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Teenage male insecurities

I'm a female writer struggling to portray as accurately as possible the teenage male experience. In particular, I'm interested in insecurities that a boy around the age of 16 would have in ~2008-2010. This has proven to be a difficult topic to get actual information on. I've searched online and found lots of stuff related to puberty insecurities, like spontaneous erections and awkward voice changes, but that isn't particularly helpful. I don't have any male friends in this age group, and I'd like to avoid asking men who are well past their teens because I understand that gender roles and expectations have changed slightly, even in the last ten years. I'm interested in the most recent information possible.

For plot reasons, my character needs to be humiliated by his peers. He is 16, white, lower to middle class, decidedly not popular at school but would very much like to occupy a higher rung on the social ladder. He is about to have his first sexual encounter. I'm toying with the idea that he could be humiliated about his performance during sex with the girl, or about his anatomy. So here's my question: Is it feasible, in the time period I'm interested in, that teenagers would ridicule a boy who is said to have a small penis or perform inadequately in bed? If not, what other things could cause a teenage boy a great amout of embarrassment and distress (in your experience or someone else's that you know of)?

Sorry if this question does not belong here, as it is not something that can be found through research. Thanks in advance. :)
Tags: ~bullying, ~psychology & psychiatry (misc)
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