Gratuitous female nudity is pretty much expected in films and TV shows these days, and haven’t we all had enough of that. Kevin Bacon’s apparently has had enough of it. Bacon thinks it’s time to give male actors a chance to #FreeTheBacon. (And by bacon, he means, “your wiener, your balls and your butt.”) And what better way to campaign for more male nudity than with a super serious (mock) PSA.

“In so many films and TV shows, we see gratuitous female nudity, and it’s not OK … Well, it’s OK, but it’s not fair to actresses and it’s not fair to actors because we want to be naked too,” he says to the camera. “Gentlemen, it’s time to free the bacon.” Because, after all, it boils down to one thing, and Bacon hits the nail right on the head: “This is an issue of gender equality.”

Even though Bacon wasn’t being serious, he makes a good point. The problem is we all know the real reasons why men don’t go full frontal. Many, but not enough, will show their butt, but few will show their penis. Kevin Bacon went full frontal in Wild Things, but most full frontal nudity in movies is in independent films or gay films. Let’s face it though, most men are growers not showers. Very rarely do you see an actor going full frontal when he has a small penis, most of the time, the actor is well endowed. The movie industry is also a male dominated industry and straight men don’t care about seeing another man’s penis, or at least they don’t admit to it.

Most often when men see another man’s penis, it is in porn, and we all know those are porn penises, not real life. Male porn actors are in porn because they want to show off what they have. (I know there are other reasons too, but they wouldn’t do it if they didn’t want to be an exhibitionist.) Porn gives me an unreal expectation about what a normal sized penis is. On average, a flaccid penis is on average 3.6” long, while a erect penis is 5.2” long. When it comes to circumference, a flaccid penis is about 3.7” around, and the erect penis is on average 4.6” around. But if you compared that to porn, the flaccid penis, if you ever see it, looks to be around 4-5” long while erect penis is 7-9” long.

When Lenny Kravitz had a wardrobe malfunction the other day in Sweden, he did nothing to help show the average size penis, but yet did continue the stereotype that black men are nicely hung. (Truth is I’d have to say that myth is largely true from my experiences, just saying.) by the way, I happen to like Lenny’s pubic piercing. It’s pretty hot. (NSFW link)

But my point is, men shouldn’t be so ashamed to show their penis. Of course there is a time and place for everything, but as I said the other day about the show “Hunting Season,” male nudity is common in intimate settings. Men need to quit doing the towel dance in locker rooms and be proud of what they have, big or small. We need to see male nudity normalized in films, and quite frankly, we have gratuitous female nudity, and we need more gratuitous male nudity.

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I began my life in the South and for five years lived as a closeted teacher, but am now making a new life for myself as an oral historian in New England. I think my life will work out the way it was always meant to be. That doesn't mean there won't be ups and downs; that's all part of life. It means I just have to be patient. I feel like October 7, 2015 is my new birthday. It's a beginning filled with great hope. It's a second chance to live my life…not anyone else's. My profile picture is "David and Me," 2001 painting by artist Steve Walker. It happens to be one of my favorite modern gay art pieces. View all posts by Joe

2 responses to “#FreeTheBacon

  • jacki perrette

    I don’t understand the finer point of this being a gender inequality issue. So much of the time opinions lean toward nudity of women being objectification. Would that not be true if we turned things around? Of course, maybe you’re thinking that people who want to see male nudity are being denied.

    Whatever the case, I always think there should be a reason for nudity – that it should make sense, be part of the art or the experience. Of course, if it’s porn, then that is a large part of its raison d’etre.

    I saw an article recently that listed off average penis size by country and there didn’t seem to be such sweeping differences. I tried searching for the article I saw, that ranked countries around the world, but couldn’t find it. Instead I grabbed a Buzzfeed Chart. …Perhaps it is valid???


    PS. I would like to give you some job information, but not publicly, if you are interested.

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