This book will be the first collection that offers an overview and case studies around understandings and manifestations of penises and phalluses in the early twenty-first century. It examines how penises and phalluses are experienced and represented, drawing on examples from pornography, stripping, music video, film, surgery, and comedy. The penis—along with its twin the phallus—has been used to symbolise strength, fertility, and power but also bestiality, violence, and the ‘savage’. It has been worshipped, feared, and mocked. With contributing authors deploying conceptual frameworks based in philosophy, cultural studies, gender studies, affect theory, film theory, feminist theory, art theory, sociology, history, medical anthropology and media studies, this volume will appeal to a broad range of scholars and all who are interested in bodies, genitals, gender, and contemporary cultures.

chapter |6 pages


ByMeredith Jones, Evelyn Callahan

chapter 1|19 pages

The Phallus

Power and Vulnerability
ByDavid Kreps, Caroline Ruddell

chapter 2|22 pages

The Foetus Phallus Studio

ByAnna Gonzalez Suero

chapter 3|17 pages

Knowing, Visibility, and a Comedic Penis

ByAdam Eldridge

chapter 4|16 pages

‘The Easy Way Out'

Vasectomies in Sociopornographic Magazines
ByJonathan A. Allan

chapter 5|20 pages

Hung Jury

Queer Verdicts of Sex Reassignment Surgery Versus Trans Men's Surgical Journeys 1
ByTrystan T. Cotten

chapter 6|16 pages

The Penis in the Medical Imagination

ByEvelyn Callahan, David Griffiths

chapter 7|19 pages

Playing with Penises

Gigantic and Miniature Phallic Performances
ByMeredith Jones, Kieran Sellars

chapter 8|25 pages

‘I Do What I Know How to Do'

Performing the Penis in Key West 1
ByTim Dean