Unprivate Parts — Study Asks Why Men Send Penis Pics

Sunday September 29, 2019

Why do men send unsolicited dick pics?

Such was the question asked by researchers for The Journal of Sex Research in a study called "I'll Show You Mine so You'll Show Me Yours: Motivations and Personality Variables in Photographic Exhibitionism."

"We were interested in this topic because, until now, there had not been any empirical research into the motives men having for sending unsolicited pictures of their genitals. There were plenty of hypotheses, theoretical musings, and anecdotal postulations, but no actual scientific investigation," said study author Cory L. Pedersen of Kwantlen Polytechnic University and founder of the ORGASM Research Lab as reported on the website PsyPost.

What they found is men who send unsolicited images of their private parts primarily do so with the hopes of receiving either similar images or sexual interactions in return, according to a new study.

The study surveyed 1,087 heterosexual men "to assess demographic information, narcissism, sexual behavior, sexism, and motivations behind sending genital pictures. About half of the men reported sending unsolicited genital images, while the other half did not."

Those who returned unsolicited images tended to be "younger, more narcissistic, and more sexist. The most common motivation for sending such an image was hoping to receive sexual pictures in return, followed by hoping to turn on the recipient," the study reported.

"Only about 18% of men reported sending unsolicited images for their own satisfaction. Most men also hoped to make the person who received the image feel excited or attractive."

The study disputes the belief that men send "unsolicited dick pics is because they dislike women/are sexist and wish to anger, shame, or otherwise express their hostility toward women," Pedersen told PsyPost.

"This study revealed something quite different. This study revealed that the main reasons men send dick pics are for those of transaction ('I'll show you mine and you show me yours') or partner hunting ('you've seen my dick, let's hook-up')."

"Further, the reactions that men most desire from recipients are positive (feelings of attractiveness, for instance), not negative, as people often expect," Pedersen said

"That doesn't mean to suggest we should blindly accept this type of activity — or not censure men for sending unsolicited images. Consent is sexy, and the sending of unsolicited images violates consent. But it does mean that without science to guide our understanding of people's behaviour, we may surely be making unfounded assumptions."

There was, nonetheless, proof of some sexism and misogyny in the practice: "About 10% agreed with the statement 'Sending dick pics gives me a feeling of control over the person that I have sent it to,' and nearly 6% agreed that 'I feel a sense of dislike towards women and sending dick pics is satisfying.'

"Our results indicate that a significant minority of men reported sending dick pics with the intention of eliciting negative emotions in the recipients, primarily shock, fear, and disgust," the researchers said in their study.

Click here to read the full report.

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