The World’s Most Phallic Building – In My Backyard!

Marveling at the beauty of Kate’s vulva tree post, my Special Lady Friend thought I should share one of my favorite genitalia-flavored (yum?) landmarks.  Driving from Ann Arbor to neighboring Ypsilanti (home of Eastern Michigan University, a great teen health clinic, and one of the only beer gardens in the area), you encounter this majestic sight:

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Voted “Most Phallic Building in the World” in 2003, the Ypsilanti water tower stands tall and proud, bisecting the highway in an almost-uncomfortable way.  It was erected (get it?) in 1890, and the penis jokes haven’t stopped since then.

I find it fascinating that we can find many examples of vulvas in nature and yet almost all of our phallus examples are man-made (gendered term used ironically.)  What do you think of this phenomenon?  Feel free to link to plants shaped like phalli.

Also, for those who were curious about which one of my accomplishments in my introductory post was a lie, I wanted to come clean:  I have sadly never made a sex education video using actual genitalia.  Although I think it’s an interesting idea.

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About Craig VanKempen

Craig VanKempen

Craig VanKempen, LLMSW/MPH, is a sex educator and therapist practicing in the Detroit/Ann Arbor area. His professional interests include HIV, polyamory, compulsive sexual behavior, religion and sexuality, and GLBT issues.