soft/hard

(Only a bit about language. High sexuality content.)

I’ve posted earlier, on AZBlogX, about pairings of photos of men clothed vs. unclothed: contrasts that provoke thought about clothing and the body (and about the way people hold themselves when they are clothed vs. when they are naked). I’ve also posted, several times, on penis size, most recently here (with a follow-up here); the first of these includes factual material about penis size, along with comments on the size obsession of gay male porn (and the second has comments about the vocabulary of penis size).

Now, thanks to a link by Jodie Lane on Facebook, another set of contrasts, on the site Flaccid – Erect Gallery, which pairs photos of soft and hard dicks:

In the pages of this gallery we display photos in pairs that show the penis while it is flaccid (soft) and while it is erect (hard). A number of visitors have asked for this comparison. Some have written that they are more satisfied with the appearance of their erect length than with their flaccid appearance. One visitor said that, when soft, his penis just shrinks down to a very disappointing size.

Well, let’s talk about the relationship of flaccid to erect size! First, you should know flaccid size probably has even greater variation than erect size!

The material is submitted by readers, with comments from the submitters and comments (encouraging, thoughtful, and gentle) from the webmaster. Two illustrations on AZBlogX: one from a man on the small side (soft just over 1 in., hard just under 4 in.), one from a man on the large side (soft 6.5 in., hard 9 in.). The webmaster about himself:

I started doing this work when I began to experience erectile dysfunction in 1993. (I’m age 66 now.) I’m a retired university professor and had always done research in another field — so I just applied my experience to the field of penile erections. I had also done artistic nudes as a hobby for quite a few years, and I knew many men did not mind posing with an erection. So I gathered photo data, something that no other serious academic had thought to do, as far as I can tell. The text and tables of my research are published on another site.

If it does nothing else, the site should provide comfort to men who are anxious about their dicks.

In the midst of this material came submissions from men with what look like pimples on their dickheads. Amazingly, I don’t recall having come across this phenomenon, though it’s apparently pretty common; one illustration on AZBlogX.

These are the alliteratively named pearly penile papules. A papule is a ‘small, raised solid pimple or swelling’ (NOAD2). Papules on the penis are penile papules. And ones that look like little pearls are pearly penile papules. There are less playful names:

Hirsuties coronae glandis (also known as “hirsutoid papillomas,” and “pearly penile papules”) are small saliences on the ridge of the glans of the male genital organs. It is a harmless anatomical variation. They are found significantly more often on uncircumcised men and younger men

The papules appear as one or several rows of small, pearly or flesh-colored, smooth, dome-topped bumps situated circumferentially around the corona … or sulcus of the glans penis. They range in size from less than 1 mm to 3 mm. They are common and estimated to be present in a quarter of adult men. These bumps are not transmitted through sexual activity and are not a sexually transmitted infection (STI). (link)

They can apparently be (painlessly) vaporized by CO2 laser treatment. But many men report that they disappear spontaneously with aging. Their cause seems to be unknown.

One Response to “soft/hard”

  1. penisart4u Says:

    I am a “shower” where I can get to full length and still appear flaccid which can give the illusion that I would be even bigger when fully erect. It porduces a favorable hanging or dangling effect. Because my penis becomes more girthy but not longer, it can look smaller when erect. Fascinating how we are created differently.

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