Mobile nav search icon Mobile nav toggle icon Mobile nav close icon
Penis Gallery

No giggling at the back

The Penis Gallery

Masculinity

Have a look at our penis gallery - obviously this features lots of photos of penises, so be warned, but our intention is to celebrate difference and to challenge what is perceived as 'normal', all in the name of better mental health

It had been dubbed ‘The Night of a Thousand Cocks’, and while there may not have been quite so many as that, The Penis Gallery remained an event which felt ground-breaking in discussing the taboo of penis anxiety in such a forum. We asked real men to share photos of their penises, in artful black and white (it was an exhibition after all), with all shapes and sizes welcomed, in the understanding that this was about giving people chance to see lots of different ways penises can be, and why societal expectations are misleading and often harmful. We wanted to get real, to educate, and to encourage body positivity.

Penis anxiety

Related Article

The idea behind the gallery, which took place at The Book Club in Shoreditch, was to show images of penises in their relaxed states to show the variety of shape, size, and all the individual quirks which makes them all unique, and all valid. In a society steeped in free online porn, the ideas of what a penis should look like are dangerously out of whack – sexual dysfunction is massively on the rise amongst young men, as anxiety about performance and size is fuelled by this illusory world. In the spirit of our Festival of New Masculinity, we wanted to support men by getting real, and embracing difference – we want men to improve their mental health by not worrying about their bodies, but celebrating them, no matter what they look like.

As part of the event photographer and storyteller Laura Dodsworth presented some of the work from her Bare Reality series of books, which includes ‘Manhood’, for which she photographer 100 penises and spoke to the men about their relationships with them.

She told us that many felt their penises where the very essences of them, so that if they felt like they were too small down there, then they felt like less of a man. Even men with larger penises were conflicted, Laura read quotes from one man who said he used his penis “as a shield” to everything else and had developed self-esteem issues. The message of learning to love who we are, and feeling that we are enough, came through loud and clear.

Laura was then joined onstage by Anouszka Tate, Ant Smith and Dr Chloe Paidoussis-Mitchell for a panel discussion about the issue. In a wide ranging discussion, which took in questions from the audience, there were issues dealt with on boyhood trauma, the role partners can play in making people feel more comfortable about themselves, and sex education in schools vs sex education in the family home and communities.

Ant, author of the Small Penis Bible, felt the need to change the language around penises, where size always matters, while Chloe felt part of the danger in all this is that men often bottle up their trauma and not ever talk through their issues. Anouszka, whose podcast Project Pleasure is one of the best out there, talked about the benefits of growing up in a body positive household, why unsolicited dick pics are never welcome, and why not all porn is bad porn: “you must pay for your porn!”

Here are some images from gallery:

Related Article

Related Article

Related Article

Related Article

Related Article

Related Article

Read next

Boys are in favour of gender fluidity...

Masculinity 1 week ago

Read next

King Charles’ emotional, vulnerabl...

Masculinity 2 months ago

Related articles


Masculinity

Boys are in favour of gender fluidity…but ar...

The Book Of Man

1 week ago

Masculinity

Soma Sara – an interview with the founder of...

Martin Robinson

1 month ago

Masculinity

Toby Gutteridge: ‘Never Will I Die’

Martin Robinson

1 month ago

Masculinity

From a rainy London day…to the floods of Pak...

The Book Of Man

1 month ago

Masculinity

King Charles’ emotional, vulnerable first sp...

The Book Of Man

2 months ago

Masculinity

How to sleep in a heatwave

Martin Robinson

4 months ago

Masculinity

Celebrate Your Softness

Martin Robinson

5 months ago

Masculinity

Will SmithWhat does it mean if we applaud Will Smith’s...

Martin Robinson

8 months ago

Masculinity

‘The straitjacket of masculinity’ R...

The Book Of Man

8 months ago

Masculinity

‘Have A Word’ to help end violence aga...

Martin Robinson

8 months ago