Dick Pic Parody Commercial and Why Men Send Dick Pics

| October 30, 2014 | 3 Comments

What’s Up With The Dick Pic

Felicity Discusses The Dick Pic Phenomenon

Dick Pics – Comedian Phoebe Robinson produced a dick pic parody commercial, and it’s perfection! The premise is that Sears now offers “dick photography”—professional photo shoots to create your dick pic. As a bonus, you can even have your penis reenact scenes from movies like Of Mice and Men.

The video ends with the salesman saying, “So call now, make an appointment and get the pictures your dick, and the women you barely know, deserve.”

With the rise of the Internet, has come the rise of the dick pic (no pun intended). While I’m sure men have long enjoyed creating penis selfie artwork, these days it’s never been easier to take and share dick pics with anyone.

There is really nothing wrong with penis pictures in and of themselves. Sending one can be a healthy form of sexual expression and I don’t think a close-up photo of a penis is obscene. Perhaps nothing demonstrates this better than a Tumblr blog I found called “Critique My Dick Pic.” (http://critiquemydickpic.tumblr.com/)

The young woman that created Critique My Dick Pic, invites people to send in their dick pics for her to grade. She’s not critiquing the actual penis, though. She assesses the artistic merits of the photo – the angle, lighting, originality, background, etc.

It’s totally weird, but kind of great. I’m all for helping men take better dick pics because most of the ones I get are really bad, artistically speaking.

She’s also very body-positive about it (“no size shaming”) and tries to make it diverse with people of color and trans* folk.

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In an interview on salon.com, the creator is asked about the worst dick pic she’s ever personally gotten. She responds:

“Every dick pic I’ve ever had thrust at me unsolicited is the worst dick pic I’ve ever gotten. It’s f*cking obnoxious, and some guys do it all the time. I don’t care how marvelous your dick is, dude, if I haven’t consented to see it I will be nothing but unimpressed.”

And so we reach the problem with the dick pic — it’s often an unsolicited photo sent to strangers. As a non-consensual act, this form of sexual harassment and male aggression has become a widespread phenomenon. Through social networks, dating websites and certain mobile apps, we have learned just how common it is for men to engage in this type of lewd behavior.

I’ve received such photos on Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr. I really wish I could un-see some of them (I won’t go into detail, but some were more than just an erect penis.). Jordan has also received them on Facebook so I know this happens to men, too. But based on the amount of sexual harassment women deal with online, I’m willing to bet this happens to women more than men.

A new Pew Research study of online harassment found that women are disproportionately affected by online sexual harassment – 25% of young women ages 18-24 reported experiencing it.

What is the driving force behind the dick pic phenomenon?

The online sex research compiled by Ogi Ogas and Sai Gaddam in the book, A Billion Wicked Thoughts, may shed some light on this common male behavior.

As we mentioned in our article on penises, they found that when it comes to online porn, men seek out images of penises almost as much as vulvas. This is regardless of sexual orientation. So if penises are just as much of a sexual cue as vulvas, it would make sense for men to want to photograph, look at, and share their own “equipment”.

In this salon.com article (http://www.salon.com/2011/06/02/crotch_shot/), Ogas is quoted saying:

“Men who send off penis pictures probably aren’t thinking at all, they’re responding to an unconscious, evolutionary urge likely inherited from our primate ancestors: male monkeys and apes routinely display their penis (usually erect) to females to indicate sexual interest.”

So in evolutionary terms, the dick pic men are essentially acting like monkeys.

Others theorize that men send dick pics because they mistakenly think women share the same visual cues as them. So if men are turned on by genitalia, they think women must want to see theirs, too. And why hit on her with words when you can just send a dick pic?

In reality it seems many women are disgusted, amused or bored (if the sender is non-threatening) upon seeing a random penis picture. Are there women who enjoy dick pics? Sure, absolutely. But I’m still going to go with the idea that men mostly send dick pics for their own satisfaction and enjoyment and not with a woman’s sexual desires in mind (unless the woman has actually asked for them).

It should be noted that sending penis photos is absolutely not a nudist pastime. Anyone sending them is acting out of a sexual or exhibitionist impulse, not because they’re a nudist (or claim to be).

Naturism seems to attract exhibitionists, but a distinction must be drawn between the two. Exhibitionists expose themselves to other people for their own sexual gratification. Naturism is about nonsexual social nudity. Anyone who forces their dick pics or nude photos on others, is not welcome at YNA or in nudist settings.

What I hope we’ve learned here is that there is nothing wrong with sending pictures of your genitals to consenting individuals. This can be a healthy form of sexual expression or as demonstrated by the blog, artistic self-expression. Unsolicited dick pics, however, are most unwelcome and constitute harassment. Perhaps society will evolve to the point where the penis won’t be so taboo, and people can learn to only share dick pics in a healthy, consensual way.

We’re not monkeys, after all.

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