Me and my penis airs on Channel 4 tonight (August 31) and will show footage of eight erections in a bid to break the taboo surrounding the male sexual organ.
The show will feature a number of interviews with men discussing their issues, from a former police officer who can’t drive a car without being aroused to a trans man who talks about his fear of female puberty.
One of the men involved in the program is a former soldier who lost his legs and suffered serious genital injuries during mine clearance in Afghanistan.
He said, “Strangely, when I was told that I had lost my testicles, I just, metaphorically, shrug my shoulders. I couldn’t cry right away, but later I did. Sometimes I was in a horny mood and had nothing. could do about it. ”
The series is directed by artist Ajamu, who took intimate photos of the men involved in the documentary.
Speaking to The Guardian, he said it was time for men to talk about their experiences and we need to be less embarrassed by our genitals.
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He told the publication: “It’s rare in the mainstream to hear men talk about their bodies and what it means to be a man.
“It is also rare to see penises on television. We are uncomfortable in this country talking about the pleasure of the body. We still live in an erotophobic culture. Other cultures, in Asia and parts of Africa, have celebrated the penis historically, but there is something about this country that is still a bit behind. ”
A Channel 4 “source” reportedly told The Sun that while it is against the rules to show a horny penis on television, Me and my penis gets around it because of artistic intent.
They said: “This breaks one of the last no-go areas on terrestrial television, as regulations prohibit the presentation of an erect penis in a sexual context.
“But since these horny private parts are shown in an entirely artistic context, filming them is no exception. “
It is also hoped that with the world now a more “open-minded” place, Channel 4 will receive fewer complaints than in the past, according to the source.
Me and my penis will air on Channel 4 at 10 p.m. tonight.