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The Penis: An Overview of Function and Definition

Penis is part of the human body.

Penis is part of the human reproductive system.

Penis is defined by Cambridge Library as follows: "the part of a male's body that is used for urinating and for sex". It's important to note that not every male has a penis, and not everyone who has a penis is male.

When sexual stimulation occurs, the penis, a tubular structure made up of erectile tissue and blood arteries, can become engorged with blood, causing what is known as an erection. Male humans can start reproduction by delivering sperm to the female reproductive system during sexual activity using the penis. While the penis has been essential to our species' evolution and survival, many human societies have also given it cultural and symbolic value. 

Cultural and Symbolic Meanings of the Penis

The penis is more than flesh and blood,

A cultural force, a symbol to be understood.

Anchored in myth and social dictate,

Its power shapes our present and fate.


What does a penis mean?
A: Male humans and numerous other animals have penises, which are reproductive organs. It is a tubular structure of blood vessels and erectile tissue that can expand with blood when a person is sexually aroused.

What use does the penis serve?
A: During sexual activity, the male reproductive organ known as the penis is utilized to carry sperm to the female reproductive system, starting the reproduction process. It's also used for urinating. 

How does the penis get erected?
A: Sexual stimulation causes the blood flow to the penis to increase and the erectile tissue to engorge with blood, causing an erection.

What role does the penis have in culture?
A: In many societies, the penis has developed cultural and symbolic value, acting as a symbol of sexual prowess, and manhood. Literature, art, and popular culture frequently serve as a representation of these qualities.

Does the size of the penis vary in any way?
A: There is no "normal" or "standard" penis size; there are differences in penile size among individuals. Genetics, age, and general health are just a few variables that might affect penis size.

About the writer:

The Giggeli Project creates penis shaped design objects to break taboos and provoke discussion on genitalia. The idea behind the project is to create products that playfully highlight everyday issues and make us think differently about them.


. (2023, March 8). PENIS | English Meaning - Cambridge Dictionary.


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