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It’s going to be a long winter.

In November, hundreds of men try to go 30 days without masturbating. In December, some are planning to pull a 180 and embark upon a masturbation quest that might be physically impossible. If you thought you’d heard it all after “No-Fap November,” get ready for “Destroy Dick December.” Is it a real thing? Maybe. Maybe not. Either way, it’s going viral this week.

In certain male-dominated circles of the internet, masturbation is considered a heinous activity. Not because these men believe it’s immoral, but because they believe refraining from ejaculation will give them superpowers (or at least help their concentration). It’s not scientifically sound, but there’s a subreddit dedicated to the practice: r/nofap. The Proud Boys, the polo-wearing white supremacist group started by estranged Vice founder Gavin McInnes, also subscribe to a “no wanks” ideology. And even outside of this group of hardcore anti-mastubators, some men have challenged themselves not to jerk off in a month-long event called No-Fap November. Some may be trying to kick a porn addiction. Others are just in it for the challenge. And others the … uh… community of it all?

Perhaps to make fun of the no-fappers’ stoicism, or perhaps just as a joke about jerking off, “Destroy Dick December” was born. If going a month without masturbating seems difficult and ultimately futile, consider how pointless it is to jerk off an additional time for each calendar day in December. That is, aspiring dick destroyers will “nut” once on December 1st, twice on the 2nd, all the way up to 31 times on New Year’s Eve. The white Christmas jokes practically write themselves.

Let’s consider all the evidence that Destroy Dick December is a Thing. First, there are two extremely popular Reddit posts advertising it, one in r/teenagers and one in r/dankmemes, that point to a text message.

fracati/Reddit

Then there are the dozens of tweets:

https://twitter.com/gyalchesterboii/status/929193099317755909

But the center of #DestroyDickDecember activity seems to be Instagram, where the meme got a huge boost from popular account Rapper2k:

https://www.instagram.com/p/BbVb164A9Nk/?hl=en&taken-by=rapper2k

There are more than 300 posts on Instagram tagged #DestroyDickDecember, most of them reposting the original “Aye bruh” text message that seems to have started the event. It’s probably fair to assume there are even more that didn’t use the hashtag.

#destroydickdecember

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Where did Destroy Dick December come from, though? The earliest mention on Twitter seems to have come from @IncredCanemian, who used it as part of a joke about masturbating all year round. It only has 2 likes, though, so we can assume that’s not the origin of the meme.

It seems likely that the original Destroy Dick December call to action came from Instagram, in a post that’s now impossible to track down because of Instagram’s limited search capabilities.

Regardless of who started it, though, Destroy Dick December has taken on a life of its own. Most of the men promising to participate are probably joking, but it’s certain that at least some will attempt it. Best of luck and a joyful holiday season to them.

Jay Hathaway

Jay Hathaway

Jay Hathaway is a former senior writer who specialized in internet memes and weird online culture. He previously served as the Daily Dot’s news editor, was a staff writer at Gawker, and edited the classic websites Urlesque and Download Squad. His work has also appeared on nymag.com, suicidegirls.com, and the Morning News.

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