Women have long despised that tried-and-not-so-true form of male attention known as catcalling. You know what we’re talking about — dudes who think it’s hilarious to whistle and yell at women as they walk by on the street, trying, ever so hard, to mind their own darned business?
As it turns out, complaints, comparisons to street harassment and even calls for common decency have had no effect on the ongoing calls. And that’s where science steps in.
You know how they say the bigger they are, the harder they fall? Well apparently, the louder the call, the smaller the balls. As in testicles. As in, the male genitalia that’s so often conflated with manliness itself. Excuse us if we ladies “call” this one a win.
Okay, so the study, which was funded by the European Research Council, actually looked at howler monkeys and not humans. But given the similarities between the two species we’re going to go ahead and say this could speak to human behaviour pretty well too. We mean, some aggressive people might actually throw their poop at each other if they could, right?
Anyhow, the study looked at the correlation between the monkey’s howls and their sperm count. When the monkeys had smaller testicles, they wound up developing larger vocal chords. Hence their ability to call out in a louder fashion than their bigger beaned counterparts.
It’s all described as an evolutionary “trade-off.” We like to call it overcompensation.
Like in this video. Pretty loud, guys. Are you trying to tell us something?