During his lunch hour Professor Piet Hoebeke sometimes sits in a chair and contemplates his penis. “What is it doing? How does it feel? These are good ways of focusing and centering yourself. It’s a vital organ and yet we treat it with such casual disdain,” he says. “The penis is extraordinary and we should cherish it.”

“We live in an age of mass anxiety about this organ,” continues Hoebeke, a urologist at Ghent University Hospital in Belgium, who has more than 30 years of experience in this field of medicine. “And I say that about men as well as women. I regularly see mothers and sons in my clinic; the level of misinformation is often astonishing. We live in the age of social media and Internet porn. The mythology has got out of control.”

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