Professor of sociology, Alicia Walker, is asking men to send photos of their private parts for a research project.
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A female professor at Missouri State University is asking men to send her pictures of their private parts in a quest to find out if the size really matters for men.
Sociology Professor Alicia Walker asks male participants to voluntarily send in photos of their anatomy, together with measurements in an excited and non-excited state, as part of a research project is approved by the Missouri State University Institutional Review Board, The College Fix reported.
“The study is the investigation of the importance of the men’s self-esteem and feelings about their body and their experiences in a society that worships size and tells the men that they are less than when they are not able to measure it,” Walker told Fox News. “For the men who I have spoken to so far, which affects his grave.”
Walker clarified that men are not e-mailing her lewd photos.
“These are not sexy photos. These clinical pictures in order to confirm that a reported measurement,” Walker said. “For the photos, when they take the survey, there is a spot to upload them with the survey. So they offer their appreciation for the perimeter, upload a picture with a measuring instrument to show that their circumference, repeat with the length, etc. The pictures don’t include faces or other identifying characteristics.”
Walker’s research assistant placed the study on a number of X-rated Reddit threads, where he said that the study is more than just a photo.
“We also need answers to questions about their self-esteem levels, feelings about their genitals, satisfaction with their sexual life, and so on, and so on,” Walker’s assistant wrote.
Walker said they “recruit from a wide range of online locations” in addition to Reddit. “My hope is to get a broad section of men to talk about.”
Missouri State University is a public university in Springfield.
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icipants must be at least 22 years old and have the option of doing the interview over the telephone or via e-mail with a Walker or her male assistant.
While Missouri State is a public university, Walker told Fox News the study receives no funding or tax dollars.
“I understand that I research topics that a lot are uncomfortable,” she said, “that often the topics that I research cause some people a bit angry, but I did not expect that a study about men and their feelings would be one of them.”
Missouri State University backup-Walker “academic freedom” in a statement: “it is a legitimate area of research, and they meet all the guidelines of the participant’s safety.”
“Teachers have a broad insight in their research choices,” the university said. “As students, employees, and/or the faculty, research at Missouri State University, which involves human participants, they are required to submit an application to the Institutional Review Board (IRB).”
The university said the Walker study met the requirements for the IRB.
“Research is defined as: A systematic investigation, including research, development, test, and evaluation” of the university, said: “designed to develop or contribute to generalizable knowledge.”
Caleb Parke is an associate editor for FoxNews.com. You can follow him on Twitter @calebparke