Me & My Penis : On Monday night eight erect penises were broadcasted on Channel 4, the first time an erection has been shown on UK TV. The programme saw a series of men discussing their relationships with their penises and other issues while posing in front of a photographer for nude portraits by ‘Ajamu X” a British artist and fine art photographer whose radical, pioneering portraits of the male body have pushed boundaries and provoked cultural debate. The British Press have a had a field day. Below a review of the reviews
Review Me and My Penis From Bob
I am very moved and quite emotional about this beautiful film full of suffering, grief, honesty and triumph. Stories of pain intersecting with race and religion, culture, but with the cardinal “commonality” we have as a diverse set of men. I would have to say I am sad to hear the personal stories on this film. I am made humble by their honesty. We are strong as men and yet – oh, how so vulnerable… the film is a catalogue of shared experience we can all relate to in some way. They are my brothers. But dude… none of us would ever transgress the code of manhood to openly show that “pussy” compassion to each other – not out of cruelty to each other, but out of respect to honouring their manhood… To all those feeling pain, know that while some seem to laugh and joke and tease, they are misguided and probably labouring under their own affliction of insecurity. That does not excuse cruelty. But, on some level, men are not critical but, as I get older, I see that on the contrary, we are increasingly accepting of each other …. we want to embrace them as brothers. If I could tell my younger brothers what to chillax about – it would be that we eventually grow up and accept each other. I was moved by the bloke who was teased at school who spoke of the irony of the boy teasing him on the bus who had literally cumm in his mouth just hours beforehand…. oh fuck. What betrayal;. But also, what hope.. The bloke who lost his nuts – with the name “bellringer”. The Gay Muslim lad whose mother gave him a book that said wanking would send him to hell. The public school boy raped by the teachers. Wow. I wish I could express my thanks to Ajamu. But the final message is interesting. Yes. The appreciation of the “dick”. Yes, yes and agree yes. (well let me assure you that I have always celebrated mine)….. but that comfort in our skin as men who “are” and men who are at peace with who we “are”…..golly. I hope that is the case and wonder why our society has made us feel so insecure. Fuck them all who call shame on the penis. Honi soit qui mal y pense (shame on them who think bad of it). Dick is ours and the experience of having Dick is what we share in common with each other.. this film celebrates the commonality of that shared experience – Dick makes life, and Dick makes us men.
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