In what I’m prepared to call a victory for body diversity, a gentleman Reddit user has posted a photo of his genitals, which due to a rare medical condition include two fully formed penises. His AMA is an awesome example of body confidence when you’re born with something that marks you as different, and shows a great deal about male body image on the whole (that AMA link is worksafe–this graphic photo is obviously not).
The man remained anonymous and went by “DoubleDickDude,” and I’ll now refer to him as DDD. He claims to have born with a condition called “diphallia,” which means being born with two fully-functioning and independent penises.
DDD’s Reddit AMA also provided a fascinating look into raising children with physical differences, and it’s clear that DDD was raised with the knowledge that he was different, but that it didn’t matter. When asked how doctors reacted to his genitals, DDD wrote:
Yeah, one grabbed like five others in the building. That was the last time my mom let anyone examine me for any reason besides personal check-ups. She said “my son is not a freak show” and slapped one of them.
That’s a pretty understandable use of violence, right?
This is a pretty intriguing look at male body image, and how much emphasis is put on penises in general. The obsession with penis size seems to be deeply engrained, and is mostly based on porn and other misinformation. It’s hard to say if women have an equivalent body part that carries the bulk of their self esteem, since generally women’s entire bodies are the subject of scrutiny. DDD’s experience is almost cartoonish–instead of one dick to draw self esteem from, he got two. It perfectly straddles the line of voyeuristic curiosity and hitting the self esteem jack pot. He seems completely at peace with himself (Q: “What is the best thing about having two penises?” A: “having two cocks”), is in a relationship, and says he would never surgically alter his penises. Way to go, DoubleDickDude.