wear bike shorts from now on,” Falcon said. “That way, they’ll know. You’d think the San Francisco TSA would have had experience with hung guys before, but I guess not.”
TSA officials at the San Francisco International Airport did not return calls for comment.
from The Huffington Post
Men who work for the Sörmland County Council in central Sweden should sit down rather than stand up when urinating in office toilets, according to a motion put forward by the local Left Party chapter.
The Left Party in Sörmland is taking a stand to ensure men take a seat when emptying their bladders in the county council’s own toilets.
According to the party, there are two very important reasons for the proposal encouraging men to sit instead of stand when they urinate.
One reason has to do with hygiene and a desire to ensure that no one who uses the toilets at the county council’s offices will be required to walk through puddles or residue left by stray urine which happens to splash out of the bowl and onto the floor when male employees pee standing up.
The Left Party also cites medical research it claims shows that men empty their bladders more efficiently when they are seated.
The improved bladder evacuation not only reduces the risk for prostate problems, according to the party, but also helps men who sit rather than stand achieve a longer and healthier sex life, the local Folket newspaper reported.
As a first step in its quest to get men to take a seat, the Left Party proposes labeling toilets which are designated for men who absolutely want to remain standing when they pee.
The Left Party’s Viggo Hansen, a substitute member of the county council and the man responsible for the proposal, wants the office toilets to be genderless and as a result, is pushing for the “sit-down only” requirement.
He insisted, however, that the move doesn’t represent political meddling in people’s bathroom habits.
“That’s not what we’re doing. We want to give men the option of going into a clean toilet,” he told Sveriges Television (SVT).
from The Local
Textbooks have long listed the centers of male hormone production as the testes and adrenal glands. But those textbooks might need revising if the results of a new study, showing hormone production in the penis itself, turn out to be true.
The observation stems from analyses in both mice and human tissue, revealing that proteins key to the production of hormones such as testosterone are active in penile tissue.
“We’re talking about the expression of certain enzymes that are absolutely crucial to the production of male hormones,” explained study lead author Dr. Kathleen Hwang, currently an assistant professor of surgery/urology at Brown University in Providence, RI. “And what we’ve established is that there are receptors in penile tissue, which has never been demonstrated before.”
“So while this is still work in its infancy,” Hwang cautioned, “this does suggest that there are other tissues in the male genitalia tract that are actually involved in hormone production.”
Hwang (who conducted her research while a fellow in the department of urology at the Baylor College of Medicine, Houston) was to present the findings this week at the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) annual meeting in Orlando, Fla.
The authors note that male hormone production has not exactly been considered a medical riddle. Researchers have long cited the adrenal glands and testes as the twin engines driving androgen (male hormone) production.
But Hwang and her team wondered whether other organs or tissues might be involved.
To find out, they first harvested testes, prostate, penile and adrenal gland tissue from two 3-month old mice, and subjected them to high-tech microscopic analyses.
Later, human prostate and penile tissue samples were also analyzed.
The results: three key proteins known to be involved in androgen production were, as expected, found to be active in both the mouse and human adrenal and testes tissue.
But unexpectedly, the same protein activity was also found in both prostate gland and penile tissue.
“Now, we know that whatever is being produced in these areas is not sufficient to keep a man’s testosterone levels at normal levels,” noted Hwang. “But we think these tissues could somehow be major components in the overall male hormone production process.”
Hwang stressed that “this was a simple observational and early study. But it’s actually very exciting, and we are continuing to explore how this all comes together.”
Dr. Edward Kim, president of the Society for Male Reproduction and Urology at the University of Tennessee’s graduate school of medicine in Knoxville, said the finding is worth investigating further.
“What’s important about this is that it challenges our current ways of thinking about testosterone production,” he said. “It goes up against our present concept that testosterone production is entirely within the realm of the testes and adrenal glands. And this may be an avenue for further research and investigation.”
“But clearly, much more research with humans is required to get a real handle on what’s going on,” he added.
from WMBF News
CALIFORNIA - Governor Jerry Brown has signed a bill preventing local authorities from banning the practice of male circumcision.
The bill, which takes effect immediately, comes in the wake of an effort by a San Francisco group opposed to male circumcision to enforce a city-wide ban of the practice in a November ballot measure.
That effort was struck down in late July by a California judge who said it would infringe on religious freedom. The measure was removed from the November ballot.
The measure, which garnered 12,000 signatures of support, would have made it a misdemeanor crime to circumcise a boy before he is 18 years old in San Francisco, regardless of the parents’ religious beliefs.
A dozen petitioners sued to block the initiative at the time. A similar effort in Santa Monica, west of Los Angeles, was withdrawn.
Circumcision is a ritual obligation for infant Jewish boys and also a common rite among Muslims, who account for the largest share of circumcised men worldwide.
The move to outlaw circumcision in San Francisco raised alarm bells for Jewish groups.
In June, the Anti-Defamation League condemned a comic book created by supporters of the anti-circumcision movement that it said contained grotesque anti-Semitic imagery. The comic featured a character named “Monster Mohel” as an evil villain.
A mohel is a Jewish individual specifically trained to perform the ritual circumcision of infant boys.
HUSAVIK, ICELAND – A 95-year-old Icelander has left his penis to one of the world’s strangest museums.
The late Pall Arason’s pickled member will be the main attraction at the Phallological Museum in the tiny fishing town of Husavik.
Sigurdur Hjartarson, who runs it, said the organ will boost his extensive collection of phalluses from whales, seals, bears and other mammals.
Several people had pledged their penises over the years – including an American, a Briton, and a German – but Mr Arason’s was the first to be successfully donated, Mr Hjartarson said.
“I have just been waiting for this guy for 15 years,” he said.
The museum started in Reykjavik but has since moved to Husavik, a small community probably better known for its whale watching. The Phallological Museum is an important part of the region’s tourist industry, bringing in thousands of visitors every summer.
Highlights of the museum’s collection include a 170-centimetre sperm whale penis preserved in formaldehyde, lampshades made from bull testicles and what the museum described as an “unusually big” penis bone from a Canadian walrus.
Mr Hjartarson, 69, said his interest in what he calls “phallology” began when, as a youngster in rural Iceland, he was given a whip made from a bull’s penis to help him herd cattle. Later, when he worked at a school near a whaling station, colleagues brought him whale penises as gifts.
“That was how it started. I opened this museum 15 years ago with 62 specimens,” he said. Now, with the addition of Mr Arason’s organ, he has 276, many suspended in formaldehyde or dried and mounted on the walls.
Photos posted to the museum’s website show a small army of ghostly, whitish penises stuffed into jars, tall glass cylinders and large aquariums. There are sculptures, moulds and other penis-related craft items. Outside, the museum has a large tree trunk carved into the shape of an erect phallus.
from The Press Association
An online site that lists the global penis sizes has become an Internet sensation, with Congo being placed at the top of the list.
The Dem. Rep. Congo has taken top spot, with the average size being 7.1 inches or 18cm (self-reported), News.com.au reported.
Second on the list is Ecuador where the average size is 6.9 inches or 17.5cm (measured), and Ghana is at number four with the average size of 6.8 inches or 17.3cm (self-reported).
At number five is Colombia, where the average size is 6.7 inches or 17cm (measured), and number at six is Venezuela, where the average size is 6.7 inches or 17cm (measured).
At number 7 is Lebanon, followed by Jamaica at number 12, Brazil at number 15, France at number 17, Czech Republic at number 22, the Netherlands at number 27, Italy at number 31.
Egypt was placed at number 33, Denmark at number 42, Mexico at number 49, Morocco at number 51, Sweden at number 58, Greece at number 61, Chili at number 64, Germany at number 68, Norway at number 72.
United Kingdom was at number 82, Spain at number 85, Australia at number 94, USA at number 98, Ireland at number 99, Romania at number 101, Indonesia at number 104, Malaysia at number 106.
Last but not the least, Japan at number 110, China at number 112, India at number 116, Thailand at number 117, and South Korea at number 119.
Check on the Continue Reading link below to see the complete list.
EASTON, PENNSYLVANIA — A Monroe County man told a judge Friday that a case of “stage fright” prompted him to use a fake penis for a probation drug test.
Raymond C. Hartley Jr., of Effort said disparaging comments made about the small size of his penis during a previous drug test prompted him to use a Whizzinator, a device that includes a fake penis, urine and heater packs to evade drug tests.
Hartley, 28, maintained it was his drug-free urine in the device used during a random drug test.
“I didn’t want to hear any other insulting comments about the size of my penis,” Hartley said. “This is not comfortable for me to talk about.”
A Monroe County probation officer discovered the device, and Hartley received new charges.
The charges also earned Hartley a probation violation, which brought him back Friday to Northampton County.
Defense attorney Anthony Rybak said Hartley was emasculated by the comments made by Monroe County probation officials, but maintained his client was clean at the time of the test.
“He didn’t do this to trick anybody,” Rybak said.
Assistant District Attorney John Obrecht argued Hartley never informed anyone ahead of time of his issues with the drug testing.
“Deceit is still deceit,” Obrecht said.
Northampton County Judge Michael Koury on Friday dismissed Hartley’s claims and re-sentenced him to one to two years in state prison, followed by three months of probation.
Hartley said he served six years in the Army before a birth defect was discovered and he was discharged. He underwent open-heart surgery and that’s when he became addicted to pain pills, Hartley said. The addiction led to the burglary, said probation officer Pete Nebzydoski.
“It’s been a struggle,” Hartley said of dealing with his addiction. “I have every desire to be a better man.”
Hartley pleaded guilty in September 2009 to burglary, a felony, and was sentenced to four to eight months in county prison followed by one year of probation that he was serving in Monroe County.
After Hartley was charged for the fake penis he pleaded guilty to providing drug-free urine and was ordered to pay a fine and court costs, Nebzydoski said.
from The Express-Times
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA – It’s the latest controversial initiative, coming from the city that’s tried to ban everything from happy meal toys, to plastic grocery bags. Now one resident is working to ban circumcision and it’s stirring up controversy across the state.
“It’s definitely a personal choice issue. The government doesn’t have any right to be involved,” said Cathy Pope, a Merced resident.
“On a personal level, if I had a baby boy I would not be doing it. But if it’s part of their religion and their tradition, then so be it, if they want to do it. Again, it’s a parent’s choice,” said Armando Arredondo, the father of a nine-month-old girl.
But the author of the initiative, San Francisco resident Lloyd Schofield sees it differently. “His body doesn’t belong to his culture, his government, his religion or even his parents,” said Schofield
The initiative would make it a misdemeanor to circumcise, excise, cut or mutilate the genitals of a minor under 18, punishable with a fine of up to $1,000 or up to one year in jail. More than seven thousand signatures are needed for the initiative to make it onto San Francisco’s ballot next November. As for parents who circumcise their boys for religious reasons, the author says they would have to follow the law as well.
NEW YORK – The other day, Glyna Aderhold, a retired 67-year-old real estate broker from Nashville, was crossing the lobby of the mall at the Time Warner Center, the soaring castle of commerce and culture at Columbus Circle, when she passed a monumental bronze sculpture of a man and saw something that made her pause.
“I walked up and I was looking at his head and boom! This thing hits me right in the face,” Ms. Aderhold said.
The thing was the statue’s genitals, which are uncovered and at eye level to the adult viewer. She was being metaphorical. They didn’t actually strike Ms. Aderhold in the face. But they could have.
Ms. Aderhold kept walking, but all day long, shoppers and tourists alike stop at the bubble-figured 12-foot-tall Adam by the Colombian artist Fernando Botero that greets visitors and provides perhaps the most memorable Manhattan meeting spot since the clock in the Biltmore Hotel. And when they stop, they often touch, grasp, pat or rub the statue’s small but prominent penis, while a friend or relative takes a photo.
Grab. Smile. Click. Next.
Just on the other side of the Williams-Sonoma store stands Adam’s partner, Eve. She gets her share of attention, too, but not as much physical contact.
Most of Adam is a deep dark brown; his penis, though, is worn golden from extensive handling.
This is a maintenance issue at the mall. “We have an art dealer that comes in and redoes the patina from time to time,” said David Froelke, the center’s general manager, “but it doesn’t last very long.”
David Benrimon, a New York gallery owner who has sold many of Mr. Botero’s works, said that the artist did not intend for his sculptures to be touched. Management at the Time Warner Center, however, welcomes patrons to interact with the Boteros — imposing, yet playful and approachable in the artist’s signature style — as they see fit.
“In looking at my shoppers coming into the Time Warner Center,” Mr. Froelke said, “there’s so much hustle and bustle that if I can do something to slow the experience down and make it more pleasurable, I’m doing something to make their day a little bit better.”
Around the world and throughout history, of course, people have rubbed statues for luck, from Abraham Lincoln’s nose in Illinois to Lou Costello’s shoe in Paterson, N.J., to the snout of the Porcellino boar in Florence to various parts of the charging bull of Wall Street.
Sculptured phalluses, in particular, are associated with fertility and power. The genitals of hermai in ancient Athens were anointed with olive oil, while farmers worshiped the improbably endowed god Priapus in hope of a more bounteous harvest. In India and Nepal, people touch, kiss and offer rice and flowers to lingams, believed by many scholars to represent the god Shiva’s penis.
People touch and pose with Adam’s penis for many reasons. Because it’s unusual. Because it’s funny. Because it’s just the right combination of naughty and not-too-naughty. Because it’s not in a museum but in a shopping center, where the goods are meant to be handled.
“In our normal lives, you really can’t go up and touch someone’s genitals,” said Fernanda Bennett, the deputy director of the Nassau County Museum of Art on Long Island, which has exhibited its share of Boteros over the years. “But you can if it’s made of bronze and in a public space, and your friend will take a picture of you, too.”
Or as Christian Rosario, 16, a student at Manhattan Theater Lab High School, said after encountering Adam: “It’s a penis, like, in the middle of a mall, just out in the open! It should have a sign on it saying ‘Touch me.’ ”
Within half an hour on a late September afternoon, Adam’s organ drew a steady stream of visitors. First Graciela Fabres, 26, of West New York, N.J., parked her stroller and held her hand beneath the penis, palm up, as if presenting merchandise on “Let’s Make a Deal,” while her husband took her picture. A fiftysomething woman with blond hair and workout clothes grabbed it appraisingly, shook her head with a slight scowl, and walked on.
Then the Yerkinbekova cousins, finance students from Kazakhstan, showed up. Zhanel, 23, grabbed Adam from above, below and sideways, while her cousin Maria, 24, snapped photos. They switched places. Maria kept her distance from the organ.
“I don’t want all our pictures to be the same, both touching the same penis,” she explained.
Some visitors come to Adam with certain ambitions.
“I thought it would be good for sex,” Guenter Virtel, a German tourist in his 40s, said after his wife took a photo of him holding the penis. When Marie Helene Pollett, 65, visiting from France, touched the penis, her son Bruno Pollett explained that she did it for her husband, Jacques, who is 69.
“The luck is for him,” Bruno Pollett explained, smiling at his father. “He will benefit.”
If nothing else, Adam offers visitors to the mall an unmissable landmark. Jack Kelly, a man in his 60s from West New York, N.J., said that he regularly met a friend at Time Warner Center. When they make their plan, do they say, “Meet me at the Botero”? No. Do they say, meet me beneath a certain part of the sculpture? Yes.
“We never get lost,” Mr. Kelly said.
from The New York Times
2,000 men took part in the study, conducted by weight-management specialists LighterLife, which indicated that 43% hadn’t seen their penis in the last two years, without the aid of a mirror or adjusting their body shape, while 16% couldn’t remember the last time they saw their own penis.
These figures suggest that, proportionally, 2.5 million British men are too fat to see their own penis.
The survey also discovered the reasons behind such poor health in some of the participants, with alcohol consumption proving a problem. 30% of the men admitted to drinking alcohol three times a week and one in ten stating they booze daily.
But what is even more worrying is the revelation that it would take drastic circumstances to make a lot of the men surveyed to do something about their weight.
Over half claimed that they would lose weight if they were constantly embarrassed about their appearance. Others said health risks, inability to perform in bed and man boobs would make them think twice about their lifestyle choices.
Mandy Cassidy, psychotherapist for Lighterlife says: ‘It’s apparent that some British men take a relaxed approach to health and to losing weight. Often, it’s only when something drastic happens, will they consider losing weight and becoming healthier, which is a real worry.’
‘The research reveals it is clearly not only women who worry about their appearance when it comes to extra weight. Men should be looking at maintaining a healthy lifestyle at all times not waiting for an obvious change to motivate them into action.’
TV doc, Dr David Bull, added: ‘A man who is not able to see his willy should think seriously about his health.’
‘He’s clearly on the brink of being or is already overweight. This simple check to see if your beer gut is a cause for concern, is something that men across the UK should be doing to ensure that a little bit of wobble doesn’t turn into a health issue.’
‘Not only is it not aesthetically pleasing, it could be damaging your long term health and survival.’
Some of the men questioned even claimed that they would resort to creative pubic shaving to make their genitals appear larger, while some admitted they would consider a penis pump before weight loss.
Figures show that there are over 15,000,000 obese people in the UK, with each individual costing the NHS more than £65,000 per year.
from Metro UK