Male sexuality and the penis

Male sexuality has been seen as a negative thing, mostly by men inculcated with sexual shame and strident feminists with an axe to grind. But in its purest forms male sexuality is a wonderful force for good, a dynamic source of energy that can move mountains, and a healing energy that can unite the sexes.

Male sexuality and the penis

As a man, you may think that your penis governs your life. Whether you want to have casual sex with no personal interaction, to encounter deeper aspects of your own self in a spiritual union with another person, or to enjoy a permanent relationship with a soul mate, somewhere at the bottom of it all, your sexual drive is dictating what you do. If you want to know more about making love, check this out.

Owning a penis allows a man (and boy) to feel unique and special. Whether you see yours as a "wand of light" to bring sexual ecstasy to you and your partner, a weapon of anger, a fun toy, or a troublesome organ to be tolerated, the truth is that it will occupy much of your time as a man.

You can use it to provide temporary pleasure and relief from boredom, or as a means to increase your self-esteem and feeling of masculinity. You may have a sense of shame, disgust or regret about it, or you may see it with pride, pleasure and joy.

You may have to exercise it every day with many different partners to have any feeling of worth, or you may wish to reserve its pleasures for one special person.

You may see sex as totally penis-centered, or you may be a wiser lover who knows the value of the whole body as a sexual organ.

 If you measure your masculinity by your sexual performance, things like how big you are, how long you can keep it up for, how long you can keep going during sex, and how many partners you have notched in the bed posts, are likely to be important to you.

So which of these myriad of possibilities represents male sexuality? Well, the obvious answer, of course, is that they all do.

What I want to address here is the male tendency to want sex more often than a female partner. This is more commonly, but not always, a man's complaint, and when I hear it I always get the feeling that the person with the complaint believes that he or she is right and that his or her partner is wrong.

It would be easier if they asked me to let them change. After all, most people who eat more than their spouses don't complain to anyone about that; they just eat more and get on with life.

If you happen to have delayed ejaculation, it is possible to both understand the condition and find a cure for it without too much difficulty.

Even if it feels like a total mystery right now, the inability to ejaculate during sex is actually a very common condition - it seems to affect at least one man in twelve - and there is little or no mystery about why it happens and how it originates.

Many men find that they develop delayed ejaculation because of idiosyncratic masturbation patterns, while others find that this happens because they are some medication which affects their ejaculatory reflex.

The better you are as a lover, the more satisfied your partner  will be. And you can help her get that satisfaction by learning how to make love in a different way, using the coital alignment technique, which is explained here and discover how to give a woman orgasms during intercourse, for which she will thank you forever.


Richard was 46, a building contractor and active in the politics of his home city. He and Marie had been married 25 years, had five children and one grandchild.

"For most of our marriage I was of the opinion that our sex life was normal. (It was.) It began to dawn on us about five years ago, after I read some books and saw some porn on the internet, that the sex life that we were leading wasn't the beginning and end of it all. People were doing it in other ways. (What he's thinking is, "We weren't doing it right.")

"The problem has been one that's been rearing its head on a sort of weekly basis for the past couple of years. I've been getting uptight about the fact that I have to initiate sex. It's been a nighttime ritual. And what makes this worse is that my partner wants to capture my heart and make me love her for ever - but I am a bit short on dating advice for women at this time in my life!

The act is initiated in the bedroom and it's been without any great sexual eroticism, and in the recent months it's been over as far as I've been concerned in a matter of minutes. (Even though this way of making love has not worked, they continue to do it.)

"The fact that I love her so much and she arouses me so much is in fact causing me a problem, because there's been many a time I've been so overwhelmed by something she's said or done that I wanted to get it on, even in the middle of an afternoon, and she's told me, 'Don't be silly.' (Note: She's desirable, he's arousable.)

So I've done some pretty stupid things lately to try to wear off this sex drive. I've taken up sky diving. I took lessons and stayed with it until I hurt my leg and decided I'd give that up. I play a mean game of squash and I wore myself out.

There've been times when I've told her I was horny, and she's nicely told me it wasn't the time or place, and why didn't I take a cold bath. (He'll do nearly anything to accommodate her in the postponement of sex. He may also wish to accommodate her in sexual ways as well - ways he merely hasn't thought of yet.) One can take only so many cold baths. (And cold shoulders.) So I masturbated, more often than I've had sexual intercourse. (And probably did it with some degree of shame and without productive fantasies.)

I learned my basic sex knowledge in my teens from the boys at school because I attended an all-boys' school. I really came into contact with girls the first time when I was about fifteen or sixteen, when I dated the girl who lived next door.

Nothing sexually happened between us except that I became very aroused after being with her, went home, took a bath, and masturbated. That was my sex life. (He learned that particular pattern before meeting his wife.)

I met my wife when I was about eighteen, and after a year of going with her, she allowed me to fondle her breasts. Another year, I think, passed before we petted heavily enough for ejaculation to take place. Fear, however, of pregnancy precluded intercourse until we became engaged, when I was twenty and she was nineteen. (No mention of her orgasms.)

We married shortly after my twenty-first birthday, and still no one discussed sex with us. It was considered that we'd learn it as we went along. I think it must have been the seventh or eighth year of marriage before my wife indicated that she would get some pleasure if I manually touched her clitoris.

Oral sex was something I not only never heard of, but certainly never even considered as being something to even try. We only in the last five years experimented with other than what I call the standard positions, that is, man on top." Richard's fantasy was predictably linked to his goal (his purposefulness), even though he said fantasy was "rather difficult. . . because this is not a thing I've been into at all."

"I would like to be able to find my wife with the soft music bit and the candlelight. You know, exotic nightdress, revealing, ready to 'attack' me as I walk in. (How about enjoy?)

That's the way I see a fantasy. I don't believe that our marriage can continue at its present level with me knowing that while she loves me, I want sex more often. Indeed, there is nothing there sexually."

So I suggested that he and his wife listen to a tape on sexual satisfaction, or sexual responsiveness. It goes as follows:

The whole subject of sex is surrounded by discomfort, embarrassment, misinformation, and, unfortunately, a lot of unhappiness.

I think that people in relationship, at the very least, should enjoy sex. Editor's note: How true! Of course they should and if you want some support in achieving this worthwhile objective, check out - an amazing site all about love and connection.

Since sexual satisfaction means enjoying that which you're doing in bed, it doesn't matter really to anybody other than you and your partner what it is you do.

There is nothing wrong with sexual activity, providing the two people concerned have mutual respect and understanding for each other.

There are certain aspects of sexual activity that might turn your partner on and you off, and vice versa. You can only find out about these by talking about them.

Everyone doesn't have to have an orgasm, either at the same moment or right after one another.

You know that's one of the many prevailing myths, just like the myth that only sexual intercourse leads to normal sexual gratification.

Still another myth says people must know how to have an orgasm during sex at the same time.

Couples don't have to have orgasm at the same time. Couples should be sexually satisfied. But on a Thursday evening it might be her occasion because she feels most like it. On a Monday night, it might be geared for your satisfaction because you feel most like it.

You don't have to have an erection in order to gratify your partner. You don't have to roll over and go to sleep right after you've ejaculated, or come.

Indeed, you don't have to ejaculate at all - though in cases of difficulty with ejaculation, getting treatment is better because otherwise the man's inability to ejaculate can lead to sexual friction.

You are the expert when it comes to teaching your partner how to please you and bring you to the heights of sexual pleasure - and she is the expert in teaching you to bring her to orgasm.

Not marriage manuals. Only you two are the experts, because only you two know what it is you like and what it is you don't like.

But don't magically think that your partner knows. And your partner can't and shouldn't magically think that you know what it is she likes, unless that's what you talk about.

You see, we've grown up with this nonverbal thing about sex. Many people don't talk when they have sex.

I don't know why, except they haven't learned to. But how else can people convey likes and dislikes except verbally or except with certain new signals? This doesn't mean you have to talk exactly at the moment when you're involved with sexual activity.

You can talk about what happened moments later, or in an hour; it really might be your style to moan and groan and sigh and be happy and not talk. That's all right.

You don't have to. But you do have to communicate. You do have to develop signals. And when something happens that you don't like, say you don't like it.

Men and women have years of self-stimulation and self-satisfaction. Men masturbate (with a much greater frequency, by the way, than do women) and women masturbate too.

That word "masturbation" seems to carry with it some discomforting connotations. Self-pleasuring may be a better phrase.

Self-pleasuring implies producing sufficient stimuli to your body to produce sexual satisfaction, often in the form of an orgasm.

If two people are together and lovingly caress, touch, kiss, that is sex. If a man ejaculates or a woman has an orgasm at a time when such caressing is going on, even before a penis has been inserted in a vagina, that's sexual satisfaction.

Funny words or phrases like foreplay exist, as though foreplay is something you do before you do sex! But foreplay is also sex. Any sexual activity or behavior is sex, including touching and warmth and affection and stroking and caressing. Sex is everything that  two people, as people, enjoy.

Oral-genital sex, a woman kissing a man's penis or a man kissing a woman's clitoris and vulva - are forms of sexual satisfaction that are very common.


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