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My Visit to the Icelandic Phallological Museum

I first heard about The Icelandic Phallological Museum when I was an undergrad student taking my first Human Sexuality classes and discovering the big-wide-world of people who study sex. I was somewhere on the internet, reading a top-ten list of weird sex places and lo and behold – a penis museum, in ICELAND. Needless to say, this shot to the top of my bucket list faster than you can say “baculum.”
Just last week, during a complimentary Icelandic Air stopover on my way from London to New York, I got to check this one off the list. Immediately after dropping off my bags, I headed straight to the museum like the die-hard sex geek that I am. Coincidentally, the Airbnb accommodation I’d booked was just a few blocks from the shrine to all things penile. Continue Reading →

Genitals in the Wild: Man-made Nature

Earlier this year I found myself disc golfing on one of the most beautiful and popular courses in the nation. The Flip City disc golf course on the western coast of Michigan has rolling hills and beautifully trimmed fairways lined with cairns. For those not in the know, a cairn is a pile of rocks that is so stacked to be unnatural and artistic. While I was accustomed to surprise artistic structures on this course (there’s a mosaic made of beer bottlecaps, and a bottle-festooned tree), for some reason I was unprepared for the sight that awaited me on the 18th hole. It made for a fun last hole. Continue Reading →

Genitals In The Wild: Penis Fence

Ah, the penis fence. Someone snuck me into their workplace so I could observe it in its natural habitat. I especially like how the shadow of the penis fence doubles the image. I could imagine sipping coffee on that deck, lazily watching the penis fence’s shadow extend with the sun’s passage. Also, I just like typing penis fence. Continue Reading →

Genitals in the Wild: The Washington Monument Edition

While eating dinner with a few friends at Scholars Inn, a friend was flipping through the photos on his phone and came across one he’d taken on a recent trip to Washington DC. As he put it, he didn’t mean for this image of the Washington Monument to turn out as phallic as it did, but his finger happened to get in the way thus making the Monument and little more penis-like and his finger a little scrotum-like. Naturally I was thrilled that he was willing to share his photo for our MSP Genitals in the Wild series. (Thanks, B!)

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James Deen: The Boy-Next-Door Of Porn

I recently had the pleasure of reading a rather intriguing feature on male porn star, James Deen. And honestly, I liked the text so much that I literally felt obligated to share it here on MSP. So who exactly is James Deen? Well according to the feature, James Deen “is 5’8″ and 150 pounds. He has wavy brown hair, bright blue eyes, and day-old stubble. He tweets about bacon, hot girls, and his difficulty finding time to shower. Continue Reading →

Genitals In The Wild: Phallic Putt-Putt

The other night my boyfriend and I had some to kill some time, so we decided to head to the local putt-putt course to play a round and hit some balls from their driving range. We get to the fifth hole and as I look around me, I realize that ALL of these hole are constructed in a phallic-manner (in other words, they ALL looked like penises). I point this out to Andy and for the rest of the game, we can’t take anything seriously (which is a bit problematic considering there are families all around playing putt-putt). So I tried to play it cool and snap some photos of the greens; I even labeled where the head/base of the member should be in the photo (as if that wasn’t already clear) - enjoy!  

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Circumcision: To Snip, Or Not To Snip?

The question many parents ask themselves when they realize they’re having a baby boy: to cut, or not to cut, that is the question. [Well – maybe they don't ask it in Shakespeare-dialect, but you get the picture.]

Yet findings from a recent study may help in swaying some decisions. I recently read an article that was drawing a parallel between circumcision and a lower incidence of penile cancer. Research from the University of Sydney in Australia claims that penile cancer is higher in countries in which circumcision isn’t regularly practiced; and this could be due to the tightness of the foreskin, making it difficult to clean, thus resulting in inflammation (a common cause of penile cancer). According to the piece, another factor attributed to the link between cancer and uncircumcised men is the prevalence of HPV (which has been linked to about half of the uncommonly diagnosed penile cancer). Continue Reading →

Genitals In The Wild: Phallic Lighting

A friend of mine recently turned to me and said “What do you think of the lightsabers?” I had no idea what he was talking about so he took me to see the new lighting that The University of Chicago recently put in. My first reaction was, as expected “Wow, those do look like giant lightsabers” and my second was “Why in the world did the university decide that we needed a whole bunch of really phallic looking lighting?” See more Genitals in the Wild photos. Have you spotted genitals in the wild? Continue Reading →