Study Finds Link Between Evangelicals and Google Searches for a Bigger Penis
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A recent study published in theJournal for the Scientific Study of Religionreveals that evangelical Christian men could have more significant insecuritiesregarding the size of their penises. The data points to America’s evangelical subculture accelerating insecurities about penis size.
The authors of the study planned to test if dedication to the Evangelical communities may cause men to be more insecure, especially since much of the evangelical dogma pertains to having an adequately-sized penis. Evangelicals talk a great deal about the “complementarity of the sexes,” according to the authors. Or the idea that men and women were each created for their particular roles to benefit the entire community.
“Writings of prominent evangelical thought leaders have for decades relied on phallic symbolism and even explicit phallic references to either valorize physical strength or, more often in the negative, castigate Christian men for their lack of ‘manliness,'” wrote the authors. “Our findings provide important insight” into evangelical “views that equate masculine worth with physical size and strength either centering on or symbolized by the penis.”
The study utilized Google Trends search data to compare requests for “penis enlargement,” “male enhancement,” or ‘ExtenZe,” according to the Evangelical Protestants’ conformity state by state. States with an increased percentage of evangelicals had a higher frequency of Google searches of those and similar phrases.
The researchers in this study also relied on Pew Research Center’s U.S. Religious Landscape Survey, the U.S. Census, and the 2010 Congregations and Membership Study.
Of the study, researchers wrote: “Though there have been dissenting voices and countermovements within mainstream evangelicalism, writings of prominent evangelical thought leaders have for decades relied on phallic symbolism and even explicit phallic references to either valorize physical strength or, more often in the negative, castigate Christian men for their lack of ‘manliness.'”
The study's authors didn’t measure any genitalia, as the research was about insecurities, not size. In fact, they did not perform the study using surveys because they could not depend on most men to provide the most honest answers.
They explain, “To the extent that a subculture promoting unattainable, phallocentric masculinity (which we argue is likely stronger among evangelicals) pervades the entire community, more men will internalize that ideal and look for remedies to address this privately felt need.”
From January 2011 through July 2016, a higher rate of Google searches for porn are connected to a greater proportion of evangelicals in each state.
One book largely followed by Evangelicals is Wild at Heart, written by John Eldredge. There he writes, “You'll recall the little boy, Philip, from the movie A Perfect World? Remember what his fear was? That his penis was puny. That's how many men articulate a sense of emasculation…”
Eldredge claims that “emasculation” is one of the biggest threats to Christian manhood. Eldredge provides an anecdote of how a young boy had his penis accidentally removed, which ruined his life.
A Christian culture that teaches people to respect traditional ‘manhood’ seems to be connected with a desire for a larger penis. Not only does this problem exist in churches, but the same thinking is found in conservative politics.