Evangelical Subculture and Phallically Insecure Masculinity [new study]

What little things do some men get excited about? That’s one of the questions addressed in this new study: “Linking Evangelical Subculture and Phallically Insecure Masculinity Using Google Searches for Male Enhancement,” Samuel L. Perry [pictured here] and Andrew L. Whitehead, Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, epub 2021. The authors, at the University […]

The Cultural Meaning of ‘Everybody, Let’s Tighten the Anus’

What depths has the anus song? This study takes a look: ” ‘Everybody, Let’s Tighten the Anus’: Exploring the Social and Cultural Meaning of a Korean Folksong,” Joonseong Lee [pictured here], Journal of Media and Religion, vol. 11, no. 4, 2012, pp. 216-230. The author, at California State University San Marcos, explains: “The immanent approach to the […]

Adams apples : examinations (part 1)

Apparently, the artist Norman Rockwell (1894-1978) was embarrassed by the size of his laryngeal prominence. Mr. Rockwell felt, it’s said, that his Adam’s apple protruded unduly, and had been known to take steps to cover it up in public. [pictured right] But possible academic implications of this have remained largely unstudied in scholarly circles – […]