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26 Penis Facts People Wish They Knew When They Were Younger

"I didn't know if the balls were on the top or the bottom."

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We recently asked members of the BuzzFeed Community to tell us what they wish they knew about penises before their first sexual experience with one. Here are some of the best responses:


4. That it isn’t a furry tube of skin.

"I had only seen animal penises before seeing a human one. You know, like dogs and horses. I thought ALL penises were housed in a furry tube of skin and emerged wet and pink and gross when erect. Needless to say, I was quite pleasantly surprised when I realized that wasn't the case at all."


5. You can’t actually break it, but you CAN fracture it.

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"I wish I'd known that just because they don't *literally* have a bone in them and can't be broken, you can still seriously injure them."

—April Jones, Facebook


11. Erections point up to the sky, not down.

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"My Christian sex-ed book completely left out the part where erections go upwards, and so for years I thought the penis got hard but basically stayed in its normal flaccid position, and I could *not* figure out how the mechanics of sex were supposed to work. The day I learned what an erection actually looked like was revelatory!"

—Katherine Stephanis, Facebook


23. That circumcised and uncircumcised penises should be treated with equal respect.

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"I wish I had known that there is nothing wrong with an uncircumcised penis. I had all of these negative thoughts and connotations about guys who were uncut based on what people had told me, and NONE of them turned out to be true."