Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Duncan Fallowell: The (weeping) tears and erections query


Dear Madame Arcati

I've just returned from the south of France to discover this warm-hearted posting [just below]. Many thanks. A friend and I, half an hour ago, were discussing whether it's possible to weep tears and have an erection at the same time. I said it had never happened to me - and I don't think it could. He said it had happened to him several times. Feedback from your readers on this interesting question would be welcome.

With best wishes, Duncan Fallowell

42 comments:

Madame Arcati said...

It's definitely possible - take my word for it.

drf said...

Madame - I did say weep tears, not have tears of pain. Duncan

drf said...

I'd also like to say re Sam Leith that I reviewed quite a few books for him when he was Literary Editor of the Telegraph and he was terrific to work for, always easy to reach on the phone and gave prompt responses - none of that passive-aggressive blanking of emails which is the curse of free-lance life. I am delighted to learn he has a large penis, although had I known earlier, it would not have altered our relationship. He'll find that becoming a free-lancer makes it even bigger.

Best wishes, Duncan

Anonymous said...

Very interesting question. At first I thought it was about sado-masochism but it isn't. What's got me thinking is this - can there be a connection between emotional (ie.non-physical) pain and physical pleasure?

Sam Leith said...

Touched, I am. Brings a tear to my eye. Or would, were it possible

Anonymous said...

I got wood once while crying.

Mother Mary said...

A perfectly ridiculous question and I haven't the faintest idea. On the other hand my son as a baby would get stiffies while bawling his head off. So the mechanism is there.

Anonymous said...

And they shit in their pants five times a day too

Anonymous said...

Good to see Mr Fallowell focusing on the big questions in his maturity.

Lavinia said...

He's not mature. Few people are these days.

Anonymous said...

I've seen it happen. This story is a bit creepy, but oh well!

One of my cousins was just about 9 years old. He marched out of his room one afternoon with no trousers, an erection, crying and giggling nervously wanting to announce to everyone what was happening to him. The grown-ups were is such a state of shock, they were speechless and, seeing how distraught he seemed to be, had no clue how to handle it. I must have been 15. Without missing a beat, I calmly told him: "you silly boy, it happens to everyone; go back inside and put on a pair of pants" walked pass him and went about my business as if he had just been sticking out his tongue at us. Everyone turned around and continued doing what they were doing; he turned around, went back to his room. Never did it again, no one brought it up ever (I don't even think he had one of his parents talk to him about the facts of life - poor dear).

Never seen it happen on a grown man, though. I guess I don't inspire such strong emotions... that's just fine with me.

In case you are wondering, my cousin will not read this post; he has since passed. He died about 15 years later (at 24). R.I.P.

Madame Arcati said...

Thank you for sharing that with my public, darling. Would not your late cousin have experienced an erection before the age of 9? Still, an anecdote is an anecdote.

Anonymous said...

Did Sebastian Shakespeare get the sack then?

Madame Arcati said...

I have no idea. My interests wax and wane.

Anonymous said...

You still haven't said where that photo of Duncan came from. I've looked on Youtube and there are only some student things of him done by Bournemouth University.

Frances Lynn said...

PS. A girlfriend can verify that Michael Nouri (recently viewed in 'Damages') and Mr Bette Midler, 'Harry Kipper' (Martin von Haselberg) both have gigantic whoppers. (She couldn't sit down for weeks afterwards). Baz Bamigboye wouldn't be interested, as this titbit is years old.

Madame Arcati said...

I am appalled by this outbreak of size queenery, and big whopperdom. I blame medical insurance.

As for where I got the Duncan pic, I don't reveal my sources.

Lana said...

I'm not a man so I don't have one..but I don't see why not..crying is emotional

Anonymous said...

Baz Bamigboye is, as you'd expect, eye-wateringly hung.

Anonymous said...

And Jeremy Paxman's got a big un.

Madame Arcati said...

Thank you Baz. How's Cannes? Ken Loach there, like every year.

I've heard about Paxman and his libido. Explains why he's a miserable sod I guess.

Anonymous said...

Baz will get the Palme d'Or for Dong de la Croisette

Anonymous said...

I don't know why my cousin was so distraught, dear and, as I said, it wasn't discussed. The question is plausibility; he was weeping (apparently not in pain), giggling and hard, so it is possible. I think the harder - humm - thing to see happen is a grown man to allow himself to cry if he feels like it, under any situation; not that I would like, as I said, to disrobe in front of a man that will weep with expectation - who knows how I would react to that (anywhere from turning into an emotional wreck myself, disappointment, bemusement or worse), so no thanks.

forgotten ones fund/stephmastini said...

..,I can absolutely testify to the veracity of this phenomenon.. I have a painting in my private collection, (I call "Metamorphosis") that made an ex-lover of mine so angry when he came to visit me one evening, he cried with a full erection as he slashed my painting, with a vengance whilst wielding a screw driver..this was all because I told him that I had painted it for my other lover, and with such intensity..I had gone in seclusion for days and he was not allowed to come visit because of my manic frenzy to finish it...by than, he had reached his "sexual patience" level and was about to burst!... It was a Pollack like creation with a Dali-esque spirit.. an almost surrreal-like story, but very true...it now sits in my studio with silk butterflies pirouetting around the piece. I added them a few years ago ...twenty years after the fact..It was cathartic. It proved to me, that a man can be incredibly horny while filled with rage.. so sick with grief, and in a state of weeping. He was no longer my muse..pity, but it still retains the same intense meaning and power to this day..the piece and the story...we never stop growing do we? (metaphorically speaking of course!)
s!

Anonymous said...

It's amazing how dreary old Ken Loach keeps going. Give me Mike Leigh any day.

Madame Arcati said...

Ah yes, Mike Leigh. It's Pedro for me everytime.

Madame Arcati said...

Oh and thank you for that contribution, Steph. xx

Anonymous said...

Oh God, yeah, Pedro's a goer!

Susan Ill said...

Dear Duncan, I notice you have written a book called Ghost Story. Can you tell us more?

Anonymous said...

Forget about crying and hard-ons - what about death erections - "A death erection or terminal erection is a post-mortem erection, technically a priapism, observed in the corpses of human males who have been executed, ..."

Kinky.

Anonymous said...

Wow, who's that byoot in the photo?

Madame Arcati said...

Why, Duncan of course, seemingly perplexed by the greed of MPs.

the late Errol Flynn said...

other people used to weep tears of joy when they saw my erection.

Anonymous said...

The fallen angel . . .

Anonymous said...

You wanna watch the Tim Oakes video, Sandbach rugby player - bloody marvellous - makes you proud to be English.

Anonymous said...

Not the youtube one but the Brett Everett one. Hit Brett's blog and search Tim Oakes. I'd cry and come for that guy.

Madame Arcati said...

Yes, fascinating - http://brenteverettblog.blogspot.com/search?q=tim+oakes. Features apparently str8 rugby players nipple-sucking each other and engaging in curious same-sex activity. Old ladies may want to give this a Miss.

Miss Marple said...

So many beautiful men. Thankyou, Madame Arcati.

Anonymous said...

Oh yeah, Brent not Brett - so much is happenin

an Old Lady said...

Why give it a miss ?. Us Oldies enjoy a good erection as much as anyone else.

Anonymous said...

Fallowell certainly gets around - he has a letter in The Times this morning.

Ruggerbugger said...

Just broke up with my girlfriend. Tried crying and wanking at the same time - almost made it, not quite.