Asian men have small penises
Yes; when it comes down to it, the rest of the world is awfully curious about Asian men and their penises. I once had a boss with a terrible sense of humor who would make a habit of inquiring into just how I would masturbate. He’d mime a short yanking motion while wearing his goofy grin, and I offered that we could discuss his repeatedly sexually harassing me with HR if need be.
The fact is that men are obsessed with comparing things with one another, and the size of the male phallus is kind of a big deal for a lot of guys (and some girls), which is totally understandable.
There are two approved ways of dealing with this stereotype if confronted with it by another man:
1. Bring out the facts
Look at Tables 2 and 3 (presented below) from Richard Lynn’s An examination of Rushton’s theory of differences in penis length and circumference and r-K life history theory in 113 populations.
In some instances, the data are self-reported whereas, in others, they have been captured by measurement conducted by a third party. The immediate reaction to the data as reported may be to agree with prevailing stereotypes about men’s relative penis sizes.
.. And that’s where a further reading is required. Taking the data at face value yields a couple of interesting points:
- men of all races have a tendency to over-exaggerate the size of their own penises
- the average length of the asian penis, 5.3 inches (Table 2), is greater than the length of the average penis in the USA, 12.90cm / 2.54cm/inch = 5.08 inches (Table 3)
In his examination Richard Lynn gives the source of data for Table 2 as “a survey carried out in New York City in 2010 of objectively measured and self-measured erect penis length in a sample of 800 adult men consisting of 200 from each group of blacks, Hispanics, whites and Asians. The majority of the group identified as Asians will have comprised Chinese and Koreans, but may have included some South and Southeast Asians”. He states that the data reported in Table 2 was retrieved from http://www.targetmap.com/viewer.aspx?reportId=3073 on June 20, 2011
Table 3 summarizes the data from http://www.everyoneweb.com/worldpenissize/, retrieved 20 June, 2011. Lynn states that “the information in this website has been collated from data obtained by research centers and reports worldwide”.
As of today, however, a visit to the claimed source for Table 2 shows that it’s pulling data from the same source given in Table 3. In fact, it’s remained completely unchanged since Richard Lynn visited it on June 20, 2011, as shown by a brief visit to the Internet Archive Wayback Machine: http://web.archive.org/web/20110201000000*/http://www.targetmap.com/viewer.aspx?reportId=3073.
The only other lead to follow from the alleged data source for Table 2 shows a complete miss as far back as the Internet Archive Wayback Machine goes: http://web.archive.org/web/20110201000000*/http://healthmad.com/mens-health/average-penis-size-worldwide/. Further research indicates that the articles on the healthmad.com domain originate from http://www.triond.com, itself a
Even stranger is the source for Table 3, which looked like this on June 24, 2011, just four days after Lynn claims to have retrieved data from that site: http://web.archive.org/web/20110624020050/http://www.everyoneweb.com/worldpenissize/. A quick visit reveals graphics with no logical ordering of data and a laundry list of sources held separate from any accompanying data. The legitimacy of the site’s claims is left up to the reader to deduce on their own.
Lynn’s paper has received some criticism regarding his choice of sources:
Jelte Wicherts, professor of methodology at Tilburg University, Holland, told the Telegraph: “This is a brave paper in a controversial area but the data has no methodology.”
It doesn’t take a professor of methodology to tell you that there is no merit to the data collection process. Even more telling of the paper’s lack of merit is Richard Lynn’s failure to mention it on his list of publications (http://www.rlynn.co.uk/index.php?page=publications). There are zero instances of the word penis appearing anywhere on his site.
Finally, Richard Lynn has historically faced criticism in his research process, making him an utterly unreliable source of information.
At best his examination is guilty of spreading disinformation responsible for perpetuating the prevailing stereotypes of racial differences in penis sizes.
Further reading on this line of discussion:
The Pseudoscience of Race Differences in Penis Size by Scott McGreal, psychology researcher for Psychology Today
r/K selection theory and Race, Evolution, and Behavior (1995), the book authored by J. Philippe Rushton on its application to race
Richard Lynn’s An examination of Rushton’s theory of differences in penis length and circumference and r-K life history theory in 113 populations
2. Insinuate that the other guy is more interested in cock than he’s willing to let on
Do this tactfully and deflect while striking at the heart of the enemy by surmounting a strike against his masculinity. Be prepared for a counter-attack if facing a testy opponent. Unless he’s gay, and you like him, in which case..
There is one approved way of dealing with this stereotype if confronted by a female or a gay man (that you have intentions of bedding):
1. Place his/her hand on your bulge and swoop
I mean it. It’ll save a lot of discussion, and you can always talk about the facts some other time. Extra style points for getting your new love-thing’s happy reaction on camera.
In my own case, I had a real dog of a boss. I suspect that he was just feeling a little frustrated in his love life, not too uncommon. Maybe things were getting a little cold in the bedroom for him. Not my problem.
What other stereotypes have you got? Sound off below.