I was looking at Drudge and saw this headline: “STUDY: Chemicals in frying pans, fast food packaging shrink penises…” which linked to this Daily Mail article. It sounded very alarming so I went to check it out:
Men could end up with penises half-an-inch shorter than usual if their parents were exposed to high levels of a chemical used in non-stick frying pans.
Scientists have found the chemicals, called PFCs, can interfere with male hormones and lead to sexual organs being ‘significantly’ shorter and thinner.
And this effect is not only seen in the womb, the researchers said. PFCs could have toxic effects in teenagers, too.
The chemicals, also found in waterproof clothing and greaseproof packaging for food, get into the bloodstream and reduce testosterone levels.
Scientists found young men who grew up in an area polluted with PFCs have penises 12.5 per cent shorter and 6.3 per cent thinner than healthy men. …
For men, being exposed to PFCs while in the womb can result in higher levels of female hormones in adulthood, and developing smaller penises.
I used to think such studies were nonsense, but now, I’m not so sure. Something is definitely going on with the lower testosterone rates of men and I don’t think it is just cultural, though there is a lot of female privilege and male bashing in today’s society that might explain some of this. I think that some is environmental and that it is important that real studies be done to investigate why men’s testosterone levels are decreasing.