More penises are appearing on TV and in film – but why are nearly all of them prosthetic?
In the end, the use of prosthetics comes at the expense of the most mature thing filmmakers could do: show diverse, real penises in a manner that holds no special meaning for the character or plot.
While “Spartacus” would lead you to believe otherwise, all gladiators did not have big penises. Nor did their penis size and shape have anything to do with their strength, power, masculinity or sexuality.
By Peter Lehman, Emeritus Professor, Arizona State University