Has a man in Hollywood ever struggled with his sex drive? Not that we've ever heard — until now.
Actor Chris Pratt recently made waves by admitting that when he weighed 300 pounds, his sex life suffered. "I was impotent, fatigued, emotionally depressed," Pratt told Men's Health UK for its July 2015 issue. "I had real health issues that were affecting me in a major way. It's bad for your heart, your skin, your system, your spirit."
While the Parks and Recreation star later explained he didn't mean he was literally "impotent," he did clarify for Access Hollywood:
"I had a lower sex drive, to be honest with you. Everything about my spirit was dull. I didn't feel great, and I think people will relate to that."
A man admitting his libido was anything other than thunderous? Yes, Pratt just went there, with his masculinity still intact — and other men can do the same.
When guys get real about sex: Pratt's low sex drive was directly related to his confidence level. "It will affect you, not just physically, not just the way you look," he said. "But how you feel and how your spirit feels and how your penis feels — especially the penis part!"
By vulnerably giving voice to a common sexual problem, Pratt is an anomaly among famous men more likely to boast and brag about their sexual prowess. We're hearing more and more about women's struggles with their libidos and sexual pleasure, and female celebrities are getting just as candid about their woes as they are about their sexual wins.
But when men comment about their sex lives, it's typically with the self-assurance of Kanye West or bravado of John Mayer — boasts about sex acts, number of partners, endurance and virility. "I went in like, 'Yo, she's gonna love this,'" were Nick Cannon's choice words when describing his sex life in one radio interview, adding, "I f**ked the sh*t out of her." The infamous quote attributed to Colin Farrell is, "I come into town and bang whoever I can."
With boasts like those, it's no wonder many men feel ashamed when their sex drives don't meet the hyper-masculine ideal.
Not Pratt. In stating openly that his self esteem and sex drive flatlined (and, even more relatably, that "relationship weight gain" was partially to blame), Pratt reminds us that we don't need to hold ourselves or our sex drives to such unrealistic expectations. Not even if we're Guardians of the Galaxy superheroes.