Men spend a fortune on pills and devices to increase their penile sizes. Njoki Chege explores the male creature’s morbid fascination with ‘size’
Unlike his peers, the story goes, the no nonsense man always bathed in the stream with his legs clamped shut to hide his member.
One day, when a log upon which he was standing slipped, he lost balance. In the confusion, and as he struggled to regain balance and not tumble into the water, his pried open to reveal a wee little instru ment.
That he had three wives and many children would suggest that size doesn’t matter. But that he spent his adult life hiding his lack of endow ment was reason enough to suggest that ‘small’ embarrassed, deflated his ego, and lowered his self esteem, reason, perhaps, he was thought to have a wild temper.
In a gender that is preoccupied with sex, small boys begin by competing about who among them can pee highest against the wall, but as they grow older, the mantra becomes ‘biggest is best’ and ‘I’m bigger so I’m better’. And it is not just about biceps.
A casual chat with a local trader who deals in ‘special’ pills and devices for penile enlarge ment confirms the extent to which men are obsessed with size. Even in these harsh economic times, these devices — some ridiculously expensive — continue to fly off the shelves.
For instance, the Pro-Extender, an elongating device worn daily that goes for at least Sh15,000 is a hotcake in the local market.
“It is a small and easy-to-conceal device, which, when worn for three hours daily for 12 weeks, provides astonishing results. In fact, I’m sure some of the men you interact with daily could be wearing it,” jokes the trader.
This begs the question…does size really matter? Most wo men interviewed by Crazy Monday were unanimous that size could indeed make or break a relationship.
“Nobody wants a little plaything,” says Pauline Masha without batting an eyelid.
Pauline explains that while many men will not admit to having small penises, a well-endowed man will definitely brag about his penile size “because he knows the value of what nature gave him”.