Dick Pics: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

I have been thinking about dick pics ever since I read an article in WIRED. Titled WIRED Takes a Good Hard Look at Dick Pics, it is, largely, about the psychology of senders of such imagery, both solicited and unsolicited. The piece also uncovers some interesting ideas about sex, sexuality and body image at the same time and points out that we live in a time when all of these things in our society are changing fast. A recent survey of adults in the USA said that 88% engaged in sexting and 96% endorsed it.

In spite of how common it is, we still tend to talk about it publicly with more than a hint of same. And, research (what little there is on this topic) has shown large differences between attitudes about dick pics and female equivalent, which does not even have a commonly accepted name, though some good ones, including "twat shot," "snatch snap" and "slit pic" have all been thrown around a bit. Ideas about dick pics are skewed by our attitudes about both male and female sexuality. We expect women, for example, to be prudish about sex. Many people find the notion, therefore, that women would be turned on by looking at male genitalia, unthinkable, or that there would be something wrong with women who are. These attitudes naturally change the way people report their experiences with sending and receiving photographed naughty bits.

According to the WIRED story, only about 6% of dick pic senders are engaging in deliberately offensive activity. Even among the senders of unsolicited dick pics, only a small percentage are malicious. Sometimes signals get crossed. Sometimes guys think that because they would like receiving similar content that others must like it, too. In spite of this, we have wasted a lot of time worrying about the small percentage of unrequested naked parts being sent. To quote WIRED:

Waling hopes the conversation catches up with what, for many, is the reality of dick pics today: that they are expressions of horniness and intimacy, a chance to engage with the male body as erotic rather than threatening. She thinks dick pic acceptance might even help put an end to that eternal measuring contest and other anxieties men have about their bodies. As scientists build a more nuanced picture of nude-sharing psychology, they hope culture will embrace dick pic pluralism too.

Tell us what you think. And, naturally, feel free to share your favorite pictures in the Back Door section of this website.

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