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Size Matters? Penis Dissatisfaction and Gun Ownership in America – PubMed (

In this study, we formally examine the association between penis size dissatisfaction and gun ownership in America. The primary hypothesis, derived from the psychosexual theory of gun ownership, asserts that men who are more dissatisfied with the size of their penises will be more likely to personally own guns. To test this hypothesis, we used data collected from the 2023 Masculinity, Sexual Health, and Politics (MSHAP) survey, a national probability sample of 1,840 men, and regression analyses to model personal gun ownership as a function of penis size dissatisfaction, experiences with penis enlargement, social desirability, masculinity, body mass, mental health, and a range of sociodemographic characteristics. We find that men who are more dissatisfied with the size of their penises are less likely to personally own guns across outcomes, including any gun ownership, military-style rifle ownership, and total number of guns owned. The inverse association between penis size dissatisfaction and gun ownership is linear; however, the association is weakest among men ages 60 and older. With these findings in mind, we failed to observe any differences in personal gun ownership between men who have and have not attempted penis enlargement. To our knowledge, this is the first study to formally examine the association between penis size and personal gun ownership in America. Our findings fail to support the psychosexual theory of gun ownership. Alternative theories are posited for the apparent inverse association between penis size dissatisfaction and personal gun ownership, including higher levels of testosterone and constructionist explanations.

Also, from the paper, this additional bit of irony:

Funding: The author(s) disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article: The data collection for this study was supported by funding from Change The Ref, an organization that “uses urban art and nonviolent creative confrontation to expose the disastrous effects of the mass shooting pandemic.” Although Change The Ref holds a clear political stance with respect to the role of guns in society, this organization played no part in the planning or implementation of the study.

Yes, an anti-gun organization paid for this study.

And a final bit of irony is that there is more than one way to interpret the results of this study which I have not found mentioned anywhere. It could be that the gun owning men satisfied with their penis size are happy because they have successfully compensated for their small penis with gun ownership.

I was referred to this study by numerous people. Here are the ones I can recall. If someone else also brought it to my attention and I failed to give them credit, I apologize.


6 thoughts on “Trust the Science!

  1. Reminds me of a claim (falsely?) attributed to Freud, that ‘fear of weapons is a sign of impaired sexual development.’

  2. I note that the size of one’s body parts, or the depth of one’s intellect are not generally considered a matter of choice, and therefore not something to take pride or shame in. Odd that anyone should see them as interchangable with weapons… and then make it to adulthood. … this is how you know they are the “protected” chattel of someone with actual weapons… and manhood.

    Mas Ayoob’s first rule of gun fighting: Bring a gun. Not a dick.

  3. Thought you’d enjoy that article as much as I did, Joe! As Alanis Morissette postulates, ‘Isn’t it ironic? Don’t ya think?’ 😀

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