In a landmark study, psychologist Cedra Meadows has shown that when non-black men feel their penis size is adequate, all races around them tend to get a more fair shake in social and economic opportunities.
In an excerpt from an interview for Psychology Today, Meadows talked about her study and some surprising conclusions.
PT: What started your research in this field at a time when psychologists say men are thinking too much about their penises already?
Meadows: I'm no newcomer to the field, in 1998 our Denver team was looking at feelings of sexual inadequacy in men and the coping mechanisms that they develop. In a small percentage of men we find that feelings of sexual inadequacy lead to more sociopathic behaviors. So the current work springs from our first studies in Denver.
PT: How does penis size affect things like racial and socio-economic equality?
Meadows: Not penis size per se, we never measured anybody's junk [sex organ], we tried to get a handle on how men feel about their penises and sexual prowess, and we found a correlation between Caucasian men who feel secure about their penis size and an increased range of economic opportunities and higher living standard, and the same was true for minority men and women who live and work around them. The same profile holds true for Hispanic and Asian men who filled out our questionnaire, but to a lesser extent. So the way men, and especially white men, feel about their penises affects everyone around them.
PT: So the secret to racial harmony is penis enlargement for white men?
Meadows: Not really, we're talking about how men think about their penises, and men really do spend an inordinate time doing that, but if we can get men to change how they feel about their penises, it could possibly lead to more racial equality, but that's a tenuous conclusion to draw this early in our research.
PT: Should we do anything if the research is still new? If so where do we start?
Meadows: Well yes, for many reasons, this should be addressed as a social issue. The first thing to do is to explode the myth of black superiority in penis size, and also realize that the myth of the "giant Mandingo dick" was a racial stereotype perpetuated to make black male sexuality as threatening as possible. Others have already done the studies, but men of all ethnic backgrounds have roughly the same penis size no matter what anyone tries to say. That should just be a known fact, and it would be a good start on this particular issue, even if the previous finding of a correlation between how one feels about their penis size and how it affects their socio-economic status doesn't pan out.