We thought we’ve seen it all when it comes to the frivolous spending of your tax dollars. But this one tops the cake. Amazingly, a 2009 study was conducted that culminated in a report called The association between penis size and sexual health among men who have sex with men.
Larger penis size has been equated with a symbol of power, stamina, masculinity, and social status. Yet, there has been little research among men who have sex with men assessing the association between penis size and social-sexual health. Survey data from a diverse sample of 1,065 men who have sex with men were used to explore the association between perceived penis size and a variety of psychosocial outcomes.
Such trauma comes from living in what the report calls a penis-centered society.
According to the UK Daily Mail (what, you expect American media to cover this?), it’s unclear how much of the $900,000 went to the study, but remarkably, we’ve spent $9.4 million over ten years on penis-size research.
Among its findings, the 2009 report found that gay men with a below average penis size were more likely to be the ‘receiving partner’ while those with above average penis sizes were said to be the ‘giving partner’.
Of course it would be homophobic or something if we didn’t fund such studies. And what could be a more stigmatizing than that?
Having a small unit, we suppose.