By Toby Walker
Late one night, I showed a cis friend of mine and professional product designer some videos of prosthetic dick models available to transgender people who want them. Here is one such video, produced by a high-end packer company called Reelmagik. It’s very NSFW, along with every link in this article – but worth it just for the music.
“They’re… amazing,” he gushed, holding his nose to stop beer coming out. “The design is incredible. Enviable.” I explained some of the problems trans masculine people have with particular features, such as an STP or ‘Stand To Pee’ packer that relies on gravity, faith, and considerable restraint in terms of flow to reduce the chance of an accident. I showed him how some of the basic ‘soft packers’ available come in three colours and three size options, are never flaccid, and often fade or tear. My friend expressed an interest in designing some himself, but unfortunately makes self-driving cars now. There’s a lot less money in the dick industry than you’d think.
I feel at this point that I should add that the products I’m about to describe are nothing like a dildo. This is a tool to combat dysphoria. Most are not designed for sex, and are generally used to just feel nice in your pants or pee in a urinal without arousing suspicion. Both these points are about the safety of trans people rather than any desire to have a designer dick. That said, a lot of trans people who suffer from dysphoria feel that most acutely when thinking about sex and relationships. Will this person still believe I’m a man in bed? Will they slip on my pronouns in the act? Because that’s a massive turn-off.
To help with this, many packers are a perfect penis, and why not? Besides the basic“soft packers” for creating a bulge where one might be expected, there are packers that will protect you from scrutiny and let you use a urinal, ‘play’ packers that work like a strap on for sex. There are packers with realistically wrinkly textures, multiple layers of skin, hair, and testicles that float around when squeezed. There’s a packer that comes lube, which some would argue is an improvement on God’s own design. Many packers have two or three separate functions.
But for the majority of trans people who can’t afford to throw a few hundred quid at this kind of innovation – and an American study suggested that trans people are four times more likely than their cis counterparts to live in poverty – these are just more dream dicks.
Toby Walker is a trans journalist working in London. He understands that everybody’s experiences of being trans are different!