A sociology professor from Missouri State University is looking to measure whether larger penis size equates to increased self-esteem.
And she’s looking for men from across North America to voluntarily send her pictures of their junk. All in the name of science.
According to The College Fix, professor Alicia Walker is asking men to provide measurements of their manhood in flaccid and erect states, along with pictures of the body part for her research project.
“The purpose is to investigate how men feel about their bodies in a culture where we place emphasis on size, including size of penises,” Walker said in an interview with the website. “And to further look at how that impacts their tendency toward safe sex, relationships, and more.”
Turning to social news aggregation website Reddit as a promotional tool for the study, many users wondered why Walker specifically needed penis pictures for her project.
“The photographs are only required for the survey portion,” Walker replied under the Reddit name ‘traditionallyt’. “This is because we ask for specific measurements of length and girth and to ensure data validity and uniform measurement we must ensure all participants are correctly using the bone press method.”
The professor stressed strict privacy to the Reddit users, noting men looking to participate in the study can do so without sending photos.
The research project is open to men of all walks of life – including assigned male at birth, assigned female at birth, intersex, post-phallo and genderqueer to name a few. Men must be aged 22 and older to participate.
Walker told The College Fix in a follow-up e-mail interview that her research project is already producing results. She said men who have responded so far feel stressed because of how the world views penis sizes.
She said that distress impacts “their condom use, their willingness to even attempt to approach potential sexual partners, and even going to the doctor for a physical exam.”
“Their physical health is actually impacted by how they feel about their penis,” Walker said. “This isn’t a frivolous study.”