Tuesday, July 05, 2005

Redefining Normalcy

The notion of normalcy has taken its hits over the recent years, mostly at the hands of phamaceutical companies. Blood pressue 120/80? That's no longer normal, but high normal. May need a beta blocker. Sad more than twice last month? You may be depressed and should ask your doctors about the plethora of anti-depression medicine available on the market. In short, we are no longer ok or normal, but rather diseased, depressed miserable beings. The minute you are born, you are in a slow state of decay and dying; these motherfuckers are intent on making us fully aware of it.

But, there are some on the other end of the spectrum that are trying to define abberations as normal. This post was prompted by an article I read on Slate (you have to scroll down a bit) about a study about penis size. Normally, Banality Fair does not explore such salacious topics, but this study merits a mention and some comment. According to the study, patients who came in for treatment for being underendowed were told that an erect member of 7 centimeters or more is considered "normal." Providing this information was enough to convince men who consulted physicians about being underendowed from not experimenting with undertested lengthening techniques.

For those of you who are not deft at converting the metric system to inches, 7 centimeters is about 2 and 3/4 inches. That is considered on the low end of "normal."

Joseph K's analysis: Come on.


Blogger Sharfa said...

cough! cough! snort! snicker! 2 and 3/4 inches is the low end of "normal"?!?!?! For a 7 year old!

Two comments:

1. Poor bastards.

2. Thankful I have only delt with mid - high end "normal"

8:43 AM  
Blogger Joseph K said...

Seriously. I'm not sure how being outside, oh, two standard deviations from the mean qualifies as "normal." Que sais-je?

P.S. Free Lil' Kim.

10:46 PM  

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