We Found the Guy Whose Penis Is on the Wikipedia Penis Page

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Jan. 8 2014 6:22 PM

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The incredibly popular, highly contentious Wikipedia pages for penis and vagina. Plus: Meet a guy who uploaded one of the penis photos.

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Wolf’s book focuses, in part, on the vagina’s role in sexual pleasure, so perhaps unsurprisingly she found the Wikipedia lacking in its attention to this subject. (She noted, for example, that “sexual pleasure” is not mentioned in the article’s initial description of the vagina.) Wolf was also concerned by the image choice for the article. She pointed out that there is only one picture of a vagina on the page. “Why is there only one image? This doesn’t show the variability. I bet the penis page has much more on what is considered normal in terms of size.” Her hunch was correct: the human penis page has pictures of four different male genitals (some from six different angles) and, unlike the vagina page, has a paragraph on size variability in the article’s header as well as an entire “Size” section further down the page.

Wolf worried that if a young woman were to come to this page hoping to learn about her body, the lack of multiple images would be misleading, and could be harmful. “I’ve never seen a labia like that. Not outside of porn. It’s not showing a true range,” she said. Wolf believes that not accurately portraying the variability found in nature can be damaging to both women and men. In her book, she argues the common depiction of the vagina in pornography is “rewiring the male brain” and writes of women who seek labiaplasty for cosmetic reasons.

For another, more clinical take on the vagina page, I talked to Ann Davis, professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth. I asked her what she thought about the page’s lone image. She reached a similar conclusion to Wolf’s, noting the small labia minora (and the shaved pubic region). Davis says she often has young women come to her wanting their labia minora to be reduced in size, even when they are in a normal range.

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It should be noted that, while the vagina page does not have much information on variability, other, related pages do: Both the pages for vulva and labia minora have many more pictures and discussions of size. Some Wikipedia users may find their way to these pages, but traffic numbers reveal that they are visited far less frequently than the vagina page: The vagina page gets more than 10 times as many views as the labia minora page and more than twice as many views as the vulva page. Davis notes that in her experience, patients are not always well-versed in gynecological terminology: Many patients “say vagina when they mean the entire genital area which includes the clitoris and labias,” she said. It stands to reason that many people looking for information never make it past the vagina page.

Unlike the vagina page, the penis page is replete with images—a legacy, perhaps, of its male-dominated and not always scholarly past. In order to find out more about who posted the images and why they did so, I tried finding one of the users whose penis is featured in the human penis article.

Most of the images on the human penis page are not attributed to other sources, meaning they were created and uploaded by a Wikipedia user. Using Wikipedia’s messaging system to contact self-posters proved unsuccessful, as most of the accounts used to upload the pictures on the human penis page have not been active for years. So I began systematically searching the usernames of anyone who uploaded a penis to Wikipedia Commons at any point in time to see if I could contact the owner of a Wikipedia penis by other means. I hunted the Web for people who shared usernames with the uploaders of penis photos, and turned up several matches on gaming forums and social networks, as well as amateur porn sites. Though most of my messages went unreturned, I finally received a message from a user who maintains a Tumblr with a title identical to his somewhat unique Wikipedia username: Delapika. The Tumblr is dedicated to naked pictures of himself.

Delapika says he is a 25-year-old sales manager living in Germany. He first uploaded a picture of his genitals to Wikipedia in 2007, when he was 18 years old. Since then, Delapika says, “I uploaded 30-40 pictures of my penis in different angles and forms (flaccid, erected, while ejaculating…) and a video too.”

Wikipedia editors took down his initial submissions to the penis page, Delapika says, so he created three additional usernames to upload pictures. One set of pictures that Delapika takes ownership of finally stayed on the page, and remain on the human penis page now. Based both on Delapika’s thorough understanding of Wikipedia and a visual comparison between Delapika’s Tumblr and the Wikipedia images, Delapika’s claim that his penis is featured on the human penis page seems credible.

Delapika told me he believes uploading the pictures serves an educational function, one he is proud to fulfill. “I think my pictures are helpful for the wikipedia community,” he wrote. “They may read that there is a wide variety of ‘normality,’ but they won't really believe it or still feel unhappy and unsecure about themselves—so a high number of pictures may help to comfort them.” He admits, however, that his primary motivation for the uploads is his own sexual gratification. In addition to Wikipedia, Delapika has also uploaded images of his genitals to Twitter, Pornhub, Flickr, DeviantArt, Imgur, and “different amateur porn forums.”* “I’m very excited of the possibility to show my penis everywhere in the world, everyone can see it. … My penis is the fourth when you search penis on google images.”

Though he is an exhibitionist online, Delapika has never told anyone he knows in person that his penis is on Wikipedia. He says he sometimes “wonders how many person I met in everyday life who already seen my penis.” It may well be a very large number.

Correction, Jan. 8, 2014: This article originally misspelled DeviantArt, an online art forum. (Return.)

Ben Blatt is a Slate staff writer and co-author of I Don't Care if We Never Get Back. Follow him on Twitter. Email him at ben.blatt@slate.com.

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