Internet hoaxers aren’t even trying any more.
An article on the Daily Mail (UK) Web site linked by Instapundit bears the headline Women DO judge men on their penis size: Researchers say it is ‘as important as a man’s height’.
However, one the Internet one should be skeptical of everything, especially those sourced like this:
Writing in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (a journal commonly known by its initials as PNAS), Brian Mautz, Bob Wong, Richard Peters and Michael Jennions use a clever experimental manipulation of computer-generated imagery – CGI – to test the effects of variation in penis size relative to height and torso shape (shoulder width relative to waist width) on the attractiveness of male bodies to women.
This cannot be real, can it?
I’ve looked at the universities listed with the authors, and only Richard Peters actually is at the place where it says he works (but he’s not in the Department of Zoology).
However, the study (and the news article) are three years old. So perhaps they moved on. If they ever existed.
You’re saying to yourself, Brian J. sure is working hard to discredit this study. Does it make him feel bad about himself?.
I’m not going to dignify that with a response.