Peer Review Failure: Chinese Baby Penises

Email sent to Wiley journal

Good day Wiley staff, I would like to point out inaccurate content in a journal article.

Journal: Acta Paediatrica

Article: Penile size in healthy Nigerian newborns: country-based reference values and international comparisons (DOI: 10.1111/apa.12517)

Inaccurate content: “The mean penile length in this study, the first in an African population, is similar to lengths reported for Caucasian boys in the USA, smaller than lengths of Indian and Malaysian boys and significantly larger than those of Hong Kong and Chinese boys (Table 4).”

Comments:

  • With respect to table 4 (attached), “Chinese” and “Caucasians” are not and have never been countries.
  • The reference for Hong Kong and “Chinese” is the same (Ref. 17) which should not be.
  • The first author of reference 17 is “Fok” not “Fork”
  • Reference 17 only pertains to Hong Kong and not “Chinese” thus the reference for “Chinese” is incorrect.
  • The 3.1 cm value for “Chinese” is from reference 14. Additionally, the N for the “Chinese” (from reference 14) is 40 and not 129.
  • The N of 129 for “Chinese” is from reference 16.
  • The data for “Caucasians” pertains to Canada, not the US.
  • The N for “Caucasians” is too small to have been used.
  • The N for India is too small to have been used.
  • Confounding data for Chinese from reference 16 was not used which would seem to indicate a racial bias on the part of the authors.
  • Reference 16 contains references to studies of Saudis and Indians (from India) yet were not used.
  • References 21 and 22 are listed but not cited in the paper.

14. Cheng PS, Chanoine JP. Should the definition of micropenis vary according to ethnicity? Horm Res 2001; 55: 278–81.
16. Ting TH, Wu LL. Penile length of term newborn infants in multiracial Malaysia. Singapore Med J 2009; 50: 817.
17. Fork TF, Hon KL, So HK, Wong E, Ng PC, Chang A, et al. Normative data of penile lengths for term Chinese newborn. Biol Neonate 2005; 87: 242–5.
21. Sutan-Assin M, Rukman J, Dahlan A. Penile dimensions of newborn infants. Paediatr Indones 1989; 29: 146–50.
22. Gabrich PN, Vasconcelos JS, Damiao R, Silva EA. Penile anthropometry in Brazilian children and adolescents. J Paediatr (Rio J) 2007; 83: 441–6.

UPDATE 2017-09-19: Wiley has stated that the authors (and not the journal editors) have decided that an erratum is not required.

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Springer Complaint

Good day Springer staff,

With respect to the 2016 publication “Penile Augmentation” edited by Park, Kim and Moon, there are some issues with the content.

For instance, Park in chapter 1 states: “In contrast, Ponchietti et al. [2] investigated a total of 330 young men and reported that the average penile sizes were 9.0 cm in length with 10 cm of circumference of central penis and 12.5 cm on flaccid and stretched status, respectively. In Korean men, however, the average sizes of flaccid penis were 7.4 cm long, 2.8 cm of diameter, and 8.5 cm of circumference. When erected, they were 11.2 cm long, 4.1 cm of diameter, and 11.0 cm of circumference that are smaller than other reports from western countries [3,4].”

1. The Ponchietti sample was 3,300 not 330
2. From reference 3, the flaccid penis length should be 7.8, the circumference 9.0, the erect length 11.9 and erect circumference 12.1. Reference 3 gives flaccid stretched values so the author should have used those instead of the erect values
3. Reference 4 should not have been used as it is for non-adults (<=15 yrs)

References

2. Ponchietti R, Mondaini N, Bonafe M, Di Loro F, Biscioni S, Masieri L. Penile length and circumference: a study on 3,300 young Italian males. Eur Urol. 2001; 39:183–6.
3. Park KJ. Penile nomogram in Korean males. Korean J Urol. 1998; 16:153–8.
4. Do KC. Normal growth in the genitalia of Korean male children. J Korean Ped Surg. 1982; 25:674.


In chapter 2, Kim states: “The average erect penis size is known to be between 13 and 15 cm in length and 9 cm in girth when flaccid, longest in Congolese and shortest in Korea [3,4]. Durex survey also concludes that the erect penis of males in the Far East is about 2 cm shorter than Whites in length and girth. In fact, Japanese-manufactured condoms measure about 2.5 cm shorter than American made ones [5].”

1. Reference 4 should not be used in an academic book. The Buzzfeed ‘reference’ used data from a race realist journal article which in turn used data from an anonymous website that magically creates data. In other words, the source data is bogus. There has never been any penile anthropometric study performed in the Congo
2. Durex is also not an appropriate reference for an academic book
3. Reference 5 is not an academic source. The author of ref. 5 makes multiple anti-East Asian jokes and stereotypes in his book. For example, he refers to the penile urethra as “Jap-eyed”
4. Reference 5 does not have any statement about Japanese condoms being smaller and even if it did, that would be inaccurate since Japan produces condom with different lengths and widths

Kim continues: “Contrarily, those who live in a cold weather environment, such as Northern Europe, have white skin, long nose, and a lot of hairs. This can be explained as natural selection. Why is the penis smaller in the Far East? …”

1. Not all cold weather people look European (e.g. the Inuit) so natural selection may not be a good reason for this statement
2. There is no “Far East”, colonial terms should not be used in academic books
3. The author has failed to show that smaller penises are normative in the so-called Far East so on what basis can this statement be made? Surely not one source of 287 Korean males (ref. 3)
4. Additionally, ref. 5 states: “Statistics show that the penises of those from the Far East, South East Asia and the Indian subcontinent are smaller than the world median …” so why did Kim only special mention the “Far East”. If his natural selection logic is to hold, then why do the SE Asians and Indians who live in hot climates like Africans not have Congolese-sized penises?

As such, I kindly submit that the above quotations require source and content revisions.

References

3. Wylie KR, Eardley I. Penile size and the small penis syndrome. BJU Int. 2007; 99:1449–55.
4. Smith PA. A very important guide to penis size around the world. The Sun has excelled itself with this useful infographic showing the average length of penises in 28 countries. BuzzFeed News. 2014
5. Hickman T. ‘God’s doodle’ The life and times of the penis. London: Square Peg; 2012.

Hollywood Roundup XL

Neil Gaiman’s Likely Stories S01E01 (UK): European male upper chest nudity [x4], Afropean male medical doctor, European male described as “gorgeous” and said to have had his way with many females.

The Good Karma Hospital S01E01: Indo-European female (with English surname though she says her father is Indian) is dumped by European boyfriend and moves to India. There, the first patient she sees is English, in a hospital run by an English female doctor sexing an English businessman, insinuated love-hate relationship with an Indian male doctor played by another Indo-European (with an English father, because India obviously has a dearth of actual Indian males), S01E02: nude Hebrewpean male is referred to as “gorgeous” and an “Adonis”, multiple upper chest nudity shots of Hebrewpean male, Indian male interested in Indo-European female.

The Dick Tracey Show (1961): Stereotypical Japanese character Joe Jitsu voiced by Benny Rubin, stereotypical Latino character Go Go Gomez voiced by Mel Blanc, Dick Tracy voiced by Everett Sloane.

Master Chef S08E13: Chef Gordon Ramsey turns “miso” into “Me so …” when speaking to an Eurasian male (European mother), S08E18: Chinese male is reunited with European male partner, effeminate Eurasian (Italian father) thinks of himself as Italian but does constant Confucian bows.

Snowfall S01E01: Latino male heterosexualization (violent fighter, kissing Latina, kills a man), European male heterosexualization (nudity, getting oral sex from one female, having East Asian female stick a straw up his butt, full body nudity, upper chest nudity [x5], European girlfriend), Afropean male heterosexualization (married to Afropean female, sexing another Afropean female, lusting after Afropean female, lusting after Afropean female and multiple European females).

The Orville S01E01: European female cheating on European male with blue alien male, East Asian female rapidly ages and dies.

Mr. Mercedes S01E03: European male and female have sex.

Dark Matter S03E13: Token East Asian male is killed, another token East Asian male is killed.

Hollywood Roundup XXXIX

The Back-up Plan (2010): Latina marries European male with ex-girlfriend and token Afropean male friend.

Marry Me (2010): East Asian female has one European and 2 Ameropean (Mestizo) suitors.

Do No Harm (2013): S01E01: European male heterosexualization (mutual attraction with European female, sexes at least one Afropean and four European females, has a young son, physical violence, upper chest nudity [x3]), female Afropean medical doctor, male Afropean medical intern, token elderly male East Asian cleaner, male Afro-Latino medical doctor, uncredited Afropean female medical doctor, created by David Schulner.

The Other End of the Line (2008): European male with Aryo-Dravidian female love interest.

Atypical S01E01: Married European female lusts after Latino, autistic European male wants to date and mate with an older Japanese female, S01E02: European female kissing Afropean male, European female kissing Eurasian/Latino (?) male, European male and female kiss, married European couple have sex, S01E03: Latino sexes European female, S01E04: European female likes autistic European male, S01E05: Aryo-Dravidian male kissing European female, Afropean male married to European female, Latino sexes European female, S01E06: Female Afropean medical doctor,  European male and female have sex, European male proposes to his impregnated Japanese girlfriend.

The Strain S04E01: European male heterosexualization (kissing European girlfriend [x2], upper chest nudity [x3], sexing European girlfriend), S04E02: Latino male upper chest nudity, S04E04: Aryo-Dravidian male married to Aryo-Dravidian female, S04E05: Elderly Chinese female in 1888 London as a bagger vance to Europeans.

Dark Matter S03E07: Afropean male had an Afropean wife and son, Afropean wife remarries an European male, European male sexes European female in a virtual reality, S03E09: Eurasian female pretends to be married to European male, S03E10: Eurasian female was in a homosexual relationship with an European female.

The IT Crowd S01E02: European male refers to a Japanese contingent as “Jap” and “Japs” without any protestation but no one calls the Afropean male a “nigger”, Japanese businessman stomps around feeling ‘big’ like Godzilla, S01E03: European female lusts after European male, S01E06: insinuated that Afropean male sexed European female.

iZombie S02

S02E01: East Asian lieutenant’s wife is played by an American Indigenous/European, European male heterosexualization (muscular arms [x3], sexed female companion, described as “super frigging hot … like super hot … Magic Mike hot!” by European female)

S02E02: European male heterosexualization (upper chest nudity [x too many to count], desired by female, wants to sex European female, sexes European female, muscular arms), Afropean male heterosexualization (upper chest nudity [x2]), Aryo-Dravidian male heterosexualization (upper chest nudity)

S02E03: European male heterosexualization (muscular arms [x2], sexing European female, upper chest nudity, sexing European female), has Afropean mistress with history of sexing older European males), Aryo-Dravidian male dating European female

S02E04: European male heterosexualization (upper chest nudity, European girlfriend, married to pregnant European female and wants to sex another European female, wants to sex European female, found attractive by European female, kisses but wants to sex European female), Afropean male is described as a “tech pioneer”, baddie Chinese males mentioned

S02E05: European male heterosexualization (muscular arms, lusts after European female, wants to get back with European female)

S02E06: European male heterosexualization (dating European female, refers to himself as “man candy”, upper chest nudity [x4]), Afropean male heterosexualization (called “good looking” by European female)

 

S02E07: Latina maid, European male heterosexualization (European female fiance, sexes younger European female), Afropean male heterosexualization (sexes European female), Aryo-Dravidian male heterosexualization (implied sex with European female, upper chest nudity)

S02E08: Afropean male heterosexualization (used to date/sex Afropean female, married to European female with Afropean mistress), Afropean male medical doctor

S02E10: Afropean male heterosexualization (European girlfriend asks him over for sex), European male heterosexualization (sex tape with European girlfriend, muscled arms, sexing European female, European male married to European female who is sexing another European male)

S02E11: European male heterosexualization (muscled arms, married to European female, married to Latina, kissing European female, upper chest nudity [x2], sexes European female [x2]), Afropean male heterosexualization (European girlfriend mentions future sex), Latina married to European male with multiple sexual encounters with other European males

S02E12: Thai male killed for criticizing European male’s product

 

S02E13: European male heterosexualization (dated European female, upper chest nudity), Chinese male (played by Eurasian with Irish father) is killed

S02E14: European female formerly dating Latino, European male heterosexualization (with East Asian female in a coffee house, has child with European female, dating European female, upper chest nudity [x4], sexes European female), Aryo-Dravidian male lusts after European female

S02E15: European male heterosexualization (claims to have sexed a female 6 times), Afropean female scientist

S02E16: European male heterosexualization (dates Afropean female and sexes an East Asian female, Afropean female exotic dancer on lap, married with occasional strippers and trips to Thailand, with Afropean female stripper, Afropean girlfriend), Latino lusts after European female, Filipina and another East Asian stripper, Chinese male shoe shine illegal immigrant who can’t speak English (tokenism) works in strip club, East Asian female stripper is more concerned about her family finding out about her job than about a murder charge

 

 

 

 

iZombie 2x17S02E17: East Asian male with Eurasian girlfriend, European male heterosexualization (wants to sex European female, upper chest nudity, hits on European female)

S02E19: Aryo-Dravidian male sexes European female,

iZombie S01

S01E01: Female South Asian medical doctor, European male heterosexualization (European female fiance, European female thinks he is an attractive catch, upper chest nudity, implied dating of European female, married European male pimps three European females), male South Asian medical doctor with British accent, Afropean male detective, East Asian male police lieutenant.

S01E02: Heterosexualized Latino males (married to Latina, multiple affairs with European females, impregnates European female, European girlfriend, wants to assault a European female), European male heterosexualization (zombie male sexes European female, sexually desires married Latina), Latino male feminization: one is killed by his wife, the other beaten by a female European zombie], South Asian male lusts after European female.

S01E03: European male heterosexualization (European female refers to one as “eye candy”, kisses European female).

S01E04: European male heterosexualization (upper chest nudity [x3], sexing European female [x2]), East Asian male feminization (dead gangster, another states he is into “white girls”, physically assaults European female, gets beaten by European female, said female states “… you got your ass kicked by a girl, get over it”, Daniel Lim credited as “Whimpering Asian Skell”, Andy Yu credited as “Humorless Clerk”).

 

S01E05: European male heterosexualization (wants to date European female, past European girlfriend, present European girlfriend played by Aryo-Dravidian-Latina female, upper chest nudity, physically violent with a much taller and bigger European male).

S01E06: European male heterosexualization (upper chest nudity, moves from London to Seattle for a girl, kisses European female), South Asian male doctor is an online gaming nerd.

S01E07: European male heterosexualization (impregnates European female, upper chest nudity), elderly Afropean male doctor.

S01E08: European male heterosexualization (upper chest nudity [x3], sexing European female [x4], married with dead lover and multiple sexual partners, violent gang members, married to European female), South Asian male gawks at European female, feminized East Asian male (lieutenant controlled by European male).

S01E09: European male heterosexualization (zombie boasts “Sex I can get whenever I want …”, kisses and sexes European female) Afropean male heterosexualization (elite sniper, married to Afropean female with female child, physically assaults Afropean male).

S01E10: European male heterosexualization (sexes European female prostitute).

S01E11: South Asian male dates and sexes European female, European male heterosexualization (sexes European female, upper chest nudity, sexes European female, kisses European female), European female lusts after Afropean male, European female states that sex with a South Asian male is “all we do”.

S01E13: European male heterosexualization (upper chest nudity [x3]).

Myth: East Asians Overvalue Education

Among the second-generation in Spain, the Chinese exhibit the lowest educational aspirations and expectations of all second-generation groups, including Ecuadorians, Central Americans, Dominicans, and Moroccans. Nearly 40% of second-generation Chinese expect to complete only basic secondary school—roughly the equivalent of 10th grade in the U.S. Given the perception of a closed opportunity structure in Spain—especially for visible minorities—Chinese immigrants have no faith that a post-secondary education or a university degree will lead to a professional job, so they’ve turned to entrepreneurship and encouraged their children to do the same. Hence, Spain’s Asian immigrants adopt an entirely different success frame, in which entrepreneurship—rather than education—is the mobility strategy. Their frame is supported by ethnic business associations, much like education is supported by a supplementary education system in the United States.

This simple counterfactual illustrates that it’s not something essential about Chinese or Asian culture that promotes exceptional educational outcomes. It also reminds us that what may be most exceptional about “Asian-American exceptionalism” is actually “American exceptionalism.”

Source: Lee, J. 2012. Tiger Kids and the Success Frame. The Society Pages. https://thesocietypages.org/papers/tiger-kids-and-the-success-frame/ [accessed: 2017-07-08]