Chris Evans shouldn't have to be 'embarrassed' after accidentally leaking nudes

Perfect lighting, an elongated arm, time of day – there’s an art to taking the perfect d*** pic.

My phone is full of them. And I’d hedge a bet most guys I know, regardless of sexuality, have taken one or two in their time. Or, rather, several hundred.

Penises. Half the world has one. And most of the rest have at least seen one.

They’re not a big deal, right?

Wrong. Captain America actor Chris Evans‘ nude leak this week proves as much.

The response has been massive – albeit, for the most part, supportive (although, tweets obsessing over and fetishising the pictures do not fall under that umbrella, in my opinion).

I first noted just how weird people were around penises – particularly erect ones, especially outside a sexual context – a few years back.

Some friends of mine persuaded another friend to share his nudes; I thought he looked great in them, but they – the very people who had relentlessly begged him to show his penis – immediately turned on him, and mercilessly mocked him with no good reason.

He was forevermore ‘the d*** pic guy’, a shameless over-sharer whose nudity and sexuality were a disgrace.

I was reminded of this incident when Chris spoke of his ’embarrassment’ over his pictures this week, after initially, and admirably, using the matter to draw attention to civic duties by tweeting: ‘Now that I have your attention… VOTE Nov 3rd!!!’

‘Look, it was a very interesting weekend, full of lessons learned,’ he said on The Tamron Hall Show.

Besides which, Chris was subjected to some very unhelpful commentary himself.

Some claimed Captain America had ‘scandalised’ social media – synonyms for ‘scandal’ including ‘impropriety’, ‘misconduct’, ‘offence’ and ‘wrongdoing’, FYI. A truly idiotic choice of word.

As such, Chris’ days-long silence before the aforementioned tweet and interview spoke volumes. He wasn’t obliged to address it but, as a famous person, he was going to attract scrutiny either way; public figure or not, unjust professional and personal repercussions can occur when such things happen.

And it could happen to almost anyone. So why do we continue to treat the body, and particularly the penis, like a taboo subject? As something either pornographic, hilarious or shameful? Keep in mind, an erect penis was only shown on terrestrial TV in the UK for the first time recently, as part of Channel 4 documentary My Penis & I.

‘I want the images in the film to normalise the penis; especially the erection,’ artist Ajamu, fronting the show, told ‘By keeping it taboo we give it too much power and don’t allow men to be vulnerable.’

My message to Chris? Be vulnerable, but don’t be embarrassed. And to the rest of the world? Some people have d***s. Get over it.

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