779: Anxiety

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Don't need any, thanks. I have a backscattering fetish.
Title text: Don't need any, thanks. I have a backscattering fetish.


Many people have cried out against airports using backscatter X-ray machines as a security measure, since the machines can create an image of the subject naked. Black Hat is helping these people fight back by giving the men an opportunity to force the security guard to see them with erections.

The person speaking in the title text doesn't need an erectile dysfunction pill to achieve erection in this situation because he is aroused by the physics principles which make this technology possible.


[There is an airport security checkpoint where a queue of ten passengers is waiting to go through a backscatter x-ray scanner. Near the back of the line, Black Hat is standing next to a stand which says "Viagra $20". One passenger next to him is drinking a glass of water; another is contemplating the sign.]
Security Guard (thinking): Oh god.

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I don't think it's Black Hat saying the title text but someone else in line. However, I'm not sure so I'm hesitant to edit it. 15:54, 6 March 2014 (UTC)

I think the point is not about offending the backscatter operator, but more about men not wanting others to view their genitals in the flaccid state. Many men have self-esteem issues about genital size, and would be eager to take a pill that would make them appear larger before exposing themselves in that way. 05:29, 2 May 2014 (UTC)

$20 a pill for a now-generic (Pfizer's patent expired in mid-2014) medication is a bit steep, yes? (talk) (please sign your comments with ~~~~)

Not sure how that is in any way relevant, since the comic is from 2010. Are you suggesting that Randall on a regular basis should go back and adjust all his comics for inflation and other market developments? 22:35, 5 October 2014 (UTC)
Plus, Black Hat is probably not overmuch concerned with providing a fair price. It's like the vending machines at amusement parks that charge $5 for a bottle of water. -- 20:42, 13 April 2015 (UTC)

Backscattering fetish must be a subset of X-ray porn (which exists - no, really). 11:15, 16 October 2014 (UTC)

I don't know what I expected. I googled it. 18:11, 28 April 2015 (UTC)BK201

Explanation was convinced men would want to do this just to resist the system, I find there's a more obvious and definite reason so I put that in, and kept the previous as an alternate (while less likely) explanation. Maybe I just understand psychology better, maybe it's that I remember the night my brother and his buddy tried to fill in as strippers at a bachelorette party and had a certain form of stage fright. :) NiceGuy1 (talk) 04:08, 18 March 2018 (UTC)