It’s safe to say that at some point in your life, someone has told you to “grow some balls”. By this, they mean be courageous and brave, but they have misguidedly referred to the male anatomy in doing so.
One artist is taking this annoying comparison between the penis and the power it possesses very literally. The project is called “Bring Your Dick to the Table” (BYDTTT), and Oklahoma-based Holly Wilson came up with it.
The idea came to her one day when an art gallery representative tried to change the terms of her exhibition, amounting to a less-than-favourable deal for the artist.
“My heart and my feet went heavy; my lips went dry,” she explains. “I reached for my lip balm and zing! I thought I could let this take me over OR I could hold onto my ‘dick’ and negotiate as the equal I am, not how he was treating me, like some kid who didn’t know any better.”
Shortly after, the artist began a mission to craft one-and-a-half-inch penis sculptures that can be carried without fuss on the go. Adorned in sterling silver, white bronze and 10 karat gold, the little guys can remain safely in one’s pocket and are designed to represent that extra “oomph” women are assumed to be missing.
The metallic genitalia can even lean left or right depending on which hand the user intends to hold it with, and they come in a blue velvety pouch.
“This is about your inner voice/ Your strength/ Remembering you are more powerful than you know,” Wilson writes on the BYDTTT Kickstarter, which already raised over $5,000.
She explained her positive message: “There are negative voices in our society, our culture, maybe even your own family that can corrupt your inner monologue. If holding a small bronze dick and laughing at those voices, those fears, helps you overcome them, then why not? Lets move the mountain, make changes and laugh wildly!”
While we admire the empowering message of the campaign, we’re sceptical that any powerful woman would need to grab onto a penis to find her inner resilience.
Well, if you think this would give you that boost of confidence you need, or at least a hilarious thing to keep in your pocket, we’re all for the BYDTTT lifestyle.
Wilson is currently raising funds on Kickstarter to make her vision a reality, hoping to reach her $11,250 goal by April 9.
What do you think of Wilson’s endeavour?