Stuart Taylor asks:
Is it a requirement for guys to be well-endowed to be eligible to join the young naturist movement? I felt positively inadequate seeing the boys in the Laura Pannack feature.
No, definitely not! Organisations like British Naturism do insist that their members “present naturism creditably”, but it’s clear that they mean this in a behavioural rather than a genital sense. In fact, many naturist forums go out of their way to reassure men with unusually large or small penises that they will be welcome.
That said, the young men portrayed in Pannack’s photographs do have penile lengths of around 6 to 7% of their body height. Compare this to the average British penis, which is about 5% the height of the average British young man – so the naturists are indeed on the large side!
Perhaps this isn’t surprising: current British culture tends to praise the large penis at the expense of the small. Smaller-penised men might therefore be more nervous about attending naturist resorts in the first place, despite the reassurances. Once there, they might reasonably be less willing to show themselves naked in the harsh light of a national newspaper.
Ida Alwin asks:
Am I the only one who has noticed that people are less and less willing to commit to any kind of written communication that’s longer than the few words it takes to tweet or update a Facebook status?
Not at all – in this respect, Ida is one of many! Even the people who
use Twitter sometimes notice that they’re less willing to write at
length; a search for “think in 140 character” will usually bring up a
few recent tweets on the subject.
Indeed, it’s commonly held that online readers and writers prefer a
shorter length (in this respect, Ida’s area of enquiry is directly
opposed to Stuart’s, above). Like most preferences, however, this is
far from universal. Those who sympathise with Ida might try to take
comfort in the increasing length of bestseller fiction, the number of
journalists who post expanded versions of their articles online, and
the existence of Facebook groups campaigning for longer status
Darren Evans asks:
Have any of your blind dates led to a long-term relationship?
Well, it depends on how you count. We took a quick poll of passers-by, who suggested that a “long-term relationship” is one that has endured for at least a few years. The wider world seems to agree: Google has only ten results for been in a long-term relationship for two years , as opposed to 4000 or so from equivalent searches for three years or four years.
This is important, because the first Blind Date feature in the Weekend wasn’t until 31 January 2009; that’s less than 22 months ago! By our reckoning, then, the answer to Darren’s question is “no” – because there simply hasn’t been time for it to become anything else.