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Rock Your Cock — What’s So Gross About Genitals?

Everyone is freaking out in disgust that Rick Owens sent down a few dick tunics down the runway. Surprising? Nah. What’s surprising is the collective reaction — you type ‘penis’ on Google, the Wikipedia page for the organ is drowned by dramatic headlines of the designer’s show in Paris, like this one: 5 Places It’s OK To Wear Rick Owens’ New Penis Cloaks (VERY NSFW) or Wait—Is This A Penis On The Rick Owens Runway? (NSFW PHOTOS)

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Glancing through the photos before all the hoo-hah, I barely even noticed. The penis, dangling in all its casualness, peeped shyly from the holes of understated tunics. By no means was it a dick parade. Sometimes it doesn’t even appear at all. You can’t even see it that much in the collection snaps on Style.com. Most of the press coverage has been condescending in trying to understand the point of all this, but I can only laugh and take it lightheartedly. Yesterday, Walter Van Beirendonck also sent down models in normal-looking suits, only pinned on them were butt plugs. If anything, I’m happy that menswear this season has managed to project a voice, one that actually plays a part in revealing the dynamics of sexuality, sexism and feminism not only in fashion, but in a world that castrates #menimism and previously secluded men from the conversation of equality for women.

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To me, it’s amusing to think how Owens became hit with the idea, got models to casually wear them and how the press has become hard on the story. I don’t think it’s pointless at all, which was what some published articles seemed to suggest. If anything, I would have found it convenient to be a guy not to even bother zipping up my pants and have my dick slightly squashed before and after taking a leak. Plus, I won’t have to bother having to wash any underwear. Oh, if only this were possible for women. But yeah, I don’t think I’d ever wear it, cause that’s another thing, right? And there is yet a bigger question to ask: why are we so grossed out by genitals?

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What is it about the genitalia that makes us nauseous, embarrassed or wince? Honestly, I won’t be answering the question now because the answer isn’t clear yet, and I haven’t done sufficient research to do so. But I’m not just talking about the inappropriateness of having your genitals full in public display, because unfortunately — and let’s face it — that’s how it’s considered. Why do we get grossed out when our friends share dick pics of some guy on Grindr? We all know what a cock looks like. Remember Zaha Hadid’s design of Al Wakrah stadium? We said “it looks like a vagina”, as though trying to make the mere fact of possessing a sexual organ a revolting insult. If something looks like a vagina, that’s what it is and not a diss. Heck, most of the buildings in the world are phallic anyway and that’s never been as big of an ordeal. If we’re fighting the censorship of female nudity, why are we condemning the flaccid penis? Moreover, why is the fashion world, who is so well-acquainted to the persona that is Rick Owens, so shocked to see the penis on stage when bare breasts, bums and crotches have become a standard on the runway?tumblr_me20x5tqJA1qbbjpeo1_500

Genitals can be a laughing matter and I’m sure Owens is laughing all the way to the bank. This is a man who makes $650 cock ring + wallet packs, erects statues of himself naked in his stores and takes photographs of himself swallowing his own cum. Last season, his inspiration was a ballet about a faun who masturbates to his lost nymph’s scarf. Also, let’s not forget that he titled his furniture exhibition To Pop A Boner. We know he definitely has balls. So, let’s just let loose.

Note:
1st and 2nd photos by Lea Colombo for Dazed

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