Smaller Penis Size: Better Economic Growth (Really!)

 In one of today's least likely (but true!) studies: a country's average penile size correlates to its economic growth in ways that are, well, opposite to our cultural beliefs. The University of Helsinki's Tatu Westling made a chart, via the Atlantic, that showed how countries averaging smaller penis sizes had quicker economic growth than those countries that are packing a little more. With every centimeter, economic growth fell 5 to 7 percent. What! The Atlantic:

As Westling explains in his paper, previous studies "concentrate on economic, social and political factors, these and many related treatments largely abstain from biological and/or sexual considerations. The aim of this paper is to fill this scholarly gap with the male organ." Interesting choice of words (the study is full of them, as you'll see below), but why should this particular, um, unit have any explanatory power? Penis size and economic growth might be related through some intermediary variable like gender equality, political stability, or population growth, Westling writes, but he seems to prefer an admittedly more Freudian explanation that goes like this: Penile length and income are both factors that contribute to an individual's level of self-esteem, and if a person has more of the former, he'll need less of the latter. Or, to put it in layman's terms, some fast-growing countries may be compensating for something. Not a particularly poor argument until you realize, as Westling acknowledges, that half the world's population don't have penises.

For cross reference, here's the Penis Size World Map. Read an interview with Westling at the Global Postfor a little more insight into what he was thinking.

AlterNet / By Julianne Escobedo Shepherd

Posted at July 19, 2011, 5:52am

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