Tucking

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Transwomen and body dysmorphics sometimes aim for a flatter groin area for a feminine or androgynous appearance

Tucking is a technique whereby an individual hides the crotch bulge of the penis and testicles so that they are not conspicuous through clothing.

The practice is most commonly employed by transgender women in order to pass as cisgender female, as well as cisgender men that do drag. There are fertility-related side-effects to tucking, such as a reduced sperm count.[1] Some types of clothing, such as gaffs and bloxers are purposefully designed to conceal the male crotch bulge.

Methods[edit]

One method of tucking involves pulling the penis backwards in between the legs while simultaneously pushing the testicles up into the inguinal canal.[2] In order to secure this position in place, some trans women may use especially tight undergarments and a leotard that has a strap.[3] Another practice is the flattening or binding by using tape to fasten the genitalia along the perineum and if possible in between the buttocks. There are also improvised or home-made contrivances whereby an elastic waistband is cut off from an existing garment and then a pouch placed along the middle to then be pulled up.[4]

Some male cross-dressers and pre- and non-op transgender women use purpose-made panty-like garments, often called gaffs, that serve to hide the genitalia and provide a feminine flat and smooth crotch area.[5]

Other[edit]

The practice of tucking is also observed among cisgender men for reasons other than appearing female, done in different manners.[6] Some cisgender men do it because they have dysmorphophobia with regards to their genital bulge[7] (also known by the slang terms manbulge[8][9] or moose knuckle[10]). For other men it is due to feeling embarrassment, while others do it to hide an erection[11], to desexualize themselves out of a sense of prudishness or phallophobia[12] or because the bulge is prominent at an inappropriate moment.[13] Methods of tucking include placing the penis behind the waistband sometimes colloquially referred to as uptuck[14][15] while some men may wear purposefully designed compressing underwear.[16][17] Variations of tucking may be used by macrophallic men when they perceive their crotch bulge to have an obscene appearance.[18] There are some types of boxer shorts and boxer briefs that are designed to conceal the male crotch bulge, such as bloxers.[19][20]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ducheny, Kelly M., and Randall D. Ehrbar. "Family creation options for transgender and gender nonconforming people." Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity 3.2 (2016): 173
  2. ^ Pyne, Jake. "Unsuitable bodies: Trans people and cisnormativity in shelter services." Canadian Social Work Review/Revue canadienne de service social 28.1 (2011): 129-137
  3. ^ Filippo, Maria San. "Female Trouble: Representing Transwomen in The Danish Girl and The New Girlfriend." Journal of Bisexuality 16.3 (2016): 403-407.
  4. ^ Conard, L. A. E. "Supporting and caring for transgender and gender nonconforming youth in the urology practice." Journal of Pediatric Urology (2017)
  5. ^ "Penis - methods of concealment and obtaining a 'flat-look' for pre-op male-to-female transgender people," Samantha Johnson, Transgender Zone
  6. ^ Willson, Jacki, and Nicola McCartney. "A look at ‘fishy drag’and androgynous fashion: Exploring the border spaces beyond gender-normative deviance for the straight, cisgendered woman." Critical Studies in Fashion & Beauty 8.1 (2017): 99-122
  7. ^ Walter, Garry, and Jeffrey Streimer. "Genital self-mutilation: Attempted foreskin reconstruction." The British Journal of Psychiatry 156.1 (1990): 125-127.
  8. ^ Harris, Michael. "If Clement isn't fit for caucus, why is he fit to be anyone's MP?". Ipolitics. Retrieved 19 January 2019.
  9. ^ Bilton, Ross. "Size flatters". The Australian. Retrieved 19 January 2019.
  10. ^ Schlosser, Bethanee J., and Ginat W. Mirowski. "Approach to the patient with vulvovaginal complaints." Dermatologic therapy 23.5 (2010): 438-448.
  11. ^ http://www.health24.com/Medical/Erectile-dysfunction/News/New-erection-hiding-underwear-unveiled-20141112
  12. ^ Shawver, Lois. "Sexual Modesty, the Etiquette of Disregard, and the Question of Gays and Lesbians in the Military." Out in force: Sexual orientation and the military (1996): 226
  13. ^ https://www.bustle.com/articles/88760-10-weird-things-about-having-an-erection-according-to-guys-because-you-can-wiggle-it
  14. ^ http://www.thefrisky.com/2015-07-15/get-the-boner-prone-man-in-your-life-bloxers-never-be-embarrassed-again/
  15. ^ http://uproxx.com/webculture/waistband-boner-trick-uptuck/
  16. ^ http://www.esquire.com/lifestyle/sex/news/a36443/boner-blocking-boxers/
  17. ^ http://www.thefrisky.com/2015-07-15/get-the-boner-prone-man-in-your-life-bloxers-never-be-embarrassed-again/
  18. ^ Lever, Janet, David A. Frederick, and Letitia Anne Peplau. "Does size matter? Men's and women's views on penis size across the lifespan." Psychology of Men & Masculinity 7.3 (2006): 129
  19. ^ Blanco, F. "revealing myself: a phenomenological approach to my underwear choices through the years." Critical Studies in Men's Fashion 1.2 (2014): 117-131.
  20. ^ https://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/bloxer-boxers-boners_us_55a51189e4b0a47ac15d5548