If you have heard the term “Lock and Key” it most likely had to do with something like an actual “lock and a key” to your house or maybe a safe. Not so when dealing with matters of genitalia and science. New research out this month finds that, “The tremendous diversity of male genitalia has been described as one of evolutionary biology’s greatest enigmas…Hypotheses explaining this diversity include the lock-and key hypothesis.”
According to this Lock and Key hypothesis, the diversity in penis shape (key) is correlated with the shape of the vagina (lock). Each “key” is designed to fit a specific type of “lock”. Interesting that this theory has been introduced. It certainly raises some eyebrows about how this hypothesis fits with the idea that homosexuality is something one is “born with” and not a choice. Scientist offer no suggestions that the Lock and Key theory includes a male lock. But I digress…back to the War on Women.
Male Bias is not limited to politics but extends to all facets of life, especially science and research. According to this study the lack of research on the female genitalia is directly related to the fact that, “It was mainly due to social assumptions that penises are the more important genitalia because of their dominant role during sex.”
Out of over 300 studies on genital evolution, 48.6 per cent were done on male genitalia and only 7.7 per cent were completed on female genitalia. The balance of the studies were conducted on both sexual organs simultaneously. The researchers here argued that the lack of study on female genitalia is due to misleading assumptions that they are all very similar. Malin Ah-King, one of the researchers behind the study concluded, “We argue that understanding genital evolution is hampered by an outdated single-sex bias.”
What is surprising about this research is that it was found the gender bias existed whether it was a male or a female conducting the study. In other words, even if women were the ones completing the research they still elected to study male genitalia more often than female. So, it was concluded that, “There seems to be no biological justification for why female genitalia are understudied, and suggest that the bias reflects now outdated assumptions about the unimportance of, or lack of, variation in female genitalia in sexual evolutionary dynamics.”
So, in short women are now joining men on the right in the war on women. Now, let us all sit back and patiently wait for the Left to declare scientist are sexist and Republican. It is worth noting that Darwin, the major proponent of all things evolutionary, first declared that women were more likely to be “coy”. Who knew that Darwin was a sexist?