Re: @Trevor_Potts again
"You do however have conscious control over whether you reveal your penis to others."
Why should it matter if I do? Because you have religious hangups? Why should your bizarre belief in the ravings of desert madmen be allowed to affect my behavior, hmm? The threat of violence from people who uphold your right to force your beliefs on me is really the only reason I wear pants at all. Pants are evil.
"Indeed, but at the risk of collecting yet more downvotes, I would like to point out that an erect penis can be used for a lot of things that an flaccid penis cannot, just as a gun can be used for a lot of things that an absence-of-a-gun cannot. That is why the the items in question are more worrying to observers."
So we're guilty of violating your imagination unless proven innocent? What the fuck?
"Except, again, for what it can be used for. An observer seeing a fellow wielding a gun or an erect penis would be justly concerned at what that fellow might be about to do with it."
No, he's not justified at all in worrying about that, unless a threat has been made. If a threat has not been made, then it's just a person with a goddamned erection. Even a person with a gun is just a person with a gun unless and until they make a threat to something with it other than carry it around.
Why do you keep insisting that your ability to dream up fantasies should strip from others the presumption of innocence?
"They might, for instance, be worried that he will poke someone with it, or that it will go off accidentally in his hand. A fellow with no gun, or a flaccid penis, raises no such concerns."
So you're worried that my penis might touch you? Why is this a concern? How is it any different than my hand? Or my nose? My hair? My kneecaps are way less clean than my penis, I'm sure, but would you be afraid of them?
Or is it spooge you're afraid of? Maybe you'll get spooged on. Will you die? Will the world come to an almightly, grinding end? Or will you wipe it off and say "dude, not cool" and just go about your day?
Or are you fixated on the gun analogy here, the one that doesn't really work? Guns have safeties. And people can get training in how to handle guns. They don't tend to go off unless you're either stupid or you are intending to make them go off. That's even presuming that the gun is loaded and there's a round in the chamber, which would be an idiotic way to carry a gun around.
"But to pretend that observers need not be concerned at the implications of their unexpected appearance for unwanted physical attention, pregnancy, or at least laundry services is clearly nonsense. The flaccid penis presents a much reduced set of risks "
What an absolute load of horseshit. I should be judged and restrained, my freedoms removed because of what I might do, even those no intent to do so has been displayed?
An erect penis is not intent to rape, or to copulate, or even to do anything except be erect for a period of time before being non erect. You do not spontaneously get pregnant because you are in the presence of an erect penis. You don't even get spooged on unless there's some effort involved, so even your laundry tripe is revealed for what it is.
"Surely such a logical and empirical observation cannot be so controversial as the forum votes suggest?"
Your delusional paranoia and presumption of guilt is emphatically not empirical observation.
"However I assume that you do have conscious control over whether you reveal your penis in public. To extend my "flawed", "irrational and dangerous" analogy further, this is exactly why concealed carrying of weapons is permitted in many US states, whereas waving your weapon around in public is not. One behaviour is likely go unnoticed, whereas the other is likely to cause public anxiety and distress regarding the perceived risks."
If you are distressed by the sight of an erect penis then you need to be disturbed. Actually, you probably are disturbed, mentally, complete with delusions of sky fairies and the belief that sex, sexuality and nudity are somehow bad.
People with your mindset rule only through force of arms and violence. The day will come when there aren't enough of you crazies to force us to obey the paranoid and hateful voices in your heads. On that day, a magical world of no more goddamned pants will ensue. Maybe Kilts will become a thing again. Or we'll invent some form of protective covering for our legs that is not bloody pants.
Either way, it will be marvelous to be able to do so without folks with your mindset to oppress us. maybe I'll even live to see the day where I can walk in a public space and have well-ventilated, sweat free testicles. Publicly visible or not.
And there may, or may not be erections. Those occur on their own schedule. But you might consider investigating them, as they can be great fun and you sure as all hell need some.