NIH-Backed Study Examined Effects of Penis Size in Gay Community
Fox News reports that our federal government is still stupid. The federal government helped fund a study that examined what effect a gay man’s penis size has on his sex life and general well-being.
The study was among several backed by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) that have come under scrutiny from a group claiming the agency is wasting valuable tax dollars at a time when the country is trying to control its debt. This particular research resulted in a 2009 report titled, “The Association Between Penis Size and Sexual Health Among Men Who Have Sex with Men.”
The study reported, among its findings, that gay men with “below average penises” were more likely to assume a “bottom” sexual position, while those with “above average penises” were more likely to assume a “top” sexual position. Those with average penises identified themselves as “versatile” in the bedroom. Why do we need to know this information?
Though it’s difficult to trace exactly how much federal funding went to the project, the study was one of many linked to an $899,769 grant in 2006.
“The data were not collected using taxpayer funds,” Jeffrey Parsons, a professor with Hunter College, said in an email. “NIH funds were not used to measure anyone’s penis size.” He said part of the 2006 grant went toward the primary author’s post-survey analysis as part of his postdoctoral fellowship to “better inform sexual health promotion efforts.”
A Traditional Values Coalition release stated that at least $9.4 million went to a 10-year study that included the penis-size research — but Parsons said it appears that references a much broader “post-doctoral training program” of which the penis-study funding was a “small” part.
Penis-size research? Good grief…
I’m sure there’s a good joke in here somewhere. Have at it!