Penises, poppers, and piercings, oh my!

Yes, a posting about men’s bodies and gay sex, but without pictures (those are on AZBlogX, in a posting entitled “The news for penises, Thanksgiving edition”). Still, not for the kiddies or the sexually modest.

Photo #2 on AZBlogX shows a guy with a huge hard-on, an industrial-strength metal cock ring, and some kind of penile piercing — improving the experience even more by inhaling poppers. Popper Man is a compendium of clichés of sex in the gay male world. (Cock rings, poppers, and piercings are of course not restricted to gay men, but they are especially prevalent in the gay world and are stereotypical there.)

(For the record, I’ve used cock rings, but not poppers, and I have no piercings, and no tattoos either.)

On cock rings, see my 1/30/12 posting “erection enhancer”. Here I’m focusing on poppers and piercings.

Poppers. From a 9/13/12 posting, in a section on alkyl nitrites, taken from Wikipedia:

[They] are often inhaled with the goal of enhancing sexual pleasure. These products have also been part of the club culture from the 1970s disco scene to the 1980s and 1990s rave scene. Poppers have a long history of use due to the rush of warm sensations and dizziness experienced when the vapours are inhaled.

Alkyl nitrites are vasodilators (dilating the blood vessels), causing an immediate drop in blood pressure, resulting in those sensations of warm dizziness.

Piercings. Besides ears, quite a few body parts can be pierced:  lips, noses, tongues, cheeks, eyebrows, nipples, pectoral muscles, navels, and of course genitals. Nice example of a pectoral piercing in a 5/23/14 posting.

(The aptly named character Pierce in the comic strip Zits has multiple piercings, which are the vehicle for sweet humor: people hang things on his piercings, and so on.)

Male genital piercings come in many forms, From the Piercing Bible site on male genital piercings, a list:

Prince Albert,
 dolphin piercing, ampallang piercing,
 Apadravya piercing, frenum piercing,
 Lorum piercing, scrotum/Hafada piercing, dydoe piercing,
 guiche piercing, 
pubic piercing

None of these matches what you can see in photo #2 in my AZBlogX posting, where the jewelry is black (rather than the usual silvery color of stainless steel or titanium piercings). The piercing appears to be at the corona (aka rim) of the glans penis.

On to the Prince Albert, illustrated in close-up in #3 on AZBlogX, with a metal barbell as the jewelry. From Wikipedia:

The Prince Albert (PA) is one of the more common male genital piercings. The PA is “a ring-style piercing that extends along the underside of the glans from the urethral opening to where the glans meets the shaft of the penis.” The related “reverse Prince Albert piercing” enters through the urethra and exits through a hole pierced in the top of the glans.

… The origin of this piercing is unknown. Many theories suggest that the piercing was used to secure the penis in some manner, rather than having a sexual or cultural purpose.

In modern times, the Prince Albert piercing was popularized by Jim Ward in the early 1970s. In West Hollywood, Ward met Richard Simonton (aka Doug Malloy) and Fakir Musafar. Together, these men further developed the Prince Albert piercing. Malloy published a pamphlet in which he concocted fanciful histories of genital piercings in particular. These apocryphal tales — which included the notion that Albert, the Prince Consort invented the piercing that shares his name in order to tame the appearance of his large penis in tight trousers — are widely circulated as urban legend. No historical proof of their veracity has been located independent of Malloy’s assertions.

Like many other male genital piercings, it had a history of practice in gay male subculture in the twentieth century. It became more prominently known when body piercing expanded in the late 1970s and was gradually embraced by popular culture.



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