Throbbing Members

Writer Sailor Jim has reprinted his essay on describing the erection, from his 2002 book Naked Through the Snow and Other Bits of Silliness. Hark! Throbbing, turgid, rigid, engorged humor on the sultry rod of manflesh!

Let us rejoice.

Lately, I think I’ve read more uses of the word “cock” than any other euphemism, and have even bumped into “erection” more often than I expect. Um,not literally. My house is not filled with turgid man staffs, though now that I think about it, that’s a solid decorating idea if I’ve ever heard one.

What methods of describing the erect penis have you read, or written, recently?

[Thanks to Shannon for the link.]

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  1. 1
    lucindabetts says:

    After reading the last Kushiel book…. phallus. And for her? Cleft.

  2. 2
    Jaci Burton says:

    I’m a big fan of dick (heh). I use it along with cock and shaft. Though I use dick mostly in the male pov because I find men will refer to their members as dick more often than a woman will use that term. Plus, dick can also be flung as a derogatory term—dickhead or you’re a dick. Whee! Multiple word usage!

  3. 3
    Elizabeth Wadsworth says:

    What methods of describing the erect penis have you read, or written, recently?

    None, actually.  I’ve been reading a lot of Rick Riordan lately, both his YA series and his mystery novels for adults, and while the latter do have some sex, it isn’t described in detail.

    As for my own WIP, the sex scene occurs off-stage.

  4. 4
    Nancy says:

    Ah let’s see then, I’ve used cock, member, shaft and on the rare occasion: penis.  I find ‘penis’ just isn’t a good sounding word in the context of any scene. It would be the same as writing this big intense passionate scene and sneaking the word ‘booger’ in there. (laughs)

    It’s just jarring and doesn’t flow well. Too academic sounding I guess.

  5. 5

    I’ve been using “shaft” more lately.  And nautical references like “spar”, “mast”,  “harpoon” or “belaying pin”  always come in handy.[g]

  6. 6
    sadieloree says:

    Nancy—I agree!  I read “penis” in a book yesterday and it stalled my reading. After all of the other descriptions in the book, it became very clinical sounding.

  7. 7
    she_reads says:

    I have been seeing a lot of reference to shafts, silky velvet shafts, cocks, silky skin with steel beneath, throbbing cocks…

    my, there is a lot of penis in my reading as of late!

  8. 8
    Silver James says:

    Shaft and cock seem to be the euphemisms I’ve come across lately and put rather bluntly without benefit of silky coverings. However, I have discovered this handy-dandy web site with lots of fodder for…well…every word it’s ever been called. And since it won’t let me post a nice, clean link, I’ll just have to fool the spambot filters. *bwahahaha*

    www. starma. com/penis/ penis.html

    Delete the spaces, obviously.

  9. 9
    michelle says:

    Also for protection of the manly member, here is a fun link about spray on condoms:  http://inventorspot.com/articles/sprayon_snug_fit_condom_all_size_8577

  10. 10
    gj says:

    I recently took an online workshop and one of the participants who apparently was writing a paranormal erotic story posted a paragraph about a creature with a knee-length throbbing purple phallus.  My reaction was that the heroine should run, not walk, and tell the creature in no uncertain terms “Ewww. Do not come near me with that thing!”

    I snorted about that for weeks.

  11. 11

    I called my husband a pecker last night, does that count?

    Let’s see… last night, during my revisions, I wrote, “That part of him that made him male.”  Talk about tip-toeing around the penis bush there.

    Oh, wait, that came out all kinds of wrong.

  12. 12
    Lori says:

    a knee-length throbbing purple phallus

    Absolute proof that there is such a thing as too. much. cock.

  13. 13
    sadieloree says:

    Talk about tip-toeing around the penis bush there.

    That actually made me snort. I’m still giggling. My coworkers must think I’m nuts. *grins*

  14. 14

    “What methods of describing the erect penis have you read, or written, recently?”

    I like to use cock when I write (yes, that could be construed in many ways, but I was speaking of the word, people! ;)). It’s blunt, to the point, and, IMO, creates an instant visual picture. To me, penis almost sounds like an apologetic word, and “manhood” has annoyed me since the 80’s.

  15. 15

    I’ve read “dragon” in a Jade Lee book.  I think Jondalar called his a woman-maker.  Haha.

    And I wrote something about a guy “getting his wick dipped” the other day.

  16. 16
    Louise van Hine says:

    The funniest one I have ever heard, which always makes me spit out my coffee, was from a fanfic:  “mushroom of pleasure.”  A close runner-up that I saw in the Lord of the Rings fandom, by a published author no less, Legolas sports an “elfhood.”  Now that’s all sorts of unintentionally funny.

    Manhood goes over well in a lot of historical situations and I see that a lot.  I have also seen “groin” as a euphemistic workaround but I think that’s just avoiding things.  “Sword” is also used, in historical situations.  I read a very well-done science fiction story from years ago, “The Ice people” by Rene Barjavel, translated from the French: “the sword of his desire” – I imagine the original was “l’epee de son desire” which sounds just as good.  It was a beautifully written (or I should say, translated) story.

    In most of the stories, the standby is “cock.”  For some reason, mixing “cock” and “dick” is sort of like using aspirin and tylenol for the same cold, so I don’t like to see that in a story.  Either the guy has a cock or a dick, he can’t have both.

  17. 17
    LadyRhian says:

    Unfortunately, I seem to have been reading too many bad 80’s stories lately.

    His Jade Pagoda- which is usually used to describe a woman so that had me going WTFBBQ?

    His love candle- I wondered if she’d describe it as “melting” when he finally went limp.

    His “maleness”- Just huh?

    And all this reminds me of some things I’d rather not remember from when I was younger, including a male writer with the line “Her center of gravity was her twat”. “Her center”- way fucked up anatomy there!, “Her slit”, and so on. And sex in college being described by a friend of my roommate as “bumping uglies” or a come-on line “Want to trade diseases?”

    Is it no surprise that the people in college nearly put me off sex for life?

  18. 18
    Eve Savage says:

    In my works, I go back and forth between cock, erection and penis. I LURVE me some dick (both in stories and real life and am seriously thinking about Sarah’s decorating scheme) as it’s got a direct harsh feel to it and creates an instant image, but my publisher isn’t down with dick. Hee hee!

    Penis has never bothered me at all and sounds sexy to my ears. I’m very over manroot, manhood, purple helmeted warriors of love.

    my word: appear45 – dear God I hope not, I’m only 34!!!

  19. 19
    Joanna S. says:

    a knee-length throbbing purple phallus

    O.k. people…sing with me now [oh, you know you want to]:

    “He had a one-eyed, one horned, flying knee-length purple phallaus -
    A one-eyed, one horned, flying knee-length puuurple phallus -
    A one-eyed, one horned, flying knee-length puuurple phallus -
    And it sure looked strange to meeee!”

  20. 20
    Lori says:

    And Joanna S. wins the thread

    showed14:  apparently so.

  21. 21

    Hmmmm..

    It might be a good theme for a SBTN Valentine`s day contest to invent some new phallactic euphanisms.

    The SBTN `Let`s Dick Around` Contest.
    Prick your imagination for new ways to describe Little Elvis!
    Winner gets stiffed!

  22. 22
    Keri Ford says:

    The hubby just informed me of one I haven’t heard yet: tube steak. And apparently it can be covered in gravy. Don’t see that one making it in my books.

  23. 23
    Randall says:

    Jeaniene Frost :

    I like to use cock when I write (yes, that could be construed in many ways, but I was speaking of the word, people! ;)).

     

    So you’re saying your Pen is mightier than the sword? ;-)

    It’s blunt, to the point,

    Usually.  :>

  24. 24
    Jen C says:

    I like “cock”.  “Penis” sounds clinical, generally speaking, and “dick” tends to bring to mind either junior high or Richard Nixon, so that’s a no go.  It seems most Blazes uses cock lately.  The phrase I loathe, “velvet-covered manhood” has appeared in about a hundred novels recently, and is awful.  Maybe there was something in the kool-aid aid at the RWA?  I have no idea, but each time I grit my teeth. 

    As for the ladies, does anyone else hate “womb”?  I see it a lot in historicals, and even some contemporaries, where the velvet-covered manhood touches her in the womb.  First of all. What? Second of all. Gross.  Third of all.  That reminds me, heroine and hero, are you using protection?

  25. 25

    Ugh. Womb. Hate that word. I’m a cock user here too (Wow… these sentences just automatically lend themselves to the gutter, do they not?) Although I love love love the term “bumpin’ uglies” and I’ve used that one for years now. Not sure I’d use it in a book though, but I wouldn’t rule it out.

    Speaking of decor (and I probably should never admit this, especially since I can’t post anonymously), someone once sent me this Dick Pic. It was like a bouquet of cocks, I suppose photoshopped or something. You really got a um… feel… for the various shapes, sizes, textures and colors. And there near the middle of this particularly questionable “art” was one that looked on the green side of beige. I’m not kidding either. I just thought: Mr. Man, they have shots for green peni now.”

    I do remember back in 10th grade Biology asking Coach Cooper if the proper term for penis plural was penises or peni. (I did this on a dare.) He, however, referred me to my English teacher. The wimp.

    And I do believe this is most I’ve ever typed in my life about Throbbing Man Love Handle.

    (my word: degree44 – getting sweaty in here?)

  26. 26

    I hate when people use “Womb.”  It’s like, “OW WHERE DID HER CERVIX GO?”

    Also, I was raised by devout Roman Catholics… so “womb” makes me think of Mother Mary.

    I read a book, from Spice, I believe, that was about geisha, and they kept referring to it as “his jade stalk,” which made me wonder why his dick was green, and “most honorable penis,” which made me wonder if he won a contest or something.

  27. 27
    Nancy says:

    I recently took an online workshop and one of the participants who apparently was writing a paranormal erotic story posted a paragraph about a creature with a knee-length throbbing purple phallus.  My reaction was that the heroine should run, not walk, and tell the creature in no uncertain terms “Ewww. Do not come near me with that thing!”

    Knee length??? Oh dear. (runs screaming)

    ‘He was a one eyed, one horned, flying purple…’
    No. No. Just…no.

  28. 28
    Nancy says:

    O.k. people…sing with me now [oh, you know you want to]:

    “He had a one-eyed, one horned, flying knee-length purple phallaus -
    A one-eyed, one horned, flying knee-length puuurple phallus -
    A one-eyed, one horned, flying knee-length puuurple phallus -
    And it sure looked strange to meeee!”

    (dies) Joanna! We’re of one mind! (laughs and sings along)

  29. 29
    Aunt Lynn says:

    From m/m land:

    penis
    cock (most common)
    dick
    prick
    boner
    pecker
    hard-on (or hard-on or hardon)
    erection
    manhood
    tumescence
    hardness
    shaft
    love tool
    love meat
    love organ
    meat
    tube
    tube steak
    pole
    rod
    hose pipe
    stick
    shalong
    wong
    man muscle
    fuck muscle
    trouser snake

    I prefer cock, myself.

  30. 30
    AgTigress says:

    On ‘jade stalk’, remember that jade is not necessarily green;  nephrite jade commonly occurs in white and cream colour, though not, I think, in purple. 
    One point that may be worth making here is that the colloquial-to-crude terms vary somewhat between different dialects.  ‘Dick’ is used far less in British English than in American. 
    I dislike the term ‘cock’ fairly heartily, and while flowery euphemisms are tiresome, reading about cocks makes me think of smutty, sniggering schoolboys rather than erotic bliss.  This is probably both cultural and generational.

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