By Thomas Hickman
The tale of the penis -- a super historical past of the male member that tells you every thing you desired to understand yet have been too shy to invite.
Throughout historical past guy has respected his penis as his 'most helpful ornament'. but, ambivalently, his penis has continually been the resource of man's private neuroses too. Do girls locate it, within the erect country, inherently ridiculous? Why cannot a guy determine his penis will stand and convey while he instructions? If and while it steadfastly refuses, what can he do to treatment the placement?
And then, in fact, there is the problem of size...
To own a penis, Sophocles acknowledged, is to be 'chained to a madman'. God's Doodle examines the schizophrenic dating among guy and this madman -- and the joint dating this peculiar couple has with the feminine intercourse. God's Doodle is the story of the penis and the ups and downs of heritage -- the macabre and the bloodcurdling, the humorous and the sorrowful, distilled from delusion, global cultures, faith, literature, technology, drugs and modern existence -- all advised with mordant wit.
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Additional resources for God's Doodle: The Life and Times of the Penis
According to the Brihat Samhita, the man who has perfectly matched testicles will be a king. The compensation for men with mismatched testicles is that they will be fond of sex. The question for non-Tibetan and non-Hindu males who have mismatched testicles and a fondness for sex, is why they think there might be something in phallomancy on the basis of the last reading, yet dismiss the rest as Eastern nonsense. Matters of size How big is big? How small is small? What is average? Where do you fit in?
Yet it appears that whereas for centuries this has played out as meaning ‘big’, among the Ancient Greeks the reverse was the case. Penile taste in Athens ran to the small and taut (in the plays of Aristophanes, diminutives such as posthion, little prick, were terms of endearment) with big penises considered coarse and ugly and only possessed (the Athenians said) by barbarians and, in their own mythology, satyrs, which were comic in a slapstick way, though we derive our more subtle ‘satire’ from the word.
In the decades since his death, Kinsey’s institute has continued to amass and correlate penile information extrapolated from many sources, including other research in which it engages (most recently the psycho-physiological sexual response in men) and the work of urologists involved in the relatively new area of augmentation phalloplasty (see Part 3, ‘Desperately seeking solutions’). It has backed away from the question of ethnicity. The institute website, sensibly one might think, does not give a single figure for the average worldwide erection, preferring to declare that this is between 5 and 7 inches, with a circumference of 4 to 6 inches – the founding father’s findings have not been invalidated by black highs and Asian lows.