An encouraging sign, perhaps: More penises are appearing on TV and in film – but why are nearly all of them prosthetic?
Sadly, humans of all sexual orientations seem obsessed with penises, albeit in a variety of different ways. Religious moralists demand that penises (at least those of non-infant males) must be considered “private” and never seen in public. Some gay males can’t seem to see enough of them. Women are divided between feeling revulsion and fascination with them. Clueless men delight in sending dick pics to any woman they (foolishly) think might want them. Penises figure in a seemingly endless stream of puerile humor.
Notably, it’s ridiculously believed that seeing certain adult body parts, especially penises, is traumatic to children. The truth is that if children are disturbed by what they see, it’s because they pick up strong negative reactions from the older people around them.
All this is understandable, since sexuality is such a concern of typical humans. But it’s also just plain stupid and unhealthy. A penis is a completely ordinary body part, with essential functions. There’s no good reason for considering a bare penis to be “offensive” or needing to be covered at most times. Barring accidents or birth defects, all male humans have penises and in many contexts shouldn’t be required to conceal them.
Sure, even bare feet may raise eyebrows or face disapproval in various contexts – although without good reason and considerably less so for women than men. (Women often take pride in having “pretty” feet.) Usually, however, bare feet shouldn’t present any problem to observers. The same ought to be true of bare penises – or any other body parts.
Interestingly, attitudes towards seeing penises change in human societies all the time. A few decades ago, most men were accustomed to seeing exposed penises in public restrooms, gym dressing rooms and showers, and (male-only) swimming pools. But now that’s mostly forgotten. “Mainstream” online social networking sites, at the behest of advertisers, will go so far as to punish or expel users who dare to post images containing penises.
On the other hand, confusingly, as the article observes, exposed penises – even fakes – are becoming respectable in mainstream movies and TV. The same has happened with bare butts. They’re now very commonly accepted in popular print and online media, though even a few years ago blurring or pixelation was considered mandatory.
This is all just plain stupid. In most societies, opinions of when and where certain body parts are OK to be exposed fluctuate constantly. In some extreme societies, hardly any area of bare skin (of women) is allowed to be exposed. Naturists are only being sensible to recognize this nonsense for what it is.
Male and female naturists, alike, are entirely comfortable seeing any body parts, penises in particular, anytime. Seeing innocently exposed male or female parts just isn’t upsetting, disorienting, or a problem at all. Every human body part should be appreciated for its normal and essential function and never be a cause of shame or embarrassment. Unfortunately, as long as the vast majority in most societies can’t be that rational, naturism and social nudity unfairly have to struggle for acceptance.