Friday, May 08, 2009

Jesse Bering on the "Secrets of the Phallus"

Excerpting even a single paragraph will turn get this blog an NC-17 rating. So, let me just give the article's title: Secrets of the Phallus: Why Is the Penis Shaped Like That?

It discusses certain special features of the human male sexual organ based on evolutionary psychological speculations. This is a field that's notorious for just-so stories masquerading as "scientific explanations" with questionable politics -- particularly sexual politics. [see 1 and 2 for parodies, and 3 and 4 for a more serious discussion]. So beware.

[Update: SciCurious has a discussion (with pics!) of the research by Gallup et al. whose work forms the basis of Bering's article].