Sunday, December 10, 2006

condoms 'too big' for indian men

i wonder how many hits this title will get just for the word 'condom'? this story is currently one of the top 5 e-mailed on the bbc website, along with the death of general pinochet and kate winslet speaking out against zero-size women.

here are some snips from the article:

"A survey of more than 1,000 men in India has concluded that condoms made according to international sizes are too large for a majority of Indian men. The study found that more than half of the men measured had penises that were shorter than international standards for condoms. It has led to a call for condoms of mixed sizes to be made more widely available in India. The two-year study was carried out by the Indian Council of Medical Research. Over 1,200 volunteers from the length and breadth of the country had their penises measured precisely, down to the last millimetre. The scientists even checked their sample was representative of India as a whole in terms of class, religion and urban and rural dwellers."

interesting to consider the priorities for allocation of research funds, eh? but let's not be too judgemental, ok, for buried somewhere in the middle of the article is this:

"And the country already has the highest number of HIV infections of any nation."

nevertheless, it is clear what the point of it all is:

"Indian men need not be concerned about measuring up internationally according to Sunil Mehra, the former editor of the Indian version of the men's magazine Maxim. "It's not size, it's what you do with it that matters," he said. "From our population, the evidence is Indians are doing pretty well."

where is sarah silverman when you need her?

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