Aphrodisiacs and phallic competence: Implications for dominant masculinity

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University of Ghana


The study explores how use of aphrodisiacs influence the construction of phallic competence and sex decision making based on in-depth interviews with 20 women and 16 men in Ghana. Participants were recruited mainly by word-of-mouth through purposive and snowball sampling techniques. The findings indicate that aphrodisiacs influence dominant masculinity for both women and men. Women differentiated between men based on their phallic competence (ability to satisfy a woman sexually) and preferred eho ne ho (average) penis for sex. The penis has to perform satisfactorily to stimulate a woman's sexual pleasure. In reality, however, the size of a penis does not necessarily matter once it can sexually satisfy a woman even if it is a small penis. The use of aphrodisiac was mainly to sustain erection and prolong sex in order to satisfy a woman sexually. Women were selfish in their quest to seek sexual pleasure and exerted indirect pressures on their male partners to seek sexual virility by recommending and providing them with aphrodisiacs.


School of social sciences colloquium


aphrodisiacs, decision making, snowball sampling, prolong sex