“I have a problem with my dick size,” psychologist Bill Johnson II (pictured) writes in a HuffPo op-ed. “It’s not big and I want it to be! … I’m also Black, and the ‘word’ is all Black men have a large phallus.”
According to Johnson, he doesn’t know exactly how large he is because he’s never actually measured.
“I hate bad news,” he writes, “and that’s the type of information that can ruin my day. … There are literally some days when I look down at my crotch and ask ‘is that really all you got?’”
If he had to guess, though, Johnson says he’d probably land in the “average” category.
“No sexual partner has ever said my dick size was a problem,” he confesses. “Then again, would they actually tell me?”
But the real problem, Johnson points out, isn’t he’s penis at all, but rather the racist stereotype that because of his skin color he’s supposed to be bigger, thicker, longer.
“I have internalized the racist notion that Black men have big dicks,” he writes, “which has its roots in European racism, used to justify slavery and racial oppression.”
Put simply, the idea was that black men were “lust-driven” and “animalistic.” They had large penises which they used to rape innocent white women, hence why they needed to be controlled and oppressed.
That stereotype, Johson argues, continues to this day, particularly in the adult film industry.
“Many of the adult movies with Black men in starring roles use racial themes in the title and often as the flick’s primary selling point,” Johnson explains. “The idea of the salacious Black male and his monster cock has been used to perpetuate the objectification and brutality of African American men.”
So what can be done?
For starters, Johnson says, we need to drop the stereotype. Also, people need to get over their obsession with penis-size.
“Contrary to popular belief, human males are the best endowed of the hominids, proportionate to body size,” he writes. “The average human penis size is five inches. … If men were not bombarded with a barrage of messages preaching their inadequacy, insecurities related to the male genitalia would be minimal.”