Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Does size really matter?

If all the hullabaloo around the economic recovery package is any indication, it sure does. Though as some would argue, it's not the meat (i.e., the amount), it's the motion (how the package is used).

And speaking of package size, why do (some) men feel the need to bring up or accentuate their packages? (Yes, I am talking about you, David Beckham, though you are far from alone.) And does the size of a man's... manhood really matter?

As I do not consider myself an expert on this topic -- and personally find a big brain and a big heart the two most attractive male organs -- allow me to direct you to a site called "Human for Sale." There you can take a short survey to find out if penis size (yes, Dave S., I said "penis") does, in fact, matter and see the results to many probing and stimulating questions.

Oh, and ladies, if such a thing does matter to you, as well as the size of his bank account, do check out his ring finger. (I also have a pet theory that you can tell a lot about a man's... manhood by the length and shape of his nose.)

And while penis size may not be a big issue for women, clearly the size of a woman's breasts are front and center issues to most (though not all) men. Indeed, women's breasts, or, more specifically, Playboy Playmates' breasts, are such a big issue to researchers at the University of Chicago, they created a Playmate database.

And now the intrepid journalists at Wired magazine, going where nearly every man has gone before, have taken it upon themselves to also flip through countless issues of Playboy Magazine to determine if women's proportions and body mass index have changed since Playboy's founding in the 1950s.

Their findings: "While real American women have steadily eaten their way up the BMI slope — just like American men — Playmates have gone from a sylphlike 19.4 to an anime-ideal 17.6." (You can read about the study, and gaze upon the test subjects, by clicking here.*)

And, you could argue, the same applies to Sports Illustrated swimsuit models, if the latest swimsuit issue is any indication.

Yes, my friends, just in time for Valentine's Day, the Sports Illustrated 2009 Swimsuit Issue is here! (Now available on newsstands across the country and online!) I bet Bar Refaeli and Brooklyn Decker have no problem staying afloat.

So does size really matter? And when it comes down to it are women all boobs and men all dicks? I, for one, hope not (though looking at some of our elected officials the past two decades, one could be forgiven for thinking otherwise).

(*H/T to friend of the blog and breast connoisseur JJV for sending me this fascinating article and his diligence in figuring out that the University of Chicago had a Playmate database, which one can only glean by clicking on a picture of a particular Playmate.)

8 comments:

Dave S. said...

JJV's research skills are indeed formidable. Not sure how good he is at feeling his way around a subject, though.

Oh, and I only make immature remarks about double entendres, not specific (perhaps we should say explicit) references.

Jayne Cobb said...

I'll be in my bunk.

GSA said...

Whattablog! What an amazing p-survey! (As you can tell, instead of getting to work on tonight’s lecture, I followed up on every hyperlink in your text.) A couple of first impressions: That Beckham photo has to be stuffed, or else he has elephantine balls. As for the Sports Illustrated cover: if they were to remove the top, those drooping breasts would sag toward her navel, and what woman in her right mind wants that?

Scott Bradley Networking Effectively said...

Jennifer,

You ACTUALLY went there...LOL

J. said...

Hey, I was conducting RESEARCH, Scott!

And good to know, Dave.

Jayne Cobb, whomever you are, I have no idea what that means. But thanks for stopping by! (And yes, I checked out the link to Wikipedia.)

Powaqqatsi said...

For all the talk of size mattering, it is a different story when it comes to actions taken re: size of body part in question.

In J's link to "Human for Sale" ~ 1% of the subjects admitted taking pills advertised to enlarge their penis. It is even harder to find examples of cosmetic surgery to augment or reduce the penis - such surgeries don't make the top 5 list for male cosmetic surgery:

http://www.surgery.org/download/2007Top5_Gender.pdf

(sorry - I need a lesson in html code for blogs to get nice links like dave & J)

In short, it seems most men accept what there born with & make do.

But for females, on the other hand, breast augmentation is number 1 and if both breast surgeries (augmentation & reduction) were combined they'd be a clear leader over all other female cosmetic surgery (side note - many say that most reductions are too correct excessive augmentations).

It is a sad reflection of today's society that so many of our females feel compelled to go under the knife or, worse yet, fall victim to food disorders, questing after the ideal female body norm elevated by the media.

Shame on all of us.

J. said...

Well said (or written), Powa! Thank you for that comment.

How To Attract Men said...

I think the fact that organ size means so much to men suggests that one might get an inkling of his size by his character. We've all heard of short man syndrome, and I'd say a man's character can tell alot about his anatomy too!