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The essential guide to Lenny Kravitz's #penisgate accessory

Jessica Wakeman is passionate about books, pop culture, home decor, feminism and beauty. She has been a writer and editor for TheFrisky.com and executive editor of YouBeauty.com. Jesisca is originally from Connecticut and lives in Brooklyn.

Lenny Kravitz's unexpected onstage accessory explained in full detail

You've got questions about Kravitz's penis ring, we've got answers.

It was the penis seen around the world. No, we're not talking about Michael Fassbender (for once). We are referring, of course, to Lenny Kravitz's penis accidentally popping out of his pants while onstage, aka #penisgate.

During a performance on Monday night in Stockholm, Sweden, Kravitz's leather pants split open, showcasing his schlong to the surprised crowd. Another surprise? The accessory attached to the rocker's rod during this wardrobe malfunction: a penis ring.

Whether you have firsthand experience with penis rings or you're green in this area, here are a few essential facts about cock rings so you can discuss #penisgate knowledgeably.

What is a penis ring?

Penis rings, also known as "couples' rings" or "cock rings" are worn on the base of the penis, called the shaft. "A cock ring is most often used to make an erect penis harder and bigger, to keep it that way for a longer amount of time, and to delay and heighten orgasm," explains Go Ask Alice!, a sexual health resource at Columbia University. Despite being called "couples' rings," a man can wear a penis ring before or during sex with his partner(s) or alone while he masturbates.

What does a penis ring look like?

Lenny Kravitz's unexpected onstage accessory explained in full detail

Image: Adam&Eve.com

Penis rings come in all sizes, colors and thicknesses. They have at least one ring that slides onto the shaft (with the aid of lube if needed) and is meant to fit snugly around a penis at full girth. Penis rings can be made of materials like leather or metal but are more commonly made of stretchy materials like silicone, which are easier to clean. Some penis rings come in sets, so a guy can wear a few rings at a time. Others have ribs or bumps on them to add to his pleasure.

Can your sex partner feel the penis ring?

Sometimes yes — and that's the point! The primary purpose of wearing a penis ring may be to prolong an erection, but they can stimulate men and women both. Some penis rings have a battery-operated vibrating nub attached that stimulates a woman's clitoris.

So why was Lenny Kravitz wearing a penis ring onstage?

That's a question only Lenny can answer. But we can speculate that since cock rings are meant to extend an erection, he was trying to stay hard while shredding his guitar. I guess we'll never know unless he tells us.

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