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“Give Her The Dick” (also shortened as “Give Her the D”) is an expression used on image boards and discussion forums in reference to an infamous comment left on the adult media website Pornhub. In honoring the original commenter’s choice of avatar, the humorous quote is often accompanied by a portrait of the French philosopher René Descartes.
The phrase gained much of its online notoriety as an oddly phrased comment posted on the adult media website Pornhub by user ross53545 sometime in 2009 (shown below, left). Featuring Dutch artist Frans Hals’ 1684 painting of French philosopher and mathematician René Descartes as the avatar (shown below, right), user ross53545 wrote “give her the dick.”
The earliest known iteration of the phrase can be attributed to comedian Bernie Mac in his 1993 stand up performance from Def Comedy Jam: All Stars Vol 2, in which he says “give her the dick” to describe the act of initiating sexual intercourse with a woman that is speaking on the phone (shown below).
On March 3rd, 2012, a thread titled “Porn Comments” was submitted to the /v/ (video games) board on 4chan, in which several users responded with variations of the phrase “give her the dick” accompanied by Frans Hals’ painting of Descartes. On the same day, YouTuber Saucy Postal uploaded a video featuring a screenshot of the /v/ thread, set to a mashup of the 1987 Nintendo video game Contra theme song and an audio clip of Bernie Mac repeatedly saying the phrase “give her the dick” (shown below). In less than one year, the video received over 98,000 views and 290 comments.
On April 3rd, a Facebook page titled “Give Her The Dick” was created, featuring the portrait of René Descartes as the profile image. On July 16th, Redditor Man_Oh_Low submitted a troll quote image post to the /r/QuotesPornsubreddit, featuring Descartes’ portrait captioned with the phrase (shown below). Prior to being archived, the post received over 130 up votes and 10 comments.
On January 10th, 2013, a Twitter feed was created for @ross53545 with the same painting of Descartes as the avatar, mostly showcasing variations of the phrase “give her the dick.”
@boywhoeatscurry Give her the dick dude.
— René Descartes (@ross53545) January 11, 2013
The original Ross53545 account was deleted between late 2012 and early 2013 and has since then been replaced by a fake account. Most of the original comments can still be found on the Ross Archive website, which was launched on January 10th, 2013.
On December 26th, 2012, a Pornhub comment by ross53545 was submitted to the /sp/ (sports) board on 4chan, to which users speculated about the commenter’s identity, including links to his suspected Livejournal and a Rate My Professor page for University of Wisconsin faculty member Howard Ross.