Erect Penis in the Pants: Pride or Embarrassment?

Most healthy men experience an erect penis in their pants several times over the course of an average day, usually without giving the fact too much thought. After all, a frequently erect penis is generally a sign of good penis health habits. But sometimes that erect penis occurs during a very public moment. When it does, men tend to react to it with one of two emotions: pride or embarrassment. Yet why should so many men feel the latter rather than the former?

Adolescence

One reason why an erect penis tenting up in the pants creates embarrassment may be that it reminds a man of an unfortunate moment from his childhood or adolescence. Most guys have a “classroom boner” experience of some sort. For example, many guys recall having to stand in front of the entire class with a raging erection quite clearly visible behind their zipper. In some instances, the lad may have been forced to read his homework out loud in this situation – and suddenly that one page paper seemed to take as long to read as a full length novel. Or he may have been called to answer some math problems on the blackboard, only to discover that his penis was sticking so far out that he had to stand back from the board.

Yet not every man who stands erect before his class suffers from the experience. In some cases, a guy can enjoy the fact that he is exhibiting his wares, safely tucked away behind a layer of denim. He can enjoy the fact that his manhood is making an impression and not care whether others may be sniggering; he either takes it in stride as simply something that happens to a dude’s anatomy or takes pleasure in flaunting what he has.

Adulthood

Instances of unwanted public erections tend to diminish as a boy becomes a man, perhaps because he becomes more adept at hiding them or perhaps because he learns to take pride in his physical attributes. In adulthood, it’s likely that embarrassment more often occurs when an erect penis pops up outside of the pants in certain situations. As an example, think of the many stories of men who have cast a boner while naked during a physical examination by a doctor. Similarly, many men have found their favorite body part erecting itself in the sauna or steam room of a gym, in full view of a bunch of other naked men.

Still, an erect penis can arise while clad and create an awkward situation. Most of the time this is in a business setting, as a kind of adult corollary to the embarrassing classroom erection. Some men find that their healthy manhood is upstaging them, say, during an important business presentation.

Again, rather than feel embarrassed, some men may take pride in this. Their exhibitionistic streak may allow them to enjoy the situation and perhaps treat it as a way of sexually intimidating both men and women in the audience.

However, as adults, most men tend to take this situation a little more in stride. They are usually better capable of shrugging it off as “just one of those things.” And that’s the attitude that men need to take. There’s no reason to be embarrassed at an erection, nor is there any reason to take such pride in it that a man goes from feeling justifiably comfortable with his sexuality to preening about it in a manner that can be obnoxious, unappealing or threatening.

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