A faculty member from Missouri State University who tried soliciting dick pics for a study about male self-esteem has decided to cancel her project.
Assistant sociology professor Alicia Walker wanted to research how penis size impacts a man’s sexual activity, condom usage, mental health, socializing, and overall health.
For the study, she tried finding 3,600 men willing to submit pictures and measurement data about their penises. She managed to collect “a few hundred” before the university asked her to 86 the study, citing “public reaction” for the reason.
“I continue to believe the relationship between penis size and self-esteem is an important site of scientific inquiry,” Walker said in a statement this week, “but the public reaction to the project threatens the reliability of the survey responses.”
As a result, she added, “the reliability of the study as a whole has been compromised.”
Meanwhile, the university promises that “all submissions were stored in a secure research database” and that “none of the photographic submissions or survey responses have been or will be viewed. They have already been destroyed.”
“The survey itself has been closed to further activity,” MSU announced Thursday. “No further interviewing will take place.”